4 legit reasons why it’s time to ditch the suit

Suits, for a long time, have been made the epitome of sleekness. You have to show up in one during a job interview and any event labelled as official. Do you think suits are overrated in this era of keeping it your own way? That’s a thought to ponder on.

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Here are reasons why you should reconsider your choice of putting on a suit:

1. Cultural betrayal

Remember when people wore hides? When wearing a hide skin marked authority. When did that change? To be honest we can’t go back to wearing such but we can take up the new African attire. Official suits is a western idea sold to us. Thankfully our honorable president created “Utamaduni day” with an aim for people to celebrate their different cultures and our attire is one of the marks of culture.

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2. False impression

Not unless you’re the type that seeks attention, drop that suit! People having a wrong impression about you based on how you dress can be depressing. Suits have a way of making people think you have good money and it ain’t odd when you hear people calling you “mheshimiwa” whenever you rock a good suit.

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3. Wrong suit

Most men have issues with picking the right suit. It’s either oversize or wrong color. You don’t want to look like a clown walking through the street. Ditch that suit and find something else to put on. It takes someone who knows how to blend colors to get it right which proves to be a daunting task for most men.

4. Looks boring

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Sometimes a suit looks boring. With most people using it as a mark of officialism, suits tend to feel like a uptight affair. Suits can create a wrong facade about a person. With most men own a few number of suits, it can be boring rotating around the limited choice one has.

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Tallia Oyando’s body will make you hit the gym ASAP (Photos)

Not only is Tallia a fitness junkie, she’s also a dancer and singer.

She’s known to take her fitness and workouts seriously and her body just screams goals!

Oyando’s fans are kept up to date with her regular posts on Instagram of her lifting weights and going about her fit life.

Here are some of the photos she shared on social media.

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Tallia is also known to have a great sense of style.

And her outfits are always on point.

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Kenyan Designer Amazes With Stunning Men’s Collection At New York Fashion Week

Big up to our very own John Kaveke, a Kenyan designer who has made it big! He has been featured in the renowned New York Fashion week, where he represented Kenyans with his amazing, yet uniquely African designs.

The collection dubbed “Raw Attitude” was inspired by Samburu morans and the colours are heavily influenced by the distinct Samburu print.

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With over 15 years experience, he really did us proud and proved that Kenya has talents to offer in all industries.

Kaveke has specialised in men’s fashion; an area not touched by many, and his designs have had the pleasure of gracing a wide range of catwalks that include; Sarajevo Fashion Week, Bosnia, Hub of Africa in Ethiopia, Swahili Fashion Week in Tanzania, Catwalk Kenya, Festival for African Fashion and Art or FAFA Kenya, the International Smirnoff Fashion Awards, London Fashion Week…the list is endless, with New York Fashion Week being his latest conquest.

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John Kaveke first became interested in fashion while in high school, and further studied fashion design in Spain. As they say, the rest is history!

Kenyan-born international fashion designer John Kaveke led this crafty workshop. John has been drawing since he was in nursery and once his work was featured on a children’s show on local TV station, he knew that he had a real talent. His interest in fashion started when he was in high school. He went to Spain to study fashion design, and the rest is history! He has had his own beautiful clothing line since 1997 and has done fashion shows as far as Bosnia.

It is important to note that, one of the models strutting down the runway is celebrated Kenyan Chef Ali L’artiste.

Well, enough chatter, check out the epic designs below;

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BABA WA TAIFA! Check Out Rare Pics Of Mzee Jomo Kenyatta From Back In The Day [PHOTOS]

It is interesting to note that founding father Jomo Kenyatta never knew the exact year of his birth—only that he was born sometime in the 1890s.

While many of us were nowhere near being born by the time of his death, it is always good to take a trip down memory lane whether or not we were around. Can you even try to imagine the world that existed before we were birthed?

From Kenya to the UK, these pics portray a part of the life of a Kenyan legend. It is even said that sometimes, he would walk around the streets of London wearing a leopard skin and carrying a spear to demonstrate he was an authentic representative of those who had sent him before changing into a Western suit for meetings with journalists and sympathetic intellectuals.

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Check out some really awesome pics of Kenya’s founding father…

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Abroad in the UK looking dapper. 

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Jomo Kenyatta, Tom Mboya and Mwai Kibaki celebrate Kanu winning the 1963 election

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10 Times Margaret Kenyatta Totally Slayed With Her Dress Sense

Ladies and gentlemen, we present to you the First Lady or should we call her fashion killer…? Also known as Mrs. Margaret Kenyatta, this elegant lady had proven time and time again that age is but a number, always stepping out in true style.

Check out 10 times she knocked us off our feet…

1. When she smiled and our hearts sunk!

 

2. When her outfit said class, smart and representable.

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3. When she showed up to Safari Park Hotel looking too elegant.

 

4. When her fashion sense is just out of this world.

 

5. When she wore this green dress and Uhuru couldn’t believe his eyes.

 

 

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7. When her nails represented a KENYAN more than some of us.

 

8. When her dress code is always perfect

 

 

9. When she showed up in South Africa in this gorgeous traditional Maasai dress.

 

10. Just look at how gorgeous she looks here.

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Keep slaying Maggie!

First Lady Of Style Margaret Kenyatta Stuns Yet Again In Unique Outfit [PHOTOS]

Kenya’s First Lady, Margaret Kenyatta, has one again become a topic of discussion on social media thanks to her great sense of style.

The outfit she wore to a party organized for Foreign Affairs Cabinet Secretary (CS) Amina Mohamed reaffirmed the notion that she is indeed an astute dresser.

The president’s wife attended the function in a dira – a dress that is common among Somali women – and completely stole the show.

It’s not the first time Margaret who has been given the moniker ‘First Lady Of Style’ is being praised for her unique fashion sense.

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A while back, she became the talk of the town after stepping out in a well-designed African outfit during the 2016 Madaraka day celebrations held in Nakuru.

She has managed to win the hearts of many thanks to her simplicity and her commitment to serve Kenyans through her Beyond Zero Campaign and of course, her choice of dress.

Check out the photos;

You’ve Got To Love Her! 15 Of The Hottest Styles From Sassy ‘Scandal’ Actress, Kerry Washington

Kerry Washington is at the top of her career right now and she’s doing it right! As the leading lady on one of prime time television’s most successful shows, Scandal, she gets to wear some of the greatest styles around.

Whether she’s at an event or walking the red carpet at the Oscars, it’s hard not to admire Kerry’s outfits. Everything from Dolce & Gabbana, Ralph Lauren, Marchesa and Calvin Klein have all been worn by the fashionista, but does she get any inspiration from the stylish character she plays, Olivia Pope?

Actually, not quite. This is what she had to say in an interview with She Knows: “Her aesthetic is very different from mine, and it really helps differentiate myself from her — which is important that I don’t bring home every day. I try to keep our closets pretty separate.”

Well, check out some of Kerry Washington’s greatest fashion styles below.

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BEVERLY HILLS, CA - AUGUST 04: Actress Kerry Washington attends Disney ABC Television Group's 2015 TCA Summer Press Tour at the Beverly Hilton Hotel on August 4, 2015 in Beverly Hills, California. (Photo by Alberto E. Rodriguez/Getty Images)

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WASHINGTON DC - DECEMBER 05: Kerry Washington arrives for the formal Artist's Dinner honoring the recipients of the 38th Annual Kennedy Center Honors hosted by United States Secretary of State John F. Kerry at the U.S. Department of State in Washington, D.C. on Saturday, December 5, 2015. The 2015 honorees are: singer-songwriter Carole King, filmmaker George Lucas, actress and singer Rita Moreno, conductor Seiji Ozawa, and actress and Broadway star Cicely Tyson. (Photo by Ron Sachs-Pool via Getty Images)

WASHINGTON, DC - DECEMBER 06: Actress Kerry Washington arrives at the 38th Annual Kennedy Center Honors Gala at the Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts on December 6, 2015 in Washington, DC. (Kris Connor/Getty Images)

BEVERLY HILLS, CA - FEBRUARY 28: Actress Kerry Washington attends the 2016 Vanity Fair Oscar Party Hosted By Graydon Carter at the Wallis Annenberg Center for the Performing Arts on February 28, 2016 in Beverly Hills, California. (Photo by Pascal Le Segretain/Getty Images)

LONDON, ENGLAND - JUNE 02: Kerry Washington attends the Glamour Women Of The Year Awards at Berkeley Square Gardens on June 2, 2015 in London, England. (Photo by Anthony Harvey/Getty Images)

CULVER CITY, CA - NOVEMBER 14: Honoree Kerry Washington attends the 2015 Baby2Baby Gala presented by MarulaOil & Kayne Capital Advisors Foundation honoring Kerry Washington at 3LABS on November 14, 2015 in Culver City, California. (Photo by Charley Gallay/Getty Images for Baby2Baby)

HOLLYWOOD, CA - MARCH 15: Actress Kerry Washington attends The Paley Center For Media's 33rd Annual PALEYFEST Los Angeles ÒScandalÓ at Dolby Theatre on March 15, 2016 in Hollywood, California. (Photo by Matt Winkelmeyer/Getty Images)

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Here’s Lupita Nyong’o Star Wars Premiere Look

Kenyan-American actress and Oscar award winner Lupita Nyong’o, attended the premier of Star Wars The Force Awakens in Hollywood and as usual her style stole the show.

Lupita, who is also part of the cast for Star Wars, disclosed in a recent interview that she was not aware of the part that she was auditioning for until she got a call from the producer notifying her that she would play one of the characters.

She was speaking on the Ellen Degeneres show. She said that she auditioned for the role right after winning an Oscar award in the best Supporting Actress category for her first feature film 12 Years A Slave.

This is what she wore to the premiere:

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Lilian Muli’s Top 10 Looks

Citizen TV screen siren, Lilian Muli has graced our screens for quite a while now from her early days at KTN. The curvaceous beauty has quite some titles to her name. She is a senior news host, producer and presenter of TV show Slimpossible, motivational speaker, corporate emcee and the list goes on.

The mother of 1 has had her fair share of negative publicity in the recent past and we can almost guess why, lately, she has kept away from the limelight.

The Top TV presenter is no slacker when it comes to style. She knows how to dress her body executing the peplums and body cons perfectly.

Check out 10 of her best looks.

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Couture Marks 2nd Anniversary In Style- Photos

Couture magazine held their Ankara themed anniversary party Monday night at Caramel Lounge ABC place. The Live Life, Love Africa multi-platform focuses on women’s fashion, beauty and lifestyle magazine that touches on every aspect of a woman’s life, from fashion and beauty to relationships and career, food, restaurants, finance and decor.

“At COUTURE Africa we pride ourselves in our ability to source for uniquely interesting and dynamic stories and features, as our main purpose is to inform our reader, day after day and month after month, on maters pertaining to their lives.”

The anniversary party was graced by the who is who in the fashion world ranging from stylists, photographers, bloggers, models and CEOs.

Happy birthday Couture, check out the photos from the event

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Thisisess named in Africa’s top street style instagrammers

Sharon Mundia of the popular Thisisess fashion blog has been named as one of Africa’s street style Instagrammers by South African magazine, Marie Claire. Sharon who has an instagram following of over 82,000 people was ranked against the likes of Style Pantry from Nigeria and Style is my thing from Angola.

“Sharon’s pictures strike the perfect balance between her chic style (think: denims, maxi dresses, flared skirt, espadrilles and platforms) and love of the good life,” Marie Claire

 

Check out the full list below

1. This_Is_Ess, Kenya, 82.7k followers

 

2. YagazieEmezie, Nigeria , 46.4k followers

First Lady of Style! Stunning Photos of Margaret Kenyatta In Uganda

First Lady Margaret Kenyatta is one of the most stylish first ladies and we have the proof. Margaret Kenyatta looked stunning while attending the State Banquet held in State House Uganda with President Uhuru Kenyatta.

Uhuru Kenyatta is in Uganda for a three-day State visit where they are holding bilateral talks focusing on trade, integration and economic prosperity. Speaking Saturday evening at the dinner, Kenyatta challenged bureaucrats to formulate policies that facilitate integration rather than hinder East Africans from doing business and communicating with each other.

“Kenya and Uganda need to learn from past challenges and fast track integration for the benefit of all EAC member states,” he said. President Uhuru Kenyatta is also set to address the Ugandan parliament on Monday.

Check out Margaret Kenyatta’s outfit below. Doesn’t she look stunning?

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Are Sauti Sol The Most Stylish Kenyan Celebrities? (Photos)

We all know the Kenyan pop group Sauti Sol for their good music but their amazing fashion sense that has been evolving over the years is something to take note. Their love for Ankara vintage designs can almost be described as their signature look because it is always present in their outfits. Sauti Sol are fashion conscious and can be described as one of the most stylish celebrities in Kenya.

When they were once asked to describe their style by celebrity red carpet UK Chimano, one of the band members said that their style is, “African avant-garde. Making stuff that looks weird in a good way. We want to look edgy. People expect Africans to look a certain way– showing up in a grass skirt. We wanna look funky and modern with an African touch.”

That interview was back in 2012 but Sauti Sol have still managed to maintain their look. Sauti Sol members are one of the few Kenyan celebrities especially in music who invest in their image. They will have a completely modern outfit but with a hint of African in it. Or they will be found wearing blazers with a hint of African print on red carpet, accessorizing with Maasai jewellery etc.

Anxiously waiting to see what they will wear on the red carpet at the MTV Mamas 2015 on July 18th. In the meantime check out the photos below

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10 Wardrobe Staples For Every Woman

There are very key pieces every woman must have in her wardrobe forgetting the pretty obvious t-shirt and jeans. Some trends will come and go but the basics never run out of season. You can rest assured you will still be appealing in this must haves. The devil is in the details and special ones give the outfits an extra dose of style. Here are the top 10 essentials every stylish girl should own.

1. Statement neckpiece

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Playing with accessories does wonders for your outfit. A statement neckpiece will always transform a simple outfit to stunning.

2. Little black dress

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I am sure by now every woman knows that an LBD is a wardrobe staple and if you are not afraid of white a little white dress is also a trendy piece. It is an important investment for any woman and it should be just the right fit.

3. Classic trench coat
A trench coat is a great investment piece. Get a high-quality one and you will wear it forever. One that can be cinched around the waist is even better as it can be worn with a suit or whatever you decide to rock that day.

4. A white shirt

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A white button down shirt is a wardrobe staple for every woman. It can be worn casually or officially depending on how you decide to style it.

5. Black pump

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A black pump is the most reliable shoe option when it comes to heels, it is sophisticated, sexy and may fit each and every location. The black pump will almost go with every outfit and is a reliable option. Whether you are wearing jeans, skirts or dresses this pair adds polish to the outfit.

6. A good pair of flats

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Your flats will come in handy when dressing up on different occasions and are a good chic and comfortable options if you do not feel heels ready. Some nude flats especially are a big win for happy feet.

7. Blazer

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An elegant blazer is a great outwear that gives a little something extra to your office look, whether in a bold colour or simple neutral colour. It is a great substitute for your trench coat when it is not very cold.

8. Black pants

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Whether the pants are high-waist, cropped or wide-leg, this is a must-have for every girl. They can be worn with a t-shirt, official shirt, flats, pumps. They are a classic go to anytime.

9.Go to clutch

Elie.Saab.gold.Aligator.Print.Clutch.BagA nice clutch is a must-have for every woman, Whether it is metallic or leather, it is your go-to choice when you are all dressed up and ready to look glam.

10. Boots

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Boots come in handy when there is a little bit change of weather, if you get them in the right material then they shall save you in several occasions. Good boots are also long lasting and come with a wide selection. They can be worn with a simple look as jeans giving a sophisticated pair.

Cannes Film Festival ‘turns away women in flat shoes’

Cannes Film Festival has come under fire after reports women were turned away from a red carpet screening for wearing flat shoes instead of heels. The women – some of whom were said to be older with medical conditions – were attending the world premiere of Cate Blanchett’s new film Carol.

Screen Daily said the festival had confirmed heels were obligatory for women at red carpet screenings. However the director of the festival said the “rumors” were “unfounded”.

Thierry Fremaux tweeted: “For the stairs, the regulations have not changed: ‘No smoking, formal wear’. There is no mention of heels.” A note about dress codes on the festival’s website appears to reinforce his point. It says “black tie /evening dress is required for gala screenings” – with no guidance on heel height.

Screen Daily first reported the story, after a “Cannes regular” told them how a woman wearing Rhinestone-encrusted flat shoes was denied entry. The unnamed source said: “Someone I know was turned away for wearing nice flats, nothing you would wear to the beach. They were in their 50’s. They told her she could go and buy appropriate shoes and come back.”

Asif Kapadia, whose Amy Winehouse documentary screened at the festival last weekend, also tweeted that his wife had been challenged over wearing flat shoes, although she was eventually allowed in.

A spokesperson for the festival confirmed to the BBC on email: “Rules have not changed throughout the years (tuxedo, formal dress for gala screenings) and there is no specific mention about the height of the women’s heels as well as for men’s.” She added that hosts and hostesses were reminded of the rules.

The story provoked widespread outrage on Twitter, where the head of film at the SXSW festival, Janet Pierson, tweeted a link to the story with the words: “Why I don’t go to Cannes”.

British writer Caitlin Moran tweeted: “Utterly extraordinary it’s reported that women – including those with disabilities – are being TURNED AWAY at Cannes for not wearing heels.”

Buzzfeed’s film critic Alison Willmore said actress Emily Blunt had been asked about the story at a press conference while promoting her own film, Sicario, at Cannes. “I think everyone should wear flats,” the Devil Wears Prada star said, according to Willmore.

The festival said it had made efforts to address the gender imbalance between male and female directors this year, despite only two female directors being in competition.

Africa’s Most Stylish First Ladies

Whether it is through their love for African wear or internationally designed outfits, here is the list of top 5 stylish African First Ladies in no particular order.

1. Chantal Biya
Biya is Cameroon’s First Lady with an eccentric fashion sense. She is often rocking big hair don’t care hairstyles with the signature style known as banane and bold colours. She will often be spotted rocking clothes from international labels such as Chanel or Dior.

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2. Sylvia Bongo Ondimba
She is the wife to President Ali Bongo Ondimba of Gabon and the First Lady. She is one of the most stylish first ladies often spotted rocking form fitting dresses and heels.

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3. Princess Lalla Salma of Morocco

Princess Lalla is wife to Prince of Morocco, Mohammed VI and has been ranked as one of the most beautiful First Ladies we have in Africa. Not only is Lalla beautiful, she is also very stylish.

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4. Ana Paula Don Santo

Ana is First Lady of Angola. She previously worked as a fashion model and later as an air hostess before her marriage to President Jose Eduardo Santos who is 18 years her senior.

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5. Zeinab Suma Jammeh

Her Excellency is wife to Gambia’s President Yahya Abdul-AzizJemusJunkungJammeh . First Lady Jammeh is known for her sensible fashion style with the signature style of flowing gowns and scarves. She is famous for protesting her husband’s marriage to a second wife prompting him to get a divorce.

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Nazizi ditches her signature tomboy look on her birthday and she looks stunning

Nazizi Hirji decided to ditch her tomboy look for her birthday celebration Monday night and she totally killed it.

The queen of hiphop turned up in a short leopard print dress, heels and she even had some makeup.

Nazizi recently lost over 15kgs in her fitness journey and now looks amazing. Nazizi acknowleding missing her late brother Firoz every year she turned a year older. Here is her post and check out the photos

“its finally here 30th march the day mama had me!!! Im so blessed im trully thankfull for this day some people wont b with me today but i will turn up for yall!! my fam wish u were here! Firoz i Miss u every bday !

Doesn’t she look stunning? Happy birthday

How to tie a Turban (Video)

Turbans are a stylish way to add colour to your outfit and can also be used to cover your head on bad hair days.

There are different ways of tying the turban depending on how you want to look.

Below are picture showing different ways of wearing a turban and a tutorial video.

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