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Kitenge prints are quite the sensation but are very tricky when it comes to dressing them for the evening. Not to worry though, here are 5 quick things to consider before having one tailored for you.

1. Avoid very busy prints: The vivid prints are what make the Kitenge popular among many, but for an evening occasion, it is highly recommended you ditch the ever busy prints and go for those with smaller and not so visible to the eye print so that you may blend in well in.

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2. Waxed Kitenge: Most people opt for fabrics like silk or satin for the evening due to its’ glossy appearance. Waxed Kitenge is a great alternative as it will give you the sheen that you so greatly desire.

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3. Mix it up: To spice things up, you can have your Kitenge combined with another fabric (lace, organza…your choice); that is suitable for the evening, that way you will have softened it up by incorporating the foreign fabric.

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4. Minimal jewellery: With all the prints going on, it is required to keep it simple with your jewellery especially on your special night out. I would also recommend that you avoid jewellery that have on them African beads as you will end up looking like your attending a wedding rather than your evening rendezvous.

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5. Add details onto your dress: What makes an evening dress stand out from the simple sunny dress is the detailing you are bound to find in that dress. Think ruffles, frills, asymmetrical shapes/designs, low/high necklines, cowl necklines; these small but specific deets are what add glam to your evening attire.

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Written by Eva Mwangi
Image credits: Vlisco.com