Style enthusiast/blogger Ifeanyi Okafor Jr. explores styling the 'agbada' to a Nigerian wedding in a crisp, modern way. Get inspired guys...
The menswear enthusiast/blogger does the trad look all modern for a wedding, Nigerian of course! The agbada is a staple amongst Yoruba men; the style has since gone mainstream with different variations and guys rocking the look mostly at/for weddings.
"Every weekend in Nigeria, a wedding takes place. Wedding ceremonies in Nigeria are a big deal so everyone puts in a lot of effort to look their best. A constant at every Nigerian wedding is the agbada" Ifeanyi Okafor Jr. shares about the look that's become refreshingly stylish and grown-up.
"The agbada is the Yoruba name for a flowing robe worn by men in Western Africa especially in Nigeria. It's also called babban riga by the Hausa people. It's decorated with intricate embroidery and worn on special occasions such as weddings, funerals etc" Okafor reveals.
He breaks in down; "It's a full formal attire made of three pieces of clothing; a pair of tie-up trousers, a long-sleeved shirt and a wide, open- stitched sleeveless gown worn over these".
For the edit, he chose linen fabric; "My agbada is made from linen. It's a bit heavy but I love how it flows.
I'm styling it with a hat which is a type of soft fez. It's a traditional Yoruba hat which can be made of hand woven Aso-Oke, cotton, velvet or damask. It's called Fila by the Yoruba people. The one I have on is made from Aso-Oke. I have accessorized with some gold neck chains and cufflinks scored from Asos".
What do you think of the 'agbada' guys? What's your take on his styling the look?
Photography: Amah Afadameh
Outfit: Regium @Regiumstudios