Travel & Design Blog - BY YASMIN METZ-JOHNSON

Wednesday, 16 November 2016

DAKAR STREET STYLE: African Renaissance Monument


I recently took to the streets of Dakar with fellow blogger Moira of Palm Tree Tea to snap some of Dakar’s best dressed citizens.

The style in Dakar is like no other I have ever seen, from the vibrant mixing and matching of colours, to the statement motifs not to mention the cool tunic and trousers combination. It is difficult to see someone who is poorly dressed as they take a lot pride in their appearance. Not to mention my favourite day of the week – Vendredi/Friday! Also known as the day of prayer in Islam, when everyone comes out in what I like to refer to as their ‘Sunday best’.



Senegal’s population is predominantly Muslim, most people believe in dressing moderately and being dignified by not showing too much skin. This is both part of their religion and culture,neither of which is a barrier when it comes to expressing their style.





The greatest amount of attention is paid to details; for example from the material or print they have chosen, to the cut of a sleeve they have demanded, the embroidery of the neckline or the embellishment of a head scarf. All of these elements are carefully chosen.






I’ve enjoyed giving you an insight into the world that inspires me on a daily basis. A world where the infusion of gender, religion, and culture influences the individual but doesn’t define them. They always remain elegant, vibrant and inimitable.



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