Diary of a fabulous diva and her everyday experiences and expectations
Replacing Suits with Chitenge Shirts
A lot of the West African men wear chitenge
shirts over their formal trousers :in comparison the Southern and Eastern Men wore
Bear in mind that it was half of the time really
I have had discussions with a lot of men from
different parts of Africa and it seems like Western brothers are more willing
to wear tradition-esque clothing in formal settings .
Ali from Senegal said this to me:
"Look African countries are generally hot so l really don't understand this point
of torturing mysekf in a three piece suit. Also an African man who is proud of
my heritage and culture. Ankara is beautifully African so l don't see why I
shouldn't wear it."
Waiganjo who is Kenyan and was wearing a suit
said that he disagreed with Alis sentiments.
"I won't be convinced that Kitenge (swahili
for Chitenge) can ever be formal. I feel it's more festive. A real gentleman knows
no weather ".
I finally asked Mulenga what he thought
seeing as he was in a shirt sleeved formal shirt.
"Personally l do have some Chitenge shirts
but l reserve them for events such as weddings,parties,kitchen parties not
formal settings. However after seeing the way my West African brothers are rocking
these shirts maybe l ought to try it."
It was rather interesting for me because l
believe that Chitenge shirts are a great substitute for Eurocentric formality.
They are a great way to incorporate colour
into your outfits and work with all types and colors of slacks.
Pair with a good belt and shoes (remember
that your shoes and belt must always match at formal settings).
Be confident and voila you are set.
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