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La mode du Sénégal

The fashion of Senegal

Clothing fashion in Senegal is a mixture of African, European and Arab influences. Traditional outfits are still very popular, but Western fashion has also found its place in the Senegalese wardrobe by sporting a mix of styles depending on the outings and the occasions. We find there:

Traditional outfits:

In Senegal, traditional outfits are worn during religious ceremonies, weddings, births, baptisms and other important events. The most popular traditional outfits are the boubou, the kaftan and the loincloth.

The loincloth is a woven colored fabric. It can be matched with accessories such as necklaces, earrings and bracelets or worn in a mismatched style. It is available in a variety of colors and is often made from light fabrics to suit Senegal's hot climates such as manjak loincloth or wax.

wax fabrics

couple dressed in african wax fabric clothes

The boubou is a long tunic, often worn by men during formal events. Large boubous are often made from thick, richly colored fabrics and may be embellished with embroidery or beadwork.

african boubou photo

photo men in african boubou

The kaftan is a long dress that can be worn by both men and women. Kaftans are often decorated with colorful patterns and embroidery.

Western fashion:

Western fashion has also found its way into Senegalese wardrobes as well as designer clothes and international fashion brands. Fashion boutiques in Dakar, the capital, offer a variety of fashion brands, from local brands to international luxury brands.

Accessories: Essential for the wardrobe!

Accessories are an important part of clothing fashion in Senegal. Women often wear jewelry such as necklaces, earrings, bracelets and rings made with all sorts of materials such as pearls.

african jewelry and accessories

Men often wear hats and leather bracelets. Footwear is also an important accessory often worn alongside sandals and flip flops to stay cool in the country's hot climate.

Senegalese man with hat

Ultimately, clothing fashion in Senegal is a mix of traditional and Western styles . Accessories are an important part of clothing fashion in Senegal, with jewelry and shoes complementing outfits. Senegalese are proud of their unique and varied style, and clothing fashion remains an important aspect of Senegalese culture.

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