Boubou’s are normally made out of silk or silk-like fabric and sometimes cotton depending on the look you’re trying to achieve. To the best of my knowledge, two main tribes that I notice wearing this in Nigeria are the Yoruba and Hausa tribe. The Yoruba’s refer to it as Agbada and the Hausa’s refer to it as Babban Riga. It’s normally worn at special occasions and events like weddings.
So we all know what a Boubou is now right?
Moving on, not that this has anything to do with the subject in question but each time I see men wearing Agbada, the first thing that comes to mind is the term ‘Yoruba demon’ lol
Again some of you don’t know what that means. It’s a Nigerian way of referring to a playboy. They’re meant to be Yoruba but from my experience, I’ve come to learn that you find Yoruba demons everywhere, no matter the tribe. Sometimes you can spot them easily. Most of the time, they’re smooth talkers, they dress to kill (e.g Agbada), they take forever to reply messages and are always around pretty girls…Beware!!
So back to our gorgeous Boubou dress. Bellekay Woman definitely killed it with this one. I love how modern it is. It’s not the typical Boubou that you have to wear with a skirt or wrapper under. It’s just worn as a long flowy dress and I feel free as a bird in it. I also love the print and the volume of the dress, and the beaded detail around the neck is so pretty. I had never worn a Boubou up until now and I’m loving it.
I chose to wear mine as an off shoulder dress, as I felt it looked even more stylish this way. It’s also got an invisible belt inside that allows you to pull it in for a more fitted look. As you can see in the photos, I opted to pull mine in a little. This is definitely a statement piece for your closet this summer and it’s a perfect day to night look. I styled it with a pair of white heels and accessorized with a gold watch, some turquoise triangular earrings, a multi-colored clutch and a pair of cat eye sunglasses to add a retro touch.
Do you own a Boubou dress and if not, would you get one?
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