Accessorise it: Winter colour burst

2014-07-04 10:00

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Ancient African fashion staples are getting a modern update with the resurgence of kikoi and blanket scarves this winter.

Brands like Louis Vuitton, DKNY and Burberry have all appropriated the trend for use in winter collections.

Imported from locations such as Kenya, Tanzania and South Africa, these colourful pieces of fabric provide a pop of colour to the winter greys and blacks.

Kikois are both fashionable and versatile, and can be used as a shawl, headdress or a statement piece on an otherwise plain ensemble.

While authentic kikois can be expensive because they are often made from 100% cotton, some local stores have caught on to the trend with similarly designed items and there are affordable options available.

This trend works for men and women alike, and is available in different fabrics to suit the weather, the mood and the occasion.

Frankly, you don’t need a designer brand to achieve this hot look. Go out and pick up some gorgeous local fabric and wrap it around your neck.

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