Made in Nigeria: The Polkadot Trend + Puff Sleeves

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the polkadot dress with puff sleeves
the polkadot dress with puff sleeves
Polka-dot prints were the hottest trend this summer as we all may have noticed. I'm not sure why or how but there was just something about them. And I'm not one to complain because I love the polka-dot trend, it's so classic and timeless so why not. We're still on Made in Nigeria and today's dress featuring polka-dot puff sleeves was made by House of Loocz, a Nigerian brand that makes modern workwear clothing for women. A quick glance through the designs of the brand, you'd see tons of work-friendly pieces.

Related:20 Ways to Wear Polka-dots
polkadot dress with black pointed toe block heels
the polkadot dress with puff sleeves
the polkadot dress with puff sleeves
What I love about this House of Loocz dress as you've probably guessed, is the polka-dotted puff sleeves, the fabric used especially for this was amazing, I actually imagined a dress made with it, how lovely would that be. I love how the pink contrast of the dress to the dotted sleeves and the added sash to cinch in the waist. The dress also came with a polka-dot sash but I opted for this plain pink one because that was a little too much for me. The finishing of the dress was good actually, no complaints. I also loved the feel of the material on my body. I opted for a UK size 12 for a slightly looser fit.  This dress could also double as a kimono as well!

A few concerns though, the zip is questionable. I actually experienced slight issues with it the last time I wore it out. And now I'm considering either changing the zip or making sure I wear proper undergarments when next I wear the dress.  I really do hope our Nigerian designers find a way to access better quality zips because this seems to be an issue across various brands. The fabric of the dress surprisingly faded slightly when washed, so there's that too. 
the polkadot dress with puff sleeves
the polkadot dress with puff sleeves
the polkadot dress with puff sleeves
Photography by Blessing Audu

Overall it is a lovely dress and design too. I love how House of Loocz, is changing up the conventional work-wear style. The brand retails dresses from 12-15k which is not necessarily expensive but not affordable for the middle-income earners either. They also stock UK size 6-18, so there's something for everyone! This particular dress costs 12,500 Naira.

Just in case you are new to this blog, in the last few posts, I've been styling strictly Nigerian brand's and sharing my thoughts on them. Catch up on the series at Made in Nigeria if you missed previous posts. You can also follow my hashtag on Instagram #madeinnigeriabyprincessaudu to stay in the loop! 

If you're looking for a women's brand that offers ready-to-wear work-wear pieces for the modern woman then, House of Loocz is your plug!

This post was is in collaboration with House of Loocz,  thank you for working with me on this.

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the polkadot dress with puff sleeves
the polkadot dress with puff sleeves
Polka-dot prints were the hottest trend this summer as we all may have noticed. I'm not sure why or how but there was just something about them. And I'm not one to complain because I love the polka-dot trend, it's so classic and timeless so why not. We're still on Made in Nigeria and today's dress featuring polka-dot puff sleeves was made by House of Loocz, a Nigerian brand that makes modern workwear clothing for women. A quick glance through the designs of the brand, you'd see tons of work-friendly pieces.

Related:20 Ways to Wear Polka-dots
polkadot dress with black pointed toe block heels
the polkadot dress with puff sleeves
the polkadot dress with puff sleeves
What I love about this House of Loocz dress as you've probably guessed, is the polka-dotted puff sleeves, the fabric used especially for this was amazing, I actually imagined a dress made with it, how lovely would that be. I love how the pink contrast of the dress to the dotted sleeves and the added sash to cinch in the waist. The dress also came with a polka-dot sash but I opted for this plain pink one because that was a little too much for me. The finishing of the dress was good actually, no complaints. I also loved the feel of the material on my body. I opted for a UK size 12 for a slightly looser fit.  This dress could also double as a kimono as well!

A few concerns though, the zip is questionable. I actually experienced slight issues with it the last time I wore it out. And now I'm considering either changing the zip or making sure I wear proper undergarments when next I wear the dress.  I really do hope our Nigerian designers find a way to access better quality zips because this seems to be an issue across various brands. The fabric of the dress surprisingly faded slightly when washed, so there's that too. 
the polkadot dress with puff sleeves
the polkadot dress with puff sleeves
the polkadot dress with puff sleeves
Photography by Blessing Audu

Overall it is a lovely dress and design too. I love how House of Loocz, is changing up the conventional work-wear style. The brand retails dresses from 12-15k which is not necessarily expensive but not affordable for the middle-income earners either. They also stock UK size 6-18, so there's something for everyone! This particular dress costs 12,500 Naira.

Just in case you are new to this blog, in the last few posts, I've been styling strictly Nigerian brand's and sharing my thoughts on them. Catch up on the series at Made in Nigeria if you missed previous posts. You can also follow my hashtag on Instagram #madeinnigeriabyprincessaudu to stay in the loop! 

If you're looking for a women's brand that offers ready-to-wear work-wear pieces for the modern woman then, House of Loocz is your plug!

This post was is in collaboration with House of Loocz,  thank you for working with me on this.

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I just want to say a big thank you to everyone who has supported my Made in Nigeria brands campaign thus far. My apologies for the break in transmission. If things had gone as planned, the series should have almost come to an end but I've still got a few more Made in Nigeria brands and outfits to showcase so please stay tuned.


I've always preferred coordinates over separate pieces due to its versatility. I even recall in 2016, coordinates or coord sets were all the rage! And it makes total sense because you get two different pieces for the price of one. This set is by Nigerian designer Rayhaswish, who is based in Abuja, yes guys, it gives me great joy to present another Abuja-based brand. Rayhaswish offers bespoke tailoring, ready to wear pieces (like this set) and style consultancy too. 
Made in Nigeria coord set in khaki green
Made in Nigeria coord set in khaki green
Made in Nigeria coord set in khaki green
What I love about this set is the unique touches like the added pocket and the incorporation of the printed fabric of the trousers onto the sleeves. I see myself most especially restyling the jacket which is in a lovely Khaki, army green shade! My only issue is the length and the tight fit in my crotch area but the blame is on my part as the measurements I sent were flawed. 

You can get this Rayhaswish piece customized in a range of fabrics I believe and it only costs 8,000  Naira, which is a good deal because you get both a jacket and trousers. 
Made in Nigeria coord set in khaki green
Made in Nigeria coord set in khaki green
Photography by Blessing Audu

Thank you Rayhaswish for partnering with me on this. 
I took these shots during my staycation at the Envoy Hotel Abuja a few Saturdays ago, stay tuned for a full review and post on this. 

I'll end this post by sharing some of my thoughts on consistency. I often struggle with being consistent, be it in my workouts or even skin care routine it can be a struggle. But it occurred to me today that a lot of the successful people that we look up to, are not always the smartest, best looking or even hardest workers but they are consistent in whatever they do. And I believe that's the only way to progress and grow in this life. 
As is often said consistency is key and truer words have never been said. Because it's not always how hard you work or how smart you are but how consistent you are in all you do. #Notetoself.

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flared sleeve top paired with mom jeans
White flared exaggerated sleeves blouse
Hey beautiful people! 
We're still on my made in Nigeria series where I've been talking about Nigerian fashion brands doing great things. If you missed the first couple of posts be sure to catch up here. Today's focus is on this top from (DFL Rocks) which we'll talk more about at the end of this post. I'd like to step away from fashion to for a little bit. 

It's been a while I talked about my faith but if you read my Sarah Speaks on God Where are You, then you know why. Sometime later, I picked up my bible for some quiet time with God for the first time in a long while. It felt weird in a way and I realized just how much I had missed God and my personal time with him. For me, my favorite part of the Christian walk is the study of God's word but after months of doubting and drifting from God, it was nonexistent. God felt so far away and it was really all my doing. But no matter how far away I felt from God, I always had this knowledge that he was there waiting for me and I'm thankful for it. What a privilege it is to serve a God who's ready to accept us when we come back. A God that's always interested even when we're not. And as I struggled and struggle to get back to him and find my footing in this relationship, I'm reminded that God is only as far from us as we are from him, "draw near to God and he will draw near to you (James 4:8)".
styling mules with a raffia bag and mom jeans
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styling flared sleeves with braids

  I'm still unsure of a lot of things at this point but  I want to be closer to him and be on fire once again. I want to get back to sharing about his awesomeness too. And I want to do more of that when I'm ready, all for his glory always. And this is why I cut down on faith posts because you can only preach what you practice but the goal of this blog for me has always been to share my faith through fashion. So your girl will be back with those faith posts very soon. In the meantime, I want to encourage someone to keep pressing because if not God, who or what else?
Abuja blogger princess Audu
styling flared sleeves and mom jeans
Photography by Blessing Audu

Now for the outfit and brand review,  Design for Love (DFL Rocks) is a women's wear brand that often incorporates prints, textures, and drama into its various pieces.  I never win giveaways but I was lucky enough to win this top in addition to an ankara skirt which I didn't like when I tried it on. I do love the texture and exaggerated sleeves of the top though. The finishing was nice too except for the work done on the zip. The wrong side of the zip was sewn on the right side of the top and after wearing the top thrice, the zip busted. I'm not sure how much this top costs but I believe it would be a little on the high side given the price range of the brand. Overall this is a top I will be re-wearing and restyling in upcoming posts. 

I simply styled it with my yellow mules, also made in Nigeria by ShopRBJ and mom jeans previously styled in a lookbook here and here(DFL Rocks), ships worldwide as well!

How would you restyle this top? I'm thinking of layering this underneath a dress or so?
Have you ever struggled with your relationship with God? How did you get back to it?

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handmade Nigerian slipper and raffia bag

Today we are shifting focus from our made in Nigeria fashion brands to talk about footwear!

A little backstory, for the longest time, I hated my feet. They are wide, short and my nails were ugly thus I avoided open toe shoes and that included sandals and slippers. Call it maturity or the Nigerian environment which is better for sandals but my collection of slides and sandals have been growing a lot lately, most of which include made in Nigeria footwear brands. And I've started to accept my feet for what they are, and thank God for them.


I'd like to give our made in Nigeria footwear brands some accolades! I remember back in the day shoemakers were the go-to for handmade shoes but now with the push for homegrown Nigerian made products, I've seen a lot of Nigerian footwear brands step up and reinvent themselves to even include modern styles.

And today's brand focus is on Arike a made in Nigeria footwear brand based in my city, Abuja, Nigeria. They make the cutest and most vibrant slides, sandals and slippers. I was so excited to discover such a brand in Abuja as most times it seems Lagos has all the nice and affordable things. In fact, I find that when it comes to shopping Nigerian brands, I often patronize those based in Lagos thus I spend more on shipping which is not so great. I often wonder where all the affordable Abuja-based brands are? But hey Abuja has good affordable stuff too and Arike is proof!
made in Nigeria footwear slippers brand
made in Nigeria footwear brand
made in Nigeria footwear brand
Photography by Ruth Audu

My take on Arike 
I was speechless when I received my slides, they were so well made. Honestly one of the best I've seen. The sole is solid and looks like it'll last for a long time. I've been wearing it under the rain and sun and it looks as good as new. While I wouldn't say it's exactly comfortable, it doesn't hurt the feet either. I loved the woven detail on the slides which added an extra touch too. 

The slides cost 6,500 Naira which is worth the price. As mentioned earlier the brand is affordable and sells items from as low as 5,000 Naira ($13) to 8,000 Naira ($22). They delivery worldwide and also make custom orders as well. 

Below are some of the items that I'm currently loving from the brand. I must say I love their aesthetic and branding, so kudos to the designer. We all know how important packaging is these days. Arike also makes bags as well! Checkout Arike, tell them I sent you.
handmade slippers in Nigeria
handmade slippers in Nigeria
In styling, I simply paired it with an ankara shift dress with fringe. This is how you'd probably see me dressed during the weekend, easy-breezy. I also opted for a raffia bag which I picked up at Cakehut cafe Abuja, just for picture purposes as it doesn't carry much!

This post is in collaboration with Arike, I appreciate your trust.

Are you a fan of slides, slippers or sandals? What's your weekend style like? What city do you often shop from? Would you say Lagos brands are leading the made in Nigeria movement?

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Princess Audu in a made in Nigeria ankara dress
Made in Nigeria ankara dress
Made in Nigeri ankara dress

One of my biggest issues with shopping from Made in Nigeria brands is the overall finishing and look of items. It's either loose threads are hanging out, the zip is of poor quality or items are not sewn straight or even weaved properly. I recently raised the issue of finishing of items as well as the quality of zips and the price of items and it was both interesting and eye-opening to read some of the responses.


 In the past, I've had some designers talk about the struggles they face with designing in Nigeria, one of which is keeping prices affordable especially with the high cost of production and limited access to raw materials. I must agree after my experience shopping for fabrics, that the cost of production is indeed high as most raw materials are imported from China. And the present dollar-naira rate is not helping things at all.  Which makes me wonder, "what's the way forward?" How can brands keep prices affordable while still making a profit and ensuring good quality? Perhaps we'll talk about this a lit more as we go on in this series. 

Moving on, we can't possibly talk about Made in Nigeria fashion brands without featuring several Ankara pieces and today it's all about the Ankara blazer dress that we didn't know we needed! This piece is a mix between a blazer, a dress, jacket and kimono depending on how it's styled. I mean talk about the versatility of a piece!

Just in case you're new to the blog or out of the loop, I recently embarked on a series where I'll be styling strictly Nigerian brand's and sharing my thoughts on them for the next couple of week. Follow my hashtag on Instagram #madeinnigeriabyprincessaudu to stay in the loop! Catch the first post here if you missed it.

Today's brand spotlight is on Fhibbs Signature who is no stranger on the blog as I previously styled a dress from them here. Today, I'm wearing a blazer dress paired over a little black dress. One thing I must commend this brand for is the overall finishing of clothes which makes them stand out for the right reasons. 

Photography by Blessing Audu

My thoughts on the brand?

Based on my two outfits from Fhibbs Signature , I must say the finishing of the clothes is always professionally done. 
About the Item
This blazer dress was actually a custom order from the brand. The initial design was a little shorter but I asked for it to be made longer to offer more modesty. The sleeves and fabric are my favorite thing about this piece. By the way, the brand offers custom-made designs, alterations, and various fabric selections. Plus they deliver Worldwide! 
Concerns:
While I love this Ankara jacket/blazer dress, it may be a bit bigger than expected. I love my oversize clothes but I'm honestly contemplating if I should take in a few inches. Also, I wish the sash used to tie the dress together was a bit longer so I could knot or tie properly. I will say the brand could use some work on its branding as it relates to product packaging.
Price:
This brand is on the high side of affordable with items retailing at about 12,000 Naira ($40) on average. But based on my shopping experience with them both times, I say it's worth it. 

Dress: Fhibbs Signature || Shoes: Zara|| LBD: Virtue Clothier 

How would you have styled this ankara jacket differently? What have been some of your concerns shopping from Nigerian brands in the past? Let's keep the conversation going!

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Locally made brands in Nigeria coined under #madeinnigeria have taken the production industry by storm, which is awesome! While there has been a push to support more made in Nigeria brands, several concerns have been raised over the said quality, durability and price of some of these products.

Now as a fan and advocate of made in Nigeria brands as you may have noticed, I thought to embark on a campaign promoting and reviewing some of these brands, both old and new. Thus for the next couple of weeks, I'll be styling strictly Nigerian brand's as well as sharing my thoughts on them too. Follow my hashtag on Instagram #madeinnigeriabyprincessaudu to stay in the loop!
wearing ankara jumpsuit to work
wearing ankara jumpsuit to work for workwear
Made in Nigeria brands

Today's focus is all about Bubu Blaq.  A made in Nigeria clothing brand that focuses on incorporating ankara fabrics in modern designs which I love. I'm wearing an Ankara Jumpsuit by Bubu Blaq, I layered a white shirt underneath to make it more modest and it immediately looked work appropriate. 

Would you be bold enough to rock ankara to work though? Especially a print like this? I definitely would. However, there is this notion that ankara is not necessarily formal or work appropriate thus in some workplaces,  wearing ankara prints is either not allowed or restricted to Friday where the work dress code is more relaxed. One has to wonder why though? Aren't prints such as ankara our cultural attire, isn't it our thing? While most ankara prints are made by the Dutch, haven't we taken it over as our own? When it comes to styling ankara prints to work, I believe its quite appropriate depending on the styling and design.

Made in Nigeria Ankara print jumpsuit
Made in Nigeria Ankara print jumpsuit
Made in Nigeria Ankara print jumpsuit
My thoughts on the brand?

First Impressions: 
The jumpsuit was much prettier in real life, I loved it immediately.  I also loved the braided detailing on the waist and shoulder, it really changed things up.
Finishing: 
No complaints, the zip was a good one too and the fabric seems durable.
Style:
I love both the design and fabric selection. The attention to detail cannot be underemphasized, I mean look at how the prints on the fabric are aligned! Green is not usually my colour but there was just something about this one.  I liked that is wasn't too tight and flared just right. 
Buts:
 It's unseen, but one of the braided designs on the shoulder started falling apart when I wore it the first time. It's nothing that can't be fixed but.. Perhaps the crotch area of the pants are too low for my frame as well but it works in a way.
Price: 
It's a little on the high side of affordable retailing for about 12, 000Naira. Which sounds a tad expensive but at the end of the day when you factor the fabric cost plus tailoring, it's not a bad deal. Plus it's ready-to-wear hence one can avoid Nigerian tailor horror stories. 
Plus
You can get it made longer. The brand actually added extra fabric for length which I eventually folded because it was too long.  
Overall thoughts.
I loved this piece and kept getting compliments left and right when I wore it. I'm satisfied and happy. Bubu Blaq delivers Worldwide! Please tell them I sent you when you order. 
Made in Nigeria clothing
Made in Nigeria Ankara print jumpsuit
Made in Nigeria Ankara print jumpsuit
Photography by Blessing Audu

A little tip, when it comes to dressing up pieces especially to work,  layering a white shirt or button up blouse can instantly make an outfit more formal. I actually prefer the jumpsuit styled like this. If you're still unsure on how to find the right jumpsuit for your body type, then this post should help you out.

Now would I wear this ankara jumpsuit to work? Yes, in fact, I already have twice!

Jumpsuit: Bubu Blaq ||Shoes: Zara ||Shirt: Thrift

This post is in collaboration with Bubu Blaq,  thank you for working with me on this.

Over to you, would you wear ankara to work? Is it allowed in your workplace? What are your thoughts on ankara being banned in some workplaces? Did you know that ankara was made by the Dutch?

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