Newly single and needing first-date dresses ASAP? Be more memorable than the girls in little black dresses with these flirty, Africa-inspired dresses. Some are by African designers. Others use fabrics and materials from Africa or are inspired by Africa. Here are 17 African dresses perfect for a first date.
We love the hints of seduction in this dress, like the cutouts in the sleeves and the nearly low-cut front. The top is flowy and romantic while the skirt elongates the legs and accentuates the hourglass shape. We found this dress at Sapelle.com an online fashion company that sources designers and materials from all over Africa.
The flowy skirt on this dress by South African designer Thula Sindi is perfect if you and your date take a turn on the dance floor. The one strap is flirty, the baby blue is youthful and the leather waist belt is a great feminine touch. We found this dress at Sapelle.com.
This dress from Kenyan designer Kiko Romeo is perfect for a night at a lively Spanish restaurant, or a night of salsa dancing. The bright red is very seductive, and the jagged bottom of the dress is unique. The patchwork at the bottom draws attention to your legs, too. We found this dress at Sapelle.com.
This dress by Choolips — a London-based company that often looks to West Africa for inspiration — is perfect if you’re going on a lunch date. It has an innocent look with a belled-out skirt that works wonders to make the waist look tiny and the legs look slender. We found this dress at Sapelle.com.
We love this dress from Nigerian brand Eredappa because it has elements of a very classic dress with the lace and high neckline, but then out of the top peeks this funky African print. The colors flatter any skin tone and hair color. We found this dress at MyAsho.com.
This dress is from Asos’ own line has incredible detail, from the herringbone tie-back to the slip dress underneath. It’s elegant, super feminine and ultra flirty. The company often sources Africa for materials and designers. We found this dress at Asos.com.
This is another dress from the Asos collection. The lace on either side highlights a woman’s curves. This can be a daytime or nighttime date dress, and can easily support some chunky jewelry. We found this dress at Asos.com.
We had to give you one little black dress, in case that’s your secret weapon on dates. But this is no ordinary little black dress. The peek-a-boo sheer material on just one half of the torso is nicely teasing, and the A-line hemline makes you look long and slender. We found this dress at AgnesandLola.com — line that handpicks designers from all over Africa.
This vibrant dress is another gem from Agnes and Lola. Wrap dresses are always so flattering — they make everything you want looking small to look small, and everything you want looking curvy to look curvy. We found this dress at AgnesandLola.com.
If you just want to look girly, this dress from Heritage1960 is for you. The floral print is cheerful, but then there are hints of a bad girl on the sides with the leather. Dress it up with bright-colored jewelry. We found this dress at Heritage1960.com, a company that draws a lot of inspiration and gets materials from the Ivory Coast.
There’s something about turquoise and orange that just sings, “Vacaaation.” The high neckline is very royal looking and shows off the shoulders. Some chunky bracelets are just the things to pair with the loud dress. Wear it to a luau or backyard bbq date. We found it on Pinterest and it’s originally from Rstyle.me.
Going to a black tie restaurant but don’t want to wear a stuffy cocktail dress? The sillhouette of this dress is clean and elegant, the frilled top accentuates your curves, but the tones are still very earthy. We found this on Bellanaija.com
Bellanaija.com comes through again with this two-piece stunner. We love the twisty tribal neckline, paired with the vibrant yellow, structured top. If you look closely, there is a fun patterned stitching going up the back of the skirt.
The structured sillouette and high quality material is perfect for a day at a country club or resort brunch, but the flowers bring a jungle vibe. The dress doesn’t need jewelry but would pair well with a string of pearls. We found this at Kampalafair.com.
Throw a cardigan over this to cover up the waist cutouts and it can go to the office, but if you’re meeting someone at a nightclub right after, this dress is the perfect mix of edgy and elegant. We found it at Sokashop.com.
If you’re so lucky to be taken to a gala or ball on a first date, this is your dress. The formal cut with the full train, paired with the peppy green is a nice change of pace for a formal gown. We found this at BecauseIamfabulous.com.
The baby doll skirt and high neckline is perfect for the fashionista that loves all things ultra-feminine. The pattern is very youthful, but the material is sophisticated so it’s a great piece for a garden party. We found this dress at Nordstrom.com.