The Folklore’s Summer Sale officially begins today and it is one of two bi-annual events where you can shop some of your favourite African brands. With up to 35% off across selected pieces, including dresses, shirts, blouses and swimwear, you can continue to build your summer wardrobe staples without making too big a dent in your wallet. But shopping in the sale is easy when you know exactly what you’re after; while the array of choices on offer can be overwhelming if you don’t. To help you out with some sartorial inspiration, we’ve curated an edit of 10 pieces for women and men, that have caught our eye, and will capture yours, too.
Accordion Long Sleeve Top by Sisiano
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The power of color cannot be underestimated when it comes to making an impact on our mood. The yellow Accordion top by Nigerian womenswear brand Sisiano is inspired by the calm complexity of the ocean. Its billowing style makes it a perfect piece to keep you comfortable yet stylish, while the striking pattern and bold hue will have you feeling ready to take on the world. Wear it over swimwear as a coverup or with jeans and sandals for a casual day look.
Overlaying Ball Sleeves Dress by Mazelle Studio
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Some of the best things come in twos and this dress by Nigerian brand Mazelle Studio is one of them. Consisting of a ruche panelled bodice made from a hand-dyed chiffon fabric and a dyed denim crop top that goes over it, the Overlaying Ball Sleeves Dress is a unique take on your standard summer dress. Featuring cut-out shoulders, a fitted silhouette and a blend of earthy yellow and green hues, this eye-catching design is one you don’t want to miss out on.
Animal Print Slip Dress by W35T
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Every woman should have a slip dress in her wardrobe and this sleek design from South African label W35T is a fresh take on the classic look. Crafted from a soft crepe-like fabric, the Animal Print Slip Dress is a lightweight staple piece that’s perfect for a warm summer’s day. Complement the streamlined silhouette by keeping the rest of your look simple with strappy heeled sandals and stud earrings.
Clay Pot Sleeve Pencil Dress by SELFI
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The Clay Pot Sleeve Pencil Dress from South African womenswear brand SELFI perfectly represents the label’s comfortable-but-fashionable aesthetic. It is made from a natural linen-blend fabric in Cape Town by local artisans, featuring two side pockets, an asymmetrical hemline and dramatic voluminous sleeves that move when you do. It’s a staple piece you’ll come back to over and over again, and the perfect time to snap it up is right now.
Cayman One Piece Swimsuit by Salt and Sunscreen
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The Cayman swimsuit by Nigerian swimwear brand Salt and Sunscreen is a simple and considered take on vacation wear. Locally made in Lagos, the elegant curved neckline and adjustable shoulder strap are ultra-flattering on every body type. The best part? It doubles up as a bodysuit so you can pair it with jeans for a classic look.
Stripe Suit Jacket and Stripe Suit Trousers by Tokyo James
Shop the Stripe Suit Jacket and Stripe Suit Trousers by Tokyo James
The Stripe Suit Jacket and matching Stripe Suit Trousers by London-based menswear brand Tokyo James is a bold, contemporary take on classic tailoring. Detailed with red, blue and beige stripes down the sleeves and legs, the suit provides a striking option for an edgy yet sophisticated look.
Zimele Wrap Shirt by ALC
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Taking its name from the Zulu word which translates to “standing on your own two feet” or independence, the Zimele shirt by South African brand ALC lives up to its moniker thanks to the idiosyncratic wrap design. The blue shirt features a paisley-style floral pattern and an adjustable tie fastening at the chest, which means it can be worn loose of fitted. The unique shirt is an alternative to a T-shirt or button-down for when you’re feeling sartorially adventurous.
Black Leather Jacket by Tokyo James
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Every wardrobe needs a classic leather jacket and this Black Leather Jacket from Tokyo James is as stylish as they come. Merging elements of a motorcycle jacket with the tailoring of a blazer and featuring double belt fastenings at the midriff, this jacket will add a touch of cool to any outfit.
Menzi Utility Jacket by ALC
Shop the Menzi Utility Workwear Jacket by ALC
The Menzi Jacket by ALC is one of those styles that will only get better with time. It’s cut for a comfortable fit while the multiple pockets point to its utility inspiration. Despite its striking yellow hue, the jacket is more versatile that it looks – dress it down with a plain white tee and the matching Molopo Trousers, or layer it over a button-down shirt to ground a smart look.