The Traditional Yoruba | Top Ways You Can Rework


Yoruba is a traditional piece of clothing that has been passed down through years of African generations. The inheritance however hasn’t reached the youth of this generation as expected. This is perhaps because of the extravagance of this attire. Since yoruba clothing is worn at weddings, many Nigerian designers are bringing their own clothing line at weddings.

Then again, young Africans wanting to spruce up this traditional piece have been experimenting with styles both with the help of fashion brands and top designers.

Read on below to find the most millennial twists on the traditional Yoruba.

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1. Buba and Sokoto | The Traditional Yoruba

Buba and Sokoto, or in other words – tops and pants, have taken many twists and turns over the past decades. The top compared to a regular shirt goes around the waist over the knees. This doesn’t have to be the case, though. Contemporary fashion brands are bringing changes by shortening the Buba to resemble a shirt. They are also using different fabrics from Ankara and Guinea to silk and even velvet.

The Traditional Yoruba | Top Ways You Can Rework

As for the heavy printed patterns, the senator styled plain attire is preferred by the youth now. It is trendy to spice it up with embroidery different colored patches over the shoulders that complement the rest of your outfit.

2. Dashiki

The Dashiki style, when compared to Agbadas for men, is shorter and goes just below the waist. It flares up on the sides and is worn in ceremonies. Most men wear it to look a lot bolder and youthful. Even though there aren’t major changes except for the embroidery and neck styles, this isn’t the same for women. Nowadays, women have been embracing the dashiki in extravagant sizes and patterns.

The Traditional Yoruba | Top Ways You Can Rework

Women are seen playing with the clothing piece with bold and moderate designs. Tye-dyed dashikis along with both open and fitted waists are hitting the streets. Spruce it up with a belt, and you can make a complete transformation.

3. Iro and Buba | The Traditional Yoruba

The Oleke and Tulip Iro and Buba are some of the many transformations from the original gown. The latest styles include fabric made of chiffon, guinea brocade, silk, and velvet. The sleeves aren’t just to the wrist and oleku or short-sleeved anymore. You can find anything from split sleeves, puffed, and also sleeveless ones.

Women have now knotted up the lower part or added pants to the aesthetic outfit. Bellanaija fans are quite comfortable with the esobibella style of wearing the iro and buba.

4. Agbada

The most respected attire in Nigeria, the Agbada, was mostly worn by the elderly. This long and wide gown has been making waves in contemporary styles and is now worn by all ages of men. Popular designers like Mai Atafo and Soares Anthony are bringing major transformations to the Agdaba.

The Agbadas for formal occasions nowadays include lighter gowns of vibrant colors whereas the Agbadas meant to be worn in weddings include intricate patterns along with an embroidered cap Fila, the mantle Buba, and the pants Sokoto.

Modern Agbadas are seen as flowy with a much wider cloth, sleeveless and half-sleeved lengths, and extensive differences in neck embroidery. The fabric itself keeps changing according to the latest fashion couture.


Like what you see? Why not switch from the traditional Yoruba clothing to collars, v-style necks or buttoned ones. Spruce up your African heritage with any of these styles!