African style is eclectic, bold, vibrant and colourful – a sharp contrast to the minimalist and muted styles of the West. And thanks to Instagram, Africans (such as StylePantry) now take centre stage in the global style scene, with a few attaining the coveted style star status.
Every one of the street style ‘grammers below stand out because of their unique style. But that’s not the only reason they shine. Many (such as Trevor Stuurman, Yagazie Emezie and Uzy Paws) have become voices in their own right – on cultural heritage, identity and individualism.
In no particular order here are Africa’s top 12 street style Instagrammers you should follow immediately.
1. YagazieEmezie, Nigeria , 46.4k followers
Yagazie is a global traveller who perfectly fuses images from her sojourns with her offbeat, bohemian style. Like others on Instagram, she snaps beautiful objects and people, but it’s her ability to find beauty in things you won’t traditionally label as such that makes her stand out.
2. This_Is_Ess, Kenya, 74.8k followers
Sharon Mundia is a fashion blogger and columnist. Sharon’s pictures strike the perfect balance between her chic style (think: denims, maxi dresses, flared skirt, espadrilles and platforms) and love of the good life.
Purple Reign. Now on #thisisess.com A photo posted by Sharon (@this_is_ess) on
3. NewHipsterStyle, South Africa, 32.6k followers
Crystal Kasper’s style is edgy and high fashion. She has an affinity for layering with statement coats and jackets ranging from leather to cashmere. Expect a scrapbook of all her superior sartorial choices as she struts the streets of South Africa.
4. StyleIsMyThing, Angola, 100k followers
Soraya De Carvalho’s love for colour blocking with bright colours makes her stand out. Solara’s Instafeed is bold and feminine. She has created the perfect balance between her love for fashion, flowers and healthy food.
5. StylePantry, Nigeria, 298k followers
Scrolling through Folake Huntoon’s account is a little like staring into a confectionary shop window filled with macaroons. By snapping herself in front of boldly coloured walls wearing her good-enough-to-eat chic outfits, she has amassed a cult following. She’s also launched a clothing line with her sister, Funmi Kuyi, for the everyday woman.
6. FashionMinTea, Morocco, 20.5k followers
Yasmina Olfi is a fashion blogger who’s love for beautiful things stretches beyond fashion to decor, food and nature. You will find pictures of intricate table settings with delicious dishes and Yasmina posed with green trees in the background. Her style is demure with just the right dash of oomph.
Good morning A photo posted by Yasmina Olfi (@fashionmintea) on
7. EmmaJaneMenteath, South Africa, 10.7k followers
Model and blogger at mylifeinpink.co.za, Emma Jane’s feed is edgy, urban and just a little bit mischievous.
8. LouisPhilippeDeGagoue, Cameroon / Ivory Coast, 4.4k followers
The Instagram feed of this Dubai-based stylist and art director is more travel guide than fashion feed. With his eclectic style, he can inject vitality into the least visually appealing surroundings.
#yaounde#cameroun#silhouette#louisphilippedegagoue#africa A photo posted by Louis Philippe de Gagoue (@louisphilippedegagoue) on
9. Aliaaelesseily, Egypt, 34.8k followers
Image consultant, Aliaa snaps and documents her way through cities around the world – mostly in stockings, biker jackets and tassels. What’s not to love? Aliaa’s hipster and edgy approach to fashion is quite remarkable.
10. Trevor_Stuurman – South African, 23k followers
By documenting and curating his own (and others’) style, this photographer and filmmaker has created one of South Africa’s coolest street style feeds. On it you’ll find everything from edgy to quirky and alternative styles – all with a deep African influence.
Styled by Cape Town. Pic credits: @vuyovaroy #StuurmanStyleDiary #WeekendSpecial A photo posted by Trevor (@trevor_stuurman) on
11. MissLionHunter, Zimbabwe, 6.9k followers
Zimbabwean designer, Mo Handahu is re-defining perceptions of plus-size women one colourful printed shirt and graphic skirt at time.
Thursday ○ I Am What’s Underneath [ what an honour to be asked to be a part of @stylelikeu’s What’s Underneath Campaign! I was asked, “what does your style say about you and what assumptions do people make based on your style?” I answered, my style says that I’m here to stand in unison with tall, plus size women who like to push boundaries, get giddy when surrounded by color and effortlessly mix prints like the world depended on it. It also says that I embrace my creativity, that I’m not afraid to try anything and that I’m ok with failing. I guess people might assume that I’m a very confident person, but many wouldn’t know that there are many times when I have to look at myself in the mirror before heading out to fashion week or events. I look into my eyes for at least 10 seconds because somehow that moment of silence ignites courage within me. I give myself a pep talk to remind myself of my worth and that it’s ok that I look different, tower over everybody and have crooked teeth. I end by reminding myself of the name my parents gave me – Musemo Handahu. Musemo which means Pillar of Strength or The Main Pillar and Handahu which means Lion Hunter, and I’m out the door! ✌ #IAmWhatsUnderneath #6ForSelfAcceptance @StyleLikeU
12. UzyPaws, Nigeria, 20k followers
Self-described natural hair enthusiast, Uzy Nwachukwu’s style is unconstrained with a touch of bohemian. Expect off-beat selfies, uber-cool still-lives and a glimpse into the world she shares with partner and fellow blogger @joelshabanii.