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Top Fashion Bloggers in Nigeria to Follow in 2018

Want the latest fashion news, trends, tips and information at your fingertips?

Then this list of top fashion bloggers in Nigeria is a must have.

Over the centuries, fashion has been on the upward trend and keeping up with the latest happenings in the fashion world can be a daunting task if you do not know where to look.

To help you solve this challenge, we bring you the top dynamic fashion bloggers ruling the Nigerian blogosphere

 1. Black Fabulousity

This site prides itself on running a blog with a focus on fashion, Art, and photography works. Blackfabulousity.com operated from Lagos, Nigeria is identified as authentic, different, and unconventional.

The website is home for people with interests in fashion, art and photography.  Check out their social handles here.

Instagram: @blackfabulousity

Twitter:@blackfabulosity

2. Cassie Davies

Cassandra Ikegbune popularly known as Cassie Davies is a medical doctor, creative entrepreneur and award winning fashion blogger. Her fashion and lifestyle blog focuses on life and style, fashion, other things that inspire her such as Lagos living and reader spotlight among others.

Instagram:@cassiedaves

Twitter:@cassie_daves

3. Akin Faminu

Akin Faminu is a medical Doctor turned fashion blogger as well. He is a well-known fashion stylist with an underlying passion for creativity and Artistic creativity. He runs the online fashion journal where he showcases different fashion styles.

Instragram: @akinfaminu

Twitter: @akinfaminu

 4. Thealmachronicle           

All the way from Canada, thealmachronicle.com is an ever-growing style blog that continues to gain worthy readership & recognition worldwide for its sophisticated and classic style content from Nigeria readers for showcasing the best from different cultures.

 Alma Rex Ezonfade is always on the lookout with a camera to photograph beautiful locations as beauty is seen as we walk by nature.

Instagram:@thealmachronicle

Twitter:@AlmaChronicle

5. Ifeanyi Okafor Jr

A super men's style fashion blogger having his work at ifeanyiokaforjr.com where he blogs about the latest trends in fashion.

Instagram:@ifeanyiokaforjr

6. Toyosi Gregory-Jonah

Toyosi Gregory-Jonah is a fashion blogger with a good grasp in fitness as staying healthy is her lifestyle.

She blogs at Toyosi Gregory where she documents his personal style, product review, and fitness struggles among other topics that are of interest to her.

She is a great example of a mumprenuer who has found a blend and hopefully having fun at the same time.

Twitter:@tgjonah

7. The Dee Mako

If you’ve got your fashion sense from your mom as you grow up, then you’re in the same company as Dee Mako. Dee got his fashion sense from his mom asides the opportunity of using her voice.

DeeMako is a one stop place for inspiration for fashion no matter your budget as you have a bargain hunter as your hold-hand.

Instagram: @dee_mako

Twitter:@dee_mako

8. Desirée Iyama

Desirée Iyama’s inspiration is drawn from Western influences with an emphasis on sharp tailoring, clean silhouettes and attention to detail.

Desireeiyama is a contemporary women’s wear brand, founded in 2016, serving as a way to bring sophisticated and feminine, yet playful and effortless style to fashion lovers.

Instagram:

Twitter:

9. ForStyleSake

ForStyleSake is run by 2 sisters Salewa and Segi with a focus to be the premier online fashion destination for African fashion enthusiasts who want to build their own style repertoire and at the same time interested in discovering awesome Nigerian/African fashion brands.

Whenevr you want to see the best fashion in the world, Forstylesake won’t disappoint you.

Instagram:@forstylesake

Twitter:@forstylesake

11. I AM DODOS

When looking for a beauty and style entrepreneur, I AM DODOS is your candidate. I AM DODOS is passionate about sharing the love for fashion, makeup, and beauty with people through her blog and social media channels.

Real beauty starts from within and one of the best ways to show this is by contributing to other people’s lives, bringing timely hacks, tips, and tutorials to her audience brings a little bit of happiness, beauty, and sunshine.

Instagram: @iamdodos_style

Twitter:@Iamdodos

12. Velma Williams

Fashion Rehab was founded by Velma Williams who is a plus-size woman with a flare and love for fashion.  The blog caters to women who love Fashion and focuses on inspiring plus-size women to embrace their bodies and look fabulous while living their lives.

Twitter:  @infashionrehab

There you have it. The list of top fashion bloggers in Nigeria to follow in 2018. If you think we missed a beat, we love to hear from you @loyalbonus

Now over to you. Which of these fashion blogger is your favourite and why? We love to hear from you in the comment below or through our twitter handle.

How to Shop Online 2018 - The Complete Guide to Online Shopping

E-commerce has come to stay.

From Amazon to E-bay and LoyalBonus, you have the best options for shopping online.

This is for many reasons including the fact that shopping online is so much easier. Technological advancements have made a lot of things that used to be analogue easier to do.

The limitations that accompanied getting a lot done is no longer there because now, you can comfortably sit in your bedroom and have a discussion with someone in another country.

In the same vein, going to the traditional markets is now losing fashion because with a phone or laptop and internet connection, you can buy whatever you want to buy anytime of the day. However, like everything, there are steps that one must follow.

Everything has a pro and con. With the traditional market, you have the privilege of seeing what you want to buy and even trying it on. But that luxury is not available with e-commerce, so it calls for more vigilance and being more informed, so you don’t lose morning

What Is Online Shopping?

Online shopping is simply shopping using the internet or buying from e-markets as against the traditional market.

Most traditional stores have an e-market now because they understand they have to keep up with the times or they will be left behind. So while you have to visit a physical location with a traditional market or store to get what you need, you don’t need to visit a physical place to shop online.  

How Do You Pay For Things Online

Because buying online is different from buying from a traditional market, payment is also done differently.

Cybercrime is always a fear of paying online because they will be dropping their card information online and it could sometimes, fall into the wrong hands. So it is important to know the different ways to pay for things online as well as other information about them as relating to safety.

  • One way to pay online is through credit cards. Credit cards are pretty safe, even though they are not used in some countries yet. With the credit card, you can buy whatever you want online and pay for them when the billing is sent to you. If for any reason your information was breached and someone somewhere used your credit card, then you can quickly report the situation and be free from the cost or at least, not much. You will, however, need to act quickly if you don’t want to incur the cost of goods you did not buy or use. To reduce being a victim, you can have another credit card for buying online and monitor the purchases on that particular card but generally, you should indeed monitor your spending.
  • Another way to pay online is through the debit card. Unlike the credit card, the debit card removes money from your account directly and you wouldn’t need to apply like you would need to do for the credit card. The disadvantage of a debit card is the fact that money is used directly from your bank account, so if your information falls into the wrong hands, they will be able to use the card and use the money in your account for their purchases. Luckily though, you can set up alerts for the card, so you get alerted by the bank any time there is a debit. With this option, you can immediately monitor your spending.
  • Payment services are another way to pay online. Paypal, for instance, is a very popular third-party payment service. Instead of giving every website your information, you can simply give them your Paypal information after you have registered and given Paypal your card information, so it reduces the number of places where you have to input your information. The downside is that if there is a dispute with a seller, your accounts can get frozen till the air is cleared. That is why most people use their credit card as a source for purchases instead.

How Do You Order Online?

  • Create an account with the online store.
  • Search for the product and choose desired product.
  • Go to my cart and check out. The item will be included to your cart. From where, you will enter your address and be required to pay using your desired payment option.
  • Select pick up option; maybe ship to home or go to a pick up centre
  • Then you wait for your product.

Steps Involved In Online Shopping

For people who have not done online shopping before, it might be quite daunting but it is actually easy.

There are many shops online and some are not safe, so the first thing you need to know is that you shouldn’t just go to any website and put in your information. So it is always better to use established stores or the online stores of traditional stores. Be sure of their website.

  • When you visit the website, they all have an option for search and even at the menu; there are different categories of what they sell e.g., home appliance, gadgets and so on. Search for the product you want to buy.
  • Read the product details carefully and look at the picture to be sure that is what you want. If it clothing, make sure you know the size beforehand because you don’t have the option of trying out before you buy.
  • Then go to check out. At check out, you will be given payment options to choose from. Some stores include pay at delivery and some don’t. If you don’t have an account with them earlier, you will be prompted to get one. Your personal information will be required to open an account. Then you can choose your payment option and wait for your goods to come to you.

How to Shop Online Safely

Due to the increasing rate of cybercrime, you need to know how to shop safely.

  • Shop at trusted online stores. Many of the established stores have online stores, so you can try them instead.
  • And if for any reason you want to shop at an unfamiliar store, read everything, especially their privacy policy, watch out for the kind of information you are asked to give out and research their reputation.
  • Be careful of what looks too good to be true. Usually, that is the case.
  • Go for credit cards that have online fraud protection. These protections will return your money if you are defrauded.
  • Monitor your bank statement regularly and carefully.
  • Don’t shop with public WiFi or with a public computer where you have to enter your details.
  • Use difficult password
  • Be careful with sites that ask for too much information. All they need is card information, address and phone number.

 Online shopping offers a huge convenience for everyone. Take advantage of this but remember to stay safe always.

 

 

 

6 Steps to buying an Office Dress on A Budget

 

Outfits that are fit for work determines your shopping model and if you are looking for excellent tips on how to buy that office dress, then you are in the right place.

 

Looking and appearing smart and polished at work is all that matters which determines how confident you are and the perception of colleagues and others towards you.

 

Every woman needs to embrace her own style and wear what they feel most confident in, just have in mind that your garments fit the business dress code.

 

Women no matter their shape, color, petite or not needs to note these while shopping for office dresses:

 

1. Shop for dresses in one color where possible:

 

It’s advisable to match separate clothes: tops, trousers, and skirts) to form single color outfits and avoid color blocking clothing which will shorten a woman’s frame.

 

Here are popular business colors to include in your wardrobe:

 

*   Black – makes you thinner and gives authority

*   Grey- appears sophisticated and exudes confidence

*   Navy – symbolizes a calm persona, control, and loyalty

*   Purple – represents wealth, luxury and sophistication

*   Brown – gives a genuine appeal and communication

 

 

 

2. Do away with large, busy fabrics.

 

Always go with clothing with small, delicate prints. Stick with solid colors to avoid swamping your frame.

 

3. Invest in dark colors such as black, navy blue, charcoal, and burgundy.

 

They help you look slimmer no matter your size and these colors mix, blend and match with other items easily, which will serve you for years.

 

 

4. Go with clothes with vertical lines and wear V-shape and U-shape necklines in tops and t-shirts to make your figure appear elongated.

 

 

5. For petite women, wear fitted garments.

 Here we don’t mean tight. Non-fitted clothing will make you look heavier and shorter than you really are.

 

 

6. Always go with slim belts and match them to your outfit.

Do away with wide and contrasting colored belts as they will cut your figure in two and break the vertical illusion of your height.

 

 

DRESSING FOR SUCCESS

 

Dressing for the day job can be a minefield. Any garment that exposes an area of your body that you wouldn’t be comfortable showing to your dad should be saved for the weekend. Without sounding too 1950s housewife, I would go as far as to advise that sleeveless shirts should be avoided (unless it is properly hot outside) and skirts should remain around the knee (unless you wear thick tights). So to dress for success.

 

 

#1: Provide a professional look

Never forget the holy trinity of workplace dressing, which is:

  1. Looking professional
  2. Remaining true to your personal style
  3. Being comfortable

Successfully balancing these three is no mean feat but it can be easily achieved. Shirts and blouses are the go-to for office wear for a reason because they help achieve the three goals above.

 

 

#2: A classic white shirt will go with anything and instantly provide a professional look; just invest in some vanish for those pesky stains. Also keep in mind that “shirt” doesn’t have to mean masculine cut; take some time in finding a version to flatter your body type.

Shirt dresses are also a fantastic choice; wrap a skinny belt around your waist and you’re ready to

 

 

#3: When it’s one of those mornings when there are more important things to think about, a pair of black tights, a nice frock, and a cardigan will be a great choice, as they require significantly less “what goes with what” thinking.

 

 

#4: The choice between a skirt and a trouser is purely personal. If you’re a trouser wearer, try a modern cigarette pant or wide leg, avoid jeans entirely unless your office is very casual.

If jeans are accepted in your workplace, ensure they are black and pay close attention to avoiding the aged greying effect that can happen after a few washes and wears (you can dye them to make them black again)

 

#5: Another piece in any working wardrobe is a blazer. If your office is conservative, stick to a more structured cut and show your personality through color.

If you have a more relaxed workplace, you could try something such as the waterfall cut blazer. There is no such thing as one size fits all; experiment, try things out and go with what feels right. Your blazer will help if the air-conditioning is up too high.

 

 

WHY IT'S SO HARD FOR WOMEN TO FIGURE OUT WHAT TO WEAR TO WORK

 

As we know that having a wardrobe that can be simply mixed and matched for a variety of looks is a great solution to the perennial problem of what to wear to the office.

 

Women in work dress are expected to be feminine but not too feminine, this creates a number of ways their outfit could go wrong; too bright, too tight, too dowdy, too sexy, too masculine—all were potential pitfalls. Easy did not describe getting dressed for women all the time.

 

As we know it today, work clothes no longer mean suits, blazers, starched shirts, and tailored trousers. The situation can make it difficult for anyone to get a handle on what is and isn’t right for the office.

Many are confused about what’s appropriate in different office environments. The increasing freedom to choose one’s clothes may actually be making it more complicated for many women to decide what’s appropriate for work as we see below.

 

#6: Work clothes are polarizing

There’s the challenge of being on-trend while also serving a working audience, we try to move with the trends, even though a conservative office today still looks very similar to what it was 10 years ago.

All the different trends that we see at more casual offices are still largely inappropriate for conservative banks or law firms or places like that.

It’s true that conservative offices have loosened up little, but these make a small percentage. Meanwhile, many other offices have rapidly lost their formality, to the point that there’s often no distinction between what a woman might wear during the week versus out for the evening or on the weekend.

 

CASUAL CLOTHES ARE EATING OFFICE WEAR

The underlying traits that define office clothing haven’t varied too much. For women, clothes should probably not be too revealing, or too sloppy. Our baselines for what those things mean keep moving. The line between athletic clothing and everyday clothing, for instance, continues to blur, and leggings have become part of many women’s basic wardrobes. Now they’re becoming part of what women wear to work, and already a common sight in offices.

 

 

 

FASHION IS EATING WORKWEAR

 

The move towards casual wears brings about competition as women wanted more styles than fashion. In our context, “fashion” refers to trend-driven clothes and items with an unconventional design, while “style” means basics and pieces not so closely associated with a specific moment. An example of this is off-the-shoulder tops that have steadily been cropping up everywhere, the style could show off too much skin for some, our rule is if you need a special bra for it, it’s not office wear.

 

 

7 OFFICE WEAR IDEAS TO GET YOU GOING FROM MONDAYS TO FRIDAYS.

 

Here we will take a look at what to wear throughout the week as we know that duty calls for some on weekends. Here are 7 outfit ideas to serve you through the week:

 

  1. The classic outfit

This is the easiest and most common way to dress for office as it nails the wear to work situation as it’s perfect for all jobs. Although it has a high tendency of making you look boring. To lighten this up, always wear an item that adds fun to your looks such as the watch, jewelry or bag.

 

  1. The casual business office look

This translate to jeans office wear. Pair the jeans with heels, a very smart/ feminine top, a blazer, and a professional bag. Also have fun with your accessories, shoes, and bags depending on your job.

 

  1. Careless office look

This is for those who have got a special liking for fashion and ladies office wear, but at the same time don’t give a crap about their outfit. These are more street style worthy.

 

  1. Glamorous office look

This is for all sexy women who also run the world, but who prefer to do it in their glamorous office attire accompanied with bright lips, high heels, and with their outfit they can go from office to late dinner cocktails.

These women are not afraid to flaunt it all with fabulous heels, expensive perfumes, rich fabrics, pencils skirts and silky blouses among others.

 

  1. Sophisticated office look

This office outfit is easy to do, but it takes time and a lot of experimentation to have fun with this.super sexy heels, massive bling, sporty sweatshirts with classy pencil skirts, hats, denim, it’s about styling them and making them work. It’s about having fun with your outfits for work.

 

  1. Simple and feminine look

This is for those who love flowy flirty dresses, tiny jewelry and looking casual smart all the time. If you think chiffon is not for office, think again. Wearing knee-length or over-the-knee dresses or skirts in any color or print, cinched at the waist, paired with smart blazers and heels look better.

 

  1. The edgy office look

This is not for the faint-hearted ones, nor is it for all work domains. Although, one can add a slight edge to any look and get away with it. Probably this style is more appropriate for those who work creative jobs and have less of a strict office attire, this makes it easy to add a bit of their own thing into their outfits for work: boots, leather, T-shirts, darker lips, nail-art, and tennis shoes.

 

          

Dressing Appropriately for Work

 

As we’ve seen so far, to be taken seriously by your employer, it's important for dress appropriately for the workplace.  The way you look plays a role in your success in the modern workplace. The challenge with appearance is that it translates to performance. Even if your boss doesn't think that he/she is thinking any less of you, he/she will subconsciously think it. When you don't fit in, you're not as accepted and welcomed.

 

At some point, the way you dress for work could hurt your chances of getting a promotion. Although in today's workplace, where casual wear is becoming increasingly popular, it can be tricky to understand the rules of appearance. We need to take note of our career and etiquette to get the picture right.

 

In sum, let’s look at what should influence buying of office dresses:

 

  1. Understand what's appropriate in your industry
  2. Make sure your clothes fit
  3. Wear rich colors to portray authority
  4. Avoid neon colors and overly flashy clothes
  5. Don't be too sexy

 

 

Wearing the right office dress can make you feel great at work so chose them carefully.