STITCH WRAP TIE AND FLAUNT THAT LESSO

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Growing up you probably swore to never tie a lesso like the elderly women did going around their business. Probably the right name for it is Kanga but I grew up only knowing Lesso. Well, you might just want to change your mind about that. Fashion is just a repetition of the past but by a present generation. Once you are done reading this, you’ll probably pay your mum a visit this weekend and go shopping in her closet.

Take that old tired lesso and fold it nicely, wrap it around your head. That’s a head scarf mama, get creative. Do a turban wrap, a barn, a twist, bandanna…whatever you choose to do with it is only limited by your creativity. You might also want to consider the shape of your face.

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Then those new lessos your aunt brought the last time she visited; get them out of that raggedy old suit case. Those that are a bit bigger can be folded and stitched into Deras. Dera is a Swahili design that is free and long. It is the new nude because who really cares what you have on the inside. You can have a collection of all sorts of prints. Play around with accessories, especially beaded, to give you that African edge.

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Sometimes you just do not want to stitch or wrap, so make a little knot over one shoulder or at the back of your neck. Get creative and accessorize playfully. Sometimes you just need the lesso for a statement, so throw it over one shoulder or wrap it around your neck like an infinity scarf. Slay two birds and stop traffic with a mama’s lesso.

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