With Heritage Day just around the corner, some of us have started to think about what we are going to be dressed up in on the day

Whilst the concept of being kitted out from head to toe in traditional attire is impressive, the majority of us do not have the full regalia to do this.

The good news is one does not actually need to go gung-ho in terms of being traditional or even participating in the day’s festivities. 

Gugu Nkosi, founder of shwebygugu.co.za shows us 5 fun and easy ways to integrate various traditional pieces into our modern day wardrobe…


From hats to bags to jewellery, accessories can turn a good ensemble into a great one!

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A styling tip for when you have multiple pieces is to match only one of the accessories to the outfit you have chosen. It doesn’t have to be an exact match, but should be related so as to complement it.

See how these colourful bangles compliment this gorgeous dress from Gugu Nkosi.

Trendy tops

Tops are a great way to nail the traditional look from basically having half the outfit.

A well themed top can be paired with pants or pencil skirts to achieve a clean or formal look. Another benefit of a typical traditional top – such as a peplum –  is that it can create the illusion of redefining your shape.

Check out this boob tube from Africa Fashion House.



A ethnic-print skirt can be paired with a similar coloured or contrasting top. The classic white or black top is quite flexible and usually guarantees a clean match.

Try Miss Jacqs fabric boutique for some amazing prints to make your own sensational skirt!

Dress or jumpsuit

If you do decide to go fairly full on, there are a few trendy pieces one can consider for multiple uses.

Check out this trendy jumpsuit from Haute Afrika to get ready for summer or this the stylish vibrant dress from Styles By Tumi.


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From Bantu knots to corn rows to braids, the list is endless when recreating these proudly African hair looks.

Get some hair inspo from Beyonce’s hairstylist from her Black Is King stylist Neal Farinah below..