Proper way to wear Yoruba native cap (fila)

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In our everyday life we see men wear their traditional cap as part of their native outfit to workplace and for special occasions. This way of dressing have become a routine that there is the need for our men to master the proper way to wear it . Although the native style keeps evolves but the Agbada and Fila cap are still the same as many years ago.

In the next two weeks, we will be discussing about dressing. We will consider the proper way to wear our native outfit in combination with fila, shoes, and what to wear for official purposes. This week we will look at how to match our fila with our native outfit properly. It is not just to wear something, it is important to master how best to wear them.

Dressing in Nigerian traditional fashion styles are not complete without a matching cap. It is a unique part of the outfit that makes every man wearing native looks dashing.The fila is an essential part of every native man’s outfit.

Yoruba native caps are popularly known as ‘Fila’ which is the Yoruba name for the cap. Yoruba caps are made of different types of material. They are mostly sewed or hand woven from Aso Oke fabric, velvet, cotton or damask. Yoruba caps are worn as head attire to complement native attires such as Agbada, different types of Ankara designs, etc. This have always been the best option for men to grace occasions irrespective of gender and age for years.

The first rule to consider when wearing a native cap is that it must match with the other clothing you are putting on. You need to ensure that the cap style and designs matches, each time you are getting dressed for a special event like a wedding. In such a situation, it is better to choose a cap that has a matching color with your main attire. If you are wearing agbada with trousers of a contrasting colour, you have to choose whether your cap will match with the Agbada or the native trousers. Although, there are no  standard rule of wearing a certain cap style with a particular attire type. This is up to you to choose what to wear for each situation as long has they match.

Another  important thing about wearing  fila is the style or the design. The style of the cap has to match your look and must have good fitting for your head and face.Caps that are worn for weddings and other events look great if they are decorated with embroidery. It is especially stylish if the embroidery of your Agbada or buba and suro, and your cap are of the same style. It is more attractive if, for instance, your Agbada is embroidered with black on the white background and your cap has the same embroidered pattern but made in white on a black background.

This is very important when wearing native cap, the top loose part of your Fila cap is slouch to one side. If it is slouched to the left, you are telling the people around you that you are single. If your fila is slouched to the right, you are saying that you are married . So the next time you put on your cap be conscious of the way you place your cap. You do not want others to get a wrong idea, also these will assist people around you to know how to address you properly.

Some take it farther than an indication of marital status to express how they feel. If a man’s cap is lifted up, it shows pride, if it is turned to the front, and if turned to the back, it indicates a man who does not care.

However, except the above, there are no special standard of wearing a native cap in a special way. You can do it as you like and in a way that it enhances the natural attractiveness of your facial features. Some men prefer  their caps  settle lower towards their forehead and eyebrows while others like it more when their caps are moved towards the crown of their heads. This depends sole on your choice.

For men who love to wear Abeti Aja cap( dog ears cap), you can arrange its pointed triangular, the “ears” as you like depending on your mood or  situation. You can wear them straight pointed upwards or slightly folding like real dog’s ears. The latter option is popular with guys and if you are wearing such a cap for a wedding ceremony, it is probably better to have the “ears” straight and accurate.

There are many interesting ways to wear traditional native caps. It is impossible to say that some of them are better than others. The style you choose is up to you, your preferences, your sense of comfort, and your taste in combining them. What is important is to consider these few rules we have stated to make it perfect. Enjoy your outings.


But right now, the attention is on Kim. In Sunday night’s episode, the mom of four made a comment that many people have taken issue with.

After learning that Thompson had supposedly been unfaithful (again), the Kardashian/Jenner clan rallied around their own. And Khloé and Kylie’s older sister, Kim, went ham on Woods, “Kylie, she provides for her whole family off of what you have given her,” Kim said of Woods.

Though perhaps not intentionally, Kim managed to offend Woods and the entire internet with that comment. Twitter went wild, saying it was disrespectful and entirely demeaning of Woods. Some went as far as to say Kim seemed to have an outright “white savior complex.”

Twitter was quick to shade Kim, also pointing out that Woods, who grew up not far from the Kardashian/Jenner clan, wasn’t exactly poor when she first befriended the fam. So the insult doesn’t really work.

The Memorial Of A Prolific Fashion Legend

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Anna Wintour and Gigi Hadid were among more than a thousand guests to attend a star-studded memorial for the late Karl Lagerfeld in Paris on Thursday.

Chanel, Fendi and the designer’s eponymous label, organized together the 90-minute “Karl For Ever” tribute ,which was a fittingly magnificent spectacle to celebrate the life and achievements of the creative designer, who died in February.

The event was held at Paris’ Grand Palais, a venue that Lagerfeld regularly transformed into elaborate sets for his celebrated shows, the memorial attracted many of the world’s best-known designers models and label bosses. The presence of stars from beyond the fashion world — from France’s first lady Brigitte Macron to racing driver Lewis Hamilton — spoke to the breadth of a seven-decade career that spanned photography, art and design.

Guests sat on black-and-white chairs, arranged like a chessboard beneath monochrome portraits of Lagerfeld. Tilda Swinton, Helen Mirren and Cara Delevingne were among those to deliver readings, while musical performances came from Pharrell Williams and the Chinese pianist Lang Lang.

A moving on-screen homage saw dozens of renowned figures, including Dior creative director Maria Grazia Chiuri, filmmaker Baz Luhrmann and even Lagerfeld’s famous feline, Choupette, paying tribute to the German designer and his legacy. Proceedings were narrated by Lagerfeld himself, with the help of edited clips from archive interviews.

“This whole thing is all woven and sewn together with Karl in mind, aiming to get the sense of proportion and detail he was so good at,” Canadian opera director Robert Carsen, who conceived the production, told WWDearlier this month.

Karl Lagerfeld, who died at the age of 85, is remembered as one of the most influential, recognizable and legendary outspokenfigures in contemporary fashion history. Along with his most famous post as creative director of Chanel ,he also served as the creative mastermind at Fendi and his own label, Karl Lagerfeld.

“His creative genius was breathtaking and to be his friend was an exceptional gift,” said Vogue’s editor-in-chief Anna Wintour in a statement at the time of his death.

In March, Chanel paid tribute to the designer with a moment of silenceat the start of its Autumn-Winter 2019 show, before models took to the runway in an all-white collection of the brand’s signatures.

In July, Fendi will stage its own showin tribute to Lagerfeld in Rome.

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