Documenting the style-scape of Lagos, Nigeria




The staple outfit for the Yoruba woman, the "iro" {wrapper} and "buba" {top} seems to be in a continuous state of evolving, refining, improving, adapting, enhancing...yeah, basically changing.

The way my mum wore it when I was a youngling, is certainly not the status quo today. I doubt it was a conscious shift, I think it's just proper loved and therefore inevitably found its longevity, by hook or by crook, or by evolution.

My style subject has on one of the several adaptations of the iro and buba. So very pretty, isn't it?

In the words of Sir Karl Lagerfeld, "Fashion is about two things, the evolution and the opposite".

And yes, I knighted Karl all by myself.

Enjoy :)

This was how Mum and her generation would wear theirs. Love you Momma but nah...I like the evolution :) Photo courtesy

Another stunning version of the iro and buba

Here's Folake's Ituen-Basi interpretation. Photo courtesy

Even Angela Simmons had to get in on the iro and buba action when she visited Lagos.


  1. Lover of Bev's music30 January 2015 at 17:08

    LMAO! Love this and the caption on the mummies. The colours of the sandals in the first photograph are a nice touch to the outfit.

  2. Raisins and Sultanas31 January 2015 at 20:56

    Cool post. I am falling in love with Iro and buba all over again

  3. I love the purple plaid original subject's take on it. So casual and so pretty! It looks perfect on her.

  4. Lovely post. This iro and buba is flattering to all I believe. It's excellent.