It doesn’t take much to deduce that Tiwa Savage takes her style seriously – and it makes sense -she is one of the biggest stars out of the continent, and arguably the biggest modern female star working in music in Africa today. Attaining modern-day style icon status is well, a huge part of her job.
And one of the things we have enjoyed about Tiwa over the years is the dedication to building her image in the same way an international star would – not for Ms Savage the belief in the early days that it ‘doesn’t matter’, or is styling and wardrobe relegated to a sad line item in the budget. From her music videos to her on stage outfits, there is clearly always conscious, well-articulated thought behind her style choices.
She has also worked with the best stylists and designers in the business – often partnering with Lanre Da Silva Ajayi, Toju Foyeh & Bridget Awosika as well as stylists like Remi Fagbohun, Veronica Odeka and personal shopper Class_Les.
While all these elements come together for a spectacular style portfolio – it is Tiwa herself who, in millennial speak, ‘brings the sauce’. And nowhere does she shine brighter than with her streetstyle, which luckily for us we can lightly stalk on her Instagram. Ahead, catch a glimpse at the style rules we’ve gleaned from the ‘Laba, Laba’ singer.
Make the Athleisure Trend Your Own
If you’re anything like me, when athleisure and normcore became a mainstream trend, you got on your knees and thanked the Lord! And whilst this trend is a lifesaver for many multitasking millennials, it is unfortunately very easy to move into slovenly territory. Tiwa Savage avoids this by tying the look together with key pieces like the guitar strap on her crossbody bag and on-trend ‘Dad’ sneakers.
This trend is definitely gaining steam, and although this kind of conspicuous consumption is often looked at as ‘nouveau’ we think Tiwa makes it fun by either keeping the focus central to the one piece like the Balenciaga jacket or drawing your attention to another focal point in the Fendi look- like the patent shorts. Keep your hair and makeup simple like Tiwa, so it doesn’t distract the overall look.
LadyLike Does Not Mean Boring
Whether in a cute Lanre Da Silva Ajayi babydoll dress or a form-fitting Meena sheath, Tiwa Savage is anything but boring.
Tiwa’s ability to take risks that pay off is one of the reasons she belongs in our Fearless Summer issue. From her most recent Y Projects look to wearing an Andrea Iyamah bikini as a crop, interesting silhouettes and architectural pieces like her Bridget Awosika coat, Tiwa’s fearlessly takes on edgy pieces and totally owns it – something we should all aspire to.
SHOP BOLD SHAPES
Colour Is Your Friend
Whether she’s wearing bold colour from head to toe or as a core statement in one of her looks – Tiwa’s deft use of colour in her wardrobe palette reminds us again and again why our melanin is just SO beautiful.
SHOP BOLD COLOUR
Short, Sweet & Savage
Minis are back and Tiwa knows she’s got the legs for it. Be it in Versace, Lisa Folawiyo or in Coal N Terry Vintage.
A Dose of Glam
Bedazzled, besparkled, fringed or thigh high slits. Our African badgal knows when to turn it up a notch or two in metallic hues or with fashionable volume.
Travel in Comfort
Ostensibly, a major key for anyone who travels as much as Tiwa does.
Say Yes to the Mummy & Me Trend
Originally attributed to Monica Rose (ex Kardashian stylist) this super cute trend is here to stay and we love, love, LOVE how Tiwa matches with Jam-Jam.
SHOP MUMMY & ME
Print is In
Whether its a nod to her African culture, an of the moment striped coord or on trend military fatigues – Tiwa Savage knows just how to work this style staple to magnificent effect.
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