Summer 2015: wax on, wax on!
Summer 2015: wax on, wax on!

The first heavy, damp breezes have started blowing through Dakar. As my Instagram feed fills with pictures of spring blossoms and pasty white legs on grass, we here in Dakar are rolling up our sleeves (wondering why we chose long-sleeves at all) and looking for replacement batteries for the AC remote.

So I’ve decided it’s time to share My Fashion Predictions for Summer 2015 in Dakar. Y’all ready for this?

Hair
Damp roots are a new twist on whatever style you’re sporting. For some this will mean a bit of frizz busting out at the hairline, but for others just an overall limp droopiness. Whatever the case, your hairstyle should say, “My blow-dryer is stashed away until November and I’m going to start showering three times a day soon.”

Nails

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Jenn-icure

Brightly colored nails are in, in, in to stay, stay, stay. Do you know why? I’ll give you three reasons. 1) Nail polish doesn’t sweat off. 2) Salons are air-conditioned. 3) We do it as a tribute to my sweet friend Jenn as she gets ready to leave Senegal in 41 days. Waaaah! (Bonus 4th reason: nail polish doesn’t run when you cry either.)

Make-up
Forget that youthful dewy look of winter. Summer 2015 calls for full-on sweaty glow. Best of all, no new products needed! Just step outside and let hot season work its magic on your face.

Lipstick trend alert!
How many of you remember Courtney Love’s famous smudgy red lipstick? Summer 2015 is bringing that look back. A quick application of bright red or pink lipstick is the perfect way to say, “You know what hot season, I defy you to make me look tired and wilted!” Then when you forget and wipe the sweat off your upper lip, accidentally spreading lipstick up onto your cheek…. Well that’s just summer’s way of putting you back in your place.

Prints

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HLM stacks

Wax, wax and waxier. HLM market is getting in loads of new stock so it’s a great time to get in on some fresh designs. Skip the geometric neons (unless you’re into geometric neon) and go for the beautiful lilac purples, deep mauves, bright teals and bursts of golden yellows and oranges as accents. Remember, you can pick up 6 meters of Hitarget brand wax print for just 6000cfa!

Shoes

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Sandals by Tony Alves

Minimalist. I don’t mean simple in style, but rather the minimum amount of coverage. You may laugh now as summer days are just gently teasing their way in, but mark my words, there will be a day when you think, “Ugh. Not the sandals with the thick straps. Too hot.”

Jewelry

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Ile de N’gor purchase

Have a little fun with it! There’s something for everyone in Dakar. If you don’t know where to start, hit up some toubab touristy vendors and check out the new wax-print covered necklaces starting at around 1500cfa. For something more personalized, go see Wendy at My African Heart and design a piece that’s uniquely you. But I warn you… You can’t stop at just one!

Want the real scoop on what’s in this summer? Don’t miss the Dakar Women’s Group’s Spring Bazaar on May 9th!