Agbada is the Yoruba name for a type of flowing wide sleeved robe, usually decorated with embroidery, which is worn throughout much of Nigeria by important men (and women now), such as kings and chiefs, and on ceremonial occasions like weddings and funerals. The Hausa name for the robes is Riga.
It is a four-piece attire that is also found in the Republic of Benin, West Africa. It consists of a large, free-flowing outer robe (awosoke), an undervest (awotele), a pair of long trousers (Sokoto), and a hat (fìla).
This unique cloth is beautiful to wear, it elevates anyone from looking just ordinary to looking really sophisticated. However, there are rules to follow in other to achieve the sophisticated look, as a little mistake can spoil the overall look. Those rules are…
Do not wear socks with Agbada
Wearing socks with agbada is a total fashion faux pas. Think about it this way… should modern be worn with a traditional? No! However, if you must wear socks with your shoes, make sure it doesn’t show.
Wear a gold necklace
For a better effect, the gold neck should be worn inside and only visible from the sides of the neck and back. It gives the Agbada wearer an elegant feel of sophistication.
Do not wear a heavy wrist watch
Agbada is a bulky attire on its own, so there will be no need to add another heavy wristwatch that the size may distract people from the outfit.
Never wear a ‘lace-up’ shoe with agbada
They look untidy and inelegant and graceless. The Same way one can’t wear a pair of sneakers with buba and Sokoto, or agbada with bowler hats.
A White or Red Coral Bead will do
This is the most popular accessory as regards Agbada in Nigeria; different ethnic tribes have ones unique to them. Wear these on the neck and on your wrist for that traditional look. For the stylish person, it’s better to have different ones from the different tribes.
Wear a complimentary headgear
The cap can be any colour of your choice but make sure it doesn’t conflict with the colour of your Agbada so you don’t look like a masquerade.