I’m all of 5’4 (5 feet and 4 inches) in full height. I love my height and it’s perfect for me. Yep, I know I sound completely biased…sue me 🙂. Sometimes, I’m told I look taller, and other times, I’m told I look shorter. It really doesn’t matter at the end of the day; my height is my height and I absolutely love it.

Growing up, especially for females, I believe, our minds are consciously or subconsciously steered towards a certain expectation of how our bodies should transform, hence, we already form the image we want, or expect to achieve, before we even go through puberty. In my case, I remember when I was younger; I was always told (especially by family members and family friends) that I would be tall and thick when I got older….guess I’m still waiting for that to happen.

This ankara purse is a souvenir from an event my mum attended a few months ago. (I love party goodies that are useful and relevant in my daily life).  It’s no secret that ankara has made a huge impact in African fashion over the years and I have a post on that. See http://mignolly.com/2018/07/05/ankara-an-african-heritage/

(spy that adorable kid 🙂)

All that aside, I love that with a few tricks, I can alter my appearance in various ways, without changing who I am or how I feel about myself. In this case, I can choose to appear taller than I am, if I want to, with the key item being lengthening pants.

Lengthening pants are a great way to give an illusion of height. With or without heels, lengthening pants make you look elongated and chic, though, I prefer to wear heels to add  a certain edge to my outfits. The  print of this fabric (which I got as a gift from my friend) has a very subtle, yet obvious design,  so while it may look plain at first glance, it’s definitely not boring. The key to nailing this look is to make the pants the key piece, and style everything else around it.

To stick to a more chic and sophisticated look, I chose to pair it with a black tank and funky accessories; a chunky gold necklace, huge bangles and ankara purse. This purse is the perfect dash of ankara to keep with the overall sleek aesthetic I was going for and my trusted black and beige Mary-Jane platforms completed the look.

The composition of this outfit makes me think of art and culture. I consider art as the embodiment of history and  nature, a creative outlet and an appreciation of life. While culture is simply the way of life in any given society. Directly translated; you are an embodiment of art and culture. Your life is art and your lifestyle is culture, so seize the day; carpe diem!

The foyer (lobby) of Westwood Hotel Ikoyi provided the perfect backdrop to showcase the artistic and sleek silhouette of this outfit. The wooden décor, combined with the urban vibe, captures the multi-ethnic dynamics of the African culture in a way that artistically merges traditional and contemporary elements in its interior design.

(I made a friend 🙂)

Wearing this kind of outfit definitely transforms how you carry yourself. The confidence required to pull it off will make you automatically walk taller and straighter and carry this air of poise and self-assurance about you that will make people respond to you as a person that is absolutely in control of her destiny (which believe it or not, you actually are!!!).


“What you wear is how you present yourself to the world, especially today, when human contacts are so quick. Fashion is instant language.” 

Miuccia Prada


Photography by @famous_isaacs

Extra edits by @mignolly

Hair by @kharis_beauty

Thanks for reading my post guys 🙂

Love, Mignolly



Pants: Custom Made by @oluchilkpemba

Ankara purse: party souvenir

Necklace: DIY purse handle

Mary-Jane platforms: New Look


  • chika aka browne_sugar007 August 19, 2018 at 10:55 pm

    Great piece…
    Nice pants
    Keep up the good work lammi

    • MIGNOLLY August 24, 2018 at 1:59 pm

      Thanks hun….lol @lammi


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