Trending now: The Addis Ababa shirt

Ebola is on the run (two cases in the past week!), the kids are back at college and campus fashion has never looked so cool. At Fourah Bay College, and all over Freetown in fact, it’s all about the Addis Ababa shirt. Not since the ubiquitous ‘hot guys with head phone‘ look or those street style stalwarts the ‘disco tights‘ has a trend so ferociously permeated the country. In a f*ck you to Ebola, Sierra Leone is reclaiming its fashion mojo.

IMG_5556Engineering student and college beauty N’delei leads the Addis Ababa Shirt (AAS) craze in this tasselled version. Casual, fresh and ideal for sitting in those lecture halls, N’delai says the AAS is her go-to wardrobe item this semester.

IMG_5559 A cinched waist gives this AAS ensemble a whole new silhouette. Political science student and aspiring model Danita is a devoted fan of the new trend. “I like it because it’s unisex, look around and you can see both boys and girls wearing the Addis Ababa”, she says.

IMG_5577 Look around indeed and HELLO ARNOLD. Fresh off a plane from Accra, Arnold bought his shirt in Ghana’s capital while on a study tour where he couldn’t resist some international shopping on the side.