In an Elle article, the novelist revealed that she got her love for fashion from her mother. She said that even at the age of 70, her mother still loved clothes.
“Our tastes, though, are very different. She wishes I were more conventional. She would like to see me wearing jewellery that matches and long hair weaves. In her world, better one real gold set than 20 of what she calls ‘costume’ pieces; in her world, my kinky hair is ‘untidy’. Still, I am my mother’s daughter and I invest in appearance,” she said.
Adichie went on to explain her love for all things fashion, style, texture and clothing detail.
“I love embroidery and texture. I love lace, full skirts and cinched waists. I love black and I love colour. I love heels and I love flats. I love exquisite detailing. I love shorts and long maxi-dresses and feminine jackets with puffy sleeves. I love coloured trousers. I love shopping. I love my two wonderful tailors in Nigeria, who often give me suggestions and with whom I exchange sketches. I admire well-dressed women and often make a point of telling them so. Just because. I dress now thinking of what I like, what I think fits and flatters, what puts me in a good mood. I feel again myself – an idea that is no less true for being a bit hackneyed,” she told the publication.
The author was also featured in Vanity Fair as one of the style stars to rule 2017. In October this year, Adichie was announced as the new face of No7, the make-up brand owned by pharmacy chain Boots.
“I love make-up and its wonderful possibilities for temporary transformation,” she told Vogue after the announcement. “And I also love my face after I wash it all off. There is something exquisitely enjoyable about seeing yourself with a self-made new look. And for me, that look is deeply personal. It isn’t about what is in fashion or what the rules are supposed to be. It’s about what I like, what makes me want to smile when I look in the mirror, what makes me feel slightly better on a dull day, what makes me comfortable.”
Here are our 10 favourite Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie looks: