Looks Through the Years: A First Lady's Sharp Fashion Sense

Looks Through the Years: A First Lady’s Sharp Fashion Sense

Her modest dress style is always complemented by matching accessories (Photo: courtesy)

First Lady Margaret Kenyatta has most often stolen the limelight at local and international occasions thanks to her unique modest yet elegant dress code.

Her modest style of dress always complemented with accessories has, over the years, resembled a stylish suit.

She sometimes steps out in her monochrome pinched skirts with a sovereign and timeless cut that goes well with her short peppery hairstyle that evokes status. Most of the time, pair its kitenges (African prints) with the president’s shirts made in Kenya.

Do you remember the time when she came out wearing a floral dress accompanied by a black head covering to mark the 57th Jamhuri day?

Or the time she dressed in a navy blue kaftan at the G7 summit in 2017 that won her plenty of praise from Kenyans?

More of her memorable looks include the red dress she wore while visiting Harvard University. She accessorized with a necklace representing her love for Kenya.

Not to mention her eye-catching black kaftan which she paired with a red and black headscarf at a welcome banquet in South Africa.

Madaraka Day 2015 celebrations saw the First Lady dress in a flowing red kaftan and Maasai beads to kick off and fit the occasion.

Her passion for African fashion has placed her on an international pedestal (Photo: courtesy)

Most often, the first lady has been spotted in creations by bespoke designer Akinyi Odongo. She is the artistic director of Akinyi Odongo. Akinyi is the CEO of Meta Arts Center and the owner of Akinyi Odongo Kenya, a high fashion brand.

One lady who has had the good fortune of dressing the first lady, and even those who came before her, is Sally Karago.

From her SK Collections boutique in Nairobi, Sally has dressed First Lady Margaret Kenyatta, former First Ladies Mama Ngina Kenyatta and the late Mama Lucy Kibaki.

Her passion for African fashion has placed her on an international pedestal. She started the Mcensal Fashion House in the 90s and Gucci invited her Mcensal School students to study fashion in Italy.

The late Mama Lucy, as portrayed by Sally, personally purchased her own outfits from her fashion house. She preferred fitted but matron-colored dresses with matching hats.

Sally is responsible for the elegant kaftans, monochromatic skirts pinched with Maasai beads to start and adjust the outfits in which Margaret is frequently spotted. The flowing dresses that Margaret Kenyatta wears are a reflection of the designers’ love for form-fitting garments that she is a champion of.


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