Add a little spring to your step with a few more choices from Trina Turk. This Fuchsia jacket is more muted than the Oasis Trench and it's wool so it'll really keep you warm. As for the dress, it'll bring it's own attitude so you won't have to.
Designer: Trina Turk
One can never have too many trench coats, so here is another one to add to your closet. Fuchsia is a bold choice of color and unfortunately not everyone wants to be noticed. For the person who does, this color will make you stand out from the heard. If your resolution in 2009 is to be noticed, then this is the trench and color to make sure you're no longer a wallflower.
I know there's the whole "no white after labor day" rule, but since not everyone lives in the USA, the rule doesn't apply to everyone. And besides you'll look that much cooler by being the only one wearing white. This outfit will cool you down because it's white and because it's very loose. Just stay away from the ketchup!
This year I've been really into polka dots. Whether it's tiny pink dots on a brown background, or big black dots on white, you name it, if it was dotted, I was besotted. As the year progressed, I think we all got fed up with the dots especially when they started showing up in all colors including puke green. Inspite of that, I got excited when I saw this polka dotted suit by Setrms. It's a lovely suit combo that would look great in any wardrobe and I think the hijab kicks it up a notch in the elegance department.
Anyone who knows me, knows that I'm a big fan of citrus colors particularly lime green, tangerine orange and of course bright yellow! Which is why I adore this dress by Monika Jufry. I appreciate the simplicity in the design and the texture but ultimately, it's the color that really won me over. I like that the dress isn't floor length, I think the visual interest added by the pants underneath really complete the look.
Designer: Monika Jufry
I don't know if it's the bright color, or the model's smile, but I love this picture and love, love, love the outfit! It inspired me to get my act together and make a post today. This outfit is an African Buba though it's a little different from the ones I've posted before. Those had longer tops, this one's top is shorter and the embroidery work is different. Wear this on a day when you're feeling not so cheerful and it'll transform the way you feel. We all know how much of a difference the right outfit makes. This is one of those outfits that'll make you smile bigger, feel like you're on top of the world and like there's nothing you can't do.
Designer: TeKay Designs
Sorry I've been MIA for the past few days. I caught a bad cold and spent my days and nights in medicine enabled sleep and horrid bouts of coughing. Then got better and had to play catchup with work and before that was finished more work got thrown at me. Right now I'm sorting things out, and I can see glimpses of light at the end of the tunnel if it doesn't get covered by more work!
While I was sick, I had an idea. I thought since I have visitors from all over the world, wouldn't it be nice if you all sent me pictures of Fashionably Modest clothes from your part of the world, and I'd post them here for everyone to see. What do you think? If you're game, send them to: nusrahw at yahoo dot com
I hope everyone has a wonderful and safe Eid! And that we get all the blessings in this day! Don't forget to send some tasty dishes to your neighbors and to give treats to the kids, smile for no reason, forgive everyone, and be on your best behavior! Treat this day as the special day it is and may Allah reward you for your actions!
Although I'm not sure what Korean brides wear on their wedding day, their traditional clothes are so formal and elegant and would be appropriate. I think they wear the traditional Hanbok. I'm not sure if they have a particular color specific to brides or if any color goes. I just love this Hanbok as it looks very elegant, very modest and very rich.
I chose this Romanian wedding outfit, because I think it's pretty interesting how any culture you look into you find that in their past and history, modest dressing is the way it was. I love the detailed embroidery on their vests and once again it seems white is inescapable. Every so often, some designer goes back to the past and finds something like embroidery, vests, gypsy skirts, etc and reinvents them, making sure to make them shorter, tighter and more revealing! Luckily, 2008 will be remembered in fashion as the year that Modesty became Fashionable again.
It's back to white! While Turks do wear traditional outfits, I had a tough time finding nice ones. Even Fashionably Modest white ones were hard to find. These two dresses are hijab friendly at least. I like the length and style of the sleeve. It's long and it covers without being a hindrance. I hate those long sleeves that fall into your bowl of soup. As for the full length wedding dress, you can't go wrong with it! I mean just look at how adorable the hijab and veil are.
Thankfully India fully embraces color and has yet to embrace white. Their weddings are beautiful colorful affairs where the only danger is in there being too much color. Traditionally, Indian brides wear red, but I've seen different colors worn as well. I picked this bride because she is very modestly covered and looks like she's wearing a hijab. I chose the pink wedding dress because it isn't red and because of the design. I think of all the weddings I'd want to be invited to, I'd want to be invited to an Indian, Traditional Thai, and a Moroccan wedding because of the variety and richness of the colors they use. White wedding dresses are nice and all, but color just kicks it up a thousand notches!
It seems white really is a universal choice when it comes to weddings. When i think of Thai weddings, I think of golds, reds and really rich and luxurious colors, so i was quite surprised to find lots of white. And what I found really interesting was how in general the male outfit is a lot more modest than the female one.
I chose this picture because the couple is interracial and I believe that those weddings are the best because they do their part in decreasing racism, and increasing unity and harmony in the world. They celebrate the beauty in both their cultures and show that our similarities outweigh our differences.
There are many countries in Africa, and as my friend Gina loves to say, Africa is a Continent! Because of that, I can't do justice to the myriad of African wedding dresses there are out there. This is just one type of outfit out of hundreds if not thousands. It's called a "Buba" and is worn predominantly in Nigeria by Yoruba women, although all Nigerian women wear it as well as women in other African Countries. Traditionally African brides wear really colorful clothes, but some do wear white. Here is a Buba in two colors. Would you wear this to a wedding? Out? To someone else's wedding?
So the wedding is over, the guests have left, and we've cleaned and cleaned till we can't clean anymore. The house is starting to look like normal again, and we're starting to breath again. The groom is ready to fall down from exhaustion and is just worthy of pity. Hopefully when they get back from their honeymoon his batteries will be recharged.
I'll have pictures from the wedding, but before I shake off this exhaustion and look through the many pictures, I'll keep posting other weddings, brides, grooms, dresses, etc from around the world, so enjoy!
Here's a lovely Moroccan dress that's fit for a bride. It's regal, flowing and very colorful. It covers beautifully without looking stodgy. I just wouldn't recommend it for a June bride because the amount of fabric would certainly make you sweat a lot, but for a December wedding, I'd say this is perfect!
I've heard each wedding takes on a life of it's own, this one certainly has. The wedding festivities have begun, guests are coming and leaving and there's lots of food, lots of dishes, new clothes, party favors, the henna party etc... So although I thought I'd be able to keep posting during the wedding, looks like that won't be happening, so I'm signing off for a few days, If I get a chance, to I'll post, but don't worry, when I'm back, I'll make up the missing posts. So stay tuned.
I'll leave you all with a love poem.
A Special World
A special world for you and me
A special bond one cannot see
It wraps us up in its cocoon
And holds us fiercely in its womb.
Its fingers spread like fine spun gold
Gently nestling us to the fold
Like silken thread it holds us fast
Bonds like this are meant to last.
And though at times a thread may break
A new one forms in its wake
To bind us closer and keep us strong
In a special world, where we belong.
- Sheelagh Lennon -
I found some really beautiful Japanese Wedding dresses online. I was fascinated by the hoods some of them wear, it could be worn as a hijab. I was surprised to find some brides in white, as I had assumed their wedding dresses would be bright and colorful. The one thing all the clothes had in common was how demure they made the bride look. And all the outfits were Modest and Fashionable. As a hijabi, you can't go wrong with any of them. I picked this wedding portrait, because the bride and groom look so cute and I love black and white pics!
If you're not Japanese, is this something you'd feel comfortable wearing to your wedding? If you are Japanese, would you wear this, or something western?
My Brother is getting married this weekend insha'Allah, and in honor of that I'll be featuring wedding dresses from around the world for the next week. To kick start the festivities, here is a white wedding dress worn by Grace Kelly at her wedding. I love the lace work and buttons, it's very detailed, and extremely elegant, definitely fit for the Princess she was.
Would you wear this to your wedding? Why or why not? Her husband designed this dress. How would you feel about your future husband designing your wedding dress?
Designer: Her husband Prince Rainier
Here's another lovely skirt from Tugba. The white jacket that goes with it, is smashing! You can wear this outfit to work, to school or just out! It would look lovely with a white and green hijab, or a multicolored scarf with lots of green in it. The combination options are endless. So go ahead, have some fun.
Designer: Tugba and Venn
I adore this simple black abaya for it's simplicity. Sure you might say that it's got some gold embroidery on it, but it's very understated just the way I like it! It has three gold circles on the bottom front, and one big one on the back. At 65 pounds, it's on the pricey end though, so I probably won't be buying one anytime soon.
What type of Abayas do you like? And do you like the black ones? Or are you fed up with black?
Fashion in Morocco has certainly grown since I lived there as a teenager. I have always loved the use of colors and layering in their fashion. Here is a Kaftan that I picked because the color is the opposite of the ones I normally see. In fact this is the first one I've seen with such a severe color combination. Would you wear this? And where would you wear it to? I'm not sure who designed this, but below are links to two stores that carry beautiful Moroccan fashions.
Designers: Les Princess D'Orient and Zahara Haute Couture
Artizara creates beautiful dresses that are works of art while at the same time wearable. This lovely green tunic called the Feroza Tunic comes with a matching green scarf. I not only love the combination, but how they tied her scarf. The lighter green color peeking out from under the scarf is adorable. If you like this design, then you'll love to know that they have the same tunic in brown, though i like the green one much better.
Armine has some of the best designs when it comes to Turkish silk scarves. But the best part about their site, is not just the scarves, but also the clothes their models wear and the styling. I'm not certain who dresses them, but their clothes look like they were designed by Turkish designer Tekbir Giyim. They certainly give you lovely ideas of how to tie a scarf.
If you're in the USA, you can order these scarves from Hijab Planet. My only gripe with them is their prices! sometimes up to $70 so be sure to catch them when they're having a sale for 50% off.
Scarves come in all sorts of sizes and colors, but I must say my favorite scarves come from Turkey. Their scarves are available in every color and evoke all kinds of feelings. They have bright cheerful scarves, impressionist paintings, military themed ones, animal prints... and the list goes on. The best part of it all is that the scarves are made of silk which is very soft to touch and makes the colors stand out that much more. In NY I can usually spot a Hijabi's head who's wearing one of these above the crowd of NY citizens and I must say it makes me happy and I want to run to her and say Salam Sister! Do you often find that when you're in a predominantly Muslim country, you ignore Muslimahs you see but when you're in a secular or non Muslim country you're in love with your Muslim brethren and feel a kindred spirit and connection with them? Or is it just me?
Here are some silk scarves from Bluebell at reasonable prices. My only issue with them is that most of the time, their scarves are too small!
Designer: Bluebell Wholesale
These dresses are by Rania Al Bastaki an Emirati designer who's got great style and pays great attention to detail. These two dresses have incredible detail and I can only imagine the number of hours it took to complete each one. In the end, the dresses turned out remarkable, but is all the embellishing actually necessary? Would you be happy with a dress with half those embellishments but just the same colors? Or do the embellishments make the dress?
Designer: Rania Al Bastaki
These two designers sure know how to do blue right. The one on the left is a design by Amina al Jassim who also makes purses. It's a bedouin robe which to me is a much more interesting design than the typical Egyptian or Moroccan ones. It's a design confident in it's simplicity and very on point with it's embellishments.
Al Yashmac designed the dress on the right. It's a more elaborate design with layers and different fabrics and textures. I really like both these dresses, but if it came down to it, and I had to pick just one, I think I'd take Amina's design. Which of the two do you prefer?
Designer: Amina al Jassim & Al Yashmac
Keeping with the International theme, today I picked Salwar Kameez native to Indians, Pakistanis and Bangladeshis. The beauty of Salwar Kameez is the seemingly infinitesimal versions you can find. Every color in the rainbow and then some, in every texture imaginable. In cottons, silks, polyesters etc. You'll find versions with detailed beading, some with gold or silver accents, and some that are very plain and simple with no frills. Here are some choices I picked out. The Sandy one I picked because I liked it's simplicity. The pink one for it's "Orientalness" it's very evocative of Japanese art. What's your favorite Salwar kameez? Do you prefer something simple and light design wise, or do you prefer something more ornate and detailed?
The clothes by this 30 year old designer are so African and so modern. The combination of ethnic prints and solid colors combine to create a truly unique outfit. For the adventurous woman who wants to be one of a kind, Zamxaka is the designer for you. This is someone who embraces his roots, and dares you to join him. He certainly knows how to mix and match his fabric. I love the Africa on this skirt though I'm not sure I could pull it off. Would you be brave enough to wear this outfit?
Designer: Thando Zamxaka
I've always admired Korean dresses because inspite of the simplicity and almost uniformity of the design, the textures and colors are incredibly rich and varied. Here's a beautiful white and orange Hanbok with a brown bow. The only problem with this dress is finding an occassion to wear it. It's quite formal and even in Korea most people don't dress like this everyday. But if you're attending an Asian or World themed event, this is a lovely option to consider.
Designer: Stylish CN
Here is an African dress made with Vlisco fabric. It's quite lovely and simple. Just wear it with a cardigan or a shawl and you're good to go. The wonderful thing about African fabric is the variety of the patterns. While some patterns can be overwhelming, in this dress, the colors are just right, the pattern is sparse and the design is fit for a Queen.
...when dresses were long and flowing, and men couldn't get enough of catching glimpses of women's ankles or wrists. I never could tell if all those dresses really had deep plunging cleavage showing or if those were just the hollywood versions. After all, what's the sense in covering from head to toe just to reveal an ample bossom?
Designer: Realm Collections
I love Trina Turk for her choice of colors, but unfortunately it seems the more colorful the dress, the shorter the hemline. Here are 2 Fashionably Modest outfits from her Fall 2008 collection that are perfect for work. Wear them as an ensemble and you'll feel tres French tres Chique. Her use of fingerless gloves adds color and length to the ensemble.I suggest replacing the tight fitting pants with something looser, and not tucking in the blouse.
Designer: Trina Turk
Here's a really cute folkloric dress from Promod. It's very light and summery, perfect for those lucky enough to be heading into summer right now! The color is bright without being over the top so it shouldn't be too hard to pull of at work with the right accessories.
...add a little spring to your step and a smile to your face, not to mention everyone else who sees you. Here's a color that's sure to delight especially in the winter months when the snow has fallen and mud is everywhere. Just try and keep it clean!
Designer: Tugba & Venn
A winter coat helps chase the dreaded winter blues away. Nice bright cheerful colors can cheer you up, but they can sometimes be too loud for everyday wear, and usually find ways to get the ketchup stain. Here's a demure coat that's adorable despite it's gray color. You'll be making excuses to wear it long after the last snow has fallen and spring is in the air.
With the US inauguration coming up in January 2009 there's plenty of time to figure out what to wear. Here's an outfit that's very simple and comfortable so you can stand for as long as it takes without feeling out of sorts. Don't forget to smile for the cameras.
Michelle Obama has undeniable class. Her style is simple, comfortable chique. She wears what makes her comfortable and doesn't care what anyone thinks! She's created her own style sensibility and now has the opportunity to be the next Jackie Kennedy.
Congratulations on being the first African American First Lady!
White is innocent, romantic, antique, feminine and numerous other adjectives you could come up with. The beauty of this dress is in it's simplicity. with a few modifications such as a vest or a jacket you can dress it up or down. And the best part of it is it's versatility, you can wear it to school, to work, to dinner or just out.
Designer: Totally Modest
It's finally here, Super Tuesday has arrived. The whole world has been watching with anticipation and following the US elections as if they were going to participate in the election. Well now the whole world can. Cast your vote for the next US president here
Just don't take it to heart if your vote doesn't actually count. And be thankful actually that it's not a One World Order or One World Government...yet.
If you're in the US and can actually cast a valid vote, here are some lovely red white and blue sweaters to wear to the polls.
Designer: Newport News
There's something exotic about Paisley patterns. They're evocative of the far east, places like India or Persia. They're feminine yet depending on the colors and patterns quite chique and modern. Here are some lovely Paisley scarfs in different colors, sure to take you from, school, to work to a night out.
There's just something about playing dress up that never goes out of style. It takes you back to a time of carefree innocence and it can help put you in someone else's shoes. If you feel like playing dress up, these adorable Geisha outfits, are modest and chique and are guaranteed not to languish in your closet, after all, they're formal enough to wear to a fancy dinner, or function and who knows, you might decide to host your very own Geisha tea party someday.
Designer: Asian Ideas
Here's a very classy suit. Very professional, sleek and luxurious. The fabric is just begging to be touched. You can mix and match it with any number of hijabs and you can wear just the jacket or just the skirt for many more combinations.
Designer: Venn by Tugba
I went to Dubai on Oct 1st for a week. It was quite an experience. Never have I seen so much black that was fashionable without being over the top. I saw all kinds of Abaya's, with rhinestones, with shiny Japanese Silk, with beautiful embroidery, embellished zips, polka dots and bows. All of them Black, but beautiful and elegant. I was quite impressed and inspired by all the black. And I absolutely love the concept of an Abaya. It's quite simple to put an abaya on top of whatever you're wearing like a coat for a hot climate. I also love how dresses and skirts peek out under the abaya or down the front from about the knees down. That itself adds an artistic touch to everything.
Offcourse there was color in abundance in the stores. Lots of Indian Sari's and fabrics, as well as beautiful Moroccan inspired Jalabas with lots of details. Fashion is definitely alive in Dubai. I was a bit shocked to see Prom dresses and evening dresses exactly like ones in the US but I guess I shouldn't have been, knowing what arab women wear indoors behind closed doors. Still I felt with all their beautiful dresses why would they patronize those? Atleast I only saw about a handful of them.
Skirts were another thing that I went gaga over. I felt them too expensive otherwise I would have gone crazy. That plus my handluggage was already full. There were black satin silks in an ultra modern minimalist style, plus sleek silver ones, denim punk rock long skirts, lots of bohemian inspired earthy floral skirts as well as colorful ones. The main thing I noticed was that silks and satins and charmeuses seemed to rule the day. I certainly am not complaining those are my faves!
Another thing I discovered was the way the women wore their scarves or shayla. Overwhelmingly with their hair done high up in a bun. I found that helps give it shape so your head doesn't look flat. And the hair clips and pins with rhinestones and all sorts of designs to keep it put and add your own personal touch. I loved the fabric it's so light and transparent but long enough that you wrap it around enough times to be solid but it's still light enough that you won't sweat in it. I'd say the average price for one of those scarves is DHS35 but depending on the embellishments I've seen up to DHS200. The best part about shopping their is you get to haggle and bargain that part was great! I got quite a few bargains. My best purchase was the Bahraini style Abaya I think everyone should have one. It's almost like having wings. Its loose in the back but inside there's a string that you tighten that gives you a little definition in the front then the hands hang loose. I'll post a picture cos describing it is a little tricky.
I went to the Mall of the Emirates and The City Center Mall in Dubai among other places. The malls were spotless, smelled great (which gave my allergies a field day, I had a mild cold / sniffles the whole time I was there too much perfume everywhere!) and was very familiar. They had all the well known brands like Zara, H&M, Debenhams, MNG, Ralph Lauren, etc and other lesser known brands. But for me the exciting thing was seeing the Muslim design stores such as Ameerah, Habayeb and others. Habayeb and a store next to it had some really interesting Abayas, they were very nice but very expensive. One Abaya was DHS7000 at a rate of DHS3.6 = $1 you do the math!!. I saw Gucci Abayas and YSL ones as well as Chanel, but then in the end I couldn't make up my mind as to whether or not they were actually designed by those designers or not. For all I know someone could have just added their names with rhinestones just to add a designer touch to it. Does anyone know the truth of it? If they were actually designer abayas, there was nothing special about them at all.
I took way too many pictures but unfortunately I only got a camera after I finished visiting the malls so most of the pictures are just landscapes. But I'll post pics of some of the fabrics I got from there.
I've heard of inter faith Dialogue but students at Virginia Commonwealth University are participating in inter Fashion Dialogue. Their assignment was to design Abaya's for Qatari students. They created all kinds including Punk Rock Abayas. I really wish they had pictures. I think more schools should include this kind of dialogue. Because by using things like fashion we can come to a better understanding of each other. By working on an abaya, the students will start looking at it as a piece of clothing and as an identity and thereby be forced to reexamine their stereotypical perception of what it means when someone wears one.
Click here to read the whole article.
It seems that everyday a new Muslim Fashion Designer is born. So much the better for all the billions of Muslima's out there.
Be sure to check out Rabia Z. A fan favorite at Dubai Fashion Weeek. Although there's nothing that stands out in her collection for me, it's just nice that someone is creating a collection designed specifically for us. let me know what you think of her collection. Is it too mainstream? Do you think it's unique? What would you add to it or subtract from it?
Also a new fashion line coming out next year is "Eva Khurshid" by two young Muslima's. They are 23 and 25 and are both working in fashion right now. Click here to read more about them.
Here's another article about some muslim fashion designers in philadelphia.
I wish them Allah's guidance and all the best. The more designers that are out there, the more choices we'll all have.
Hello everyone I'm back! Sorry for the silence but it wasn't easy to spend time in cyber space while I was away. I've been busy and have come back with a few pieces from my collection completed!! in the next two months I'll be busy finishing up the rest of the collection and then will be gearing up for a fashion show. I hope you'll all be able to attend, and for those of you who won't be able to, there'll be a website where you can see and order items from the collection.
I hope you're all as excited as I am!!
I'm sorry I haven't posted anything for awhile. I'm travelling and am still out of the country. While I do have an internet connection, it's erratic and I'm having too much fun in the real world that I haven't spent much time on cyber space.
In the meantime, check out this Islamic Boutique Taqwa Iman for some nice fashionably modest attire.
I've found some more lovely fabrics that I'm really excited about. They're nice solid pastels that are used to make the umbrella type hijabs in parts of the muslim world, i can't resist adding them to my collection. I hope they make you as energized and happy as they make me. I intend to make them into nice flowing dresses.
till soon, remain blessed!
Although this peasant dress is off the shoulder, it's pink raspberry color is adorable and it's length in terms of sleeves and length is perfect! Besides, you can easily cover your shoulders with a white hijab. I wouldn't wear pink just because that would be overkill. Click here to buy it.
Newport News is rocking ankle length skirts in multiple colors this season. Be sure to pick one up. You won't be able to stop feeling feminine and beautiful. All that flowing fabric will make you feel like something out of Arabian nights and the color choices will conjure visions of a Bollywood musical. Click here to buy it.