OOTD: Structured Grey Skirt and Pink Hijab

Assalaamu alaikum sisters! Hope you are all well, and busy preparing for the blessed month of Ramadan that is soooo close!

I was inspired by two sisters at work to make a plan and get back to my blog! I still haven’t sorted out my PC/internet situation yet, but stayed late at work today to do a quick post! That’s motivation for you hey! 🙂

Anyway, so decided to start a Outfit of the Day (OOTD) series, since I’ve just recently discovered a really OBVIOUS way to cover my face during pics, which means I don’t have to edit them. DUH lol 🙂

Sorry about the poor picture quality, things just aren’t going my way with technology!

My work winter look has consisted mainly of 3/4 length dresses with boots, and 3/4 skirts. Because its super easy to make it look modest, and very elegant at the same time!

Grey skirt with thin pink stripes: I bought this skirt at Truworths years ago, but every year they have similar skirts, the very structured type that works well for work.

Black poloneck jersey: Found at edgars, but you can find them anywhere. Because this skirt has a pink stripe in, I usually wear black knitwear with it, sometimes a button down cardi, sometimes poloneck. This skirt would’ve looked great with a top that has a bit more detail, like a cowl neck, or a fabric flower on or something.

PInk hijab: I’ve been buying every colour I can find in this fabric. It’s really thin and light so drapes easily, it is great for summer as well. It’s also not too thin that the pins damage the scarf. I wish I knew what the fabric is called, will find out. You find them at Vangate Souk, at Sawants creations, and at Khans Panjabis. Prices range from R20-R40 at the various stores.

Black beads: Which you can hardly see, so not the smartest idea 🙂 I bought them at Edgars

Black boots: I LOVE them! I searched for years for the perfect black boots, found these at HQ shoes

I dont wear much accesories in winter, mostly because I’m too cold and lazy in the morning!

OK, thats it for tonight, let me know what you think! Would you like more OOTD posts like these? Jazaakallah

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Two of a kind!

Last weekend My Good Friend and her husband came to visit. Such a coincidence, we were dressed almost exactly the same!

My good friend on the left, and me on the right 🙂

Printed Satin Top: If you take a look around the shops, you will see many of these printed satin tunic style tops. They are really bold, so I’ve been quite nervous to wear them (and actually still am), but with plain cardis and hijabs they get toned down quite a bit. What I love about them is that they are usually long, and loose-fitting, so with some added sleeves are very easy to Muslimify! They are quite dressy also, so look great with heels for a night out! You can dress them up even further with a blazer instead of a cardi.

My Good Friend found hers at Woolworths, and I found mine at Mr Price!

Jeans: Note to self: Looking at the pic I realise my skinny jeans might be a tad bit too tight, she is wearing a boot leg jeans which definitely looks a lot more modest.

Cardigans: My Good Friend bought hers at Truworths, I bought mine at China Town.

Hijab: She bought hers at Mr Price, I bought mine at Khan’s Punjabis. Purple is a tough colour to buy, there are lots of shades, so if you do want purple, best to take your top/cardigan with to match it.

Shoes: My Good Friend is wearing a cream wedge heel from Woolworths, and I am wearing a tan round toe shoe from HQ Shoes.

Accesories: I was at home so not really wearing any, she had on a cream belt from some random store, and a bronze bracelet with green, red and yellow stones.

Ok, that’s it! What a coincidence hey! Let me know what you all think!

Hijabi Spotlight #2

Maxi dress with denim jacket and turquoise pashmina scarf

Love this look! This sister has got the perfect laid back weekend look!

Cotton maxi dress (every and any shop, ChinaTown has HUNDREDS): There are hundreds in the shops, in styles, patterns and colours that suit everyone! I like the one above because of the small print (a larger print is sometimes too loud for me) and also because it has many colours in it. So you can draw attention to different colours each time you wear it, for different looks 🙂

Denim jacket (found at Mr Price or China Town): I’m not usually a denim jacket fan, haven’t owned one for years, but it can be quite a nice change to a cardigan. Whereas the cardi would make your outfit look a bit dressy, the denim jacket shouts ‘walk in the park’ or ‘saturday shopping’ 🙂

Hijab (plain Hijabs found at Sawants creations, for reasonable prices): Definitely need to wear a plain colour, like the sister in the pic has done. The turquoise brings a bold splash of colour which is refreshing and very summer-y. This can work with a bold plain pink scarf as well

Accessories (look around for one that catches your eye): I LOVE the silver necklace! Add long silver/gold necklace with chunky pendant to your must-have list! I also like that she is wearing 2 contrasting pieces around her neck. Bracelet is nice touch (see, the metal matches her pendant), you could also wear beaded bracelet or bangles in your hijab colour.

Shoes (MrPrice and Woolworths are my go-to stores for flats): Either sandals or pumps work. You could either wear a colour that matches your hijab, or a metallic that matches your accessories like she has done.

OK, done dissecting the look! 🙂 Hope it helps, happy shopping!

Cardigan starter kit

Cardigans.. every Muslimah’s dream! 🙂

Over the last few months, as part of my ‘preparation’, I’ve been looking for and buying cardi’s in different styles and colours. They really are the key to ‘hijabifying’ your wardrobe.

Here’s my thoughts on a few basic styles/lengths that you should start off with:

1. The cropped cardigan.
This shorter length cardi looks gorgeous with long maxi dresses and longer length tops. I usually pair these with tops that come just above my knees or longer.

I used to stay away from cropped cardis thinking they are more appropriate for the ”teeny-boppers’, but they can look really glam/sophisticated if you dress them well (Will show you how to dress each cardi type in another post)

The button down cropped cardi is the most versatile and works on all body shapes. It’s also my favourite style! If you are top-heavy I suggest wearing it unbuttoned. Leaving it unbuttoned also adds length for shorter/petite figures.

The ‘tie-in-front’ or ‘arms-only’ bolero styles can also look quite nice, though you need to be careful not to clash styles with your top. This style looks best on petite figures.

2. The classic cotton cardigan.
This basic button down cardigan is a must have in every Muslimah’s wardrobe! This super-versatile cardi works on all body shapes, and is the perfect item to dress down a smart outfit, or dress up a casual one! Works with jeans, dresses, skirts, wear it open or closed.

3. The boyfriend cardigan.
This longer length cardi is great to muslimify you shorter tops when wearing jeans or pants. Once again, I like the classic button down style as it works with most of my clothes, and is easy to dress up or down. When worn open, this can add modesty and length to your outfit without taking away from the awesomeness of that short top you couldn’t resist buying 🙂

You can wear it closed for a laid back, casual look, but this may draw attention to your hips if you have a pear-shaped figure, so make sure its a comfortable fit before buying.

4. The waterfall or wrap cardigan
Another version of the longer length cardi, this style is alot more feminine than the boyfriend cardi. Whilst I LOVE this style, for me it hasn’t been that easy to pair this up with an appropriate top, as I feel that these cardis have a defined style and tend to be the statement item in your outfit. I had a good friend teach me how to wear these, and they can be worn in a variety of ways, e.g. open, with a waistbelt, with a brooch, etc). Wrap cardis deserve a post of their own! I will do one soon. I will also ask my good friend for more wrap cardi fashion tips 🙂

When starting out your collection, it’s good to get cardi’s in some neutral coulours, and perhaps one or two other colours to accentuate your wardrobe. There are also some nice printed cardigans in stores now, that are a bit more difficult to match up, but could be great statement buys.  In later posts I will talk more about the different styles and how to wear them, so keep on visiting! 🙂

Hijabi Spotlight #1!

Alhamdulillah, it’s becoming so common nowadays to see young women dressed modestly and wearing hijab. Everywhere I look, in the malls, on the beach, at family functions, it’s awesome to see so many young women embrace the Hijab.

With the influx of young women wearing the Hijab, I’m also presented with lots of opportunity for inspiration when it comes to hijabi fashion! Many young women are trying to dress modestly, yet still stay on top of the current season trends. And achieving this very successfully!

So I’ve created Hijabi Spotlights as a means to showcase some of these inspiring women that I see, bump into, and now occasionally stalk to get a picture! Just kidding 🙂

These new cuffed pants (I think that’s what you call them?) are stunning! Very comfy for weekend wear, and loose-fitting enoughthat you can get away with a shorter top. They can also be dressed up quite nicely, as seen above. Can be found en-masse in nearly every shop in ChinaTown Sable Square.

The white lace undertop is also a great basic. Something different from the normal undertop, these can be found in different colours at Jay Jays in CanalWalk or at China Town. It’s a little bit tight though, so be sure to buy one or two sizes bigger.

So, do you love these pants? 🙂

If you would like to contribute to Hijabi Spotlight, you are welcome to email me. I will make sure all contributions are anonymous (as above)

 

Must have item: Black and white maxi dress

I love these new maxi dresses that are in stores! There are so many of them in different styles and prints and fabrics! They are very versatile, you can dress them up or down, heels or flats, with something over or under, and with a variety of colours!

Woolworths currently have about 5 different styles on sale, and I’ve seen some in Exact and in Foschini as well.

Below are a few examples of the different types of dresses; these arent the exact ones in the stores, but very very very similar.

I bought the lycra one from Woolies, it’s really nice but a little bit tight over the chest area so I usually wear a cropped cardi over. This doesn’t suit all body shapes so if you have lots of curves I suggest buying one of the cotton ones, which are a lot more flattering.

You can wear these dresses lots of ways, try the basic Black and White look below, and accesorise by adding some chunky gold jewellery:

Hijab: crushed fabric found in China Town or at Edgars
Accesories: found at Woolworths

Or bring some colour into your wardrobe! Below is an example that can easily be done by adding basic cardis and some every day jewellery. You can also check out one of my previous posts for a another outfit idea.

Either way, this has been one of my best buys this summer, and I’ve worn it as a work outfit, casual and dress up weekend wear! Let me know what you think, and how you’ve worn your black and white maxi dress!