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 πŸ™‚

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!

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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 πŸ™‚

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’ πŸ™‚

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! πŸ™‚ Hope it helps, happy shopping!

Cardigan starter kit

Cardigans.. every Muslimah’s dream! πŸ™‚

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 πŸ™‚

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 πŸ™‚

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.Β  In later posts I will talk more about the different styles and how to wear them, so keep on visiting! πŸ™‚

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 πŸ™‚

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? πŸ™‚

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)

 

Mix and Match: A nice basic outfit

So… I’m not the most creative person when it comes to fashion.. and I don’t think I’m someone with a great sense of style….

…but wearing the hijab has sort of forced me to become a bit more conscious of what I’m wearing, and I’ve surprisingly been enjoying it! It’s been fun to match outfits and scarves, and bring some colour and style to what would otherwise have been a very dull wardrobe! So I am going to try and show my like-minded sisters out there how easy it is to look modest and stylish at the same time.

Also, the aim is to show you how to match your every day wardrobe, instead of showing you lots of cool new items that are out there, that you can’t afford to buy! So I’ll find pics of clothes very similar to mine, and then I will show you how to wear the same items lots of different ways πŸ™‚

So this ensemble is a good stable in my work wardrobe.. before my hijab, I would’ve worn this without the belt and with black shoes, but I think the tan takes this outfit from ordinary to stylish! OK, so maybe my style realisations are a bit basic lol, but there must be sisters like me out there πŸ™‚

Basics: Grey pants; Longer length White shirt; Tan peep toe heels

Hijab: Brown floral scarf

Accesories: Tan skinny belt; Tan bag

Why start blogging?

As salaamu alaykum readers!

Welcome to my blog! As the title says, I am just another muslimah on the journey to enlightenment and closeness to Allah.

Alhamdulillah, I’ve just recently started wearing the hijab (less than a month in fact) and the number one thing that made this decision easier was reading so many inspirational blogs from my Muslim sisters all over the globe!

So id like to try and do the same, and I hope this blog helps aspiring hijabis and sisters, as I share the experiences I am having on my journey.

By the way, this was my hijab on day one, bold and beautiful!

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