Jilbabs – The Fashionable Attire for Muslim Women

 

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These days, cultures around the world can build unique characteristics for themselves such as the food they eat, the language they speak, and the most important, the clothes they wear. But the clothing is reflected as one of the first features you observe when you engage yourself in an another culture from your own.

The rapidly changing fashion trends have changed the way that you dress up, but these changes haven’t influenced traditional clothing. Like people from different communities are recognized by their rituals, religious, beliefs and dressing style. But according to the Islam, Muslim women should hide their faces/body by wearing dresses like niqabs, abayas, hijabs, and scrafs.

In today’s era, the everyday jilbabs are amongst the most famous clothing elements for the Muslim women, which are vastly exchanged in the Western World. It is defined as the long & loose garments, which cover the entire body from tip to toe and it can be easily worn over regular clothing as well. Along with that Muslim women can also wear these Jilbabs at almost every occasion such as weddings, birthday parties and even to work.

Initially, Jilbabs were fashioned in black, but nowadays they are available in various colors such as blue, lavender, mauve, light grey, and chocolate. In fact, to give it a more modern & stylish look, fashion designers used laces & sequins. These dresses are some of the most commonly worn outfits among Muslim women because they are considered as a covering for females to hide their bodies from others in the public place.

 

Islamic Jilbab

According to the religious principles, women must wear these dresses especially in the presence of men. These everyday jilbabs represent various Islamic clothing rules such as privacy, modesty, the morality of Muslim women.

It is quite simple for one to buy these jilbabs online because many websites are selling these Islamic outfits. So, buying Jilbab from online stores is an excellent idea no matter where you live because online store gives you easy access to an extensive collection of Islamic clothes.

5 Types of Modest Clothes to Remain Trendy

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Fashion is a way for men & women to convey the feeling of liberty and individuality. While many all around the world think that modest clothing lacks the sense of fashion, they have been picked up as the most exciting trends in modern fashion, especially for women.

Here’s a glossary of modest Islamic clothes that enhances the elegance and beauty of women. They go well with casuals and can make you look equally dapper in special occasions.

#1st Modest Cloth – Abaya Styles

A piece of fabric that’s loosely stitched can be worn for at home or for public gatherings. It is available in either traditional or modern design. An Abaya is a gorgeous looking cloak that runs from shoulder to the feet and is comfortable. Muslim women usually pair it with a hijab and long gloves.

#2nd Modest Cloth: Jilbab Style

In literal terms, Jilbab looks similar to an Abaya but differentiates on one distinguishable point: is has an opening at the front. Jilbabs are extremely comfortable and easy to wear and have the potential to capture eyeballs. They bring a modest, as well as dazzling appearance for a woman.

#3rd- Modest Cloth: Hijab Style

The recent inclusion of Hijab styles in New York and Dubai fashion week tells the story of growing acceptance of hijab fashion. Hijab is a considered sacred and traditional in Islamic and is wore by women on the head. It comes in different shapes and size like a square, rectangle, plain or printed, and covers the head from temples to the back and at times chest. Hijab is also available in different fabric variants like satin, chiffon, viscose, georgette, knit, and many other fabrics.

#4th Modest Cloth: Islamic Shalwar Kameez

A Full-length shalwar kameez with a beautiful embroidery is the most fashionable and modest attire for women. They are extremely popular in Asian countries like India and Pakistan.

#5th Tunic Tops

Tunic tops are a stylish range of long tops that can be paired with anything – leggings, jeans, etc. Just keep one thing in mind – choose appropriate length for your height and size to dazzle the look with Tunic tops. They come in a different range of designs and variety.

Growing Acceptance of Hijab Fashion in Sports

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Hijab is a way of life and part of a Muslim women’s faith. It is a symbol of modesty, an entity of spiritual-connect, and fashion statement for women but it was never accepted in sports activities. Until recently, when Nike launched its Pro Hijab collection for female Muslim athletes.

Made of breathable, lightweight, sport-ready fabric, the pro-hijab collection is designed to stay cool and dry. Finally, Muslim athletes have an alternate option over traditional hijab, that’s modest as well as sport-friendly.

Sports Hijab has been in conversations for long, and few smaller boutique companies has been manufacturing it, but it’s the brand following and the wide reach of Nike that has brought this topic to the forefront.

Even other brands are now considering replicating Nike’s move and are planning on the production of Sports Hijab. The main reason behind this is the cultural shift, that now more and more women prefer wearing a Hijab.

Not just in the field of sports, hijab fashion is also gaining popularity in other fields too. This is reflected in recent ramp show of designer AnniesaHasibuan’s collection at New York Fashion Week, where a fleet of models proudly performed the catwalk wearing Hijab.
Technically, hijab has not exactly been banned by different sports federations, but the ‘headgear’is prohibited on the pretext that it might hurt other people, also because of some stereotype minds which takes it as a religious agenda.

It is that the light of change has been illuminated, even when hijab is still being oppressed in the major part of the world. As this change traverses a better journey, one filled with hope, faith, peace, and hopefully, more people will start understanding the real value of hijab for women.The world is yet to see the epitome of Hijab Fashion.

Modest Skirts for Women Are Now an Easy Find

Yes Ladies, it all comes now with a click of a button on your computer screens. Since every season calls out for a new fashion fad and inevitably leads to fashion-faux-pas, we all undergo this nagging fear of not committing any fashion blunders.

Pink Brocade Full Pleated Maxi Skirt

Skirt is your answer if one’s to look for inspiration in minimalism as it’s definitely chic and trendy. Long women skirts for long, have been a practical option for many hijabi -sisters as they are no-fuss, easy-wear garments that require little to no efforts when it comes to styling and you are always ready in a jiffy with this one. Just drop it and go!

Modest skirts for women today is not restricted by the simple monotones but adheres to suit the multi-faceted personalities of the millennial woman. When it comes to comfort and utility, there’s nothing coming close to the versatility of skirts and wins the trust factor hands down. However, over the years this humble piece of modest clothing has undergone a lot of change with generous dollops of flamboyance and fancy elements put together to make it all the more appealing to different age groups. So much so, that bodice fitted A line skirts were a trend for white bridal-wear last year. Not to mention, that maxi-stretch, flairs, sheer-effect, satin-cuts, floral laces, are just some of the motifs used in skirts which are much in demand even by the most conservative of the dressers as it does not violate the code of modest-dressing and keeps the charm of fancy-wear alive.

Paisely Print Modal Skirt

Such long skirts for women, have the biggest fan-girls in fashion-forward Muslimahs who are forever on the lookout to balance the faith & fashion quotient. There are, understandably many ornate ensembles donned with skirts to befit many significant occasions like marriage and other religious ceremonies which demand gaudy outfits. One can also see many cultural interpretations of skirts along cultural and religious lines. Many belted Victorian skirts, or the simple Indonesian sarung/sarong or be it the African skirt and blouse ensemble reinterpreted by big fashion labels, all bear testimony to the wider reach of the outfit across the globe.

The Nuances of Modest Clothing

Perhaps, one of the best things to happen to Hijabi sisters, this decade is the Avant Garde rise of modest fashion rubbing on mainstream sensibilities. Never, did the world was this ready to acknowledge, welcome and embrace to modest fashion as another styling fad contemporary to other fashion aesthetics. You now have covered hijabi sisters as celebrated billboard models for popular brands, famous make-up artists, entrepreneurs in the world of retail, food and lifestyle. Also, the fact that hijab is now commonly been dished out by popular mainstream fashion labels like H&M, Dolce & Gabbana are just few of the big names helping to strengthen this endeavor.

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Working with Modest clothing could be seen by many as a hindrance or a limitation but with the challenge to cover one’s body more gracefully and yet be splendidly picture perfect gives the much-needed creative thrust to fashion designers to think out of the box. Many popular contemporary cuts, styles, prints and fabrics get customized and roped in as per the modest Islamic aesthetics and sensibilities to render a woman more comfortable being fashion-forward yet faith compliant. You- have many a hybrid version of couture Abayas, as ball gowns and Maxis as well as tunics. Jumpers and shirts and tees all with modest lengths to help women not feel left out on contemporary trends. Similarly, you have customized Islamic versions of beachwear (burqinis), and active -wear for women who love the sand and sea as well as women who play sports or keep fit.

Perhaps, it’s not uncommon to see the rising level of awareness and consciousness in relation to Muslim fashion aesthetics-courtesy social media. In the world of Instagram and Pinterest, there’s little to no chance that you commit a fashion faux-pas, because you are constantly bombarded with tricks, styles and styling options at the flick of a button. Young girls who are unwilling to give up on faith and fashion are toeing a fine line between what could be deemed as halal or haram and the world of social media makes it easier to make informed choices.

Fall’s Favorite – Long Sweaters for Women

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Perhaps, fall wouldn’t be just as dreamy if it weren’t for the colors donned by women in the season. One can very well understand that eclectic hues taking form of mufflers, cardigans, pullovers, sweatshirts, long coats and last but certainly not the very least -basic sweaters. It seems the fashion to wear your woolen knits as way of long sweaters from the 70’s has never really left the limelight for every year we see glimpses of it being adorned on celluloid or on ramp walks.

And just in case if you thought that women’s knit sweaters wouldn’t have much room for experiment then you are in for a surprise. They upright differ with from being made with different materials like acrylic and lycra to being made of varying lengths to accommodate a range of definite looks for instance social commitments to work-wear looks. One look at Pinterest and you’ll know what I’m saying. These sweaters are molded to give form to tops or a low and high rise sweater with cuffed hems. There are others with frills like mufflers and cowl necks incorporated into their sweaters.

The other utility efficient tweaks made into these long sweaters for women has been the addition of deep pockets on the side to keep one’s hands warm. Some also come along with detachable hoodies which further keeps your ears warm and saves you from a bad hair day. The innovation and creativity brought into this outfit calls for little to no effort in terms of accessorizing. Just team it up with a nice pair of black warm tights, or skinnys and you are good to go. It’s an absolute no-fuss-glam -look which speaks volumes on not only effortless styling but utility and efficiency.

Not to mention the new zipper accents found on the shoulder patches or side panel also gives new meanings to the monotonous long sweaters and is quite popular with the Millennials. Such sweaters for women are ubiquitous and easily makes it from fashion corridors to street alleys taking the street -fashion game a notch higher.

The New Wave in Cosmetics Is Halal Cosmetics

Admit it ladies, the love for cosmetics for a woman is an unending love affair which only grows deeper with time. I’m sure almost all of us remember our first brush with lipsticks in secret, hidden away from our mothers which gave us new thrills. Well, on that note we could probably sum up that cosmetics are an easy outlet to women’s creativity and passion and the big brands make all the moolah encashing on this weak nerve of women.

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Well, but all is not so good in this La la land as for years many NGO’s and other liberal social circles have been fighting against animal testing done on small animals for their products. The big corporations are yet to find an alternative humane way to test their products and are in constant legal waters with the likes of such organizations. The other thing which is equally disturbing is the raw material used in making such cosmetics which deems it equally unacceptable by certain faiths. The use of animal fat namely pig fat, whale fat etc. causes much emotional duress as well as lends itself to give a thought on the ecological impact for such purposes.

Thus, there are many women of faith who now advocate for ‘halal’ practices, or halal raw materials to be used in making such cosmetics which has thus given rise to Halal cosmetics. These are made using natural fibers and natural Dyes. While some are plant based others are made out of chemicals which are not harmful on the human skin. You now have many products in the market with the likes of Halal nail polish or halal lipsticks. They are fashioned in such a way as to make water permeable on the nail enamel and lips respectively. The products which are deemed haram in cosmetics basically stop water to come in contact with the skin which is a necessary condition for completing wudu (ritualistic cleansing of face, hands and legs) before performing salah. This is great news for women who are sensitive to such issues and can now continue their passion for everything make-up. After all, give a woman a right lipstick and she’ll conquer the world.