Women’s Tunics For Every Occasion

 

As modest clothing becomes increasingly popular in the world of fashion, many women are realizing that it is indeed possible to be both properly covered and stylish at the same time. In the fall of 2016, history was made at Fashion Week held in New York City by an Indonesian designer, Anniesa Hasibuan. The collection of clothing that she presented included a stunning hijab with each and every outfit. Stepping beyond the traditional black Muslim head covering, models walked the runway wearing hijabs of gold, pink and silver.

 LEOPARD PRINT GOLD CHIFFON HIJAB
LEOPARD PRINT GOLD CHIFFON HIJAB SCARF

Another noticeable piece in this highly-touted collection was the tunic dresses and modest dresses. In the world of modest clothing for women, tunic shirts have experienced a startling rise in popularity over the last few years. This is most likely due to the fact that these flowing types of tunic shirts or women’s tunic dresses can be worn for almost any occasion, from lounging at home to attending an upscale party. In fact, there are almost as many unique and modest tops available as there are places to wear them. Here are a few options in women’s tunics that are turning heads worldwide:

Single Color

 

Basic long tunic tops in a single color are a must for every modest wardrobe. This is due to the fact that they are extremely comfortable and can be easily

REEM PLEATED CHIFFON LONG TUNIC
REEM PLEATED CHIFFON LONG TUNIC

accessorized. Making sure that you have many single-color tunics available means that you have more options when you get dressed. If you will be spending the day at home, this type of tunic lends simplicity to a daily routine. When worn to work, plain modest tunics allow for the focus to be on the work that is being completed, instead of what everyone is wearing.

Should you find the need to go directly from work to a night on the town, the right suede jacket or classy cardigan is simple to add, along with some dazzling jewelry to set off your outfit.

 

Embroidered and Embellished

 

To add a little more interest to your collection of tunics, take a minute to look at trendy new tunics. Almost any level of embroidery can be found on today’s long sleeve tunics, from simple stitching around the neck and hemline to lacy patterns and virtual floral arrangements.

TIERED LONG TUNIC WITH RIBBON EMBROIDERY
HIDAYA TIERED LONG TUNIC WITH RIBBON EMBROIDERY

Even more variety can be added by purchasing tunics that have embellishments such as buttons, ribbing, and rich satin edging.

Of course, every wardrobe needs a little glam for those elegant events. A long tiered tunic made from seemingly weightless chiffon presents just such an effect.
Formal tunics are sure to help you stand out in the crowd, whether you decide to wear a silky midi dress tunic or a long tunic top with delicate beading.

A Fashion Must

BAYLIE LONG CURVED HEM MIDI TUNIC DRESS - BLACK
BAYLIE LONG CURVED HEM MIDI TUNIC DRESS – A Fashion Must

Take a look at the tunics in your wardrobe so that you will be able to decide what type of woman’s tunic might bring new life to the clothing that you already own. By thinking of your upcoming events and responsibilities while you are sorting through your closet, you will surely be able to see why modest tunics can make a world of difference to any modest clothing wardrobe. The right planning and shopping can help to ensure that you will make your own amazingly modest impression on the world of fashion.

 

 

 

New Fall Styles In!!

This fall season at Artizara, we have chosen the best pieces for layering, wrapping and lounging. We managed to discover a few designers who caught our eye with their easy care, modest pieces that can be paired with just about anything!

Outfit # 1

Elan  8 way skirt with leggings , Monoreno purple embroidered top and brown leather jacket – The perfect fall outfit. Flowing skirt with hip tie and soft leggings underneath for complete coverage. Light as air embroidered top  with the option to layer with a tank and an edgy brown jacket completes this day to night style.

Outfit # 2 –

Elan cream cable knit sweater with Artizara blue denim skirt accessorized with Ikat hijab – Staple sweater for your wardrobe and multiple ways to layer with tunics, tanks or dress. Classic blue denim skirt with stretch for a comfortable fit that goes well with any top! It is perfect for this outfit because it creates a balance with the long sweater and brings out the blue in the Ikat hijab.

Outfit # 3 –

Elan palazzo pants with Artizara Salikah striped tunic and monoreno black zipper jacket. These everyday use pants are so light and comfortable. Pairing it with a semi fitted tunic, like the Salikah, creates shape but leaves you with the desirable comfort we all want. Complete the look with a Monoreno faux leather jacket that is such high quality, you can’t even tell the difference!

Outfit # 4 –

Elan 8 way skirt in black with Artizara olive ruffle dress shirt and Monoreno mahogany jacket – Versatile skirts that is light as a feather and comfortable. Pairing a dressier shirt with an edgy jacket creates a fashion forward look while maintaining the sophisticated, modest appeal.

Outfit # 5 –

Elan black flare pants with Artizara embroidered lucky tunic and monoreno black embroidered jacket –

Ruminations on Islamic Style

As a Muslim woman who wears hijab are you happy with how you look? Does your clothing match your personality and lifestyle? Perhaps you would like to improve your look but don’t know where to begin. Maybe you’re not sure what changes you need to make in order to feel better about your image.

Like many women who have come closer to their faith, I found myself faced with the task of changing my wardrobe. For me, it was a welcomed change, as my new modest clothing and way of presenting myself to the world honored my Creator and increased the value that I put on my spirit than my physical being. This modest essence of the Muslim woman is our eternal style and one I have been proud to adopt.

The Roxana Wrap Hijab
by Artizara

Determined to emulate the height of modesty, I parted with anything whatsoever that might denote frivolity or unwanted attention. I proudly limited my few pieces to full abayas, jilbabs, and square white hijabs. This decision had its value in keeping with my transition in dressing Islamicaly.

However, as the years progressed I began to feel stifled by my clothing and the discomfort caused by this inner conflict. I was not feeling comfortable in my skin and could not define what the issue was. What was it that was making me so miserable?

In order to solve this puzzle I had to retrace my steps. Growing up among artists and creative energies it had always been in my nature to express myself through patterns, textures and designs. Yet, when I looked in my closet, I had limited myself to solid white hijabs and black gowns.

I grew up with beach sand beneath my toes and running barefoot along the hot sidewalks of Southern California, yet every hijab I owned was heavy opaque polyester that I found to be too hot for my liking. I was going against my own grain and could not see it.

Color had always been a vital part of my life. My Mother and Grand Mother were both water color artists and I grew up posing for paintings and learning to frame artwork. Prior to my reversion I had worked as a Makeup Artist and Hair Stylist. Yet, when I discovered Islam I had not allowed myself any artistic expression.

Rediscovering my love of art and color have restored my sense of personal satisfaction. Incorporating these elements into my dress have allowed me the unique expression I was missing and have brought me a personal style that is genuine and natural for me. I am once again happy with my appearance- noÉI am thrilled.

I may have traded in my modesty for today’s version of fashion with the faulty belief that somehow my hijab was restricting my personal expression. Realizing that many women fall into this thinking and some even mistakenly remove their hijab fueled me to write this piece.

Below are some elements of creative style that you can work with to ask yourself the important questions about who you are and what that expression looks like for you.

Simplicity, functionality, great fabrics, and a touch of personal style are the defining points of a successful wardrobe when it comes to dressing modestly and fashionably. When we think of fashion we tend to envision airbrushed models on the cover of Vogue wearing the latest trends and making it look effortless.

Feeling great about your appearance and pulling your own unique look together really can be that easy. Think of the following as classic fashion advice with an Islamic twist!

The ten essentials

Your hijab: Your headscarf is a big part of your wardrobe yet contrary to what we have been taught it does not necessarily have to be the defining element of your style. Think of hijab as an accessory to your overall look rather than the vocal point of your dress and see what possibilities might emerge. It should compliment you and be functional for daily living. Feeling overpowered by hijab is a factor that has lead many women to remove their veil. Finding balance is key.

The art of wearing hijab: Do not-under any circumstances pin your hijab at your chin and merely leave the ends of the scarf hanging over your bosom. This style of hijab does not work for anyone and can ruin even the most elegant of ensembles. Instead tuck the ends into your clothing or wrap them around to the back of your scarf. If extra coverage is the issue simply fan the ends of the scarf around your chest and pin at the shoulder with a stylish broach. Often more voluptuous women may try to wear an extra large scarf the same way some women would throw on an oversized sweater thinking it will camouflage problem areas. Instead of flattering this tends to look frumpy and in some cases can give the impression that you don’t care about your appearance.

Hijab colors, patterns, and textures: Some women look radiant in loud floral patterns while others of us end up looking outdated and dowdy. Another hard style to wear are hijabs with eyelet stitching at the hemline and corners. In some cases, these may only be appropriate for young ladies who are practicing hijab. I know hijabees who look elegant and fabulous in dark or all black hijabs that would appear depressing and heavy on others. Pass on unbreathable materials-even in the winter, and opt for hijabs with a touch of flair instead of overdone beading and sparkle.

Hijab fabrics: If you are still clinging to your polyester hijabs because you believe only those heavy, solid fabrics can give you full coverage then consider the following. Polyester, a completely man made fabric is widely sold in most Islamic clothing stores. For this reason, many women purchase them, not realizing what a draw back they may be. When it comes to your hijab you want to be on the lookout for materials that breathe such as rayon, linen, cotton, and even silk. While polyester hijabs may be more affordable-other fabrics such as rayon and linen shaylas are available at outlets such as TJ Maxx and Marshals. The scarf should be just heavy enough to give it some body and shape but not so heavy that it weighs you down.

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The size of your hijab: The length and width of your scarf make a huge impact on how you look. A petite woman might swim in the same scarf that would flatter a statuesque woman. So where should your hijab hit you when wearing it? As a general rule the sides of your hijab should gracefully sit at the base of your shoulders while leaving some extra material to maneuver around your bosom. Petite women often have this dilemma. It’s easy to end up with a scarf that covers you down to your waist. This is overpowering and should only be worn this way if you want your hijab to be the vocal point of your look. There’s an exception to every rule and I have seen women who can successfully don a waist length hijab but not too many Muslimahs are going to feel their level best in that style unless they can pull if off.

Your clothing: A defining feature of a Muslim women’s style is that the clothing tends to be looser and avoids anything revealing in nature. However, this does not mean our clothes should be so baggy that there is no fit and shape to them. You want pieces that you can feel confident wearing and that will flatter you. Think outside of the box and take a look at classic pieces that can be tailored to fit your lifestyle. For example, a long dark pencil skirt looks beautiful and is a highly versatile piece. Pair one with a low wedge sandal for the summer or a boot for the winter. Long and flowing prairie skirts are great year round. Don’t limit yourself to one style.

Rediscovering your style: Sometimes we reach an impasse and we don’t know what we like. For some women, we are so busy taking care of everything outside ourselves that as time passes we forget what it feels like to take time for ourselves. Or it may feel like too much work to invest so much time into our appearance. I always advise women to visit a mall and check out the accessory section to break the ice. Many times we tend to dismiss something that appeals to us because we assume it’s too risquŽ, won’t fit, or too expensive. Yet, a piece of costume jewelry seems more accessible. You might find yourself attracted to designs, colors, shapes, and elements of style that surprise you.

Accessories are a must: A flower pin, a rhinestone broach, a stack of bangles, a big chunky ring, a stylish bag, and a long necklaceÉnot to be worn all at once but still essential elements of style that can be reached for to celebrate any mood or occasion. Having a few different pieces to work with keeps your options open and let’s you explore your own fashion sense without making a long term commitment. Want to feel more demure? Reach for innocent pearls. Maybe you’re in a daring moodÉthe perfect time to sparkle!

Shoes, shoes, shoes: Every girl loves a good pair of shoes. Even Dorothy in the Wizard of Oz had the fabled red ruby slippers that drove the Wicked Witch mad with envy. The right shoe can compliment and set the tone of your appearance. A shoe should be practical to fit your lifestyle and I advise women to keep at least four different pairs in her wardrobe. These include a simple pair of flats, a summer sandal, dress shoes with a heel no higher than 3 inches, and casual loafers or Mary Jane’s. For cold climates a pair of ankle of knee length boots in a classic style are timeless. Avoid heavy or chunky shoes as they are hard on the feet and less feminine. The style will depend on your personal taste and your specific needs. A woman who works outside her home where she meets with clients on a regular basis might opt for a dressier shoe while a full time Mother may want something more casual and on the go.

Your abaya: I think it’s essential that a Muslim woman who attends the mosque regularly for Jummah have at least one full length abaya she can pull on over her clothing and just go. There are times when an outer garment such as an abaya is absolutely necessary and going to the masjid is one of those occasions. Jean, linen, and cotton jackets may be worn as outer garments but nothing compares to the abaya when frequenting the House of Allah.

Insha’Allah, these ten essentials will spur some inspiration for you and encourage you to retrace your own steps towards a more authentic you.

Jennifer Kabir is a Journalist and Founder of Touch of Shimmer. She also writes for the Muslim Women’s Style Examiner for Detroit.

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4 Tips For Looking Modestly Stunning at Your Next Party With Hijab Evening Dresses

According to the majority of what we ladies see online and on television, nobody today can pull off the feat of looking amazing and being modest at the same time. It is almost as if the media ranks attention-grabbing beauty by the amount of skin that women are willing to expose. However, there are many ways to catch the eye of every person at your next event requiring hijab evening dresses and still remain modest. Here are a few.

Know Your Own Style

Though you may believe that what you wear is the most important part of the equation when you are getting ready for a fancy evening event, there is actually something that must be taken into account saba-emerald-green-long-chiffon-formal-dressfirst. Knowing your own sense of style and how to dress accordingly is the first and most important part of looking and feeling stunning at any event that requires a formal dress. Once you realize what type of beautiful hijab evening dress makes you feel the most comfortable, you can shop with that style in mind. And arriving at the party in an abaya dress or modest evening dress that feels just right and makes you exude confidence, will be the very first thing that draws all eyes to you.

Colors Talk

Second only to your sense of style are the colors that you wear. Sadly, the wrong color can throw off an entire ensemble and may even make others wonder if you are feeling well. There are several programs available online that can help you know which colors will enhance your natural beauty and help people around you sit up and take notice.ramona-silky-zardozi-hand-embroidered-midi-dress-crimson-jpg

Whether you opt for jewel-toned abaya gowns or neutral formal hijab dresses, the fact that the colors complement your style, personality, and skin tone will surely speak volumes.

Dazzle With Fabrics

Before taking your newfound knowledge about personal style and color choices for a shopping run, take a moment to consider fabrics. From silk hijabs and abaya gowns to satin formal tunics, chiffon hijab formal dresses, and metallic jersey party tunics, each fabric has a different look, feel, and drape. Peruse a few websites that offer comprehensive, easy-to-understand descriptions of different types of fabrics to make sure you know what type you are looking for. This type of research will also help you to know how to properly care for and store the beautiful dress once the ball is over.

Frosting on The Cake

The right pair of shoes, handbag and accessories are what we females tend to call the frosting on the proverbial cake. So once you have found the perfect formal hijab dresses, do not head right home. Instead take the dress with you while you select the perfect accessories. Those who work in the fashion retail industry often have a fantastic eye for what will look great together and should be more than willing to help you select those items that will complete the perfect picture.

By taking time before shopping for your modest formal dress you can ensure that you will be able to walk into the room feeling confident and looking radiant. That confidence is sure to be the thing that draws every eye in the room to your beautifully modest self.

 

How to Shop for Abaya Dresses That Are Sure To Fit Your Style

What you wear can say more about who you are than what you may say to those around you. This is because the clothing, jewelry, shoes and head wraps that you select for your wardrobe all make a unified statement about your personal sense of style. There are so many choices when shopping for Abayas, ranging from simple denim abayas to stylish formal abaya gowns and designer abayas.  With all the choices, many women are left wondering if there’s an easy way to find Abaya dresses that will help others realize more about who they really are and what their personal style really is. Here are some fashion tips that we’ve uncovered:

Define Your Style

Though traditionally, most women wore black Abayas, many who wear Muslim clothing are now choosing to wear stylish abayas in other colors to express their personal style. In order to figure out more about your own personal style, you may want to look no further than your own closet, jewelry box or wardrobe. By doing this, you will be able to see if you are more attracted to neutral tones or to brighter colors.  Do you see more solids or prints in your collection?  Is gold your main jewelry color, or do silver and bronze show up more frequently?  Are your shoes what some would refer to as safe and sensible, or do you often wear high heels made of exotic printed fabric?  

Taking a good long look at what you already own can certainly point you in the right direction when you are considering broadening your style horizon into fashionable Abayas.

Look at Your Budget

The next step in this process is just as important as looking in your own clothing collection.  It involves looking at the budget, or what you plan to spend. This will help you decide on where to find abayas on sale, and online shops that you should and should not frequent. While some say that there is no harm in looking at and trying on clothes that you cannot afford to purchase, we do not recommend it, as it may only set you up to be disappointed.  As you search for places to shop, you will find that there are plenty of online resources as well as brick and mortar stores that carry just the style that you have been looking for.

Ask Around

Friends and neighbors who may have also been shopping for Islamic clothing recently are yet another good resource for information. They can often tell you if they have loved a store, the customer service they have received, or if they may have stumbled on a new website that they think you might just enjoy perusing. Alternately, they will also be able to tell you which stores and websites to avoid.

The internet is also full of places that you can “ask” when you are searching for new Abayas to match your style.  Sites such as Pinterest, Facebook and Twitter all have groups, photos and pages that may help you narrow down the style you are looking for or the best place to shop.

Follow Fashions

Take time to go beyond simply reading about current fashions and styles and begin following fashion blogs. The individuals who have created these blogs have gained a reputation for knowing what looks good, and they are not afraid to share their knowledge with the online world. This is a great resource for discovering less traditional abayas like abaya maxi dresses and formal abaya gowns. If you see something that you love on one of these blogs, the chances are high that the blogger has included a link to the website where it can be purchased.  

By following select Muslim clothing fashion bloggers, you may also get some new ideas about how to creatively wear some of the clothing, jewelry or shoes that are already in your current wardrobe.

Plan Before You Shop

By taking the time and energy to review your current clothing, your budget, and get advice from people and sources that you trust, you can bet that your shopping will be a lot more fun and productive. Instead of becoming frustrated by going store to store when nothing seems to match the ideal clothing that you had in mind, you will be able to get exactly the right Abaya dresses and fantastic accessories that are sure to tell the world who you really are.

 

 

Our 10 Favorite Muslim Fashion Instagrams to Follow Now

Follow our favorite Muslim Instagrammers that dominate the modest fashion scene. These beautiful ladies offer Islamic fashion advice and beauty tips we love.

 

The contemporary Islamic women’s fashion industry is characterized by an exciting blend of modern styles and traditional sensibilities. Today’s modest woman isn’t constrained by simple styles or uninspired looks. Rather, clothing and accessories for Islamic women can be artistic, edgy, elegant, regal, colorful, and even a bit Avant Garde. And there is no better place to take a front row seat to all of the latest in Muslim fashions than Instagram. The following is a list of our 10 favorite Muslim fashion Instagrams to follow:

Yaz the Spaz

Yasemin, better known as YazTheSpaz, was born and raised in the United States to a Turkish father and Cuban mother. She feels that it is important to create beautiful styles, but more importantly, that those looks are comfortable and help women feel as confident as possible. She is married to a gentleman of Egyptian background, who supports her mission to empower girls and women to feel amazing and look beautiful.

Doooonie

As a recipient of Harper Bazaar’s Best Dressed award, Dana Wolley Zayat, known to her followers as Doooonie, maintains an Instagram fan base of more than 230k individuals. Over 3,000 posts to date detail her fascination with contemporary Muslim fashions and her brand ambassadorship for Sunsilk lends credibility in the fashion world. Her classy presence and penchant for glamorous yet restrained style has helped her to build a loyal following among those who appreciate modest fashion.

Thefierce nay

Nadia Hasan, known to Instagram followers as Thefierce nay, has always wanted to be a part of the fashion world. Her diminutive presence is offset by her outsized love of Arabic fashions, and her full-speed-ahead drive to promote her passion is tempered only by her restrained, polished demeanor and quiet, creative vision. She is not only a wildly-popular influencer, though – she is also a fashion designer who has translated her love of shoes into a wide array of footwear offerings for today’s modern women. Her designs are crafted in Italy and range from basic flats to stunning, evening-ready silhouettes.

ascia_akf

Ascia AKF is a rising star in the Islamic women’s fashion world, and she has now amassed more than 35,000 followers from around the world. She considers herself a “hybrid,” meaning that she is a Kuwaiti/American who balances the complexities of modern life, while keeping an eye on traditional values and clothing. Her self-deprecating style and electrifying blogs entice followers to listen closely to her influential message around turbans, Islamic fashion ideas, and more.

Dalalid

Dalal Al Doub, known as Dalalid to followers, has emerged as a prominent name in the Middle East fashion and beauty scene over the past several years. She launched her blog Dalalid in 2012, and has since created a series of articles sharing her make up tips, personal beauty suggestions, and general lifestyle suggestions. Her focuses are empowering women in the region and delivering quality content that improves the fashion industry in the area. 1.9 million Instagram followers think she’s on to something.

Dinatokio

With more than 54,000 followers on Twitter and 1 million on Instagram, Dinatokio has emerged as a powerful voice in the lifestyle, fashion and beauty realm. She combines contemporary fashion opinions and examples with a dose of relevant discussion around topics as diverse as modest bathing suits to politics. Her normal fashion blogging is refreshingly interspersed with her perspectives as a new mom, which lends a sense of light-hearted fun to her musings.

Zahrarosea

UK-based Zahrarosea (Zahra Rose Alazaibi) is a newer face to the modest fashion scene, but she’s growing quickly – now indicating more than 16,000 followers on Instagram and about 1,000 fashion-centric posts to browse. Active for about five years in the fashion world, her self-description is simply “just being a human-being being creative.” Her posts detail her influential opinions on Islamic fashion trends, creative clothing and styling tips, and more.

Feeeeya

Dubai/US-based Saufeeya bint Goodson boasts over 232,000 followers on Instagram and has created nearly two hundred posts detailing her thoughts on creativity, self-expression, and individuality. She emphasizes diverse beauty, classic and modest stylings, and empowered women making a difference in the world. Take a look at her Instagram page and her YouTube videos for more information about what makes her unique perspective on modest fashions so insightful.

Hautehijab

Fashion bloggers at Hautehijab live the mantra of “Hijab is more than just a piece of cloth.” Founded in 2010, more than 127,000 individuals call themselves followers of Melanie (the face of the brand), which has created a loyal following thanks to insightful and fun-to-read articles that cover all aspects of a modern, modest woman’s fashion options. Find Melanie and Hautehijab on Instagram, Facebook, Twitter, and YouTube.

Sincerelymaryam

Maryam of Sincerelymaryam aims to capture modesty through the fashion lens – and wow, has she created a loyal following of fashionable individuals. Nearly 200,000 Instagram followers have access to her shopping faves section, YouTube videos and hijab tutorials, relaxed and friendly blog posts, and more. Her recent posts cover ways in which Muslim women can dress fashionable and modestly, during pregnancy.

When searching the web for great examples of Islamic fashion trends and modest apparel and styling options, you’ll likely come across one or more of these incredible women – each offering an insightful and eclectic view that provides plenty of ideas for the modern Islamic fashionista. For more information about modest clothing choices for women, visit www.artizara.com today!