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How to Shop for Chic Muslim Clothing on a Budget

It’s sad but true; money doesn’t grow on trees. But who doesn’t love shopping, right? The struggle between managing a budget and resisting the constant urge to shop is a challenge many women face. Here is our solution to the all-too-common dilemma: When shopping for stylish Muslim and Islamic clothing, be sure to spend wisely to make the most of your purchase.
Here are our top six tips for shopping for Muslim fashions while successfully adhering to a budget:
1. Go for versatile pieces. Neutral colors and basics can mix and match with many existing pieces in your closet. The Camilla Simple Long Tunic, for example, features a classic silhouette in basic black, and it can be dressed up or down for any occasion. For pieces like this, rely on accessories to brighten up the outfit.Budget Muslim attire
2. Go for quality, not quantity. Investing in well-made articles of clothing will save you money in the long run. High-quality Muslim and Islamic clothing may cost a little extra, but it will last years, so you aren’t replacing pieces each season.
3. Look for sales and special deals. Be patient and watch for sales online or in stores. Many times, online vendors offer discounts for signing up for a mailing list. That’s an instant saving! (Artizara, for example, rewards our valued customers with a 10% coupon when they sign up!)
4. Span the seasons. Layer, layer, layer! A great sweater (like the Karina Long Striped Sweater) can last through the frigid winter months, but it can also provide extra warmth in an unseasonably cold, air-conditioned office. Multi-purpose articles of clothing help get an extra bang for your buck.
5. Shop with purpose. Nothing beats a spontaneous shopping trip, but when a budget is a factor, it’s important to shop for what you need and only what you need. This requires discipline and planning. Think ahead for what types of Muslim and Islamic clothing you will need for the whole season and factor that into your shopping allotment.
6. Buy what you love! This is the most important rule! Avoid buying items that you’re on the fence about; chances are, you’ll wear the clothing once and it will get lost in the back of your closet. This trap is a major drain on your shopping budget. In tandem with rule No. 5, buy items that you only need and love. Not only will your wallet be happy, but you’ll feel confident wearing beautiful, modest Muslim styles that you love.

Islamic and Muslim Dressing for Your Personality

Islamic and Muslim Dressing for Your Personality

Not to sound like a trite kindergarten teacher, but we all are special snowflakes, unique in our own way. Corny, but true. We all have a one-of-a-kind look to match our one-of-a-kind personalities. So when shopping and cultivating a personal style, let your personality shine through Muslim dress and Islamic attire!

Artizara outlined four popular fashion personality styles and how to dress for the one (or several) that best match you:

Classic. A classic look is built on simple cuts, clean lines and neutral colors that never go out of style. A classic wardrobe relies on pieces that can mix and match with contemporary accents, like colorful accessories, scarves or jewelry. But don’t confuse classic with boring or safe! A classic fashionista dresses both smart and stylish, often looking for high-quality pieces that will last season after season.

Trendy. Trendy is found on the opposite end of classic, but many women integrate elements of both personalities into their Muslim dress. However, those on the trendy side of the spectrum gravitate toward pieces that are the latest styles and right off the runway. Hot trends for 2015 include leopard print, colorblocking and jewel tones (among many others!).

Romantic. This can be a hard style to visually articulate, but when executed correctly, the effect can be wowing. Those who are after a soft, romantic look often seek out feminine cuts, lush colors, rich fabrics and delicate details, such as embroidery or ruffles. Elegant Muslim clothing, like the Jada Tiered Tunic Dress or the Devon Moroccan Inspired Long Tunic, are modest, but still capture the romantic, feminine style.

Relaxed. Relaxed is synonymous with easy, breezy and carefree. It’s low maintenance and straightforward. Those with relaxed style personalities enjoy fabrics that are comfortable and un-fussy (i.e., wrinkle-free!). Simple knits are key; check out Artizara’s collection of stretch jersey tops for Islamic clothing that’s comfortable but still pulled-together. Like a classic look, relaxed doesn’t have to be boring; incorporate colors and prints, while still retaining that comfortable, casual look.

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5 Professional Work Looks for 2015

It’s Monday morning. Your alarm goes off, and you roll out of bed. You flip on the lights, and a familiar thought rolls through your mind: “What should I wear to work?” And then you groan, partly because you’re still half asleep and partly because you have no idea what to wear!

But fear not! For 2015, make it a resolution to never ask yourself that question and fill your closet with stylish Muslim clothing. Here are five of our favorite looks for the upcoming year:

  1. Classic button-downs. This style is a classic for a reason. Button-downs and Oxford shirts come in a variety of colors, are great for layering and match almost anything. They are light enough for an air-conditioned office in the summer, or pair one with a sweater for extra warmth in the winter.
  2. Trendy tunics. For more casual offices, tunics can be a fun alternative to stuffy business-wear. Tunics, a staple for one’s Islamic clothing wardrobe, are modest and stylish enough for everyday wear at the office and then dinner after work. Try the Clara Long Safari Buttondown Tunic for a confident, professional look.
  3. A sensible skirt. Skirts are dressy, but don’t require the commitment a dress does. Pair a long, maxi-length skirt with your favorite top or tunic. We suggest the Elisa Black Cotton Long Maxi Skirt; the flattering A-line and understated simplicity make it appropriate for any day of the week!
  4. A layer-friendly sweater. Offices and workplaces can be unpredictable when it comes to climate. Hot in the winter? Cold in the summer? Who knows. For the cold days, keep a sweater on hand to beat the chill. The Alexa Hooded Cardigan is perfect for laying in any season! (Plus, it hits at the hip, making it a perfect part of a Muslim clothing wardrobe!)
  5. Something for casual Friday. Embrace TGIF! If your workplace does casual Friday, make sure you have something that’s comfortable, casual and still professional. We recommend a fun top, like the Samara Leopard Print Tunic Dress or one of our many other jersey knit tops. But remember, even if it’s casual Friday, be sure to still look polished and presentable!
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5 Winter Must-Haves for Muslim Clothing

The winter wardrobe requires warm and sensible clothing. For Islamic and Muslim clothing, there are ample options for cozy outfits that don’t skimp on style. Here are five must-haves in any wardrobe for those snowy winter days:

  1. A faux-fur winter jacket. Faux-fur accents are a simple and understated way to add style to an otherwise simple coat. Look for detachable collars, which can extend the coat into spring for some extra mileage. Check out the Marina Long Belted Jacket for a warm and fashion-forward option.
  2. A cozy cardigan. A long, warm cardigan is a perfect addition to any winter wardrobe. Cardigans are versatile for any occasion, whether home, work, errands or socializing with friends. When shopping for Muslim and Islamic clothing, calf or ankle-length cardigans offer both the modest and warm women often seek. The Lana Aztec Long Black Cardigan Sweater checks all the necessary boxes and is a must-have this winter.
  3. A stylish scarf. Winter is impossible to avoid (unless you are one of the lucky few living in a tropical locale!). So if you can’t beat winter, you might as well join it, right? Glam winter up with the Sparkly Knit Poncho Wrap Scarf for both warmth and style. A multi-purpose scarf like this can be worn wrapped around the head or as an accent around the neck on those chilly days.
  4. Lots of layers. One of the challenges of winter is the fluctuating temperatures. It’s freezing outside but steaming inside! Layer up to adjust to these temperatures on the fly. Like long cardigans and scarves mentioned above, kimono-style cardigans and belted cardigans are other fashionable options for layering this winter.
  5. A warm hoodie. There’s nothing like a cozy hoodies and a cup of hot chocolate in front of the fire place. Long, loose-fitting (but not boxy!) graphic hoodies can be incorporated into any closet as part for trendy yet modern Muslim dressing.

When it comes to Muslim clothing and dress, what are your must-haves this winter?