Colorful Clothing Conversations: What does your wardrobe say about you?

There is a psychology of color that applies to all wardrobes including Islamic clothing. You may not realize when selecting a Muslim dress to wear that the hue you choose really says a lot about you.

Pretty in Pink

Women who put on pink clothes emit a tranquil, warm and loving look. In this feminine color, you project unconditional love and a nurturing appeal.

Red Ready

If you pride yourself on being energetic, ambitious and strong, chances are you have a red garment in your wardrobe as this bold hue shows you’re ready for any challenge.

Mellow Yellow

People with sunny dispositions are likely to like yellow clothes since this cheerful color is associated with fun, friends and creativity.

Orange Accents

Like the flames of a fire, Orange represents warmth. It’s also an unusual color in terms of clothing so individuals who incorporate it into their wardrobe are often unique and offbeat in the best, and most stylish, sense.

Brownie Points
If you are down-to-earth with an appreciation for security, protection and comfort, no doubt you’ll don brown-colored clothes to strike a serious yet fashionable stance.

Purposeful Purple

Purple is typically associated with being regal, wise and wealthy, but this rich and imaginative hue can also evoke a sense of contemplation, meditation and spiritual awareness.

Green Goddess

Calming and peaceful, green is associated with generosity and growth as well as with balance and restoration. Odds are people who don this color value beauty, grace and Mother Nature.

Beautiful Blue

Forget what you’ve heard about Blue Monday. Studies show people are more productive when working in a blue-painted room because the color centers them with a calm and focus. When the hue is used in clothing, it emits a sense of peace, trust and integrity. Paradoxically, putting on blue will make you a serene scene stealer!

Whether you favor certain shades or incorporate all the colors of the rainbow into your wardrobe, Artizara offers Muslim clothing in a wide array of hues that are right for you.

Peter Gould and his contemporary Islamic artwork

3 Reasons Why You Should Know Peter Gould

Peter Gould may not be as famous as Picasso or Monet but that’s no reason not to familiarize yourself with him and his award-winning artwork.

  1. Beautifully Fresh

Peter creates Islamic art with a contemporary twist. Using his vibrantly modern style, he conveys the timeless harmony of nature. As Juliana Rahim, the curator of the Islamic Arts Museum in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia explains, “Peter’s beautiful work is a welcome addition to the contemporary Islamic art scene; a mixture of deep faith and youthfulness that represents tangible modern interpretations of Islam’s everlasting beauty in mind and spirit.”

  1. In Demand

From his native Australia to the United States of America, Peter’s work hangs in private and public collections around the world. In fact, the United Nations commissioned his art as well as the Saudi Arabian Royal family! Peter has also worked as a graphic designer on branding projects for Colgate, McAfee software and London’s Halal Food Festival to name a few.

  1. Priceless Yet Affordable

Since Peter has produced art for royalty, museums and more, you’d think his work would cost a fortune. Fortunately, that’s not true. In addition to selling Muslim dresses and other Islamic clothing, Artizara also carries an affordable line of Peter Gould prints that can visually add peace and harmony to your home or office.

Fashion advice from industry experts

Fashion advice from industry experts

“Whenever someone comes up to me and says, ‘I’m having trouble shopping.’ I tell them to pull out their 10 favorite, most-worn pieces, then build a wardrobe around them,” says American author and fashion designer Lauren Conrad. “Those staples are going to be different for everybody.”

While wardrobe staples may differ from one person to another, it’s true everyone can benefit from fashion tips—especially if they come from designing icons and other newsmakers.

“What works with your skin and eyes? Use that to zero in on your wardrobe,” suggests designer Tom Ford. The legendary Christian Dior has said black is essential to a woman’s wardrobe because, as he put it, “You can wear black at any time. You can wear it at any age. You may wear it for almost any occasion.”

“For my wardrobe, I like to invest in classic pieces and pair them with more trendy new pieces and accessories each season,” notes Liya Kebede, Ethiopian-born model, maternal health advocate, clothing designer and actress.

Meanwhile, men such as Scottish musician Guy Berryman and Indian cricketer Virat Kohli also have a say. Berryman’s advice is, “Just keep it simple. When you overthink what you’re wearing, that’s when wardrobe malfunctions tend to happen,” while Kohli admits, “I want my wardrobe to be full of good clothes, so that when I’m deciding what to wear, I don’t run out of options. I love shopping!”

If you love shopping and want to take the tips of from these fashion experts, check out the Islamic clothing at Artizara which features the wardrobe staples Conrad mentioned and the classic pieces Kebede spoke of, including Muslim dresses in Dior black as well as Muslim clothing in green, blue, and a variety of other colors to bring out your eyes. If that’s not enough, Artizara’s well-made modesty clothing will ensure you avoid wardrobe malfunctions of any kind!

Islamic clothing worthy of the Red Carpet

Islamic Clothing worthy of the Red Carpet

The Oscars are about fashion as much as movies since the Red Carpet opener offers viewers the world’s biggest fashion show. Last month, fashionistas at the 87th Annual Academy Awards previewed the latest trends, some of which echoed classic looks of the past.

Custom-made

In addition to winning an Oscar for Best Leading Actress, Julianne Moore donned a winning look in her white Chanel Haute Couture gown designed by Karl Lagerfeld which featured 80,000 hand-painted sequins! Similarly, Lupita Nyong’o’s Calvin Klein dress boasted a combination of 6,000 costume and authentic pearls that were hand-sewn into the white fabric.

Bling is the thing

Statement necklaces were the big thing since these could be seen on Cate Blanchett, Laura Dern and others on this year’s Red Carpet. Actress Margot Robbie stole the show with her borrowed vintage Van Cleef & Aprels necklace which was made in the 1930s for the Duchess of Windsor.

Modesty maverick
While many celebrities wore strapless and low-cut ensembles, Solange Knowles rocked the Red Carpet in her high-collared, long-sleeved red Christian Siriano crepe draped cape top with matching long pants.

Adopting these looks

Most people can’t afford a couture dress, but that doesn’t mean you can’t find quality apparel that looks similar yet is reasonably-priced. This is even true for Muslim clothing! Artizara offers maxi dresses with embroidery hand crafted by artisans; formal long-sleeved Muslim dresses in red (and other colors); as well as a line of gold plated sterling silver jewelry that includes a sterling silver diamond-look necklace, a mesh ball necklace, and a vintage-inspired multi-strand necklace that will have you looking and feeling like a star!

 

 

Wardrobe essentials in Islamic clothing

4 Islamic Wardrobe Essentials

Edith Head, who won a record of eight Oscars for her costume designs, once said, “Building a proper wardrobe is like building a home. Indeed, you should think of it like a home because it is something you’re going to live in. It must be comfortable and suit all your needs.” When it comes to Islamic clothing, there are a handful of staples to meet your needs.

  1. Hijabs – Whether made of printed or plain fabric, a hijab is a key element in dressing modestly yet that doesn’t mean it must lack style. Look for linen headwraps with sequins, or chiffon and silk ones with hand beaded borders. Soft, comfortable and breathable, the right hijab will make you look and feel good!
  2. Muslim Dresses – When it comes to choosing a Muslim dress, an abaya is a must. Although these long garments traditionally were worn in black, now you can find them in a variety of colors and styles to meet today’s needs. Zia chambray denim Safaris are ideal for shopping; Celia hooded sport maxis suit active days; and Alima button-down belted maxis are great to wear around the home—or anywhere. For special occasions, there are a number of formal caftan dresses, some of which are adorned with jewelry, embroidery or come with matching hijabs.
  3. Bottoms – Make sure your bottoms are the tops when it comes to fashion—and comfort! To ensure they fit well, look for long flared skirts made of French terry or stretch cotton with a rollover waistband; and wide-legged cotton trousers or silk palazzo pants with a stretch waistband.
  4. Tops – So long as you opt for long-sleeved and loose fitting tops, Muslim clothing offers you many options such as button-down shirts, long-collared tunics, belted stretch jerseys, plus jackets and sweaters—all of which come in a bevy of colors from maroon to mocha and more!

Like the structure on which a home is built, once you create your wardrobe with these essential pieces you can then add decorative elements and accessories to express your personality. Whether seeking casual or formal wear, Artizara has a wide selection of Islamic clothing that’s ready to move into.