5 Simple Ways to Upgrade Any Modest Islamic Outfit

Are you looking for a way to update your old abayas or dress up a plain hijab? Our tips will help you change up your look without breaking the bank.


There is common misconception today that modest Islamic clothing has to be boring or plain. In actuality, though, modest clothing just might be the perfect foundation for a truly fashionable look. Think about it; desirable Islamic outfits for women are sleek, subtle, and designed specifically for the modern, elegant women. They can be had in solid colors or in a variety of gorgeous patterns, and in a range of styles and profiles. To create an unforgettable look, pair a modest outfit or piece of clothing – like an abaya or hijab, with Islamic jewelry, accessories, and other adornments to upgrade your look and add a touch of elegant style to your ensemble. The following five simple ways to upgrade your look can be had without destroying your budget.


Allah KhamsaBefore leaving the house, consider adding a statement necklace to your ensemble to create a beautiful and classic look. A statement necklace is specifically larger than a typical one, and it is designed to draw the eye toward the pendant hanging from the chain. To meld both classic styling with culture and tradition, consider an Allah Khamsa necklace. This piece features the “Khamsa” symbol that is thought to ward off the evil eye, and features beautiful calligraphy, a two tone antique silver and polished gold finish, and glittery cubic zirconia adornments. Not only is this necklace a thing of beauty, but it also holds real cultural significance and will help to remind you of the importance of your faith.



Al-Fatiha_necklaceAnother option is the Al-Fatiha necklace, a piece of jewelry that not only looks amazing, but also draws inspiration from the teachings of the of the Quran. The Al-Fatiha, or “The Opening,” contains seven unique prayers that will remind you of the noble Quran. At the same time, the Al-Fatiha necklace adds a subtle, traditional, yet beautiful upgrade to virtually any modest outfit.





Patterned and textured fabrics

Patterned_and_textured_fabricsIslamic accessories can dramatically improve the look of practically any modest outfit, but sometimes it’s the little things that really shift the direction of an ensemble – like the texture of the fabric or the sheen of the print. This season sees a fun and eclectic mix of textures and prints, as well as an unexpected resurgence of out of the box pairings of colors, prints, and innovative fabrics. To upgrade your wardrobe this year, consider adding a contrasting silk wrap with hand beaded embroidery. The soft, subtle elegance of silk pairs wonderfully with casual choices like plain shirts or simple cotton maxi dresses. Or, experiment with unique colors or patterns that you may not have thought would match with a basic Islamic dress. The great thing about creating new ways to match patterns and textures is that it expands the potential of your wardrobe!





Create lightweight layers

Lightweight_layersOne of the easiest ways to create a unique and vibrant look is to add a lightweight topper in a silky fabric. Even if your base layer is a fairly modest dress or pants/shirt combination, you can create an entirely new aesthetic by incorporating a fun top like this Chiffon Floral Poncho. In fact, you can even transform a casual outfit into a formal look by ordering a topper in a shimmering, metallic fabric or one that offers unique accents or customized details. Our Chiffon Floral Poncho features show-stopping good looks and incorporates drawstring tassel closures, slight gathering in the back, and a shaped silhouette. You can completely change your look by simply ordering one new top!





Go the unexpected route

Shoulder_Body_Jewelry_in_GoldThey say that fortune favors the bold, so embrace your inner diva and feel confident in wearing bold, versatile, and elegant body jewelry. While some may consider this ensemble upgrade option a little outrageous for daily wear, there is no reason why you have to wear the same old thing every day! In fact, why not overdress a little during the workweek or when out around town? Add a piece of body jewelry like our Shoulder Body Jewelry in gold, and you’ll instantly feel like royalty. This piece can transform even the most basic of tops or dresses into a fashionable piece that will look glamorous and sophisticated. Upgrade your look for a lot less money than you thought was possible by adding unique and edgy body jewelry.


Color is everything!

To make your wardrobe really pop and improve the versatility of your collection of clothes and accessories, make sure that you know how to combine colors to maximize your available looks. Most of us cannot afford to buy new outfits every day, so simply purchasing a few new pieces in bright, bold colors can add life to your closet and bring a smile to your face.













Order a long maxi skirt in a bold hue and then pair it with your choice of top to create a vibrant yet classic look. Or, opt for a pair of dressy wide leg pants for a sophisticated profile that’s classically chic. Free flowing designs and a variety of fabric textures can help bring out a more fashionable look without straying too far from your modest tastes.


If you are looking for a way to create a set of new outfits or looks this year, and you don’t want to break the bank, consider the five style tips above. You will look great, feel amazing, and save money all at the same time when you partner with the modest fashion experts at Artizara. So dress up your old abaya dress or hijab with on-trend Islamic jewelry, new or innovative accessories, bold new colors, prints, or textures, or simply a new topper that can transform your look from simple to stunning. Don’t shy away from a more fashionable you – it is right around the corner!

Our Favorite Abayas for This Summer

Is your summer wardrobe looking a little tired? Check out our top picks for modern updates to the classic abaya dress that every Muslim woman needs this summer.


If we had to sum up the traditional Abaya dress in one word it would be “versatile.” Abayas are perfectly suited for everyday wear, or they can be worn at a formal event or evening out with ease. Abayas range from basic black or other solid colors to more elaborate dresses adorned with sleek accents and special accessories. If you’re tired of looking at your closet and finding nothing to wear – or nothing that you want to wear, consider adding a fresh look to your wardrobe and upgrading your old wardrobe with a new fashionable abaya. You’ll look great and feel incredible when you add the latest in modest styles to your wardrobe. And, trendy and elegant abayas are available at incredibly low prices when you’re a smart shopper – you just have to know where to look!


Here’s the thing – while you can live life wearing the same old assortment of clothes and accessories, there is something incredible about wearing abayas that fit well and are crafted using the latest in construction techniques. From simple and chic styles to limited edition prints, elegant maxi dresses to luxuriously embroidered formal designs, add modest yet stylish abayas to your clothing collection this summer and you’ll update your look in no time at all. Here are our top picks for today’s modern abaya dresses for the fashionable woman:


Mariel Formal Hand Beaded Caftan Dress1. Mariel Formal Hand Beaded Caftan Dress – Graceful, elegant, and delicate, the Mariel formal dress is ideally suited for formal events and special celebrations. You’ll light up the room in this flowing caftan dress that features a metallic linear print accented with hand beading. A chiffon overlay adds dimension and a subtle softness, while the included, coordinating soft chiffon scarf creates a cohesive look that is ideal for summertime formal events. The spaghetti tie belt can be worn for a more fitted look, or leave it off for a flowing profile. The Mariel comes in 152cm (60”) length and features a caramel color that pairs wonderfully with a range of accessories.






Lily_Long_Belted_Maxi_Dress_Abaya2Lily Long Belted Maxi Dress Abaya – When looking for the ideal summertime abaya dress, why not consider the bright, sunny, and cheerful Lily abaya? This loose and flowing summer dress features a multicolor print that will look incredible in any setting, and the flattering princess seams, modest round neckline, and loose sleeves with elastic cuffs artfully combine with the traditional elegant abaya profile to deliver a decidedly modern and light feel. Waist-level pockets and easy-care chiffon construction will make this abaya your go-to dress for virtually all occasions, and the fully-lined construction eliminates the need to layer. Simply add a brightly-colored wrap to add a touch of flair and you’ll be all set for the summer!






Marian_Lace_Accent_Maxi_Dress3. Marian Lace Accent Maxi Dress – Just because you are looking for a summertime abaya dress doesn’t mean you’re limited to casual pieces. In fact, the Marian lace accent formal maxi dress is drenched in feminine style and features several stunning features that combine to create one unforgettable abaya. This beautifully-shaped maxi dress is accented by a lace overlay bodice that creates a striking counterpoint to the solid color top section and soft chiffon skirt. The lace panel is contemporary, regal, bold and elegant, and adds a stylish look that is perfect for formal events, evening celebrations, or simply when you feel like dressing for success. The dress also features lined sleeves, functional mother of pearl buttons, and a rear invisible zipper. An included, coordinating soft chiffon scarf completes the ensemble and adds a touch of restrained elegance to the overall look. Elegance meets summer style in this mesmerizing abaya dress.




Noor_Embroidered_Formal_Maxi_Dress4. Noor Embroidered Formal Maxi Dress – Summer is a time of year characterized by bright days and plenty of natural light, so it is fitting that this elegant abaya is called the “Noor” – literally the Arabic word for light. This formal dress will enable you to light up a room at an upcoming formal event or special celebration, and it features a bold, striking design and a sweeping silhouette that will captivate everyone around you. The modest, rounded V-neckline combines with a flared bottom and defined waist to create an inspired profile, while the faux dupioni construction is restrained yet fashionable. A coordinating chiffon scarp is included with the dress to create a cohesive look and a modest appearance.








5. AARA Stylish Everyday Maxi Dress – Feeling great and looking incredible this summer doesn’t mean you have to sacrifice comfort or a relaxed feeling. Instead, consider the sky blue AARA everyday maxi dress and you’ll instantly shift into a summertime spirit that encourages good times with your favorite people. This dress is constructed of refined yet easy to manage, non-sheer textured fabric that offers a bit of stretch yet won’t cling. You’ll look great all day long and the simple silhouette can be easily accented with a belt or other subtle accessories to change up the overall look.  The AARA maxi dress is machine washable, constructed in California, and is an exclusive design that will become your must-have modest dress for the summertime months.





If you want to look great and feel amazing this summer, all without sacrificing comfort or blowing your budget, consider a summertime abaya dress from Artizara. Here, you’ll find trendy, top quality Islamic clothing for women, men, and children, all backed by a “100% satisfaction or your money back” guarantee. Modest clothing from Artizara redefines what it means to dress in traditional Arabic garb. With the latest in designer styles and a focus on quality and durability, you’ll find fashion-forward pieces that are elegant, modest, and affordable. Shop today and feel amazing this summer!