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Abaya: The Muslim Maxi Dress

A good Abaya can be your best friend, especially in the heat of the summer sun. However the Abaya fulfills many other purposes than being just a staple fashion piece.

Although Abayas come in an array of different colors and are available around the world, original abayas were all black Abayas, and in the Emirates and Saudi Arabia, they are mostly still black in color. The Abaya was originally a one piece garment that allowed the wearer to maintain complete modesty and respect for their body, however it also served a different purpose. Among communities, the uniformity of the Abaya allowed for class division to be ignored. With all women wearing the same style of clothes, there was very little to differentiate rich from poor; bringing more people together through their shared faith rather than driving them apart with hierarchy.

Nowadays, and especially in Western countries, the Abaya dress is a fashion symbol that blends culture and religion across many spaces. The Abaya and Jilbab (traditionally covering the head and hands also) are comfortable, breathable and fashionable, making for excellent summer wear and so many different styles means you can find one that’s perfect for any occasion.

Here are some of our stylish Abayas for sale now!

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The Merve embroidered formal abaya dress is the perfect formal Abaya for an evening occasion. Whether it’s a family dinner or a night out with friends, the Merve is stylish, modest and simple, and easy to accessorize with anything. With dramatic embroidery inspired by 10th century Persian art, the Merve will become an essential part of your modest evening outfit repertoire.

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The Olivia on the other hand is a fantastic, casual maxi dress made from a super soft comfortable material with soft pleats at the waistline for a nipped in look. Lightweight and easy to wear, this Abaya is the same as throwing on your favorite jeans and t shirt. Accessorize with a cute print Hijab for a stylish and streamlined look, ideal for chilling out this summer to fall.

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Last but not least, take a look at the Kulus, a gorgeous chiffon Abaya in a modernist abstract print to make you stand out from the crowd. Light and airy, this dress features cross over pleats and an included coordinating scarf for a put together look. This dress is a perfect all-rounder; whether at work, at dinner or just walking about town, the Kulus will make you feel feminine and romantic wherever you go.

For all these and more check out our range of stylish Abayas online now!

 

10 modest fashion bloggers to follow on Instagram

10 modest fashion bloggers to follow on Instagram

Instagram is a constant source of inspiration for young fashionistas out there, but you can sometimes get lost in the sea of bloggers, all with their own sense of style and individuality. So, here are Artizara, we have compiled a list of the muslim women to watch out for if you want to keep up with the most current and modest trends, whatever the season.

Dina Tokio

Morning! Yup still going ✌🏼🎉#eid2k17

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Blogger and fashion designer, Dina knows what she’s talking about when it comes to modest fashion. Her instagram is full of contemporary looks for todays busy girl who wants to mix faith and fashion in perfect harmony. 2. Maryam Asadullah

Maryam has gained an impressive 250 thousand followers with her fashion blog. She is never far away from a fantastic pair of shoes or a fabulous colour co-ordination and her looks often involve long shirts and killer heels.

3. Maria Al-Sadek

How to do off the shoulder tops modestly ft. @vergegirl top & vintage skirt ✨

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This American fashion blogger is unfathomably cool. Known for her modest takes on casual western looks, Maria can transform almost any trend into a style perfect for modest fashion.

4. Fatema AlAwadhi

Happy Friday 🌻 الحمدلله

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The Kuwaiti blogger with impeccable style is often found jetting around the world visiting the most stylish cities in the world, as if you needed more than one reason to follow her already.

5. MrMr

Feminist fashionista Mrmr has a whopping 1.3 million followers on instagram. The endless amount of smart, modest, high fashion photographs are the kind of thing dreams are made of so don’t be surprised if you find yourself scrolling for hours.

6. Ruba Zai

Ruba is a 23 year old fashion blogger who is actually, in her own words, “living the dream”. With her one million followers she jets around the world discovering new looks and places, all while combining trendy, modest looks we can all appreciate.

7. Sahar Foad

Front view of my 1st Eid look 💙. Dress from @opio.official and photo by my beloved @reemraef 💓

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Sahar takes a good dose of traditional muslim attire and smashes it together with high fashion, creative looks that would make anyone feel like a princess. The arty fashionista is obsessed with colour and accessorising and also has some excellent tips on different ways to tie your hijab.

8. Yasemin Kanar

Yasemin is an inspirational fashion blogger who continously manages to look fabulous even with her busy life. The new mother is also a model, makeup artist and blogger who is based in Florida. She always manages to look classy and modest, never ceasing to give us all fashion goals.

9. Saufeeya Goodson

Currently based in Dubai, American Saufeeya has a very large following for her relatively small amount of posts. It’s no surprise why though, her looks are timeless, trendy and modest, it almost seems like there is nothing that the girl can’t wear!

10. Nabiila

YouTuber Nabiila loves everything colourful and her accessorizing is on point every time. Her creative ability is becoming legendary on social media and she wears almost every clothing combination you can think off to come up with some truly amazing modest looks.

London Modest fashion week is here to stay

“In five years this will be the norm” says Fashion designer Roda Abdi after this years London Modest fashion week.

For years, modest and fashion were not two words that could be strung together in a sentence, with many Muslim women having to endure drab, baggy cardigans and one tone headscarfs. Gone are those days, and with the dawn of the internet (especially instagram and pinterest) we now have thousands of modest, comfortable and fashionable ideas at the tip of our fingers.

This was more than evident at Modern Fashion week.

Hundreds of Muslim women turned out for the event, documenting the entire thing on their smartphones and taking note of all the years newest trends. Most notably, with other fashion shows such as Milan and London parading a lot of very strange looks, the MFW seemed to host an array of outfits that normal women would actually wear! Looks without plunging necklines, tiny hemlines and strange cuts and splits littered the catwalk, all available and suitable for anyone wanting their faith and fashion to go hand in hand.

Over 40 Muslim designers from all over the world took part in the fashion week, and one fashion blogger in particular was especially impressed. Dina Tokio, the hijabi blogger who has over a million followers on instagram said “I feel like brands are coming on board with diversity now and I think that it’s down to social media and how much talent there is out there.” Talking about her own success as a blogger she also stated “I want to show that you can coincide faith with fashion and that there are Muslim women who actually represent that.”

The show featured maxi dresses, jumpsuits and headscarves along with some more traditional inspired pieces and some fairy tale, red carpet style dresses that would be fit for any princess.

Tickets were being sold for around $100 and the show is set to now become a staple piece of the city’s fashion calendar.

It seems like the future is set to embrace modest fashion, with it being one of the fastest growing markets in the world, and we here at Artizara can’t wait to see what happens.