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Stylish Modest Tunics : A Summer Staple

Here at Artizara, our priority is keeping you feeling cool and comfortable while looking stylish this summer. Whether beach bathing or sightseeing, we all like to look our best wherever we go. However, it’s hard to find that perfect ‘go to’ style that won’t let you down no matter how hot it gets.

That’s why this season we have fallen in love with our new range of summer tunics available in all different styles and colors. All made from beautiful breathable fabrics, and suitable for life’s many occasions, this modest look is perfect for long summer days and cool summer nights. Take a look!

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If you are looking for an interchangeable day to night modest tunic that is both elegant and cool then look no further than the Grace. This tunic comes in an array of gorgeous pastel colors to help you feel fresh in the summer sun, and is fully lined so there is no need to layer! The chiffon fabric is feather light to help you catch that breeze in the morning or the evening and enjoy your day or night ahead.

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Boho Chic

Staying cool in the city can be a challenge, especially if you live somewhere particularly busy. The last thing you want is to be caught out of style, which is why we recommend the stylish, denim Bea tunic. With Moroccan inspired braid work, the material is 100% breathable cotton, making this loose top perfect for wandering around town or catching up with friends on hot days. Pair with a light colored scarf and jeans for a flawless, fabulous, effortless look.

Lazy Days

Some summer days are best spent in the garden, walking around the park or just relaxing listening to music. On these occasions, it’s best not to go overboard, so the Leena is the one for you. A playful, feminine, pleated tunic that comes in a range of pale colors so you can coordinate with your favorite jeans or shoes on a calm day made just for you. A touch of lace make this piece dressy enough for you to throw on in case of last minute plans. Modest and comfortable, the Leena is one of our favorite pieces this summer.IMG_0165

Back to Reality

Although the summer is a glorious season, it isn’t all fun and games. Some of us gals have to work, but there is no reason to sweat out the season in the name of style. It doesn’t all have to be doom and gloom however, with our gorgeous and sophisticated Darya tunic. Perfect for social occasions, family gatherings or splashing a bit of color into the office, you’ll be turning heads this summer in this elegant, Persian inspired tunic. Made with a soft chiffon, the question on everybody’s lips will be ‘how does she stay so cool while looking so good?’. Pair with heels and a matching scarf for extra sophistication.

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Halima Aden graces Vogue as it’s first Hijab Fashion cover model!

“All eyes on Halima Aden: The runway star shattering stereotypes,” was the tagline that Vogue Arabia chose to accompany the gorgeous model from St Cloud, Minnesota, welcoming her to the long line of beauties who have graced the magazines cover. This groundbreaking cover, featuring Aden in a full Hijab, is the first of it’s kind, heralding in a new age of diversity in fashion.

Aden came to America at the age of 6 after being born in a refugee camp in Kenya. She became famous after making waves during the Miss Minnesota 2016 beauty pageant, where she was the first contestant in the pageant’s history to wear a hijab, and then a burkini during the swimsuit segment of the competition. She was later signed by IMG models and has since become the first ever hijab wearing model to walk international runways as part of a major agency. So far she has walked the catwalk at Milan fashion week, London modest fashion week and will act as a preliminary judge at this years Miss USA 2017 pageant.

Aden went on to gush about the cover shoot on her instagram, saying ‘that surreal and dreamlike feeling the moment you see yourself on the cover of @voguearabia cannot be explained! I’m beyond appreciative for the opportunity to grace the June cover!’

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Now it seems like the sky’s the limit for the 19 year old, who then later in July became the first hijab wearing model on the front cover of Allure magazine.

Accompanied by the caption ‘Muslim. Model. Destroyer of Stereotypes.’ the young beauty is opening the gates for millions of young Muslim women wanting to make it in the fashion industry.

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As a pioneer in the modest fashion world, founded in 2002 even before “modest fashion” was a phrase, we at Artizara have a lot to celebrate in Halima’s success. Hopefully this will only be the first of many beautiful Muslim women emerging into the ever changing and accomodating world of fashion. Congratulations Halima!

Packing for a modest vacation

Planning what to wear for your holiday can be a nightmare. From changing temperatures to uncomfortable plane journeys, it’s hard to stay looking your best. Well, now you don’t have to worry about planning ahead, because here at Artizara we have already done it for you! Here are 4 summer styles to suit any occasion you may encounter on your holidays.

For the plane

The dreaded plane journey doesn’t mean you have to look or feel any less than your best this summer, and we recommend you go for casual comfort with our gorgeous blue column dress. The Aara is a stylish, modest, everyday dress that can be worn in any weather and the fabric is wrinkle free so you don’t have to worry about falling asleep in an awkward position on the plane.
If you want to make it more dressy and less casual, you can wear a belt around the waist for a more nipped in look.aaralightbluethumb2

For the beach

Perfect for a day on the sand, the Kiran embroidered max dress is a pretty, floaty and flattering dress, perfect for the hot weather. It features a gorgeous egyptian style border and is also wrinkle free so even windy days aren’t a problem. The dress is fully lined and features a modest v shaped neckline leading to an empire waist and falling to an almost floor length skirt, perfect for hot but breezy summer days.Kiran-Embroidered-Modest-Abaya-Maxi-Dress---Aqua-BlueLifestyle

For formal & special occasions

Blue is the colour this season, we all have family dinners and special occasions that this look is perfect for. Modern and modest, the Najma embroidered formal Abaya maxi dress is fully linened so you don’t have to worry about coverage at formal occasions, but also has the added benefit of that chiffon look and never fails to make you feel fabulous.Najma_BlueTHUMB

For sightseeing

For a few days of sightseeing in the beating sun we have 2 recommendations. The loose and comfortable Amal top made from stretch cotton goes perfectly with our red Hamra maxi skirt, making a winning combination for walking around, trying to stay cool while you take in the sights this summer. The red on white combo is cool, stylish and casual, meaning you can explore any city in comfort and style on your summer vacation.2017-04-10_Umal_Sweaters_exported26HAMRA-BURNOUT-CHIFFON-FORMAL-LONG-MAXI-SKIRT---RED

Clothes and Gifts for Eid! – Getting Ready for Eid 2017

Getting Ready for Eid

Eid will be here before you know it. After the month of Ramadan, there are three days to celebrate with friends and family–giving gifts, eating lots of food, and everybody’s favorite, enjoying delicious homemade sweets. Maybe pistachio kahk, very tasty! But before the celebrations arrive, it’s a good idea to figure out what gifts you’re going to get everyone…

Gifts for Eid

Are you wondering what you’re going to get everyone? Hunting for just the right Islamic gifts, the perfect Muslim gifts? Artizara has a wonderful selection of the perfect gifts for Eid. Gifts and outfits that are fun, beautiful, and unique.

Browse through Artizara’s lovely necklaces, pendants, and rings. This this teardrop shaped necklace features beautiful Arabic calligraphy and would make a wonderful gift for someone in your family.

Stunning Islamic prints and canvases like this Peace Dove in Flight, created by internationally renowned artist Peter Gould, would look lovely in anyone’s home.

You’ll also find Ramadan throw pillows to beautify your gift recipient’s living room, Islamic coins for the collector in your family, and huge selection and variety of clothes. Artizara has the perfect Eid gift for every person you know.

Clothing Gifts for Eid

In many families, each and every person gets a new outfit (or more) to wear during the celebrations. Everybody, from grandma to the littlest ones, gets new clothes for Eid. That’s why Artizara has t-shirts for men printed with Arabic calligraphy, t-shirts with symbols of peace and more. There’s also an incredible range of modest dresses, tunics and scarves for women, including modest athletic wear. You’ll also find cute clothes for kids.  

You will love just going to one place online to get a little something for everyone. Artizara will save you time finding new clothing for Eid for the whole family. Use that extra time to be with your loved ones during the celebrations.

 

Dresses to Celebrate Eid

Have you thought about what you are going to wear to your Eid celebrations? Something new. Something interesting. Do you want to highlight the colors of summer with something bright and bold?

The Tilla Embroidered Evening Dress comes in this beautiful turquoise blue that reminds one of the sky in June.

If you’re going to evening celebrations too, then perhaps you want something a little more formal. Try the Nakhl Embroidered Formal Abaya Maxi Dress in Purple. The embroidery was inspired by 17th century Arabic manuscript illumination, so unique and beautiful.

You might also like the great selection of tunics. Here is the Selena Embroidered Long Muslim Tunic. It’s gorgeous in a delicate pink peach.

This year, Artizara has so many beautiful clothes for Eid, you can find something that’s just your personality. There are so many choices. In face, there’s a whole 2017 Eid collection. Take a look and find something you’ll love wearing to celebrate Eid.

3 Key 2017 Style Trends and How to Wear in Modest Fashion

2017 is the year that Islamic fashion and hijab wearing models really made waves in the mainstream fashion world.

From Kanye West casting hijab-wearing Somali-American model Halima Aden to make her runway debut at New York Fashion Week, to Cover Girl naming Muslim fashion guru and blogger Nura Afia their newest ambassador, to Indonesian fashion designer Anniesa Hasibuan proudly declaring “I’m here bringing the beautiful voice of the Muslim women, the peace and the universal values that fashion can offer”,  2017 has indeed started off to be a landmark year for Islamic fashion.

One thing all the fashionistas above demonstrated loud and clear: Modest fashion doesn’t mean boring. In fact Islamic clothing can be just the opposite. 2017 brings more choices than ever in modest Islamic fashion. Here are some key trends that we picked out that are super easy to adopt whether you’re hijab wearing Mulsimah or love modest dressing and modest clothing in general.

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Boxy shapes, loose silhouettes and oversize cargo pockets these workwear inspired trends have been around for a while but 2017 saw designers from A.L.C. to Isabel Marant making it a point to give everyday pieces a military- and workwear-inspired vibe.
Utilitarian pieces, by definition simple, not too revealing, meant for everyday wear; are perfect as key pieces of a modest or Islamic clothing wardrobe. Here are a couple of our favorite utilitarian pieces from Artizara:

To make utilitarian chic dressing work, remember to balance oversized proportions with tailored pieces and feminine silhouettes and materials that you can tuck in or layer smoothly.

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STATEMENT STRIPES

Stripes got a real makeover on the Spring 2017 runways. Stripes have always been around but on the Spring 2017 runways, statement stripes were everywhere. From a reinterpretation of classic pinstripes to in your face bold stripes in every color, stripes are front and center this season.

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Here’s our interpretation of statement stripes that balances classic with attention grabbing so that it will last even when the current trend is behind us.

SUPER BRIGHTS

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Nakhl Purple Orchid Abaya Dress
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Saba Emerald Green Silk Chiffon Abaya Dress

Color was everywhere and the only rule seemed to be: Wear lots of it!

Take your pick from the multicolour favorites of Spring Summer 2017. From Kermit green to sunshine yellow, rainbow brights give you more choices than ever in your Islamic clothing wardrobe. Here are some choices from Artizara. From

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All Girls Deserve a Chance to Play : Modest Activewear, Anyone?

All girls deserve a chance to play.

But for the active Muslim (or modest) girl participating in sports and other athletic activities, life can be challenging. Sometimes it’s not so much a matter of choice but having the right gear like modest sportswear, that lets her be active and modest at the same time.

I’ve always wondered why activewear has become synonymous with revealing, tight and uncomfortable.

When my girls were in school, they wanted to participate in the swim team but couldn’t, unless they wore skimpy bathing suits that put their bodies out on full display. They were good swimmers but sadly, were forced to make a choice to forgo the swim team.

Is participating in sports and being fit about being healthy and competitive, or is it about having a certain body shape and showing off your hard-earned body to the world?

During the twenty first century, a consensus has emerged within the scientific and medical community that a sedentary lifestyle coupled with a rich and excessive diet leads to all kinds of health problems, both physical and emotional. This realization has spurred an explosion of new diets, food fads, exercise regimens, magic pills and potions etc. When all those things fail, people sometimes even resort to surgery in the quest of a healthier (or more “ideal”) body.

What does Islam have to say about health and fitness, you ask?

Interestingly, what the modern scientific and medical community figured out in the 21st century, Islam has been advocating since the 7th.

Muslims believe that our bodies, complex and wondrous, and are a trust given to us by God. Just as you would take good care of something precious you were keeping safe for someone, our bodies need to be cared for and maintained, not neglected or abused.

Islam advocates moderation in all things; indeed the the Quran says in verse 2:143:
“Thus We have appointed you a middle nation”.

This moderation applies to all aspects of our lives, even to diet and exercise. The Prophet Muhammed emphasized a simple diet combined with physical exercise. Three of the five foundational pillars of Islam directly involve and/ or impact health and fitness:

  1. The mandatory daily five prayers are a form of exercise, their movements involve all the muscles and joints of the body. Plus the mindfulness and connection with Allah during prayer is great for relieving stress.
  2. Fasting during the month of Ramadan helps us not only to appreciate the plight of those who go hungry, but also trains our bodies to recognize that it is possible (and desirable) to eat less.
  3. Hajj (or pilgrimage to Mecca) is a communal spiritual and physical activity, that needs many days of hard physical effort.

Aisha, Prophet Muhammad’s beloved wife, mentions their love of games and sports in a tradition. She said:
‘I raced with the Prophet and I beat him. Later when I had put on some weight, we raced again and he won. Then he said, ‘this cancels that (referring to the previous race).’

Muslim women are active in all spheres of life these days, and sports are no exception. Team Artizara realized that there was a great need for modest activewear. To help women be modest and active at the same time, Artizara introduced a range of stylishly modest workout clothes.



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Long Sport Jackets: Impossible to find long lengths, crafted in wind-repellant, soft and lightweight sporty fabrics featuring full mesh lining to keep you ventilated and cool.

 

 

 

 

 

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sport-hijab-greySport Hijabs: Perhaps the most important item for active muslim women, Artizara sport hijabs are a life-saver. Made of super soft rayon jersey, stretchy yet breathable, they are not bulky, and tailored in one piece so you can easily pull on and go.

 

 

 

 

So don’t despair, Artizara modest sportswear is here! It’s time for new workout clothes. Say good-bye to the tight and revealing and say hello to comfortably stylish, modest sportswear and activewear from Artizara.