All posts by Sarah Ansari

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.

UTILITARIANISM

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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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Sansa Utilitarian Long Tunic
Zora Utilitarian Maxi
Zora Utilitarian Maxi

 

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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Stephanie Statement Stripe Abaya Dress
Stephanie Statement Stripe Abaya Dress

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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
Nakhl Purple Orchid Abaya Dress
Grace Long Chiffon Tunic
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.

 

 

 

 

 

celia-hooded-long-modest-sport-maxi-black_red-Sport Maxi Dresses: For modest ladies looking more for “athleisure” than athletics, Artizara has the sport maxi. A longer version of the sport jacket for less vigorous activities like power walking (or power thinking about working out :)

 

 

 

 

 

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.