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.

Why buying high-priced quality clothing is profitable

Why Quality Clothing Makes Cents

Any consumer knows you’ll pay more for quality clothing. But unlike cheaper items, a timeless garment won’t fall apart or fall out of fashion. So, while you may pay more upfront, a higher-priced ensemble can wind up costing you less in the long run.

Misleading Words

Sure, there are many low-cost clothes available. Typically these items are referred to as “value-priced” which isn’t necessarily accurate since the word “value” actually refers to quality. Bargain basement stores use the word value to make consumers believe they are buying clothes of quality when, in reality, they’re cheaply-made. 

Disposable Clothes

The problem with cheaply-made clothes is that they often shrink after one washing or rip at the seams after they are worn a couple times. It may sound like a deal to get a top for only $7 but if that top falls apart shortly after you buy it, then it’s more like a steal since you paid for a disposable garment. Practically speaking, it’s wiser to apply those $7 towards a higher-priced garment that will last longer.

Size Matters

Sometimes you can find a brand name garment on sale. Ordinarily this type of high-quality piece would cost a lot but since it’s marked down, you’re getting a bargain. That’s great. If it fits. But many times the pieces marked down are the ones that didn’t sell because they are an odd size. Buying a nice item that doesn’t fit well is a mistake many people make because they are looking more at the price tag than the size on the label.

Lasting Fashion

In general, fad pieces usually cost less because they are designed to quickly go out of fashion. Although they may not fall apart like cheaply-made items, they won’t last long since they will appear dated after one season. That’s why it’s better to invest in a classic piece. Although it will cost more at the initial purchase, the timelessness of its style will get you through several seasons of wear.

If you’re looking for timeless Muslim clothing that is durable and fits well, Artizara manufactures its own designs to maintain quality control so your Islamic clothing will keep you looking good for years to come.

Enjoy Islamic and Arabic artwork on display in Illinois museum

Enjoy Islamic Art in the Museum—and at Home

This winter, the Islamic world can be seen indoors in art. For the first time in many years, the Art Institute of Chicago has allocated a specific gallery to showcase the artistic culture of Islam.

Arranged in chronological order, the installation extends geographically from Spain and northern Africa to India and Central Asia with objects dating back from the medieval age to the great empires of Ottoman Turkey, Safavid Iran, and Mughal India.

Located in the museum’s gallery 50, the installation highlights architectural pieces such as wooden doors and beams from Morocco and tile spandrels from Iran. Islamic ornamentation, paintings, calligraphy, textiles and carpets are also on display, however these pieces will be rotated since some are on loan from both public and private collections.

From 10:30 a.m. to 5:00 p.m., the Art Institute offers free winter weekdays through February 10, 2015 to Illinois residents. The museum also provides an ongoing free admission offer to Illinois residents every Thursday evening, from 5:00 to 8:00 p.m. For more information on the Islamic art display, visit http://www.artic.edu/exhibition/new-galleries-islamic-art.

Once you view the museum’s display, you’ll want to bring the Islamic aesthetic into your home with artwork of your very own. Artizara carries an affordable line of original Arabic and Islamic art and photographic prints. To peruse the collection, check out http://www.artizara.com/islamic-art-islamic-photos-arabic-art.

Muslim clothing ideas for winter

Stay warm—and fashionable—in sweaters

“Sweaters are a closet staple,” says Colombian fashion journalist and critic Nina García. Having served as the fashion director for such magazines as Elle and Marie Claire, there’s no doubt she knows what she’s talking about.

“Knitwear can play a vital part in layering,” echoes British supermodel Twiggy. “The simplicity of a lightweight cardigan makes it one of the best ways to layer outfits,” explains the fashion icon. “I love grandad cardis for winter, worn over a vintage lace shirt, waistcoat and full skirt with slouchy boots.”

“I think there’s something charming about incorporating summer clothes into winter, like pairing a summery skirt with a massive sweater,” suggests American entertainer Debby Ryan. “I’m also really into layering during the winter.”

“When I’m at home or at school, I’m casual and comfortable,” notes American model AnnaSophia Robb. “I tend to wear work out clothes and lots of sweaters.”

No matter how you wear them, sweaters are an essential part of every winter wardrobe, from sweater jackets to cocoon sweaters. A Thalia lightweight duster cardigan is ideal for layering as is an Alexa hooded cardigan that covers your head.

Now that the weather is getting colder, you can remain warm and fashionable in a Lana Aztec long sweater cardigan. Available in soft knit, the ankle length style features a draped front, which adds a chic accent to any ensemble.

For an added touch of pizzaz, try a Kamil embroidered kimono cardigan or a Marwa crochet trim shawl cardigan jacket with crochet ruffle.

All of these winter staples are available at Artizara where you can find a wide array of modesty garments to keep you looking good and feeling cozy throughout the cold season.

 

Thea Porter designs & fashion - Transporting time and geography!

Thea Porter Designs Transport Time and Geography

What did The Beatles, The Rolling Stones and Pink Floyd have in common with Elizabeth Taylor, Lauren Bacall and Princess Margaret? The Middle Eastern-inspired fashions of Thea Porter which will be on display at London’s Fashion and Textile Museum from February 6 to May 3, 2015.

Entitled, “Thea Porter: 70s Bohemian Chic,” the exhibition features more than 150 pieces reflecting Porter’s career which she began as an interior decorator before graduating into a fashion designing icon of the 1960s and 70s.

Renown for her use of exotic clothing such as brocade caftans and the Chazara jacket, Porter was inspired by her childhood travels to the Middle East where she formed an appreciation for patterned silks and other fine fabrics. With her uniquely universal aesthetic, Porter popularized Indian handprints and Islamic textiles such as the suzani embroideries and the ikats of Central Asia as well as Ottoman velvets and the embroidered material of Damascus.

“Thea Porter’s ambition was to create clothes that were intrinsically beautiful, and that would last,” states the Laura McLaws Helms, guest curator of the exhibition. “Today, they are appreciated by not only the customers who have treasured them, but also by a new generation of devotees who continue to seek out her designs: Kate Moss, Julia Roberts, Nicole Richie, Ashley and Mary-Kate Olsen – the appeal of a unique and original Thea Porter dress endures today among some of the most fashionable women in the public eye.”

From Islamic tunic tops and loose pants to long skirts and Hijab wraps, Artizara offers a number of mix-and-match pieces which can help current fashionistas achieve a Bohemian Chic similar to the styles Thea Porter made famous.

Techniques of wearing a Hijab

3 Ways to Make a Hijab Your Own

A key part of Muslim clothing for women is the hijab. However, the way in which one wears it can be totally unique depending on your choice of fabric (cotton, silk or wool) as well as the complexity of the scarf style (as noted below).

Beginner

The simplest style is a one-piece al-amira scarf which can easily be slipped over the head. To ensure a modest approach, there is a two-piece al-amira scarf which includes an underscarf for additional head coverage. Similar to a headband this extra piece slides onto your head first and then is surrounded by the full scarf. As you arrange the folds of the scarf to secure it in place, make sure the fabric drapes over your front, back and shoulders.

Intermediate

If you prefer a side-pinned style, start with a large rectangular scarf or pashmina and one scarf pin. Place the fabric over your head with the edge of the scarf passing over the top of your forehead. The sides of the scarf should be draped over your shoulders with one side hanging twice as low as the other. Next, swing the long end of the scarf around your chin and over your head. Then, drape the end of the scarf over your other shoulder. To make sure the scarf stays in place, take your scarf pin and secure the fabric near the side of your head. If done correctly, the scarf should appear as one loop that goes around your head and under your chin.

Advanced

While a triangle style looks basic, it does require a measure of precision to perfect—as well as two pins and a square-shaped scarf. First, fold the top right corner to the bottom left corner of the scarf so it creates a triangle shape. Then, put the widest part of the triangle at the top of your forehead and drape the two corners over your shoulders so the third corner of the triangle is at the back of your head. The next step takes some coordination since you must pinch the edges of the scarf that are under your chin—while opening your jaw as wide as possible, and using one of the two pins to secure the scarf under your chin. Once that’s done, you can close your mouth. Now, cross the corners of the scarf over your neck so the left side is to the right, and vice versa. Next, drape the tails of the scarf over your shoulders so you can use the other pin to attach the scarf tails behind your head. Finally, lift the back corner of the scarf and pin the ends at the back of your head, then drape the corner of the scarf up so it covers the pinned part. If folded and pinned properly, the scarf should be straight and remain securely in place.

That’s the technical part. The creative portion comes into play when you select the color and fabric from a hijab store such as Artizara.

Budget Muslim attire

How to Shop for Chic Muslim Clothing on a Budget

It’s sad but true; money doesn’t grow on trees. But who doesn’t love shopping, right? The struggle between managing a budget and resisting the constant urge to shop is a challenge many women face. Here is our solution to the all-too-common dilemma: When shopping for stylish Muslim and Islamic clothing, be sure to spend wisely to make the most of your purchase.
Here are our top six tips for shopping for Muslim fashions while successfully adhering to a budget:
1. Go for versatile pieces. Neutral colors and basics can mix and match with many existing pieces in your closet. The Camilla Simple Long Tunic, for example, features a classic silhouette in basic black, and it can be dressed up or down for any occasion. For pieces like this, rely on accessories to brighten up the outfit.Budget Muslim attire
2. Go for quality, not quantity. Investing in well-made articles of clothing will save you money in the long run. High-quality Muslim and Islamic clothing may cost a little extra, but it will last years, so you aren’t replacing pieces each season.
3. Look for sales and special deals. Be patient and watch for sales online or in stores. Many times, online vendors offer discounts for signing up for a mailing list. That’s an instant saving! (Artizara, for example, rewards our valued customers with a 10% coupon when they sign up!)
4. Span the seasons. Layer, layer, layer! A great sweater (like the Karina Long Striped Sweater) can last through the frigid winter months, but it can also provide extra warmth in an unseasonably cold, air-conditioned office. Multi-purpose articles of clothing help get an extra bang for your buck.
5. Shop with purpose. Nothing beats a spontaneous shopping trip, but when a budget is a factor, it’s important to shop for what you need and only what you need. This requires discipline and planning. Think ahead for what types of Muslim and Islamic clothing you will need for the whole season and factor that into your shopping allotment.
6. Buy what you love! This is the most important rule! Avoid buying items that you’re on the fence about; chances are, you’ll wear the clothing once and it will get lost in the back of your closet. This trap is a major drain on your shopping budget. In tandem with rule No. 5, buy items that you only need and love. Not only will your wallet be happy, but you’ll feel confident wearing beautiful, modest Muslim styles that you love.

Islamic and Muslim Dressing for Your Personality

Islamic and Muslim Dressing for Your Personality

Not to sound like a trite kindergarten teacher, but we all are special snowflakes, unique in our own way. Corny, but true. We all have a one-of-a-kind look to match our one-of-a-kind personalities. So when shopping and cultivating a personal style, let your personality shine through Muslim dress and Islamic attire!

Artizara outlined four popular fashion personality styles and how to dress for the one (or several) that best match you:

Classic. A classic look is built on simple cuts, clean lines and neutral colors that never go out of style. A classic wardrobe relies on pieces that can mix and match with contemporary accents, like colorful accessories, scarves or jewelry. But don’t confuse classic with boring or safe! A classic fashionista dresses both smart and stylish, often looking for high-quality pieces that will last season after season.

Trendy. Trendy is found on the opposite end of classic, but many women integrate elements of both personalities into their Muslim dress. However, those on the trendy side of the spectrum gravitate toward pieces that are the latest styles and right off the runway. Hot trends for 2015 include leopard print, colorblocking and jewel tones (among many others!).

Romantic. This can be a hard style to visually articulate, but when executed correctly, the effect can be wowing. Those who are after a soft, romantic look often seek out feminine cuts, lush colors, rich fabrics and delicate details, such as embroidery or ruffles. Elegant Muslim clothing, like the Jada Tiered Tunic Dress or the Devon Moroccan Inspired Long Tunic, are modest, but still capture the romantic, feminine style.

Relaxed. Relaxed is synonymous with easy, breezy and carefree. It’s low maintenance and straightforward. Those with relaxed style personalities enjoy fabrics that are comfortable and un-fussy (i.e., wrinkle-free!). Simple knits are key; check out Artizara’s collection of stretch jersey tops for Islamic clothing that’s comfortable but still pulled-together. Like a classic look, relaxed doesn’t have to be boring; incorporate colors and prints, while still retaining that comfortable, casual look.