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.

Women’s Tunics For Every Occasion

 

As modest clothing becomes increasingly popular in the world of fashion, many women are realizing that it is indeed possible to be both properly covered and stylish at the same time. In the fall of 2016, history was made at Fashion Week held in New York City by an Indonesian designer, Anniesa Hasibuan. The collection of clothing that she presented included a stunning hijab with each and every outfit. Stepping beyond the traditional black Muslim head covering, models walked the runway wearing hijabs of gold, pink and silver.

 LEOPARD PRINT GOLD CHIFFON HIJAB
LEOPARD PRINT GOLD CHIFFON HIJAB SCARF

Another noticeable piece in this highly-touted collection was the tunic dresses and modest dresses. In the world of modest clothing for women, tunic shirts have experienced a startling rise in popularity over the last few years. This is most likely due to the fact that these flowing types of tunic shirts or women’s tunic dresses can be worn for almost any occasion, from lounging at home to attending an upscale party. In fact, there are almost as many unique and modest tops available as there are places to wear them. Here are a few options in women’s tunics that are turning heads worldwide:

Single Color

 

Basic long tunic tops in a single color are a must for every modest wardrobe. This is due to the fact that they are extremely comfortable and can be easily

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REEM PLEATED CHIFFON LONG TUNIC

accessorized. Making sure that you have many single-color tunics available means that you have more options when you get dressed. If you will be spending the day at home, this type of tunic lends simplicity to a daily routine. When worn to work, plain modest tunics allow for the focus to be on the work that is being completed, instead of what everyone is wearing.

Should you find the need to go directly from work to a night on the town, the right suede jacket or classy cardigan is simple to add, along with some dazzling jewelry to set off your outfit.

 

Embroidered and Embellished

 

To add a little more interest to your collection of tunics, take a minute to look at trendy new tunics. Almost any level of embroidery can be found on today’s long sleeve tunics, from simple stitching around the neck and hemline to lacy patterns and virtual floral arrangements.

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HIDAYA TIERED LONG TUNIC WITH RIBBON EMBROIDERY

Even more variety can be added by purchasing tunics that have embellishments such as buttons, ribbing, and rich satin edging.

Of course, every wardrobe needs a little glam for those elegant events. A long tiered tunic made from seemingly weightless chiffon presents just such an effect.
Formal tunics are sure to help you stand out in the crowd, whether you decide to wear a silky midi dress tunic or a long tunic top with delicate beading.

A Fashion Must

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BAYLIE LONG CURVED HEM MIDI TUNIC DRESS – A Fashion Must

Take a look at the tunics in your wardrobe so that you will be able to decide what type of woman’s tunic might bring new life to the clothing that you already own. By thinking of your upcoming events and responsibilities while you are sorting through your closet, you will surely be able to see why modest tunics can make a world of difference to any modest clothing wardrobe. The right planning and shopping can help to ensure that you will make your own amazingly modest impression on the world of fashion.

 

 

 

New Fall Styles In!!

This fall season at Artizara, we have chosen the best pieces for layering, wrapping and lounging. We managed to discover a few designers who caught our eye with their easy care, modest pieces that can be paired with just about anything!

Outfit # 1

Elan  8 way skirt with leggings , Monoreno purple embroidered top and brown leather jacket – The perfect fall outfit. Flowing skirt with hip tie and soft leggings underneath for complete coverage. Light as air embroidered top  with the option to layer with a tank and an edgy brown jacket completes this day to night style.

Outfit # 2 –

Elan cream cable knit sweater with Artizara blue denim skirt accessorized with Ikat hijab – Staple sweater for your wardrobe and multiple ways to layer with tunics, tanks or dress. Classic blue denim skirt with stretch for a comfortable fit that goes well with any top! It is perfect for this outfit because it creates a balance with the long sweater and brings out the blue in the Ikat hijab.

Outfit # 3 –

Elan palazzo pants with Artizara Salikah striped tunic and monoreno black zipper jacket. These everyday use pants are so light and comfortable. Pairing it with a semi fitted tunic, like the Salikah, creates shape but leaves you with the desirable comfort we all want. Complete the look with a Monoreno faux leather jacket that is such high quality, you can’t even tell the difference!

Outfit # 4 –

Elan 8 way skirt in black with Artizara olive ruffle dress shirt and Monoreno mahogany jacket – Versatile skirts that is light as a feather and comfortable. Pairing a dressier shirt with an edgy jacket creates a fashion forward look while maintaining the sophisticated, modest appeal.

Outfit # 5 –

Elan black flare pants with Artizara embroidered lucky tunic and monoreno black embroidered jacket –

Ruminations on Islamic Style

As a Muslim woman who wears hijab are you happy with how you look? Does your clothing match your personality and lifestyle? Perhaps you would like to improve your look but don’t know where to begin. Maybe you’re not sure what changes you need to make in order to feel better about your image.

Like many women who have come closer to their faith, I found myself faced with the task of changing my wardrobe. For me, it was a welcomed change, as my new modest clothing and way of presenting myself to the world honored my Creator and increased the value that I put on my spirit than my physical being. This modest essence of the Muslim woman is our eternal style and one I have been proud to adopt.

The Roxana Wrap Hijab
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Determined to emulate the height of modesty, I parted with anything whatsoever that might denote frivolity or unwanted attention. I proudly limited my few pieces to full abayas, jilbabs, and square white hijabs. This decision had its value in keeping with my transition in dressing Islamicaly.

However, as the years progressed I began to feel stifled by my clothing and the discomfort caused by this inner conflict. I was not feeling comfortable in my skin and could not define what the issue was. What was it that was making me so miserable?

In order to solve this puzzle I had to retrace my steps. Growing up among artists and creative energies it had always been in my nature to express myself through patterns, textures and designs. Yet, when I looked in my closet, I had limited myself to solid white hijabs and black gowns.

I grew up with beach sand beneath my toes and running barefoot along the hot sidewalks of Southern California, yet every hijab I owned was heavy opaque polyester that I found to be too hot for my liking. I was going against my own grain and could not see it.

Color had always been a vital part of my life. My Mother and Grand Mother were both water color artists and I grew up posing for paintings and learning to frame artwork. Prior to my reversion I had worked as a Makeup Artist and Hair Stylist. Yet, when I discovered Islam I had not allowed myself any artistic expression.

Rediscovering my love of art and color have restored my sense of personal satisfaction. Incorporating these elements into my dress have allowed me the unique expression I was missing and have brought me a personal style that is genuine and natural for me. I am once again happy with my appearance- noÉI am thrilled.

I may have traded in my modesty for today’s version of fashion with the faulty belief that somehow my hijab was restricting my personal expression. Realizing that many women fall into this thinking and some even mistakenly remove their hijab fueled me to write this piece.

Below are some elements of creative style that you can work with to ask yourself the important questions about who you are and what that expression looks like for you.

Simplicity, functionality, great fabrics, and a touch of personal style are the defining points of a successful wardrobe when it comes to dressing modestly and fashionably. When we think of fashion we tend to envision airbrushed models on the cover of Vogue wearing the latest trends and making it look effortless.

Feeling great about your appearance and pulling your own unique look together really can be that easy. Think of the following as classic fashion advice with an Islamic twist!

The ten essentials

Your hijab: Your headscarf is a big part of your wardrobe yet contrary to what we have been taught it does not necessarily have to be the defining element of your style. Think of hijab as an accessory to your overall look rather than the vocal point of your dress and see what possibilities might emerge. It should compliment you and be functional for daily living. Feeling overpowered by hijab is a factor that has lead many women to remove their veil. Finding balance is key.

The art of wearing hijab: Do not-under any circumstances pin your hijab at your chin and merely leave the ends of the scarf hanging over your bosom. This style of hijab does not work for anyone and can ruin even the most elegant of ensembles. Instead tuck the ends into your clothing or wrap them around to the back of your scarf. If extra coverage is the issue simply fan the ends of the scarf around your chest and pin at the shoulder with a stylish broach. Often more voluptuous women may try to wear an extra large scarf the same way some women would throw on an oversized sweater thinking it will camouflage problem areas. Instead of flattering this tends to look frumpy and in some cases can give the impression that you don’t care about your appearance.

Hijab colors, patterns, and textures: Some women look radiant in loud floral patterns while others of us end up looking outdated and dowdy. Another hard style to wear are hijabs with eyelet stitching at the hemline and corners. In some cases, these may only be appropriate for young ladies who are practicing hijab. I know hijabees who look elegant and fabulous in dark or all black hijabs that would appear depressing and heavy on others. Pass on unbreathable materials-even in the winter, and opt for hijabs with a touch of flair instead of overdone beading and sparkle.

Hijab fabrics: If you are still clinging to your polyester hijabs because you believe only those heavy, solid fabrics can give you full coverage then consider the following. Polyester, a completely man made fabric is widely sold in most Islamic clothing stores. For this reason, many women purchase them, not realizing what a draw back they may be. When it comes to your hijab you want to be on the lookout for materials that breathe such as rayon, linen, cotton, and even silk. While polyester hijabs may be more affordable-other fabrics such as rayon and linen shaylas are available at outlets such as TJ Maxx and Marshals. The scarf should be just heavy enough to give it some body and shape but not so heavy that it weighs you down.

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The size of your hijab: The length and width of your scarf make a huge impact on how you look. A petite woman might swim in the same scarf that would flatter a statuesque woman. So where should your hijab hit you when wearing it? As a general rule the sides of your hijab should gracefully sit at the base of your shoulders while leaving some extra material to maneuver around your bosom. Petite women often have this dilemma. It’s easy to end up with a scarf that covers you down to your waist. This is overpowering and should only be worn this way if you want your hijab to be the vocal point of your look. There’s an exception to every rule and I have seen women who can successfully don a waist length hijab but not too many Muslimahs are going to feel their level best in that style unless they can pull if off.

Your clothing: A defining feature of a Muslim women’s style is that the clothing tends to be looser and avoids anything revealing in nature. However, this does not mean our clothes should be so baggy that there is no fit and shape to them. You want pieces that you can feel confident wearing and that will flatter you. Think outside of the box and take a look at classic pieces that can be tailored to fit your lifestyle. For example, a long dark pencil skirt looks beautiful and is a highly versatile piece. Pair one with a low wedge sandal for the summer or a boot for the winter. Long and flowing prairie skirts are great year round. Don’t limit yourself to one style.

Rediscovering your style: Sometimes we reach an impasse and we don’t know what we like. For some women, we are so busy taking care of everything outside ourselves that as time passes we forget what it feels like to take time for ourselves. Or it may feel like too much work to invest so much time into our appearance. I always advise women to visit a mall and check out the accessory section to break the ice. Many times we tend to dismiss something that appeals to us because we assume it’s too risquŽ, won’t fit, or too expensive. Yet, a piece of costume jewelry seems more accessible. You might find yourself attracted to designs, colors, shapes, and elements of style that surprise you.

Accessories are a must: A flower pin, a rhinestone broach, a stack of bangles, a big chunky ring, a stylish bag, and a long necklaceÉnot to be worn all at once but still essential elements of style that can be reached for to celebrate any mood or occasion. Having a few different pieces to work with keeps your options open and let’s you explore your own fashion sense without making a long term commitment. Want to feel more demure? Reach for innocent pearls. Maybe you’re in a daring moodÉthe perfect time to sparkle!

Shoes, shoes, shoes: Every girl loves a good pair of shoes. Even Dorothy in the Wizard of Oz had the fabled red ruby slippers that drove the Wicked Witch mad with envy. The right shoe can compliment and set the tone of your appearance. A shoe should be practical to fit your lifestyle and I advise women to keep at least four different pairs in her wardrobe. These include a simple pair of flats, a summer sandal, dress shoes with a heel no higher than 3 inches, and casual loafers or Mary Jane’s. For cold climates a pair of ankle of knee length boots in a classic style are timeless. Avoid heavy or chunky shoes as they are hard on the feet and less feminine. The style will depend on your personal taste and your specific needs. A woman who works outside her home where she meets with clients on a regular basis might opt for a dressier shoe while a full time Mother may want something more casual and on the go.

Your abaya: I think it’s essential that a Muslim woman who attends the mosque regularly for Jummah have at least one full length abaya she can pull on over her clothing and just go. There are times when an outer garment such as an abaya is absolutely necessary and going to the masjid is one of those occasions. Jean, linen, and cotton jackets may be worn as outer garments but nothing compares to the abaya when frequenting the House of Allah.

Insha’Allah, these ten essentials will spur some inspiration for you and encourage you to retrace your own steps towards a more authentic you.

Jennifer Kabir is a Journalist and Founder of Touch of Shimmer. She also writes for the Muslim Women’s Style Examiner for Detroit.

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4 Tips For Looking Modestly Stunning at Your Next Party With Hijab Evening Dresses

According to the majority of what we ladies see online and on television, nobody today can pull off the feat of looking amazing and being modest at the same time. It is almost as if the media ranks attention-grabbing beauty by the amount of skin that women are willing to expose. However, there are many ways to catch the eye of every person at your next event requiring hijab evening dresses and still remain modest. Here are a few.

Know Your Own Style

Though you may believe that what you wear is the most important part of the equation when you are getting ready for a fancy evening event, there is actually something that must be taken into account saba-emerald-green-long-chiffon-formal-dressfirst. Knowing your own sense of style and how to dress accordingly is the first and most important part of looking and feeling stunning at any event that requires a formal dress. Once you realize what type of beautiful hijab evening dress makes you feel the most comfortable, you can shop with that style in mind. And arriving at the party in an abaya dress or modest evening dress that feels just right and makes you exude confidence, will be the very first thing that draws all eyes to you.

Colors Talk

Second only to your sense of style are the colors that you wear. Sadly, the wrong color can throw off an entire ensemble and may even make others wonder if you are feeling well. There are several programs available online that can help you know which colors will enhance your natural beauty and help people around you sit up and take notice.ramona-silky-zardozi-hand-embroidered-midi-dress-crimson-jpg

Whether you opt for jewel-toned abaya gowns or neutral formal hijab dresses, the fact that the colors complement your style, personality, and skin tone will surely speak volumes.

Dazzle With Fabrics

Before taking your newfound knowledge about personal style and color choices for a shopping run, take a moment to consider fabrics. From silk hijabs and abaya gowns to satin formal tunics, chiffon hijab formal dresses, and metallic jersey party tunics, each fabric has a different look, feel, and drape. Peruse a few websites that offer comprehensive, easy-to-understand descriptions of different types of fabrics to make sure you know what type you are looking for. This type of research will also help you to know how to properly care for and store the beautiful dress once the ball is over.

Frosting on The Cake

The right pair of shoes, handbag and accessories are what we females tend to call the frosting on the proverbial cake. So once you have found the perfect formal hijab dresses, do not head right home. Instead take the dress with you while you select the perfect accessories. Those who work in the fashion retail industry often have a fantastic eye for what will look great together and should be more than willing to help you select those items that will complete the perfect picture.

By taking time before shopping for your modest formal dress you can ensure that you will be able to walk into the room feeling confident and looking radiant. That confidence is sure to be the thing that draws every eye in the room to your beautifully modest self.