“I love jewelry,” confesses actress Sofia Vergara. “Rings, earrings, bracelets, necklaces, you name it.” Singer and actress Jennifer Lopez echoes the sentiment with a piece of her own advice, suggesting, “Women should never go without earrings. Passing on them is an opportunity missed.”
“You can make jeans and a T-shirt super stylish,” suggests Phillip Lim. The designer’s sentiment is confirmed by fashion icon Giorgio Armani who says, “I’ve always thought of the T-shirt as the Alpha and Omega of the fashion alphabet.”
While there’s no question T-shirts are a stylish staple for the masses, it’s often difficult to find brands that boast messages suitable for Muslim men because, as actor Ashton Kutcher puts it, “Your best T-shirt should be like your bed; it just feels like you are home when you are in it.”
Fortunately, Artizara offers California-madeT-shirts that are made of 100% cotton for comfort and feature Islamic designs by graphic artist Peter Gould and master calligrapher Haji Noor Deen to represent your personality and beliefs.
Guys who gravitate towards the great cities of our world will appreciate Arabic script against an urban skyline with an outline of a mosque featured on one design, while men who enjoy music of the heart can don an image of an Oud—an ancient Middle Eastern stringed instrument which is believed to have been invented by Lamech, the sixth grandson of Adam—on another designer shirt.
The Arabic words for ‘patience’ and ‘balance’ appear before an Islamic zellij mosaic on additional baby-soft T-shirts for men. Artizara’s line of Muslim clothing also includes another shirt that sports the word ‘salam’ which means‘peace’.
Buying Islamic clothing for children has never been simpler since there are now designs that playfully incorporate Arabic letters and Islamic architecture onto shirts for little girls and boys. Of course when it comes to shopping for kids, there are additional factors to consider…
Many little girls prefer Muslim dresses in pretty pink and purple, although unisex colors such as green and blue appeal to all. It’s never too early to learn black goes with everything, however bold tones such as orange and red can energize your children—and make them easier to locate on the playground, at school or in a crowd.
Comfort & Care
Children have sensitive skin so look for Muslim clothing made of 100% cotton or 100% cotton fleece to ensure an amazing hand feel. It’s important to note, cotton garments should be washed in cold water without bleach and hung dry to ensure they retain their baby-soft touch.
Cost & Customer Service
Kids grow fast so it makes sense (and cents) to shop for quality items that are on sale. Currently Artizara has children’s tops that regularly sell from $24-$35 marked down to $15-$12; and offers approximately $10 off little hoodies originally priced at $24-$34. Furthermore, if you are not totally satisfied with your purchase, Artizara will give you your money back with its hassle-free return policy and courteous customer service.
Amazon India Fashion Week just concluded in New Delhi. The five-day fashion event included designs from 25 of India’s most acclaimed designers who wowed attendees with fashions featuring Western/Indian fusion. Highlighting ethnic beauty, the collections collectively showcased:
- Pablo Picasso-inspired dots on printed tops,
- pre-stitched saris,
- colorful ensembles with an emphasis on burnt orange and deep red,
- and a finale of dresses with draped fabric.
Blending the essence of the fashion show’s pre-stitched saris with the recent runway color trends is Artizara’s Ella floral embroidered long tunic inrusset. Delicate embroidery on the front and back yoke of this Muslim clothing item evoke Boho chic sophistication in a flattering feminine way.
Like the show’s finale of rich-colored and long draped gowns, Artizara’s formal Muslim dress boasts a burgundy hue with matching scarf to drape down. The iridescent silk chiffon is hand pleated with asymmetrical panels and a layered cascade skirt that is longer in the back to form a train worthy of any red carpet or fashion runway.
To see Artizara’s full line of clothing, visit http://www.artizara.com/.
Pretty in Pink
Women who put on pink clothes emit a tranquil, warm and loving look. In this feminine color, you project unconditional love and a nurturing appeal.
If you pride yourself on being energetic, ambitious and strong, chances are you have a red garment in your wardrobe as this bold hue shows you’re ready for any challenge.
People with sunny dispositions are likely to like yellow clothes since this cheerful color is associated with fun, friends and creativity.
Like the flames of a fire, Orange represents warmth. It’s also an unusual color in terms of clothing so individuals who incorporate it into their wardrobe are often unique and offbeat in the best, and most stylish, sense.
If you are down-to-earth with an appreciation for security, protection and comfort, no doubt you’ll don brown-colored clothes to strike a serious yet fashionable stance.
Purple is typically associated with being regal, wise and wealthy, but this rich and imaginative hue can also evoke a sense of contemplation, meditation and spiritual awareness.
Calming and peaceful, green is associated with generosity and growth as well as with balance and restoration. Odds are people who don this color value beauty, grace and Mother Nature.
Forget what you’ve heard about Blue Monday. Studies show people are more productive when working in a blue-painted room because the color centers them with a calm and focus. When the hue is used in clothing, it emits a sense of peace, trust and integrity. Paradoxically, putting on blue will make you a serene scene stealer!
- Beautifully Fresh
Peter creates Islamic art with a contemporary twist. Using his vibrantly modern style, he conveys the timeless harmony of nature. As Juliana Rahim, the curator of the Islamic Arts Museum in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia explains, “Peter’s beautiful work is a welcome addition to the contemporary Islamic art scene; a mixture of deep faith and youthfulness that represents tangible modern interpretations of Islam’s everlasting beauty in mind and spirit.”
- In Demand
From his native Australia to the United States of America, Peter’s work hangs in private and public collections around the world. In fact, the United Nations commissioned his art as well as the Saudi Arabian Royal family! Peter has also worked as a graphic designer on branding projects for Colgate, McAfee software and London’s Halal Food Festival to name a few.
- Priceless Yet Affordable
Since Peter has produced art for royalty, museums and more, you’d think his work would cost a fortune. Fortunately, that’s not true. In addition to selling Muslim dresses and other Islamic clothing, Artizara also carries an affordable line of Peter Gould prints that can visually add peace and harmony to your home or office.
“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!
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.
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.
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!
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.
- 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!
- 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.
- 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.
- 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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.