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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.

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.