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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.

Fashionable Hijabs for Muslim women to wear on Ramadan

5 Fashionable Hijabs for Ramadan

Now that the Islamic holiday season is almost here, it’s time to don traditional Muslim clothing. However, finding a beautiful hijab at the local fashion boutique or shopping mall is easier said than done. Fortunately, Artizara offers high quality, modest clothing online. Since 2002, Muslim women have been pleased with their pretty purchases from Artizara, which include a variety of hijabs featuring innovative prints and patterns.

Stars and Stripes Forever
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You’ll look like a star in Artizara’s lovely lime green striped scarf. The timeless style includes frayed ends for versatility and is made of lightweight woven viscose fabric for comfort.

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This Samaa striped silk wrap with twisted tassel fringe boasts iridescent shades of sea green, gold, aqua and mauve. The textured fabric provides a sheer and shimmering sheen. Best of all, it’s generously sized to wrap around two times so it’s twice as nice as a smaller scarf.

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You’ll feel cool as a cucumber in this mint green multi striped hijab with fringed ends. The light and gauzy multi woven material feels soft on the skin and drapes beautifully sans slippage.


Flower Power
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For Islamic women who adore floral fashions, Artizara has a pink Paris printed hijab just for you. In addition to its delicate viscose fabric and stylishly frayed ends, the piece depicts the Eiffel Tower against a flowering pattern to ensure a chic and unique appearance.

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Last, but certainly not least, is Artizara’s oversized abstract floral hijab. The viscose fabric is soft on the skin and its generous size allows you to wear it in many different ways. Artfully designed to look like a water color painting, the light and gauzy scarf drapes beautifully from head to frayed ends.

Have a Stylish Summer in Designer Abayas

Now that the weather is getting warmer, designer abayas are a must for every modest wardrobe. Whether keeping it casual or going formal, any woman wearing these loose floor-length long dresses will appear conservative and classy—while being comfortable!

Artizara offers high quality Islamic clothing with a full line of abaya designs that are a cut above the rest. Designed and shipped from California, our versatile collection features an abaya for every woman and any occasion.

This Tamara color-blocked Islamic maxi dress is perfect for running errands, meeting friends or spending time with family members. The easy, relaxed silhouette sports a squared-neckline with raglan sleeves while boasting a modern design. If that’s not enough, the casual abaya includes a free hijab in ivory and charcoal.

Lulu Gray Pearl Embroidered Maxi Dress Abaya with Free Hijab
Another contemporary classic is this Lulu embroidered abaya. Available in gray pearl, this modest, long dress features tasteful geometric zig zag embroidery that projects a flattering, lean look. The easy-fitting princess seams and full flowing skirt are appropriate for both casual and formal events—especially since the abaya comes with a free matching Muslim hijab.

Gabi Hand Beaded Beige Maxi Dress Abaya with Free Hijab
Our glamorous Gabi gown also comes with a complementary Islamic hijab. Inspired by Art Deco designs, this tone-on-tone Muslim dress is adorned with twinkling beads and rhinestone buttons to ensure sparkle and style blend to breathless perfection.

Gold Beige Lace Long Sleeve Modest Islamic Maxi Dress Abaya
Nothing says formal attire more than our Marian maxi dress with lace accent and coordinating soft chiffon scarf. Shimmering shades of golden sand reflect off the iridescent chiffon skirt of this designer abaya, which includes functional mother of pearl buttons on the sleeves for added pizzaz.

Lamees White Formal Long Islamic Maxi Dress Wedding Abaya with free Hijab
One of our grandest gowns is also one of our most simplistic abayas. That’s because fashion finery requires little more than the understated elegance found on this white Lamees long maxi dress with free hijab. A sweeping train of abstract brocade fabric is accented by a scoop boat neck and rhinestone button cuffs to guarantee anyone who wears this Islamic dress will be the belle of the ball this summer—or in any season.

Wear Modest Maxi Dresses to the Max

Great thinkers have always been focused on the virtues of modesty. Back in ancient Greece, philosopher Diogenes said, “Modesty is the color of virtue,” while Egyptian Pharaoh Akhenaten observed, “When virtue and modesty enlighten her charms, the luster of a beautiful woman is brighter than the stars.”

The Western world also noted the merits of modesty, as British writer Arthur Helps wrote, “There are no better cosmetics than a severe temperance and purity, modesty and humility, a gracious temper and calmness of spirit.”American author Louisa May Alcott added, “The great charm of all power is modesty.”

Centuries later, it’s no wonder modest dresses have remained a fashion staple for women around the world—and women online. Today, Artizara offers easy-to-order modest maxi dresses, kaftans and long sleeve gowns suitable for formal occasions and everyday wear.


Abda Teal Kundan Beaded Long Iridescent Abaya Dress with Hijab

The beaded Abaya dress in iridescent chiffon with matching teal hijab is inspired by traditional Indian jewelry via the hand-sewn Kundan beading around the notch neckline and bell sleeves. The slimming inverted pleats at the bodice and full, flowing skirt at the waist make this long sleeve gown a must-have for any formal event.


Azza Purple Islamic Formal Long Dress with Hijab

Nothing is more regal than purple—especially when this Azza formal gown features an empire waist and asymmetrical pleated sash for a graceful cascade. With a built-in bra, all you have to add is the matching hijab and you’re ready to go to that special event.


Hiba Lace Accent Long Sleeve Modest Islamic Maxi Dress with Wrap Scarf - Navy  & Mocha

Elongate your silhouette with the Hiba lace accent maxi dress. In this long sleeve, long modest dress, you’ll appear simply elegant and stylishly chic no matter where you go—especially when you add the matching wrap scarf.


Kulus Abstract Print Chiffon Modest Islamic Maxi Dress with Scarf - Mocha

For a freshly feminine flair, wear this figure-flattering Kulus print chiffon maxi dress which comes with a coordinating soft chiffon wrap scarf.


Black & Red Celia Hooded Long Sport Maxi

No matter the weather, no matter the deed, there’s no better attire than the sporty hooded Celia long maxi dress. Whether you’re running around town doing errands or relaxing at home, this comfortable modest dress has everything you need, including a wind-repellant fabric and hood with drawcord to keep you warm; kangaroo pockets with velcro tabs to keep your belongings secure and your hands free; and a colorful two-tone design to keep you in style.


These are just a few of the many modest dress Artizara offers. To view the entire line of long maxi dresses and long sleeve caftans, visit http://www.artizara.com/.

Tunic Top Ideas for Muslim Women

6 Terrific Tunic Tops for Muslim Women

Tunic dresses and tunic tops for women are as timeless as beauty itself. Long kurtis date back to the ancient world yet remain in fashion today—just last Thursday actress Elizabeth Olsen turned heads when she was seen wearing a black tunic with matching pants at JFK airport. Stylish, comfortable and versatile, it’s no wonder Islamic tunics are embraced by a wide range of women into boho-chic fashion, modest dresses and Muslim clothing.

At one time, finding Islamic tunics was no simple feat, but now it’s easier than ever to order a wide array of kurtis online since Artizara has an extensive line of well-made women’s tunics suitable for any taste and occasion. Simply scroll down to see six of our most stylish selections.

1) Those who love color will love the Nadra silky printed formal. Teal green banding accents the modest notch neckline of the multi-colored loose long tunic. Best of all, it’s made of non-transparent polysilk so there’s no need to layer.

Silky Colorful Moroccan Inspired Long Tunic
2) Subtle stripes stand out on the Judi pinstripe long tunic which features roll tabs with two button options for adjustable lengths. Equally accommodating is the lightweight, spice-colored fabric that allows for comfort and easy care.

Pinstripe Roll Hem Long Tunic Shirt
3) Is there anything as sophisticated and playful as Fiza polka dots? The paradoxical print comes in coral-colored chiffon to add a softly feminine touch to any ensemble.

Coral and Black Chiffon Polka Dot Printed Modest Long Tunic
4) If you’ve been searching for a Muslim top that’s as individual as you, take a look at the Allie color-blocked long Islamic tunic. Chic meets modest in this unique tunic top that features an aqua background with horizontal beige panel and dark blue raglan sleeves.

5) There’s nothing basic about this black Isabel floral embroidered long tunic. Its design is inspired by the marble reliefs that adorn the17th century Badshahi Mosque yet it’s 80% cotton/20% polyester blend is made for today’s comfort and easy care.

Isabel Black Floral Embroidered Long Tunic
6) For the ultimate in comfort and fashion, check out the “One World” designer Islamic t-shirt. Made of 95% cotton and 5% spandex, the tunic top features a graphic design by Australian artist Peter Gould and Chinese calligraphy by master calligrapher Haji Noor Deen.

One World Womens Islamic Long Navy T-shirt
To see the full line of Artizara’s modest dresses and women’s tunic tops, visit http://www.artizara.com/women-tunic-tops-modest-dresses-long-kurtis-online.

Add a little spring bling with Islamic jewelry

“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.”

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For Muslim women, adding Islamic jewelry is a simple yet stylish and sophisticated way to to spruce up tunic dresses and modest clothing. In fact, designer Tracy Reese has noted, “A statement necklace glams up any outfit without feeling like too much.”

Islamic Jewelry - Long Hand Engraved Oval Aqeeq Evil Eye Tassel Necklace
Now with Artizara’s unique line of sterling silver jewelry, it’s easier than ever to add some extra sparkle to your appearance with a pair of sterling silver diamond-look sapphire long earrings for pierced ears and make a statement of your beliefs by wearing a statement necklace.

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Artizara’s line of necklaces feature inspirational Arabic calligraphy as well as sayings from the Qur’an. And since each piece is hand-crafted by artisans in Turkey or Egypt who apply ancient jewelry-making techniques, no two pieces will be exactly the same. You can choose from a variety of styles including mother of pearl, engraved discs and tassels, or multicolor semi precious stones.

Islamic Jewelry - Sterling Silver and Mother of Pearl Shahada Necklace
To further enhance your Islamic ensemble, you can add an exquisitely crafted sterling silver bangle bracelet with the complete Quranic Ayat al Kursi (verses of protection) to your wrist or a large hand-engraved sterling silver and cabochon quartz Allah ring to your finger.

Islamic Jewelry - Sterling Silver Ayat al Kursi Bangle Bracelet
As the legendary Christian Dior once said, “Color is what gives jewels their worth. They light up and enhance the face.” So, why not light up your look this spring with Islamic jewelry. Plus, enjoy free shipping on orders more than $100. Simply scroll down to see some of the beautiful options Artizara offers.

Islamic Jewelry - Large Hand Engraved Sterling Silver and Cabochon Quartz "Allah" Ring

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.