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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.

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.

 

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.

5 Professional Work Looks for 2015

It’s Monday morning. Your alarm goes off, and you roll out of bed. You flip on the lights, and a familiar thought rolls through your mind: “What should I wear to work?” And then you groan, partly because you’re still half asleep and partly because you have no idea what to wear!

But fear not! For 2015, make it a resolution to never ask yourself that question and fill your closet with stylish Muslim clothing. Here are five of our favorite looks for the upcoming year:

  1. Classic button-downs. This style is a classic for a reason. Button-downs and Oxford shirts come in a variety of colors, are great for layering and match almost anything. They are light enough for an air-conditioned office in the summer, or pair one with a sweater for extra warmth in the winter.
  2. Trendy tunics. For more casual offices, tunics can be a fun alternative to stuffy business-wear. Tunics, a staple for one’s Islamic clothing wardrobe, are modest and stylish enough for everyday wear at the office and then dinner after work. Try the Clara Long Safari Buttondown Tunic for a confident, professional look.
  3. A sensible skirt. Skirts are dressy, but don’t require the commitment a dress does. Pair a long, maxi-length skirt with your favorite top or tunic. We suggest the Elisa Black Cotton Long Maxi Skirt; the flattering A-line and understated simplicity make it appropriate for any day of the week!
  4. A layer-friendly sweater. Offices and workplaces can be unpredictable when it comes to climate. Hot in the winter? Cold in the summer? Who knows. For the cold days, keep a sweater on hand to beat the chill. The Alexa Hooded Cardigan is perfect for laying in any season! (Plus, it hits at the hip, making it a perfect part of a Muslim clothing wardrobe!)
  5. Something for casual Friday. Embrace TGIF! If your workplace does casual Friday, make sure you have something that’s comfortable, casual and still professional. We recommend a fun top, like the Samara Leopard Print Tunic Dress or one of our many other jersey knit tops. But remember, even if it’s casual Friday, be sure to still look polished and presentable!