There seem to be a lot of misconceptions about women dressing modestly out there. I’ve noticed this especially after reading a New York Times article that implied modesty was a trend among young women stemming from the moment’s feminist flavor. It’s true that women and feminine-presenting people are constantly under scrutiny for the way that they dress. Regardless of if we’re showing “too much” skin, choosing not to show any skin at all, or dressing in more masculine fashions, we can’t ever seem to dress in a way that escapes judgement and assumptions from strangers and men.
My dressing preferences fluctuate based on my mood, my gender feelings, the weather, and where I am in my laundry cycle. But until recently, I’ve always favored clothing and cuts that may be considered “modest.” Boat neck tees, turtleneck crop tops, sweaters and Peter Pan-collared button ups made up the majority of my wardrobe for a time. I dressed this way mostly based on coincidence, as my favorite trends at the time happened to be lacking a plunging neckline. That and, until recently, I’ve never felt entirely comfortable with showing off my cleavage and the more
Back in the old days, a handful of rich and famous women were celebrated for their style on the International Best Dressed List. These days Tumblr and instagram allow style-addicts worldwide to strut their stuff and to showcase their favorite style icons. One of our favorite Instagrams of late has been @hijabfashion, which celebrates the sartorial splendor of women in ‘modest fashion’ including hijab, a headscarf worn by Muslim women. The ladies behind the Instagram account, London-based Safiyah El-Houdaigui (@safsaf.el) and U.S. and Dubai-based Saufeeya Goodson (@Feeeeya), serve up a parade of high-style looks that have only two things in common: they’re worn with hijab and they’re fabulous.
For starters can you explain exactly what Hijab is?
Hijabs are worn by women in the Muslim community. Hijab is often misunderstood to be solely restricted onto Muslim women when in reality, there are multiple religions that call for women to cover, whether it be their bodies or hair. Modest dress and behavior is a divinely prescribed responsibility for Muslims of both genders. What is often overlooked is that Muslim men also have a responsibility to dress modestly
Maybe you’ve already noticed the change: Young women in one-piece swimsuits at the beach, loose tunics replacing tank tops in the summertime, chunky knits instead of tight sweaters in the winter.
It’s all part of a growing modesty movement in the fashion world, where sexy styles take a backseat to classier, more conservative looks. And it’s perfect timing for a rising group of religious style bloggers and designers like 30-year-old Melanie Elturk, the CEO of Haute Hijab.
Visit her brand’s website and you’ll find professional photos of models in bright, patterned headscarves, YouTube tutorials and fashion tips. It looks like any other style website—except with a religious twist.
“We’re not trying to hide the fact that this brand is for Muslim women,” Elturk told TODAY.com, adding that her customers also include conservative Christian and Orthodox Jewish women seeking out a stylish way to cover up their bodies.
Elturk isn’t the only Muslim woman who realized there was a space for modest style in the market. Blogs like Hijab Trendz, Haute Muslimah, The Muslim Girl and more all showcase styles that are chic but align with Islamic requirements. And
Who says that fashion has to be revealing? Elegantees is helping women understand that modesty can be the most sexy and confident style of all. Since 2010, Elegantees has flourished into a fashion label, designing and creating modestly cut shirts for women wanting to highlight their natural beauty and heart, not their figures. All sewn by the hands of human trafficking survivors, these specially designed tees are a double threat, offering hope for rescued women and stylish elegance to consumers.
Katie Martinez, founder and designer of Elegantees, had a very difficult time finding herself and her sense of style in her younger years.
“I had the hardest time shopping for modest yet trendy clothes, so I decided to start designing the styles I wanted to wear myself. I believe modesty is most attractive and allows others to see the beauty of your heart more. When I was younger I didn’t think this, so I showed off my body a lot. I was completely taken advantage of, but didn’t see it because of the attention I got. The attention didn’t fulfill me, so I changed my style and changed things inside of me and I was then valued for beauty, not sexuality,” Martinez
Clothes are very important. Think about it. It is illegal not to wear them. We spend lots of money trying to look our best in them. Going back to school, we grab the money we’ve saved up for that cute outfit to wear the first day so we can rock the halls of our schools and have the newest trends all year long. But what price are we really paying to look like the celebrities?
I bought crop tops, maxi skirts, leggings, skater skirts and the list goes on. I had low self-confidence when I realized not everything in store-front windows or in magazines was designed for my shorter stature.
After a long year of trying to fit in with the latest trends – I finally gave it all up. I was determined to make a statement with my clothes. I would no longer where clothing that would make me run in the opposite direction if I happen to run into my pastor.
I use two checks when shopping to simply tell if something is modest and affordable. The first check: length. When I pick out and try on clothes, I look at the front, side and back. This helps me see if
Ladies, breathe a sigh of relief. At last it’s fashionable to cover up. As the Duchess of Cambridge proved last week, more is now officially more when it comes to dressing for a night out.
Looking elegant and demure in her cream Roland Mouret dress, Kate mirrored the new mood of modesty which also dominated the red carpet at New York’s Met Ball last Monday evening.
There, A-listers including Hilary Swank, Sarah Jessica Parker, Cameron Diaz and Cate Blanchett — ladies not usually averse to flashing a little bit of flesh — covered up in full-length, high-necked gowns.
Many didn’t even have their arms on show, let alone their cleavage. So why the sudden shift from overtly sexy, dangerously low-cut cocktail minis to styles that wouldn’t look out of place on your grandmother?
Surprisingly, it was former queen WAG Victoria Beckham who paved the way for this new propriety. Nowadays the woman who once thought a revealing Herve Leger bandage dress de rigueur for any occasion is rarely seen wearing anything more risque than a high-necked, knee-length pencil dress.
The rest of the fashion pack have followed suit. Sober silhouettes and an almost Victorian sensibility have been seen everywhere from Valentino (who opted
Trading short skirts and revealing outfits for loose clothing and veiling, the Western fashion world is becoming more dynamic and trending modest wear.
Major multi-national clothing line H&M broke barriers this month as they advertised veiled model Maria Hidrissi for their new fall collection in response to the “modesty” breakthrough.
In Australia, Muslim women are breaking through on social media sites such as Instagram and running fashion shows without compromising modesty or their hijab.
One of those women is successful Melbourne blogger and fashion designer Zulfiye Tufa, also known as the hijab stylist.
With an Instagram following of over 34,000, Ms Tufa said her love for modest fashion “is more than just about fashion”.
“I feel like the ultimate goal is to contribute in some way to help women become who they are most confident in being, who they want to be.
“For me right now, I feel like the way to [do this] is through fashion, because it is an area where a lot of Muslim women are struggling, especially expressing who they really are through their dress,” she said.
Born and raised in Australia, Ms Tufa is a pharmacist by day and blogger by night.
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