Fashion trends have a tendency to come and go. And then come again. Some things, of course, are just too stylish to ever go out of fashion whether they embody modesty or not. All of the time the media portrays Muslim ‘fashion’ as an all black, all covering ensemble.
You and I both know that it doesn’t have to be this way – you can be modest and fashionably styled at the same time; one does not negate the other. Traditionally light, airy and flowing, Islamic fashion is perfect for the summer months.
In fact, Muslim fashion has become something of a trend for those not of the Muslim faith. This can only be a good thing when it comes to shattering misconceptions and stereotypes. The simple fact is, Muslim dress can look absolutely stunning on anybody!
The Hijab in fashion
The Quran, thankfully, does not tell us how to dress or what colours we should wear and this extends to the Hijab also. All that it teaches us, in the regards of appropriate dress, is that we should dress modestly. This leaves much to interpretation and we should feel free to express ourselves.
The Hijab itself is not a compulsion, rather a ‘request’ by men that cannot trust themselves around a luscious head of hair! Still, while it is not a requirement there is simply no denying its style value – whether you are Muslim or not.
Myths surrounding Islamic clothing is for others to debate about. The important thing to remember is that fashion sense and religion are not mutually exclusive. Dress in a way that suits you, and stays true (to your beliefs and its teachings) and you cannot go wrong. Can You?
Sadly, everyone is susceptible to the occasional fashion fail but don’t let that lime green and shocking pink ensemble put you off from trying again!
With that in mind, and if you do like to wear the Hijab (who doesn’t?) then there are tons of ways that it can be worn and decorated. Brooches and pins are a popular staple (no pun intended) but some do look better than others don’t they?
The main thing to keep in mind about the Hijab, as with anything else this summer, is that simplicity is key. This goes for patterning and colours too, so try not to go crazy (not too crazy, anyway) – you will thank me later I’m sure. Bright colours are great, but don’t choose too many because you don’t want to look like a small child got his paint set out and went nuts!
Image sourced from: Flickr
You should follow this little guideline for your brooch or pin too, trying not to make anything clash or seem too garish.
Muslim fashion has always been a thing, but it’s only fairly recently that women have actually started to express themselves more. It is also certainly heartening to see non Muslim women see the fashion benefits too. The last thing the world needs is more barriers, so let’s take down the one with care labels on it.