Staples For The Modern Muslim Woman: Finding The Right Wardrobe For You

July 17, 2014


There are times in a woman’s life when she needs to make a change.  Sometimes that change comes when you are going off to school.  Sometimes that change will happen because you have just taken your first real job.  Sometimes that change will happen for religious reasons.  Whenever there is a significant change to the style of wardrobe you have, you need to find the core pieces that you will build the rest of your outfits from.   These core pieces allow you to mix and match, without having to spend a lot of money to update your look.  If you are seeking a wardrobe that is in line with Muslim clothing requirements, there are three pieces that are essential.


The first thing that you need to look at is your hijab, or head covering.  You will wear these with every outfit that you put together, so you will want to have a selection of hijabs for every occasion.  You should start with some solid colors, just to give you the most flexibility, but as you move forward and find some tops that you really like, a patterned hijab is perfectly fine.  Keep in mind that there are different styles as well.  For those times when you want to look special, a Shyla hijab is ideal.  You can style it however you want and it will look great.  When you are in a rush, the Al Amira hijab is a better selection, and you will want four or five of these at a minimum.  It simply fits over the head, and you can move on with your day, but you are limited in the look of this hijab.  There are other styles as well that combine the different aspects of these two, but with several Shyla and Al Amira hijabs, you have the core of your wardrobe.

tunic dress Tunic Dress

The tunic dress is a shirt that has a much longer tail than most shirts in Western culture, leading it to look more like a dress than a shirt.  This is where you will need multiple options as well.  With the right bottoms, and a small selection of tunics, you can create dozens of outfits that fit within the Islamic dress requirements.  Tunic dresses can be formal or casual, so you will be able to have different outfits for whatever social situation you might find yourself in.  Along with the tunic dress you will need some slacks or a long skirt, but those can be found at any number of retailers.

Formal Maxi Dress

Finally, every good wardrobe needs one special outfit for special events, and this means a formal maxi dress if you are looking for Muslim clothing.  These dresses are floor length, with complete covering of the body and most have a matching hijab.  They are a great choice for when you are going to an event at your mosque or a business gathering.  Over time you should get several of these dresses in different colors for the different seasons and so you have some choice when you get dressed, but if you are just starting out, a single high-quality maxi dress will be perfect for your needs.

When you are starting a new wardrobe from scratch, you need to take advantage of as many staples as you can.  This will cut down on the amount of money you have to spend on the wardrobe and give you flexibility in how you dress.  With the right staples you will have outfits for every occasion that you might need, without breaking the bank to do so.

I am Ranya Matar and I work as a fashion consultant.  I wrote this article to talk about how women can save money on their Muslim clothing by buying the staples that they need and building their wardrobe from there.  I highly recommend for women who are looking for clothes that meet the Islamic dressing requirements.


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