Let the exotic beauty of these modest fashions inspire you

October 16, 2018

The de Young Museum in San Francisco’s exhibition of Muslim fashion was one of their best, in my opinion. As an American woman, I don’t know much about modest fashion or the hijab. But by the time I finished perusing these stunning designs, I grew to appreciate the cultural backdrop and current takes on modest fashion.I loved these two magazine covers. Not what we’re used to seeing–but they make perfect sense.
I love the stories–so normal and so relatable!

You’ve probably heard the term modest fashion. Modesty is a hallmark of attire for Muslim women and even so, I’m certain you’ll find something you love, below. I know I did. And if you are a style blogger, I’d love to know what you think in the Comments section. So come on: let the exotic beauty of these modest fashions inspire you!

This familiar, super-tailored look could be on any runway.

On this red ensemble, I love how the hijab is incorporated into the top. Super-modern.

This is sort of gypsy-girl-ish and while it may appear costumey to us, maybe not so much in the Muslim world.

Notice how modesty doesn’t mean no bling.

I absolutely love the unique nature of this piece. It really is more like an abaya, although the face is exposed.

Maybe my favorite. Very much to my liking.

Not crazy about the colors, but none-the-less lovely

and then this, below: is the hijab archaic?

or is it high fashion? Below is a Moroccan style blogger from Casablanca:

She’s gorgeous, isn’t she? Her hijab looks very much a part of her style.

“Wear and do what makes you feel best.”

Does the hijab make a statement like this?

Creativity.
Not so crazy about this one–and it isn’t even that modest.

Something about this I love– super trendy dropped crotch isn’t my fave look but I love the take on the hijab. All in the drape.

I love tie die–wonder if anyone would wear these.

It’s sportswear. It’s high fashion.

This is truly high fashion and I just love it.  Diametrically opposed,  the styles below are more traditional.

Some of these fashions were crafted by names like Dior and Lagerfeld. I was busy looking at them and shooting pictures and didn’t record designer names for each piece. I wish I had.

Luxe fabrics and color.

High drama

and there’s a statement!

I love a caftan. These are very, very traditional.

This beautiful piece of art, below, is Moroccan women, writing. In their hijabs. It’s called “Harem Women Writing” and is by a Moroccan born artist, Laila Essaydi.

Let’s end with this–I defy you to not sing along: (lyrics below)

What that hair look like
Bet that hair look nice
Don’t that make you sweat?
Don’t that feel too tight?
Yo what yo hair look like
Bet yo hair look nice
How long your hair is
You need to get yo life
You only see Oriental
You steady working that dental
You poppin’ off at the lip
And run ya mouth like a treadmill
Not your exotic vacation
I’m bored with your fascination
I need that PayPal, PayPal, PayPal
If you want education

All around the world
Love women every shading
Be so liberated
All around the world
Love women every shading
Power run deep
So even if you hate it

I still wrap my hijab
Wrap my hijab
Wrap my hijab
Wrap, wrap my hijab
Keep swaggin’ my hijabis
Swag-swaggin’ my hijabis
Swaggin’ my hijabis
Swag-swaggin’ my hijabis

Me and my hijabi ladies
We was born in the eighties
So pretty like the Euphrates
And party like some Kuwaitis
Deeper than some diplomas
Current like some hot yoga
Takin’ back the misnomers and
Teleportin’ through trauma
Teleportin’ through trauma
Teleportin’ through trauma
I been stackin’ my karma
Nefertiti, no drama
Make a feminist planet
Women haters get banished
Covered up or not don’t ever take us for granted
All around the world
Love women every shading
Be so liberated
All around the world
Love women every shading
Power run deep
So even if you hate it

I still wrap my hijab
Wrap my hijab
Wrap my hijab
Wrap, wrap my hijab
Keep swaggin’ my hijabis
Swag-swaggin’ my hijabis
Swaggin’ my hijabis
Swag-swaggin’ my hijabis

You’re just jealous of my sisters
These Mipsters, these hippies
These prissies, these Sufis
These dreddies, these Sunnis
These Shii’s, Yemenis
Somalis, Libnanis, Pakistanis
These Soories, Sudanis
Iraqis, Punjabies
Afghanis, Yazeedis
Khaleejis, Indonesians
Egyptians, Canadians
Algerians, Nigerians
Americans, Libyans
Tunisians, Palestinians
Hidden beyond the Mekong in Laos
Senegalese, and Burkina Faso

I still wrap my hijab
Wrap my hijab
Wrap my hijab
Wrap, wrap my hijab
Keep swaggin’ my hijabis
Swag-swaggin’ my hijabis
Swaggin’ my hijabis
Swag-swaggin’ my hijabis

18 comments on “Let the exotic beauty of these modest fashions inspire you
  1. Linda HoBDEn says:

    I love the fabrics and the colours – as you say, modest clothing doesn’t mean no bling. 😊 Looks like an interesting exhibition.

  2. Alana says:

    I think anyone who reads the You Tube comments accompanying this video will be absolutely horrified. It may also interest people to know that there are Christians who also believe in modest dress (just do a web search on “Christian modest dress”. I can not comment from within the tradition of Islam. I can tell you that personally, I thought several of these outfits were beautiful. Sad that if I wore one of them I could be subject to hateful reactions.

  3. Chad says:

    The designs are awesome and the poem at the end is the icing on the cake! Thanks a lot for the great share!

  4. melissa says:

    These art pieces are beautiful. The fashion on the magazines are everything as well. Thank you for sharing!

  5. I love these dresses! Very glamorous 🙂

  6. Helen Neale says:

    Muslim fashion is one of the greatest fashion statement I have ever seen. I love how beautiful their fashion is.

  7. Alexis says:

    I love all of the colors and textures of their culture. Simply beautiful!

  8. This reminds me of something very esoteric but I can’t remember how it was worded so I won’t try to repeat it. I will just say that women are Divine.

  9. For me, simplicity rocks. I enjoyed looking at all these interesting pieces, but it’s the sportswear that definitely caught my attention.

  10. angel says:

    these are so pretty. i am glad that there are more options for modest sisters out there. fashion is definitely a statement and should not be limited because of culture or norms.

  11. Lisa Rios says:

    I love all of these fashions! And I think that the whole hijab thing is about choice. I follow @yesimhotinthis on Instagram, and she posts wonderful comics about dealing with issues as a Muslim-American. It’s not always oppression, some people just like it!

  12. I love all of these! Wear what makes you feel empowered! No matter what anyone else says.

  13. Wendy Polisi says:

    Some of these are so fashionable! I love how far the outfits have come!

  14. Frank says:

    Some of these hijabs are beautiful! I love the black and gold ones in the one photo.

  15. Crystal says:

    These are beautiful and quite fashionable.

  16. Catherine Santiago Jose says:

    Those outfit designs are really modestly beautiful and I am glad I am glad that they are making a different look for a Muslim outfit nowadays.

  17. Geraline Batarra says:

    Honestly, I do love all these pieces it looks modest and beautiful and I am sure some women out there also like these designs.

  18. Erica Harman says:

    I love the idea of modest fashion. This is a great article that can share how women can stay modest and still look great. I love how there are so many different styles of modesty and religious views along with it. It makes for a diverse conglomeration that connects us all together! Good stuff!

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