Sunday, March 21, 2010

Drop the Name: The Deal with "Designer"

Designer clothing, accessories and shoes are usually very expensive.
For that reason, some people may think that it automatically means that you look great, or that the item is great.

just because an item is "designer" and costs a lot of money, doesn't mean that it's FOR YOU.

The same rules apply about flattering your body type and fitting your style when it comes to designer products.

Let's talk designers...

This lady is the Queen of Wrap Dresses.
Her infamous wrap dresses come in many different fabrics, patterns and colors. And the versatile A-line shape flatters all body types.

Can hijabis rock these? Yes, being sure to pick the dresses with the looser, non-stretchy fabrics and pairing them with a matching or complementary headscarf, long sleeved tees if needed, wide leg or straight leg jeans/pants, accessories and shoes.
Burberry, by far, has the best collection of designer trench coats out there.
These trench coats have a great variety of colors, a versatile shape and belt for all figures, and the mid-length is generally flattering for all heights
Throw on a trench coat and get an instant put-together look, no matter what you are wearing under.

Can hijabis rock these? Definitely.
This guy Jimmy definitely knows a thing or two about shoes. These shoes come in different styles and textures. There are flats and wedges for those that are not fond of heels, and caged heels and pumps for those that are. A pair of any of these shoes will be the icing on the cake for a great ensemble.

Can hijabis rock these? Sure!


Dolce and Gabbana has some very durable purses in different styles and materials.
There are hobos, clutches, satchels and more to fit your lifestyle.

Can hijabis rock these?Absolutely. A great bag is a staple!

Closely following Dolce and Gabbana is ...

Prada also has very durable purses in a variety of colors and styles.
One of these bags is the perfect way to add a pop of color to an ensemble.

Can hijabis rock these? Most definitely.

When it comes to elegant dresses in gorgeous colors, this lady takes the cake.
Her gowns come in different silhouettes, working for different body types, and are made out of beautiful fabrics in rich colors.

Can hijabis rock these? Yes, some . The A -line shaped gowns can be worn with a bolero jacket and
headscarf with sufficient chest coverage or long sleeve shirt and headscarf with sufficient chest coverage in a matching or neutral color.
The mermaid and trumpet style gowns, No.
Where can you find these designer items?
Shop online on the designer's website, at the designer's store in malls or in the downtown area, or try stores that sell designer items such as Neiman Marcus, Nordstrom, Saks Fifth Avenue etc...


Anonymous said...

I love it! Hanifa, Jazak Allahu khair for doing your part to keep us Muslimahs halal and fashionable :-D - Fuseina

Anonymous said...

This is great Hanifah. I love the wrap dress. I'm not sure if my body type will work well with it. I'm a pear shape

Also, what print or fabric is good for this style and shape?


Hanifah Abdul-Baqi said...

Thank you!

With a pear shape, the goal is to de-emphasize the hip or bottom area, so the A-line shape will work well for you because the wrap dress flairs out gracefully into a nice, flattering curve.

You want to stick with fabrics that are not clingy and will gently float away from the body such as cotton, linen, some polyester blends etc. Spandex-type fabrics are the ones to stay away from, but a blend of it may work.

As far as prints, small to medium size prints are best on everyone. The ability to wear certain prints usually depends on your height though. If you are on the shorter side, stay away from large prints, they would be too overwhelming for your stature.

If you are on the taller side and are not plus sized, then you can wear some of the larger prints.

The best way to be sure is to try things on.

Thank you so much for your feedback and I hope that helps!