The hijab or headscarf is a symbol of modesty and dignity, predominantly worn by Muslim women in public. Popular Muslim (and Malaysian!) R&B soul singer Yuna has become the poster girl for women all over the world to embrace the beauty and purity of the hijab. With so many different techniques and variations to the hijab, the possibilities are endless. Many brands in Malaysia are incorporating the latest fashion trends on the hijab, because who says hijabs can’t be on trend? There are endless tutorials on Youtube guiding you on the different ways you can fashion the scarf around your head. The length in scarves and hijab varies depending on your needs, continue scrolling for the best marketplace for hijabs!
Renowned Indonesian fashion designer Anniesa Hasibuan made headlines by pioneering the hijab trend on the runway during New York Fashion Week. Her runway collection included various garments such as robes, tunics, kimonos and trousers made from silky and luxurious material. The notable thing about her stunning collection were the hijabs worn by all the models during each look. In a world of minimally dressed models, the hijab clad models from Anniesa Hasibuan’s line were a breath of fresh air, showing the audience that it is always great to break away from the cookie cutter ways that the fashion industry can somehow bestow upon society. Besides the fashion world, the beauty industry is also slowly (but surely) embracing the hijab culture. In 2017, Covergirl offered Muslim beauty blogger, Nura Afia the opportunity of a lifetime. Nura Afia was the first ever Muslim woman who donned the hijab to be feature on the beauty campaign of Covergirl. Talk about making history! This may not sound like a big deal but to most, but for young Muslim girls all over the globe, seeing a Muslim woman wearing the hijab plastered on billboards in big cities is a great form of representation. Besides that, the most awaited beauty launch of the year, Fenty Beauty, was a great success globally. The campaign video, which celebrates diversity, included a model donning the hijab. We think it is absolutely great how major brands are slowly taking the initiative to diversify the models they use in order to appeal to all members of the audience.
When all else fails, neutral shades will always be your best bet. With a million ways to pull of neutral toned clothing articles, there is no wrong way when it comes to rocking your hijab in the timeless classic. Since neutral shades are so versatile, pairing it with different elements of clothing can change it from every day to night time. Thanks to the prevalent launch of the Yeezy clothing line by Kanye West, the world was once reminded on how workable earth toned shades are on our clothes. High flattering on most skin tones depending on the shade range of the outfit, neutral toned outfits can be pair with different colours without looking like it is clashing. During the much awaited launch of Yeezy season 5, Somali-American model Halima Aden was spotted strutting down the Yeezy runway sporting a hijab and a glamorous fur coat. With the recent rise of Muslimah fashion in the western world, seeing the representation on a large scale is definitely a stepping stone for the Muslimah fashion industry.
One trend that will never cease being relevant, be it in the Muslim fashion community or not, are floral prints. Often stemming from being feminine, floral prints are traditionally dainty and effeminate. Floral printed hijabs are definitely everyone’s preferred print and we can see why. In the olden days, different floral prints were symbols of different things. In Japan, the bright yellow petals of chrysanthemums symbolizes the sun while lotus flowers represent purity in China. In modern day, floral motives have strayed away from their symbolic roots and is now predominantly serving its purpose aesthetically. Floral printed items are also more easily accessible now as opposed to its exclusivity during the yesteryear. Asides from stripes, floral is the main print that has dominated all clothing brands due to its versatility. Floral motifs on hijabs are extremely common and we can see why. Floral looks especially nice on light airy materials that hijabs usually come in. The Blue Peony scarf is a rich blue scarf with larger prints flowers for a bolder look. Variation in sizes of the floral prints can result in different outcomes of your look! Larger and brighter prints are a much bolder to make a statement in contrast with smaller and muted floral prints that are much more dainty and subtle! There is an array of floral printed hijabs with a range of prints. Some of the best-selling brands for large hijab prints are Tatius, Gorgeous Dareesa and Lora. The variation in colour is also an important factor as well! Contrasting shades stand out more due to its stark difference against each other, making your scarf stand out more! Such examples of contrasting colours would be yellow and blue, white and black, or even green and red! The Medina floral scarf and Nala Designs’ fragrant scarf are some examples of beautiful scarves that will have a pop of colour, especially when paired with subtly toned outfits. Asides from that picking florals prints that are of the similar spectrum of colour is a subtle way of showing your love for floral prints minus the bright statement. Subtle and matching floral prints are demure and sweet, especially when paired along with soft and pastel tones. Hijab brands like Zolace, Ammara and Mycca have a stunning range of subtle and sweet floral printed scarves.
Bohemian chic is a much loved style that has been rocked by girls of all ages and sizes, be it on the runway or even down the streets of the city. The vivacious style is often paired and linked with loose and flowy silhouettes, with a strong care energy that is usually linked to airy peasant blouses or paisley printed maxi skirts. Pairing similarly bohemian accessories is also the key to mastering the look, with elements like feathers and crystals usually linked to such accessories. Bohemian inspired wardrobes usually stay loyal to a few neutral and warm shades such a brown, olive, mustard yellow and even burgundy. The longer streamline and loose fit of bohemian outfits fit perfect well with modest muslimah wear. A prime example of a bohemian chic accessory is a printed headband or a turban, usually prominently spotted during music festivals! Personalise this trend by using bohemian inspired fabrics as a hijab to look festival ready! M99’s VidyaKhimar scarf is beautiful printed scarf with rich warm colour in a subtle tie-dye print. Besides that, Bokitta also offers an array of Bohemian inspired printed scarves like the blue paisley chiffon scarf.
Due to common misconception,leopard printed items are always given the bad reputation of being too gaudy and flashy. With the majority of leopard printed clothing being artificial so no actual animals were harmed in the making of them, people still stray away from leopard printing, living in the shadow of the loud print. While leopards are spotted as means of concealment in the wild, the leopard print is the total opposite in the fashion world. However, we absolutely love when women are fearless and fully embrace the loud print with complete confidence! The perfect leopard printed hijab is from Bokkita, made from the silkiest material which adds a classy touch to the scarf. Even with the neutral shades that leopard printed things usually come in, the loud print adds instant life to a dull outfit. There is a fine line between making a statement and looking like a whirlwind of prints and colors. Sticking to similar tones is the easiest pairing method when it comes to leopard prints. For example, a pair of camel colored culottes and a plain black leather jacket looks totally cute with a leopard printed hijab! And not to mention the retro touch that the print gives off.
Aside from the actual hijab, accessorizing your scarf is also another way to add a personal and stylish flair. Pins are used on hijabs to make sure the soft material stays in place. Minimal and thin pins are usually used so they can be concealed better but we think the shiner the better! Pins and brooches can be used on a plain scarf, serving the purpose of a pair of statement earrings or necklace. The brand Paulini has an impressive range of hijab pins and brooches in different colours, perfect for adding some bling to your scarf!
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