Tuesday, 22 July 2008

Turkish Street Style

The Turks are generally a well dressed bunch when it comes to hijab, but these pictures leave me wanting. Taken from the fashion blog Istanbul Street Style, this shows that Tesettür is a lot more varied than those models would have us believe.

The first picture is fine regards dressing within the limits of hijab, but a pop of colour somewhere - maybe her hijab or handbag, would have been nice. Gold or brass buttons on the coat would have broken up the black a bit too:



I really like the dress the girl is wearing, but I think it's obvious why this particular combination is a no-go. Full-length sleeves and a pair of black trousers underneath should sort it though:


The girl on the left's outfit I would wear, though with looser trousers maybe. The hijab is a not-so-obvious choice with that gorgeous trench, but I think it works really well.

The girl on the right scores top marks for uniqueness - how many times have you seen a fabric doll appliqued onto a skirt? But I really don't feel that a short skirt with long boots is enough for hijab. If it's going to look good, then the boots need to be tight - which obviously shows the shape of the legs. And loose boots just don't look good at all with knee-length skirts. That's apart from the problems when you sit/bend over/remove boots to pray...I just avoid it altogether...


More Turkish street style to come soon!

19 comments:

pink_marshmallow said...

asalam alaikum sis

that skirt is scarey lol. i have allways been told that clothes should not have pictures with eyes on or faces, so maybe ive been mis informed.

any way i like skirts that come down to my ankles, and dresses too, im too conscious now when i wear things that are not quite right alhumdulillah.

also sis is that you sis jana on the sisters style page on the sisters magazine website?

wa salam
khadijah

Jana said...

Khadijah, good point, but I've heard differring opinions about that. Will look it up inshallah.

And yes it is me indeed :D

sayma said...

GOGO JANA!!!! Man are you a style critic or what, but true what u said. Khadijah, i have always been told that clothes with drawings of human or living creature should not be warn, in addition prayer will not work at all.

darcy said...

I was in Istanbul this past spring...LOVED the women's sense of style there, whether they were wearing hijab or not!

Anonymous said...

what about hijab pins? Some hijab pins feature butterflies..is that allowed?

Anonymous said...

anon - I think so yes, as the butterflies don't have faces, eyes, mouth etc - they don't have features, all that is seen is the shape of the butterfly and their beautiful wings.

Anonymous said...

Salam,i like the last two pictures,they are cute:)

Anonymous said...

assalam alaikum,
I'm a GP from India.. hooked to ur blog since I came across it (2 wks) In college as the only hijabi, had a tough time trying to fit in with the crowd .. wish i had someone like u to inspire me then.. right now am a mother of 2 and am looking at fashion through ur eyes and discovering so much potential .. thank u.

Anonymous said...

i dont like the way they wear their hijaab, its like cone head, coz they have it tied really high

amana said...

selam aleykum,

Im from germany and
at first i have to tell u that i love your blog-its really great and refreshning!!!

That turkish style is funny..and very modern..did you make the pictures by yourself or where did u get them?
Go on sister and show us more.
vesselam
amana

Nabbe said...

Well, the "conehead" style, anonymous, is haram anyway, based on the hadith saying that there will be women in hell who wore their hair like camel-humps. Its so sad, how people redicule hijab this way...

And maybe even sader that its posted online as "hijab fashion", when its not even remotely near hijab...

Jana said...

Nabbe, I wonder if you even read what I had written?

I ask you this: If a woman who wears hijab has very long hair, what do you expect her to do?

a) Tie it up so it's out of the way and can be covered by her hijab

or b) leave it hanging down so that it doesn't appear like a 'camel hump'?

Let's use the minds Allah (swt) gave us. Please do not come here and mislead people with out-of-context hadith. The one you are reffering to actually has to do with the punishment for women who wear tight or see-through clothing.

Anonymous said...

Camel hump, i think refers to how kane roses i think, how black people tie their hair i think? so i was told..

anaya said...

hey i loved the concept of hijab with the cool and casual looks, here in india we neva come across such pretty things..

anaya said...

hey i have one question, when we wear jeans with a top(as the one shown)dont we need a dupatta or jacket, as the scarf is only hiding the neck.

Jana said...

Anaya, if the shape of the chest is concealed already, then there's no problem. But if not, then a hijab is needed to cover that area.

Sara said...

Wow, I'm amazed by some of the ill responses here. I salute these wonderful Turkish girls for wearing the veil in these difficult times. Show some tolerance to these strong young Turkish women who try very hard finding new ways to be accepted. I think they look great!
I'm saddend at peoples arrogance.

Anonymous said...

Those girls loook beuautiful with those high headscarf..so beautiful reminds me of the ancient egyptian queens. I only don't like the skirts like them longer
Anyways i love to see this multicultural fashion and love to see more headscarfs in the street
love from the Netherlands

Anonymous said...

Firstly I should thanks for this research :)

But I have to tell you something, in Turkey not every muslim girl wear hijab like this. They are generally classy and elegant.

Ajd, selam!

LinkWithin

Related Posts with Thumbnails