Thursday, 21 August 2008

Maxi Dress for Autumn

This summer, I bought one maxi dress, which ya'll seemed to love at the Expo! And lo and behold the surprised 'really?'s when I said it was from BHS! I can't find it on their site anymore, but it was recently in the sales for around £21.

I haven't had much chance to wear it yet, so I'm going to make it work for the coming months. Before, I wore it with a brown long sleeve top underneath, and as many gold and tribal bangles as I could muster. Maxi dresses with coats are an option you could go for, as I posted previously here. But when that coat comes off, you'll still need something to cover up underneath! So from now on, I'll pair it with a brown cardi left open, a t-shirt underneath, and a cream hijab - as inspired by the above picture. A bracelet with a hint of blue to complement the blue edging on the dress finishes it off:

Brown cardigan £35, Oasis; ivory ballerina shoes £30, Next; bracelet £11.45, Treasurebox; cream crinkled wrap £7.95, Shukr; Cheryl jewelled bag £30, Accessorize.


Anonymous said...

:O Mashallah Jana you have great taste! This is beautiful! Grrr I wish I had the time and patience to be this creative! I just hope my friends don't read your blog, so they won't see I have copied your ideas when I go to work in a couple of weeks...shhhhhh!

Anonymous said...

I think with maxi dresses, it looks better if you wear a top over, like a short jacket, cardigan, bolero, rather than under, coz you might run the risk of highlighting the bust area, like in the picture above.

Basbousa said...

Beautiful outfit, great taste as always!

Anonymous said...

Assalam Aleikum,

I have always worn my plain hijab without feeling insecure, but now that I see almost everyone wearing "fashionable" hijabs, I can't help feeling out of touch. I don't want to sacrifice my islamic beliefs for the sake of fitting in. Personally, I wouldn't have a problem with wearing colourful hijabs, but should I be wearing matching make up, and make my eyes look "sexy" like the picture above? I'm not really sure, what do others think?

jazakallah in advance! :)

Anonymous said...

I think that there is a difference between 'sexy' and 'beautiful'. Make up on this women doesn't look sexy to me at all

Anonymous said...

lol, that's what I thought until my brother told me that guys find eye make up, especially make up that makes the eyes look mysterious extremely distracting. He got angry at me when I wore it once. :( :(

Jana said...

Anon 1, aww thank you! I think you should spread the word to them so they can get ideas too ;)

Anon 2, agreed. When I wear a long sleeve underneath, I make sure my hijab is draped over the chest area and pinned at the shoulder.

Basbousa, merci :)

Anon 3, to be fair, that picture is of a model, not a regular girl. The make-up is part of the marketing. Honestly, the vast majority of hijabis I know and have seen are actually pretty reasonable with the make up. Plus, I'm not sure what 'fashionable hijab' encompasses - some people would argue that colourful scarves themselves fall under this category!

Anon 4, I can't see the whole of her face, so I can't tell, but it doesn't look that bad to me.

Anon 5, I don't agree with heavy make-up, but if you do it right, it can look natural, which is what I go for. Concealer under the eyes, dark brown eyeshadow, lip balm and a bit of bronzer works for my skin tone without looking over-done.

Alixianna said...

I like to wear turtlnecks under my maxis and wrap my hijab in a style that covers the chest---it think it is very pretty that way and reminds me of Africa.


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