Wednesday, 30 December 2009

Muslimah Style: Neira

Reader's Contribution

Muslimah Style: Neira

My name is Neira, I am 29 and live in the UK and at the moment I am a full-time mum to a beautiful boy. Originally I come from Bosnia, and I've also lived in Sweden for a number of years. I have started wearing the hijab about 4 years ago and never looked back.

My Style

My style does not resemble the typical Bosnian style, probably because I do not live there and don't really get the chance to visit very often. My husband is of African descent and having lived in Sweden and the UK for the past 15 years also has had its impact. I just found a style I think suits me and don't really try to fit into a certain box.

The clothes I wear are mainly from high street shops, some are from Islamic shops like Shukr, but I find that they are more expensive. I try very hard to adapt the "mainstream" clothing and hijabify it and match the colours and layers, etc. Most of the time it is tunics/day dresses with jeans, and in summertime I love maxi dresses and wear those with cardigans, although these are not very practical.

I almost always wear an underscarf/bonnet that contrasts at least a little bit with the hijab and do a lot of matchy-matchy. Being very very pale and with colourless eyebrows and lashes I feel that I need at least a little bit of make-up, and I do love make-up. I rarely wear jewellery anymore, partly because I have a small child and also I find myself pulling the hijab over the ears all the time so it is just not worth the hassle.

My inspiration just sort of happens! I see pieces of clothes I like and try to work around the one item, be it a tunic, dress, hijab or a skirt. I also get inspired by beautiful sisters that I see around me, on the Internet and particularly by the tips from Jana and others featured on this blog :)

Top Tip

My one tip is I have quite a lot of underscarves which I cut to be like a headband (cut off the back part that goes around) as otherwise they slip back. I then started cutting up t-shirts to get the exact colour underscarf I wanted and if they are long sleeved, I use the top part of the t-shirt with the sleeves as a bolero to wear on hot days under a tunic that might not have long sleeves, and the bottom part of the t-shirt makes up the bonnet. So look for cotton stretchy t-shirts that don't cost much and are available anywhere, like in Primark who have a lot of cheap t-shirts in many different colours.

What did you think of Neira's style? If you want to be featured on Hijab Style, send in your photos and top tips to hijabstyle @ hotmail . co . uk

Readers will be able to vote for their favourite entry, and the winner will receive a FREE hijab of their choice from The Hijab Shop.

28 comments:

Ashi said...

Love the maxi and cardigan combo, mash'Allah she has a lovely style :)

bella said...

i like your style..and your is so cute:)

Anonymous said...

mashalah beautiful neira

Anonymous said...

I looooove her style. Its so effortless yet so fashionable. Mashallah for the great inspiration.

AyaGyptian said...

i luv it!! and her son is so cute mashallah

Anonymous said...

love the tips about the underscarves and also cutting up parts of t- shirts. love your style sis! i am a young mummy too and sometimes i struggle to wear fashionable stuff whilst also keeping up with a toddler. this sister shows me how to do it!

Hannah Afia said...

You`re a gorgeous mummy (:
Anyways, love your style !!!

Anonymous said...

I love it how you included your son in one of the pics :) Really sweet!

NiDa said...

MashaAllah for the beutiful boy :) Your style is practical - I like that :)

eyes serene said...

Dang, that's a really interesting idea with the shirts as underscarves. I never would have thought of that! Can Neira come to my house and show me how to pin my scarves to look as smart as hers?! :)

Anonymous said...

I like your style and inspiration. Your little boy is so cute.

Neira said...

Thank you for these lovely comments!! it made my day :)

Anonymous said...

masha2alah, luving the gingham skirt!

Yusra said...

Love the idea of cutting the long sleeved t-shirts also. I will definitely try this...

Amber Misk said...

Bismillah MashaAllah :-)

Umm Kadhim said...

Assalaam aleikoem

I like her style and her son is gorgeous mashaAllah! I sooo love mixed children (hehe my son is also a mix mashaAllah)

wa aleikoem salaam

Anonymous said...

Thanks for your top tip! I will definitely try it myself!!

A. from the Netherlands

Nadia said...

I need to learn how to tie the scarf. Would love it if you have the tutorial! Love your style! :)

the.K said...

it's so inspiring for me,:)

amana said...

Asalamo aleikom. I really like this style! Very nice.

elia mohamed said...

love the style and *definitely* love the tips!!! thanks neira!

maxfashun.gurl said...

loved ur style

Amira said...

Sooo cute.They have the style girls from Bosnia.;pLike it!

Rebab said...

I love the picture with her son. He is so adorable!! Mashallah.

I have to know how you pinned your hijab in this pic (top left) itlooks so elegant. Could you do a tutorial or something.

Neira said...

I'm going to do a tutorial, first on my tip and I can do one for the way I wrap my hijab. Although I think that Jana has posted that style before, but I don't know what it's called.
It's not complicated and I just do this style, as it's not fussy and tends to stay in place and most importantly it does not take a lot of time, since moms hardly have any time for themselves :)
Once again thanks for all the lovely comments :) and I'll do the videos soon

craftytassy said...

Love your style and grateful you posted your video, has just watched it and subscribed. Many thanks:)

Mina (afghan) said...

Salam Neira. I have a weird question for you: are you the same Neira who lived in Gothenburg many years ago and then moved back to bosnia? If it is I think we were in the same class in 5th and 6th grade (be both changed school at the same time, from Sjumilaskolan to Bräckeskolan). I met your two younger sisters. My name is Mina and I ALWAYS wore a white hijab.
If it is you: WOOOOOW! Subhanallah! If it isn't you: mashallah you have a great sense of style and you are beautiful.
I hope you read this.
Hejdå :)
/Mina

MissNeira said...

It is a great style, I love seeing different colors of hijabs

lovely girl!

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