Monday, 18 January 2010

Muslimah Style: Ayesha

Reader's Contribution

Muslimah Style: Ayesha


My name is Ayesha and I am 18 years old. I am originally from London, England and now currently live in Alberta, Canada. I am a freshman at university, studying International Business.

My Style

I have no particular "style", only because I wear mainstream clothing from high-end shops. I wear an outfit according to my mood, and I make sure it looks polished and presentable. I absolutely adore colours and try to wear as many as possible! I am conscious about clothes showing off my shape too much, so I tend to buy more looser, longer items. Layering clothes is one thing I always do. It helps me to keep warm because I'm one of those people who are always cold, and also because it looks fabulous. I take inspiration from celebrities, magazines, street style and try to apply it to my own outfits while still dressing like 'me'. And of course, a girl can never have too many accessories! It jazzes up an outfit and can make a statement saying you're original, unique, and can pull off anything!

What I personally love about wearing the hijab is that you can do so many different styles and express yourself, while still being modest. There's only so much you could do with your hair, but with hijab, the possibilities are endless. Of course that's only the bonus, the main thing is obeying Allah's rule and being proud of being a Muslimah! My hijab style also is influenced by all the different nationalities other Muslim women come from that I see at school, work, in down town, etc. Right now I'm really digging the Turkish and Egyptian style. I experiment with a lot of looks from Lebanon because of all my Lebanese friends. It's weird to say, but I find that trying to be more multicultural in the way I dress is really inspiring me to do my degree in international business. I love to be part of something new every now and then, and that truly is expressed through how I dress.

I'm a jeans type of gal. It's something that will never go out of style (depending on which jean style of course), and living in a place like Canada, it's all people wear really. I'm also a huge bargain shopper! (yes, when I come to London... it's all about PRIMARK!!!) H&M, Urban Behavior and Sirens is just naming a few places I shop at. Since my clothes are so mainstream and 'common', I'm determined to try the whole vintage look from those cute little boutiques in down town. Although first impressions count for everything, I don't dress to impress other people. I dress to please myself, to make me feel more confident in the world, and to be creative and whimsical. Have fun, love yourself, and FEEL GOOD in what you wear!

Top Tips

1) Always, and I say ALWAYS have an turban/bandana/bone/underpiece inside your hijab! It prevents your hijab from slipping and has a clean, neat look.

2) Long sleeve shirts for us hijabis is like having the latest Windows software for nerds! It's a must! (btw, i fall into the nerd category too, so no harm meant.) You can pair any shirt you want with a longsleeve and it looks super cute when worn with a maxi dress.

3) Allah has made the world so beautiful, so appreciate it with wearing the colours he has created. You can look beautiful in other colours besides black!

4) Only wear what makes you feel comfortable and pretty. If you hate the way you look in something, it will make you feel crap all day (trust me!)

What did you think of Ayesha'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.

32 comments:

caraboska said...

I personally could do without the jeans look, but all the other looks are simply GASP jawdroppingly gorgeous - Masha'Allah!

Ashi said...

wow, love them all! she's gorgeous mash'Allah!

Anonymous said...

ur smile ! rocking year ! cool style.
maria islam

Amira said...

Mashallah!She is gorgeus!I like also her style,but her smile is her accesorize.;))

Marie said...

I really like the black and purple hijab. Nicely put together, also you have some really sound advice - if you're unhappy wearing something you'll be unhappy all day.

Aisha_D said...

wow awesome! i love the colours that she wears! and also her hijab style! gorgeous!

Miss-Abayish said...

Asalaamualaikum sista,
im loving how you do your hijab! it looks so simple and effortless :) MashaAllah

Anonymous said...

love her style, she has one of my favourite looks so far. Go ayesha! masha'allah

Umm Kadhim said...

I love the one with all the coins!

Miya said...

mashaAllah stunning sister.
Jana can you please post a tutorial on how to do the flower on the side hijaab style?
please.

Ayesha said...

Jazakulla Kair to all you lovely sister's for your nice comments! It really made my day! xx

liz said...

so pretty!

BerfiNiina said...

Ayesha, I love how your hijab is draping in the first pic! I'd be so happy, if you could tell me how you build up that style? :)

Mashallah, wonderful style!

Ayesha said...

BerfiNiina,

Thanks so much! it's quite simple to do actually. the first one with the gold and black look, the hijab is tie-died black on one end, and gold on the rest. so i draped it so that one side was longer than the other and after i wrappped it around once, the black was still flapping around.
i'm not sure if you meant that pic, but if not, the coin one is a square piece hijab with an underpiece showing. i pinned a necklace to the underpiece and added another hijab on top.

hope that helps :)
-Ayesha

Neira said...

so cute!!

Anonymous said...

Great look! And I'm from AB too :)

MissNeira said...

This is really cool. I love the last one
great tips

Ann said...

The coins are absolutely gorgeous! What a need idea. Mashallah on your exquisite taste.

Roxana said...

Ayesha,

I'm from England myself actually and now living in Montreal, Canada. And dont c that many hijabi's here as I did back in Birmigham so I was kinda getting bored with my hijab style and running out of idea's until I heard from u. As a new hijabi, I'd like to ask u a few questions. Do u always use a bonnet underneath? Do you pin the hijab straight down below ur chin? and can u recommend any other shops u shop at in Canada? Cheers.

Berfiniina said...

Thanks so much, Ayesha for the "tutorial"! :)

Maryam said...

MashaAllah, lovely :)

I like her style.

Ayesha said...

Roxana,

mashAllah it's nice to hear from another Canadian-Brit sister! To answer your questions, i do use a bonnet underneath because i find my hijabs always slip if i don't. Not a bonnet that all my hair is tucked under, but more like a tube piece that covers the front half of my hair. I pin my hijab under my chin, but after finding it snag my scarf a bit, i twist the material slightly and then clip it together. most of my hijabs are gifts (or from England when i visit.) Leicester is great for that (i haven't been to Birmingham yet). It's really hard to find good places to buy hijab in Canada, so i recommend that you look online. The only luck i have ever had with this is from Chinese shops in China town (go figure), and buying long neck scarves from clothing shops. Being a new hijabi is such a great step up in your life, and i wish you all the best of luck!

-Ayesha

Anonymous said...

Ayesha , i love your style , your like my role model i always look up to you and i love your way of dressing its not to much, its like just prefect and thats what i like the most about you .love you Xoxox Asma.A xoxox

Ayesha said...

You very welcome Berfiniina! :)

Ayesha said...

Im from Alberta!!!!!!! Edmonton :))) and my name is Ayesha as well.
But I live in England now and I LOVE HIJAB BLOGSPOT. (like the way they say I LOVE FTV)

xxx

PS Your article is cute and yes jeans are a big thing, the more expensive, the more designer-y unfortunately will make you feel very comfortable in public. Even if you look crap but your clothes are worth hundreds. Its alot more materialistic over there, i find anyway.

Roxana said...

Thanks for your tips Ayesha! Next time i'll be back in England, will go to Leicester InshAllah! although I did buy some from Birmingham last year for a bargain of £2 each!! Jazakallah

Arab-esque said...

Mashaallah 3laitch, you're really really gorgeous! :D

Aisha said...

hi ayesha
MashaAllah your sooooo beautiful....i love the way you do ur hijab....m glad were friends so u can show me how to do it!!
xox
Aisha

Anonymous said...

great style!!

Anonymous said...

AYESHA! I LUWED YOU STYLE!! This is SOO what I want to look like as a hijabi! MashAllah! luwed each and every tip of yours! You are so right about the lond sleeves..haha..and bone cap is surely a must!! awesome pictures, u luk great! :) thumbs up!!

hugz Mariam :)

fantasyhirl said...

Mashallah! Ayesha you are lovely and have beautiful smile! Your hijab styles are inspiring. I have recently started styling my hijabs in different ways too. Could you tell me how you styled it in the last picture...the one with the flower to the side?

kakyongcumey said...

salam ayeesha, i m from malaysia, luv hijab styles very muchhh..looking forward your newest collection.

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