Tuesday, 5 January 2010

Muslimah Style: Shamsydar

Reader's Contribution

Muslimah Style: Shamsydar


I'm Shamsydar, a 19-year-old undergrad from Singapore. I've began wearing the hijab full-time a year ago after my A-Levels, because public schools here in Singapore require uniforms to be donned. Though I was unable to wear the hijab to school, I wore it when I wasn't in my school uniform. Now, I love the option of being able to dress up to school even with a hijab on.

My Style

Although I don't think I have a distinct style of my own, my friends would know it was me if they saw a hijabi on the street with sneakers. I wear everything with sneakers, Vans being my favourite as they are comfortable and trendy. I rarely wear heels out even if I have a dress on, because comfort to me is more important than being fashionable. It is not a pleasant sight to see a well-dressed hijabi limping around because of her uncomfortable shoes.

Apart from comfort, I emphasise on colours. I think it is important to dress colourfully because colours influence your moods and feelings. Feeling awesome and looking great will certainly boost your confidence. When choosing the right hijab colour for your outfit, look out for the prints on your outfit. For example, if you have on a black abaya with pink embellishments, put on a pink hijab to complement the outfit. It is also recommended to have on a printed hijab with a plain outfit, and vice versa.

I usually get my outfit inspirations from fashion magazines like TeenVogue, Seventeen as well as from TV shows like Gossip Girl and 90210. I then source out for outfits at Topshop, Dorothy Perkins and OldNavy.com during the sale period because prices are slashed for up to 70 percent. Sometimes, I find cheap steals at flea markets and that would save me a ton of money as well. Here in Singapore, there are many shops that cater to Muslimahs and hijabis from which I buy underscarves and hijabs selling at less than $10 each.

Top Tips

Colours, colours, colours and more colours! Non-hijabis wear their hair differently every day, but hair colour remains the same for a few months. Hijabis have the advantage of changing their 'hair' colour almost everyday! Colours are definitely important for plus-sized hijabis like myself, because colours boost your self-esteem and confidence level. The only black thing in my wardrobe are my abayas, which I wear with coloured hijabs.

Accessories are also important to me. Bracelets, rings and bangles jazz up a dull outfit anytime so it is great to have a few in your jewelery box. Invest in a good-quality bag because it will last you longer.

What did you think of Shamsydar'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.

20 comments:

NeverEver said...

MASHAALLAH I LOVE THIS GIRL!! :-D

I really appreciate her chest coverage, because I am a curvy girl too.

ADORABLE!

Anonymous said...

I love her syle and she is beautiful as well masha'allah!

nadia said...

i love your confidence with colours....and you are NOT plus size btw!!

Dee said...

Masya Allah! I like her style, especially how she wrapped her hijab.

Hijabs said...

I think she looks great and is obviously comfortable in her clothes as well as fashion conscious. She is a testiment to muslim women everywhere who want to stay traditional but still look fantastic.

Melda :o) said...

Masha'allah!!!!!!!!!!! This sister is freakin adorable!!!!! I love her style and the colors..OMG! :o)

Sis Shamsydar, if you read this and if you have a youtube channel...how about posting some hijab tutorials and ideas for plus sized muslimahs? I'd love it and I'm sure there's plenty of plus sized sisters out there who'd appreciate it as well....

www.youtube.com/melda31...feel free to add me, sis! ;o)

Amber Misk said...

I definitely agree with her top tip “color color color” ! She looks beautiful masha allah

That black and white top is so cute.

Anonymous said...

Lovely looking sister :)

Anonymous said...

wow, she's so beautiful! i love seeing plus-size women represented! she looks great! =D

craftytassy said...

Beautiful! I love this style a lot and it is what I wear the most. I am more on the plus size too as I am not slim , so looking at this beautiful sister here is all I need to keep me motivated. And jana, thank you so much:)

afshi said...

she looks fab!!! Very similar to my own style! I think i need to go shopping with u sister!

Amalia said...

Great style :)

rebab said...

Salam,

Mashallah. I LOVE the hijab style. It has lots of chest coverage and yet so chic. I need to know exactly how you wrap your hijab.

Neira said...

beautiful, my favourite is the last pic with the blue dress and grey scarf. The scarf is wrapped so elegantly and you look serene :)
you look lovely!

caca said...

i like her style... ^^

sal said...

perfect example on how to "hijab style" love it!!

Anonymous said...

MashAllah.

I have a question. Are muslim women allowed to wear flip flopsor other open shoes or do they have to cover up their feet?

Mounia said...

Probably my favorite post!

Shamsydar is beautiful and has great style :D it's refreshing to see opinions from a plus size hijabi!

Can she have another posting? :]

Leanne said...

I agree 100% on the idea of changing "hair colors" when I first converted and starting wearing hijab I told my mother, "look I have the option to have pink hair one day and black the next!" Also enjoy your style, I am shaped like you and enjoy seeing ideas on how to cover those peasky parts! Mashallah and Thanks

Arab-esque said...

Your pink outfit is absolutely gorgeous btw - talk about trendy!

I want to duplicate it, black shaila, bright and plain summer dress and a cool leather jacket, I'd wear mine with gladiator slippers though :D

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