Wednesday, 29 September 2010

Muslimah Style: Houda

Reader's Contribution


I am Houda and I live in Sydney Australia. I am a hijab wearing daughter, sister, aunt, wife and mother to 2 girls. I am a Lawyer, but choose to be home for my family, and am ever thankful that I have the opportunity to do just that.

My Style

My style is all over the place. I like to mix it up depending on my mood. I love to be casual, but I also love to dress up. I really dislike wearing the same combination twice, but I mix and match a whole lot. I love to feel feminine, but I also love to dress a little edgy too. I always love to cover my chest with my hijab, I am much more comfortable this way as I don't feel so exposed.

I wore the hijab for the first time in 2002. This was a very trying time for me. After a few incidents which left me shaken, I took the head scarf off. I also had so much trouble with clothes. I couldn't afford to buy new clothes, and the ones that I did have, really weren't hijab appropriate. Back then I was plus-sized too (although I was smaller than now). It was the middle of summer and the only clothes I could find at an affordable price were in stores aimed at older women. Long sleeved button down shirts in terrifying colours, and pants with unflattering leg shapes. Put all of my issues together, and it made for a very unhappy 22 year old.

The second (and final) time I wore the hijab, was in 2007. I was 27 and knew my style well. I realised that I could layer! How revolutionary! :-) More stores were catering for young curvy women. I experimented a lot. It was difficult at times, but I stuck to it. And thank God I did. I am at a place now where I am the most comfortable I have ever been with my body and my size. My hijab has helped me become the woman that I am today; unafraid to be who I really am.

Top Tips

Dress for your shape. Hold your head high. Be confident. Love the way that Allah swt made you. Thank Allah by being the best you that you can be. With this combination, you can't go wrong.

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Mona Z said...

I heart Houda!

Anonymous said...

Gorgeous MashaAllah!

prahmahita rayi said...

WOW!! i wanna wear orange like her too.. :X

Merry said...

Very inspiring story of a journey, Houda! MashaaAllah, you are a determined young lady, and very stylish, too. I hope this will encourage others who are in two minds about hijab to make the right choice.

Marucia said...

MashaAllah!! Happy to see sisters like you, Houda!
May Allah bless you all!

Beautiful Brooches said...

Very inspiring story..keep it up ;)

faizlily said...

yes... I love the way she put together the orange with black... very stylish

Amalia said...

she is really inspiring :) I love her style

Sonata said...

Great story! Thank you

Naziehah said...

Thank you for sharing your story Houda. So honest and inspiring.

I like your colour combination too!!

Anonymous said...

MashAllah, very pretty and an inspiring story. I love the top tips!

European Muslima said...

Mashaallah, I am impressed! What a beautiful, smart, successful woman! I love it that you didn't just write about clothes, fashion and style, but about way more important issues like feeling confident and making decisions in life! Yes, and I do like the clothes, too. I do wear similar clothes. Keep it up, sister,

Aminah said...

Really nice and stylish look!

Rinei said...

Subhanallah, i notice that hijab is really fit to your western face. ^^
it's really beauty.

you wear it nicely..

Ashes said...

Gorgeous colours, beautiful sister! :)

Anonymous said...

wonderful! mashallah - i went through a similar struggle... great to see sisters of all shapes dressing beautifully for Allah!


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