Australian company Hijab House recently launched their new Ecuador Rose collection online. Back in January I posted about the collection here, and now the team have given me the chance to try the pieces out myself.
The signature piece for this collection is the Purple Florence Dress. It's so hard to find long sleeved maxis, and this ticks all the boxes. It's made of a polyester georgette fabric, with a pussybow detail at the neck, and cuff sleeves. It is fully lined in a bright purple jersey which shows through the top layer, and I realised this is what makes it look as if the sleeves aren't lined in the photos!
As for the style, I found the block purple colour was quite overwhelming, and a little too much to wear alone. I preferred to team it with a black blazer, but this kind of defeats the point of having a long sleeved dress which doesn't need to be layered. It was also quite tight fitting around the top half, but the skirt was very generously cut. I didn't care much for the fabric either; it had a rough texture and generally just didn't feel nice.
The next piece is the Knot Dress in Black worn with the Boysenberry Jersey Hijab. In the website photos, the dress looks like it might have a sheen to it, but it's actually made from a matte cotton jersey, which tends to gather lint. I really like the cut; it's a simple, sleeveless dress with a boat neck and knot detail at the waist. Although the Grecian cut is glamorous, the fabric is not great, but makes a good basic maxi to wear with a variety of jackets. It is again quite fitted around the chest, and the fabric tends to cling. The Boysenberry hijab I really liked; the colour is beautiful and the jersey fabric soft and lightweight.
Overall, I think Hijab House products are great as a concept, but was disappointed with the quality of the fabrics and finishings, (many of the products had lots of threads hanging out everywhere). With all the effort gone into the marketing of the clothes, hopefully the production will come to reflect that.