Tuesday, 21 August 2012

The WWW: Blouses

I'm starting up a new series of posts here under the title 'The WWW', which stands for 'Working Woman's Wardrobe'. In Muslim fashion media, the focus seems to be heavily on casual or evening wear. But for the large number of women who go to work everyday, it necessitates that they spend the majority of their time in smart outfits. Although I'm still several months away from starting work, I still need to dress smartly at the hospital, and despite all the new brands and labels popping up, I still have a hard time finding something suitable. So I'll be including style ideas, fashion finds and outfit suggestions in these posts (if there's anything you feel is missing, let me know!).


I recently went into TK Maxx, and despite the fact I've never bought any clothes from there before, came out with these three lovely, long sleeve, opaque blouses, perfect for pairing with maxi skirts. If you're on the hunt for something similar, I'd definitely recommend having a look. There are lots of blouses available on the high street at the moment, below are just a few finds:


Satin Detail Blouse £69, Planet; Micro Spot Blouse £59, John Lewis; Georgette Long Sleeve Bow Tie Blouse £29.90, Uniqlo; Double Collar Shirt £38, Oasis.

12 comments:

gutbetucht said...

So I'm not the only one wondering how to pull of the professional hijabi look... ;)

I've also recently posted an article on how to wear hijab in the office / a formal work environment.

The tipps people usually give you (abaya with blazer OR dress shirt with long skirt OR regular suit) don't really work for me, because I'm neither a big fan of abayas nor of skirts... and just a regular suit does not give the coverage I would like as a hijabi. That's why I came up with the idea of combining a suit dress with matching trousers. Check it out here:

http://gutbetucht.blogspot.co.uk/2012/07/professional-muslimah.html

gutbetucht said...

Oh, forgot to mention: the blog post is in German, but if you scroll down, you'll find the English summary :D

Maryam said...

WWW is a great idea. Look forward to seeing more from this feature.

SippingChai said...

Love this idea! I found a number of long-sleeved blouses at Mango recently.

Maryam said...

This subject is very close to my heart and I have the same problem, I spend most of my shopping time trying to pull this off. Same as the first commentator I don't wear abayas or skirts. Casually I wear tunics. For the smart look i try to find smart tunics or blouses and wear them with black trousers. But you can't believe how difficult it is to find a smart tunics or blouse at the right length and fit. A smart one that is Not too long, Not too short, not too tight, not too loose, not too expensive and this for a busty size 14. It is a nightmare. I also came up with idea of wearing a long top or blouse with suits (or a blazer and black loose trousers). I also pair it with Turkish scarf or maybe bellisima scarves. Real silk beautiful Turkish scarves are above my economy and a beautiful alternative is very difficult to find. But most difficult is finding the top. Finding a top that is just long enough to to cover the hips is extremely difficult. And a short dress would be too long for that purpose. i find so many beautiful smart tops/blouses at good prices but they're never long enough. some times i feel frustrated to tears. i managed to pull about 3 to 4 outfits, but of course i need more. One of my latest ideas, Is to wear a black slightly sheer long top from H&M under the a slightly shorter top/blouse. In order to add those needed 1 or 2 inches. with some tops it could work. since i wear black trousers. and a black long sleeve shirts under the tops. and the the long top being slightly sheer it provide the coverage without making me too hot, and since it is only a couple inches under the top, the sheerness of it doesn't effect the coverage. Another solution i'm thinking of is to buy an Aabuk work wear Abaya and cut it to around the knees. While that could solve my problem it will end up extremely expensive. By the way I live in Sweden and finding Islamic closes it much harder here and shipping to Sweden is quite expensive too. even more expensive is the cost of returns or exchange(about 30£ for a non-traceable parcel!!!)

Anonymous said...

Is it possible to share WWW on a budget..the attire that are normally suggested are a bit on the mid-high priced selections.

Maryam said...

I agree with Anon, 70£ for a top is too much, :-)

Najwa Fathyah said...

Hi, I'm come from indonesia. Please review moslem designer with her line from indonesia like ria miranda, kivitz, jenahara, dhiyaa etc. Thank you :)

Zeina said...

Hey you should check out a muslim designer from sweden who design clothes for muslim women in their carrer.

www.Coverista.com

Maryam said...

Salams, what wonderful timing for this new series as I've just started a new job and I'm finding it hard to pull the professional and modest look together, I don't wear abayas but blouses have become a work wardrobe staple.
I look forward to future posts

Anonymous said...

My advice is to find a good tailor and have trousers, skirts, and shift dresses (looser of course) and wool dresses tailored. This is a sure proof way to get what you want. I have had an office job for the past 10 years since I graduated, with 1000s of meetings and some travel and this is what has worked. I know from personal experience that too much layering just looks messy. Your outfit should not take away from you, the fact that you’re a practicing Muslima is obvious but you don’t have to look like you’re in a market in Kabul. Simple, smart, and modest is what it should be. I also don’t think it’s a good idea to look like you’re following trends too much at work unless you’re in PR or fashion. I leave all that for weekends and nights out. Ultimately it all depends on the kind of job you’re doing and what level of modesty you’re aiming for.

Girl who likes jackets :) said...

I agree with the above Anon but don't think one has to necessarily have outfits tailored. I've been in the working world for over 15 years and have honed my profressional but Islamic look over time. It has involved hunting in various High Street shops, a few brand names thrown in, then let's add the online purchases from Islamic stores. I've invested in good quality basic fitted trousers with a slight flare at the bottom and often wear a shop bought tailored looking dress over it, either with a cardigan or a jacket. Jackets - I've got lots, well invested, didn't go cheap but got classic feminine cuts and they have lasted - worth the dry cleaning bill! Sometimes I wear the suit dress with the matching jacket over matched fitted /well cut trousers. If the trousers are too loose or baggy, it looks untidy. I also wear solid coloured tailored shop bought maxi skirts and pair them with plain shirts or non-fussy blouses. Depending on one's job, I don't think one has to not follow trends in order to be taken seriously at work. It would bore me if I had to wear my lovely jackets over and over again without changing the look up a bit. So, I use carefully selected accessories or hijabs to get multiple looks that are profressional, shows that I'm a Muslimah (well, the hijab is the obvious giveaway but I try to ensure I'm modest in the rest of my attire as well as in my behavior and thoughts) and also, I like to have a bit of my personality shine through. So the trends are fun ways for me to be "professionally creative" with my attire. And lastly, I think it's worthwhile to invest in good quality heels that don't shout "I'm going out to party" - they add a nice feminine touch to the outfit. Yes, a long reply, but to sum it up, keep the core items in simple classic lines and have fun changing things with hijabs, accessories, shoes and look at the trends to bring in some colour or personality. And remain modest within oneself and in one's behavior as well :) Good luck with the WWW posts.

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