Friday, 30 March 2012

Elenany for the Scouts

I gave this story a mention in the Friday Styleflash, but it definitely deserves it's own post! British fashion designer (and a regular feature here on Hijab Style) Sarah Elenany has designed a new uniform for Muslim girls in the Scouts, consisting of a knee-length hoodie dress and t-shirt dress. The initiative was also featured in the February issue of Scouting Magazine, where you can read more about the design process. So far, the story has been mentioned across the media in the BBC News, TelegraphGuardian and Huffington Post to name but a few!

Image: PA/Huffington Post
As for me, I'm excited about this for several reasons. Sarah Elenany designed these clothes with a purpose; to provide something practical yet modest for Muslim girls to wear when they're participating in Scouting activities. But in true Elenany style, the design is universal and the dresses can be worn by all girls. The fact that Sarah is taking the initiative to do something productive shows that young designers can really make a positive contribution to society. This is fashion going beyond models and glamorous photoshoots; this is real and something to be proud of.

Do you any of you take part in the Scouts or have friends/family who do? Let us know what you think of the new range!

Friday Styleflash

New Collections

Aab have even more new arrivals in their Spring 2012 collection.

Akhawat Abaya Couture have just released a new range of abayas.

Dramafree have a new Spring/Summer collection of accessories available.

iLoveModesty have a new Hijab Diaries collection of scarves up on their website; and are also giving 30% off all abayas and dresses with the code ABAYACHARM, valid until 5th April 2012.

Haute Hijab have added new longer, wider wraps to their website.

Sarah Elenany has designed a new range of tops for The Scout Association; read more about it over on BBC News.

Offers and Sale Alerts

Bb-Hijabs are giving 15% off their scarves, with the code HIJAB15 valid until 7th April 2012.

Maysaa have a flash sale on their debut collection which ends midnight tomorrow, 31st March 2012.

Monday, 26 March 2012

Style Notes: Zuhair Murad

Cruise 2012

On the subject of florals, this dress from Zuhair Murad is a masterpiece. The scattered print and distinctive cut take this from a cutesy day dress to an elegant evening gown. Though with sleeves like those there's little you could do apart from sitting pretty...


Friday, 23 March 2012

Friday Styleflash

New Collections

Aab have a new collection of printed hijabs just in for Spring 2012.

Aara have just launched their Spring Collection of abayas online.

Offers and Sale Alerts

Hijab Jewels have an offer on the Grey Crinkle Dots hijab, on sale for £6.50 until 9pm on 24th March 2012, and there's a competition on to win a range of prizes.

iLoveModesty have a sale on selected items.

Wednesday, 21 March 2012

Hijab Style Finds: Florals

There's nothing like a pretty floral print to add a girly twist to your outfit. From ditsy to watercolour prints, here are a few hijab-friendly picks:

Cream Floral Maxi Dress £60, Wallis; Navy floral print sleeveless shirt dress £25; River Island; Sayuri Skirt £85, Full Circle; Cherry Blossom Blouse £65, Kaliko; Summer Fruits hijab £8, Hijab Jewels.

Friday, 16 March 2012

Friday Styleflash

New Collections

Bb-Hijabs have redesigned their website and added new scarves.

Elenany's new SS12 collection is out now on their website.

EFFA's new Spring/Summer 2012 collection is now available.

Hijab Obsessions have some new plain and printed scarves and well as now stocking Rabia Z jersey sheylas.

Modern Mary have lots of new designs just in.

Zeena have just launched a new range of printed scarves.

Offers and Sale Alerts

Demure Look are giving an extra 10% off sale prices. Just enter the code SILK at the checkout.

Hijab House begin a sale in store and online this Saturday.

Thursday, 15 March 2012

Bonus March Giveaway

For the second giveaway this month, Hijab Style is giving you the chance to win the above hijab from Chic Hijabs. This is from their upcoming Spring/Summer collection which is not yet available to purchase!

To be in with a chance of winning, you must do all of the following:

1. 'Like' the Chic Hijabs Facebook page.

2. 'Like' this photo on their page and leave a comment underneath with a suggestion for a name for the hijab!

The deadline for entries is midnight GMT on Saturday 24th March 2012. The winner coming up with the best name will be chosen and contacted via e-mail. Don't forget to tell all your friends and family too - the giveaway is open to entrants from all countries!

Tuesday, 13 March 2012

Oh so vintage...

As a fashion designer I've recently started taking a lot of inspiration from vintage fashion, I love the elegant style of clothing from previous eras. In the past vintage clothes were always considered old fashioned and out dated, but in the past few years the styles from previous eras have become very stylish. Vintage fashion refers to clothes new or second hand dating back to a previous era.

During the mid 1900s dressmaking was very common and women generally sewed their own clothes, this meant that each piece created was unique and one of a kind. However due to the development of technology we currently live in an era of mass production were manufacture has been relocated to countries with lower costs; today people buy ready made clothes from the high street. This has decreased the value of clothes and made it very difficult to find one of a kind pieces.

Illustration of 1910s fashion

However the demand for vintage clothing has increased considerably over the past decade, partially due to increased interest by well known celebrities. A great benefit of vintage clothing is that it is environmentally friendly as you are taking something and re-using it, perhaps styling it in a different way to introduce a new life for that item of clothing.

What I have also noticed through my research is that a vast amount of clothing from past eras are much more modest than current trends. So for example: The silhouette of the 1920s was very straight and streamlined with mid calf hemlines, and the 1970s introduced boho chic style with floaty long sleeved maxi dresses and skirts.

I've collected a few of my favourite items from the ASOS vintage marketplace...

So next time you go shopping why not stop off at your local vintage boutique and purchase a few items to mix in with your current wardrobe.

Monday, 12 March 2012

Maxi Skirt Styling

It always seems to me that designer labels are better at providing modest clothing options that most high street brands, though Zara and Mango are usually pretty good. This season I'm loving maxi skirts, from casual to more glamorous pieces. Check out these picks from Net-a-Porter for some styling ideas too:

March Giveaway Winner

Congratulations to Melissa S. from Illinois, USA for winning the March Giveaway!

Your prize will be making its way to you shortly. Keep an eye out for the next giveaway coming up soon!

Friday, 9 March 2012

Friday Styleflash

New Collections

Aab's new Spring Collection is now available on their website.

Abaya Collection have just launched their Imperial Hijab range.

Maysaa have new collection of hand printed tees available on their website.

Nabila Boutique have just introduced their Swans Collection of hijabs.

Haute Hijab have a new collection of scarves and wraps just in.

Offers and Sale Alerts

Bellissima Scarves are offering free delivery on all UK orders with the code MAR12 at the checkout. Valid until 12th March 2012.

Tuesday, 6 March 2012

Style Notes: Maiyet

Spring 2012

The long sleeved maxi dress is making frequent appearances on the runway and red carpet, with a modern take on the traditional long, loose silhouette. I love this design from Maiyet; the cut is simple and the colour is beautiful, without being overwhelming.


Monday, 5 March 2012

Product Review: Hijab Candy

Hijab Candy is a Facebook-based business that sell scarves, jewellery and accessories. They recently sent me a sugary-sweet package to review for Hijab Style.

The products arrived wrapped in pink tissue paper, and in keeping with the candy theme, each item was placed in a pink and white striped paper bag, like the kind you get in traditional sweet shops. The two scarves I received were the Wildflower Deep Red and the White Feather both measuring 110 x 180cm. The Wildflower scarf is a cotton mix fabric, and has a patchy leopard print with yellow sunflowers on a red background; very bright and vivid! I personally don't have anything that would go well with it, but I reckon it would look great with a red skirt and cream blouse, and a brown leather jacket. Unfortunately though it is out of stock so no longer available to purchase.

The White Feather scarf is part of the new collection yet to released. It's made of a very thin, sheer white fabric, with an orange, pink and green feather print. It's really soft, and great for creating folds and volume. But due to the large size of the scarves, I found both to be quite bulky to wear, despite the fact that the fabrics are very thin.

Wildflower Deep Red

White Feather

Next is the Butterfly Watch Ring, which is really cute (and functional). The ring itself is one of those metal stretch bands, making it uncomfortable to wear for long periods of time. Though you could try hanging it off a pendant and wearing it round your neck too.

Hijab Candy also sell thumbhole sleeves, which are elbow-length and can be worn under 3/4 length sleeves without the need to layer. These sleeves seem to be made of a lyrca/polyester blend, and I found this particular pair to be of poor quality, as the elastic came loose as soon as I put it on.

Hijab Candy also have a range of pins, including these Flower bow pins and Star bow pins. They are essentially small fabric bows that you can find in a haberdashery with a straight pin stuck through them. I liked these as they're a good size and can be easily worn anywhere on your scarf or even on your top/jacket. You can check out all Hijab Candy's items via their Facebook shop.

Friday, 2 March 2012

Friday Styleflash

New Collections

's Spring/Summer collection is now available to buy from their website.

Zeena have a new range of scarves and wraps just in.

New Companies

Street Muslimah Arts have recently launched their website, with products including wall art and printed jersey scarves; available to buy from Hijab Obsessions.

Offers and Sale Alerts

Demure Look have a sale now on selected scarves and bags.

ELDELAYMI have a clearance sale on a few items in their etsy shop.

Emellie are running a competition to win a Nomads khaki tunic in support of Fairtrade Fortnight 2012.

SixteenR are having a March Sale with 20% off selected scarves.

Thursday, 1 March 2012

March Giveaway

For the first giveaway this month, Hijab Style is giving you the chance to win a Contrast jersey hijab and a Floral Splash jersey hijab from Hijab Obsessions!

To be in with a chance of winning, you must do two things:

1. 'Like' the Hijab Obsessions Facebook page.

2. Sign up to the Hijab Obessions newsletter on their website (left hand side).

Send an email in with your full name and city, with 'March Giveaway' in the subject line to Please note that if any of this information is missing, you will not be entered into the competition.

The deadline for entries is midnight GMT on Saturday 10th March 2012. The winners will be chosen at random and contacted via e-mail.

Don't forget to tell all your friends and family too - the giveaway is open to entrants from all countries!


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