Reader request : Niqabs and niqab friendly outfits

Hello everyone! Ramadhan mubarak!

The reason for my absence is due to the fact that I’ve been quite busy tending to bridals and orders for weddings just before Ramadhan.

I hope you all are having a wonderful Ramadhan so far!

This post “reader request” will henceforth be a regular update according what my readers would like me to write about (Fashion and style related of course ) so send in your requests via e mail to stylenotesbyshums@gmail.com.

So… back to the topic ; niqabs are as most of you would probably know, the name given to the face veil worn by Muslim women. A reader of this blog is planning to start covering her face in sha Allah and she wanted a few style tips. Yes I am not a niqabi but I do happen to know a little bit about niqabs so I hope this post would be useful to all those niqabis and all those who plan to wear the niqab soon!

A lot of women use a special garment to cover their faces , this piece of clothing is usually tied around your head over your hijab like this :

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The niqab has two cloth bands at the end that enables you to tie it simply, like how you would tie the sash of a dress :

(Please note: I’ve used a white hijab so that it is easy for you to see the details of the black niqab against the white)

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The niqab piece is available in many colours and in many designs, you get the standard two piece version which enables you to uncover your eyes by flipping the upper piece of cloth (once you tie it around your head) upwards and over your head like this :

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The three piece niqab has three parts : namely the stadard upper flap revealing a thinner fabric that keeps your eyes covered but enables the wearer to see through the thin fabric like this :

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You have the option to flip the thinner flap over so that your eyes are uncovered. Style tip: you can flip this part over and take the lower end and drap it loosely to frame your face like this and secure the flap with a pin :

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Some women prefer to cover their faces using the hijab / shawl used to cover their hair. This is also possible if you are using a very large shawl.

Here are a few outfit ideas for niqabis for a casual day out to a party or event :

 

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niqab 3 by shums featuring a cross body
For a casual day out this is a great option : a plain abaya, with a sensible pair of flats with a tote bag and a black hijab and niqab combination.
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This look is great for a wedding party or event

 

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The whole niqab ensemble doesn’t always have to be completely in black, you can go for this brown/creme coloured outfit if you’re heading out to work or while running errands on a sunny morning.
Are you planning to start wearing the niqab soon? what sort of outfit would you choose to wear with a niqab ?

Vacation Diaries I : A pop of orange

Hello everyone!

It has been quite a while since my last post! I have been on Holiday and I am currently trying to settle down to daily routines, unpacking and trying to change my workspace and give it a new look  . Back to my outfit post : here is the first of many updates to come , a casual look I pieced together to go out for lunch and some shopping with my husband.

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I dont usually wear orange but I paired this orange shawl so that it brings out the hidden pop of colour in the skirt.

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A loose hijab wrap for a hot and sunny afternoon.

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Bag from here

I’m simply in love with this bag! It is handy,comfortable and has lots of space! A perfect choice especially when you’re traveling.

I’m sorry for the poor quality of the pictures! Will try to improve my photography and editing skills for the next post in sha Allah!

Keep checking for new posts! I have a new vacation outfit look book video coming out as well!

Outfit post : Day at the beach

Last weekend, I went to hulhumale’ (a thirty minute ferry ride from Male’; where I live ) to spend the morning at the beach with my husband and his sisters and cousins. It was a bright sunny day and I opted to wear something cooling and comfortable with a beachy feel to it at the same time :

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A jersey maxi dress with a chiffon tassel cardigan and a soft crepe shawl wrapped loosely to let the air circulate.

 

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I paired the clothes with a woven bad and comfy shoes.

 

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I love how the flower print on the cardigan pops out when worn with black

 

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_MG_1483The tasseled sleeves look lovely but can prove to be somewhat inconvenient as they kept getting tangled on the zipper of my bag , branches etc.

What do you think? What would you wear for a day spent by the sea with the sun above you and sand beneath your feet?

Outfit Post : A grey evening

It has been a very hectic week, with bridal orders and weddings every evening and I haven’t had much time to blog or keep my instagram or pages updated. I finally found some time this afternoon to take a few pictures and blog my evening outfit :

IMG_1031Top to toe in hues of grey, black and a bit of white.

IMG_1032I added a sparkly statement necklace to add some elegance to this very casual looking ensemble.

IMG_0992I love the wavy folds on the sides of this skirt; gives it a very edgy + Boho-esque vibe.

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A bit of bling gave this outfit the perfect look for an evening out.

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What do you think? how would you pair your grey and black clothes?