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Hijab Style

the UK's first style guide for Muslim women

Updated: 2018-01-16T01:39:17.051+00:00


Product Review: Cherry Blossom Hijabs


Cherry Blossom Hijabs is a website based in the UK, selling affordable scarves, pins and other accessories. I was sent a few products including the Paradise Blue OmbreBlack Lace Ombre, Cream Fleur Pin Storage and some rose hijab pins to review.

The Paradise Blue Ombre scarf has three sections of navy, grey and cream which merge together. It measures about 110 x 180cm and is made of a lightweight viscose fabric. I like the ombre effect as the scarf will look slightly different depending on how you style it. It's a great colour combination for winter.

The black lace ombre scarf measures 90cm x 180cm and is made of a viscose/cotton mix. It also has a slight ombe effect with black, lace, cream then grey sections lengthwise. The fabric is soft and lightweight and is great for creating folds and volume.

Finally the cream fleur pin storage and the other tins on the website are perfect for travelling and storing your hijab pins safely, as the lid is quite secure. The grey and cream rose hijab pins are simple and great for everyday use, particularly with these 2 scarves. Overall the Cherry Blossom Hijabs website is a good place to check out if you're looking for simple, inexpensive plain or patterned scarves.

Product Review: Mirage by Numra


Mirage by Numra is a new website which provides clothing, scarves and jewellery. For me, the maxi skirts are what I love most about this brand. Most modest clothing brands in the past have focussed on plain jersey skirts which I personally find clingy and quickly start to look worn after a few washes. Finally, Mirage by Numra provide designs which are dressy yet wearable. I was recently contacted by Numra and asked to review the Black Silk Skirt and Grey Jersey Lace Scarf

Looking at the photos on the website, I expected the skirt to be stiff and structured, however it is actually very lightweight and flowing. The fabric has a beautiful embossed pattern with a slight sheen to it. The skirt has pleats at the front and an elasticated waistband at the back, and a full-length lining. I found it to be quite long even with heels, so would definitely need adjusting if you're on the shorter side. I also found that the range of sizes is pretty limited - for example a large is the equivalent of a UK size 12/14. Overall though I love the design of this and the other skirts on the Mirage website - they are perfect for evenings or a special occasion.

The Grey jersey lace scarf measures about 77cm x 188cm, and is made of a textured jersey with lace at either end. Whilst I love the colour of this scarf - it's a great neutral shade - I wasn't so keen on the fabric itself, which is quite heavy. It is however quite hardwearing and you can easily use pins in this without it snagging. The fabric also has a slight sheen to it, and is great for cooler weather.

You can purchase these are other items via the Mirage by Numra website.

High Street Finds: Long Shirts


Long shirts are a versatile wardrobe staple for me, yet it takes some searching to find one at the right length that also has long sleeves. These are my high street picks for this season, and they're perfect for layering too:

Long Silk Shirt £129, Jigsaw; Sammy Silk Shirt £125, French Connection; Zipped tunic with side slits £59.99, Zara; Ivory longline slim shirt £69, Mint Velvet.

Smoky Not Smudgy 2014


It's that time of year again - Smoky not Smudgy is back for the 7th time! For those of you not familiar with this charity event, this is something a friend of mine started some years ago and I also got involved in organising. It has since grown exponentially - click here to read all about how it began. You can also see photos from the event in 2013 and 2012.

This year on 16th November there will be two fashion shows, a bazaar with a huge range of clothing, accessories, jewellery and art, food, talks, performances and more! Some of the companies taking part include Aab, Mirage by Numra, Abaya Collection and Hijab Candy. Check out the Smoky not Smudgy website for all the information and details of how to buy your fashion show tickets. See you all there!

Product Review: The Scarves Company


The Scarves Company are a company based in the  North West of England, and launched in June 2013. They have recently added new thicker scarves for Autumn/Winter, and sent me the Umniya Tye Dye Animal Orange Scarf, Raha Paisley Pink Black Scarf and Chevron Missoni Mocha Grey Scarf to review. The scarves came packaged in a lovely bright pink gift box with black ribbon:

The Umniya scarf is made of a viscose fabric and has a bold animal print in black, beige and orange. As with all the scarves, it is maxi sized and measures approximately 100 x 180cm. The pattern is really distinctive, and this is a great scarf for dressing up neutral blacks and beiges, though a little too loud for my taste:

The Raha Paisley scarf is also a maxi hijab, with a delicate, slightly faded black paisley pattern. It also has slightly frayed edges at both ends. I'm not sure though that I would describe it as 'pink' though as the background is more of light cream. The fabric is also viscose, however I felt this one was slightly rougher than the Umniya scarf. Both are great for creating styles with volume and are non-slip.

The Chevron scarf is a made of a really soft fabric which has a slight sheen to it, and is more opaque than the other two scarves. It measures 190cm x 70cm with short fringing at either end. Personally I think this works much better as a neck scarf or shawl than as a hijab. The fabric is not too thick, and the neutral grey and brown colours work well with other neutrals. This is my personal favourite of all the scarves.

Overall, I was impressed by the quick delivery and thoughtful packaging of the scarves. The Scarves Company website is easy to navigate, with reasonable quality photos. It's worth checking out if you're looking for new scarves this season.

(Sunday) Styleflash


Here's a quick round up of the latest new collections and offers!

Modanisa is a website based in Turkey that has huge range of clothing and scarves from different Turkish brands. The are offering Hijab Style readers €15 off all orders over €75 with the code HSTSEP15, valid until the end of October 2014. Let me know what you think of their designs!

Haute Hijab have a new collection of scarves and wraps available on their website. I'm especially loving the Mocha Latte wrap!

Hijab Fashion Shop are offering free UK shipping on all orders until Sunday 19th October 2014.

(Wednesday) Styleflash


New collections, discounts and offers, here's a quick round up from UK modest clothing companies!

Desert Rose Boutique
Desert Rose Boutique is a new online accessories boutique launching soon. Sign up on their website to get details of the launch and 10% off your first order. They're also having a giveaway over on their Facebook page to win four of their new hijabs.

Aab have a new range of luxe embroidered abayas just in time for Eid. You can get next day UK delivery on orders over £75 with the code FRUKSTAN - offer ends midnight tonight (1st October)!

Inayah have lots of new arrivals on their website, including everyday and evening abayas.

Nisaa Boutique
Nisaa Boutique are offering free shipping on all orders until October 2nd 2014, when you use the code FREE002 at the checkout.

Product Review: Serene Gems


Serene Gems is a new website which sells scarves, jewellery and accessories. As they've only recently launched, they have a relatively small selection, but I was sent the Watercolour scarf to review.

This scarf measures 160 x 48 cm and is made of a thin, delicate fabric which is quite see-through. The print is a large pink, grey, white and black flower print. The scarf is very soft and lightweight, so great for hotter weather. It is however quite narrow, so would maybe work better layered with other scarves if you prefer more coverage. I'd also recommend wearing it with an undercap.

Overall, Serene Gems had great customer service and speedy delivery. I like their range of pretty scarves and statement necklaces, though do make note of the sizes as a few of them are quite narrow. You can buy all the products via the Serene Gems website.

Nahara 2014 Scarf Collection


Nahara is a company I first posted about a year ago, when I interviewed the director, Sonya Ahmed (click here to read the full interview). Since then Nahara has come in leaps and bounds, featuring in various fashion shows including the Urban Muslim Woman Show and Eid in the Square. And they have just released a 2014 collection of six silk scarves featuring abstract Arabic calligraphy designs, in collaboration with artist Samir Malik.

Peace in Orange in Pink

Graffiti Love
Sonya was kind enough to send me the Peaches and Light scarf. The design of this is based on a painting called Noor (Light).  It came beautifully packaged in a Nahara gift box and tissue paper. The scarf itself is very generously sized (68cm x 195cm), and can easily by wrapped around twice. The silk fabric itself has a nice sheen to it, and the colours are bold and vibrant, making this a real statement scarf. I'm definitely a fan of the unique prints and love the fact that there is a real creative process behind the designs.

All the scarves are available to buy via the Nahara website.

Eid Mubarak


Eid Mubarak to everyone! Hope you all have a wonderful day. I have been on a break from posting due to a combination of going on holiday to Lebanon (photos coming soon), my PC breaking down and of course fasting during long working hours! Keep an eye out for interviews, reviews and more coming up!

Product Review: Hanger Management


Storing scarves neatly whilst being easily accessible is a challenge, and Hanger Management is one company which provides a solution. They sell scarf hangers consisting of eight rungs in a soft velvet finish, and sent me four of those hangers and a mini-hook to test out.Mini hook attachmentThe hangers are available in pink, teal, black and purple. There is a demonstration video on their website showing the easiest way to use the hangers so the scarves sit neatly, and it works very well. Below is my list of pros and cons of these hangers:Teal scarf hangerPros:1. The hangers are very lightweight and as I happen to be packing my suitcase at the moment, it occurred to me they would also be useful for travel and hanging your scarves whilst away from home.2. The velvet finish means they really are non-slip and the scarves stay put.3. They are a great space-saver especially when you hang two together using the mini-hook.4. They provide a good way of displaying your scarves individually, and would also work well for ties, belts or even jewellery.Teal and black scarf hangers with the mini hookCons:1. Each rung is quite small measuring 13.5cm, which means the majority of hijabs (which tend to measure 50cm and more) will need to be folded over two or three times before they can be hung neatly, which can create creases in certain fabrics.2. Although great at saving space, I would not attach more than two hangers together (as the product website also mentions) to avoid overloading them, as they are not as hard-wearing as I had expected. Be careful not to bend or pull excessively!3. For the above two reasons, I personally preferred to use the hangers for thinner, smaller scarves.You can purchase the hangers via the Hanger Management website and selected retailers.[...]

Summer Cover Ups: Kimonos


Kimono-style jackets have made a comeback this summer, and are a great way to incorporate prints into your outfit. Try wearing it over a plain maxi dress like these ones from Oasis and H&M, or layer over a tunic and jeans. Here a four of my favourite high street picks:

Top left to bottom right:

Cream Lily Print Soft Jacket £35, Wallis; Short kimono £14.99, H&M; Digital rose kimono £40, Oasis; Oriental Kimono Jacket £65, Warehouse.

Summer Skirts


If you're basking in the glorious sunshine here in the UK, here's an equally sunny outfit to match. I love the colour of this beautiful maxi skirt from Ghost. Pair with a white shirt, floral hijab and flat sandals for comfortable but chic summer style, or add heels and a silk blouse for a pretty evening look.

Ghost Kayla Maxi Skirt £95, John Lewis; Cotton shirt £14.99, H&M; Patterned scarf £4.99, H&M; Stud crossover sandals £22, Warehouse; Manzano clutch £45, Aldo; Vintage teardrop jewel necklace £12, Warehouse.

High Street Finds: Maxi Skirts


Although the midi skirt is the length of the season, there are still a few maxi skirts to be found on the high street, if you know where to look! Take your pick from pastel shades to bright corals and cobalt blues. Pair with a simple white shirt or dress up with a tailored blazer. Which is your favourite?

Coral Pleat Front Maxi £18, Dorothy Perkins; Satin maxi skirt £24.99, H&M; Crinkle satin maxi skirt £55, Esprit; Peach Georgette Maxi Skirt £69, Mint Velvet; Iona Silk Maxi Skirt £89, Phase Eight.

Touch of Luxury


There are some key wardrobe pieces which are worth investing a little more in as they are so versatile. What's even better is putting them all together for a easy, classy go-to outfit. I've paired a long cream coloured tunic with polka-dot navy trousers, layered with a long taupe cardigan. Add some tan boots and a belt and a beautiful silk scarf to finish off!

Viyella Longline Merino Cardigan£99, John Lewis; Winser Long Silky Tunic Top £165, John Lewis; Polka Dot Chino Trousers £85, Jigsaw; Thalia Bracelet £19, Coast; Crocodile Embossed Leather Belt £29.95, Massimo Dutti; Ted Baker Cubist Floral Print Long Silk Scarf £69, House of Fraser; Diagonal Side Zip Ankle Boot £95, Dune.

High Street Finds: Pastel Pinks


Right now I'm loving pastel pinks layered with neutral shades for a clean, modern look. Whether a delicate blouse or structured jacket, here are some of my favourite picks from the high street:

Roselin longline blazer coat £150, French Connection; Blush Mesh Pleated Maxi £26, Dorothy Perkins; Frances Oversized Silk Shirt £85, Phase Eight; Satin blouse £14.99, H&M; Damsel in a dress Canvas Silk Shirt £89, John Lewis.

Style Notes: Jenny Packham


Spring 2014 RTW

Jenny Packham's collection for Spring 2014 includes some gorgeous hijab-friendly designs; from sleek full length gowns to billowing maxi skirts. I love the fresh, bright colour combinations. My favourite piece has to be the pink maxi skirt, which works well teamed with stronger colours like red and cobalt blue. Which is your favourite look?



Product Review: Jumana Couture


Jumana Couture is a UK-based company who operate mainly through Facebook. It was set up by two sisters to bring to the UK market a range of trends initially from the Middle East that are difficult to get hold of here. The first range they are launching is Kashkha scarves from Dubai. They sent me the Black Lacey Pleats and the Luxury Embellished scarf to review.The Black Lacey Pleats scarf measures 192cm x 56cm and consists of black chiffon fabric with pleats going down both borders, and a lace overlay down the middle. I love the chic design of this scarf as it makes use of different textures to add interest, as plain black scarves tend to be pretty mediocre! The scarf is really easy to wear and is perfect for teaming with patterned dresses and tops. Although the lace is delicate, you can still use straight pins through the pleats to secure it in place.The Luxury Embellished scarf measures 184cm x 58cm and is made of black jersey fabric with blue and black embellishments across one side. It also has the word 'Kashka' embellished in rhinestones on one corner. The scarf is pretty heavy but the fabric is great quality and super-soft. I did find though that it takes some time to work out how to style it as the embellished length can be a little stiff. This is a real statement scarf and perfect for evenings and special occasions. It is also available with gold embellishments.Overall I was impressed by these scarves from Jumana Couture. The designs are unique and certainly stand out from the majority of scarves available on the market. You can see the other scarves and clothing available over on the Jumana Couture Facebook page.[...]

January Styleflash


Hijab Style is back for 2014! Work has been hectic over the past couple of months, and it's definitely time to catch up with what's new for modest fashion in 2014! Here's a round up of some great finds and new collections from on-line companies:Haute Hijab have lots of new scarves and wraps available, but I'm absolutely loving their new Glamorous Satin Skirt which comes in three pretty colours! I predict this one will be a best-seller!Zeena have released their Winter 2014 collection, which includes gorgeous long sleeved tunics and dresses! I'm especially liking the aptly-named Audrey shirt:Aab have lots of new arrivals for 2014, as well as a 50% off sale on their previous collections!Hijab Jewels have just launched their new website and a beautiful new clothing range, perfect for any special events you have coming up![...]

Product Review: Lush Alcohol-Free Winter Range


Anyone who knows me well, knows that my first hobby was skincare and cosmetics, long before I became interested in fashion. From crushing rose petals to make my own 'natural' scented moisturiser at the age of 10, to selling handmade soaps and lip balm for charity at school events. I loved the science and the experimentation involved, as well as being able to make things for myself! Although Hijab Style is of course mainly a fashion blog, some readers have expressed an interested in beauty-related posts, so I felt a few here and there wouldn't go amiss!Lush are a cosmetics company who recently got in touch with me to review some of their new Winter range. Wondering what the link was; they explained that they developed alcohol-free versions of some of their limited edition products for sale in Middle Eastern stores, and are now introducing them to the UK market.I found it very interesting that a mainstream company are now specifically marketing products to the UK's Muslim population by actively reaching out to Muslim bloggers.The products I was sent are the Ponche shower gel, Golden Wonder bath ballistic, Ocean Salt scrub and Buche de Noel cleanser. They are all of course packaged in trademark Lush packaging; not particularly elegant but then again fits in well with the brand's premise of 'handmade' and 'fresh' cosmetics.First off is the Ponche shower gel. Although I am usually not a fan of orange based products, I absolutely love the smell of this. It has a warm, fruity scent that is quite different from the artificial scent of most commercial shower gels. The consistency is a little runny, but it does produce a good lather thanks to the sodium laureth sulfate, which may not be suitable if you have particularly dry or sensitive skin.The Golden Wonder bath ballistic is huge, and it's more of fun product than a relaxing and pampering one! I was too curious to see what was inside, so I broke mine in two and was surprised to find a hollow blue inner layer with multicoloured fizzy pieces inside. It smells lovely and thankfully the glitter rinses away easily.Ocean Salt is a scrub containing lime juice which gives it a really fresh, clean scent, and avocado butter and coconut oil to soften the skin. Although the scrub is marketed as a face and body scrub, I personally would not recommend it for use on the face at all. The grains are very abrasive and far too harsh for delicate skin, and aggravating for problem skin. Even just using it on my hand resulted in some redness. It does have a really nice, smooth consistency, and leaves the skin feeling soft so is quite effective for use on the body where skin is thicker.My favourite product is definitely the Buche de Noel cleanser (which is also preservative free). It is made of a base of ground almonds, kaolin and cocoa butter, and is wrapped in seaweed. To use this product, you need to take a small piece and mix with a litter water before rubbing into skin. Given those ingredients, I would also recommend that you leave this on your skin as a mask to derive the maximum benefit, rather than washing off straight away. I personally stopped using foaming cleansers as they left my skin feeling tight and dry. The ingredients in this cleanser however are particularly gentle and nourishing and it would be great for dry or sensitive skin. As a bonus, it smells just like marzipan!Overall, my favourites are the Buche de Noel cleanser and Ponche shower gel. I also feel that although Lush do use a large amount of natural ingredients, the use of[...]

Saverah Fashion Weekend Photos


The first ever Saverah Fashion Weekend took place on 23rd/24th November. A total of six shows were held, though I only managed to make it to one! Here are a few photos from the day; my camera packed up halfway through, but luckily I managed to get a few shots of two of my favourite participants; Sri Munawwarah from Malaysia and Jeny Tjahyawati from Indonesia.Sri MunawwarahSri MunawarrahDato Tuan Hasnah and Haslina Ali from Sri MunawwarahJeny TjahyawatiJeny TjahyawatiJeny TjahyawatiJeny TjahyawatiJeny TjahyawatiJeny TjahyawatiJeny Tjahyawati[...]

Product Review: Hijabi Box


The concept of monthly subscription boxes for hijabis is catching on! Hijabi Box is a US-based company who recently sent me a package to review. When you sign up for your subscription, you are asked to fill in a short survey which helps tailor the box to your tastes.For my first month's subscription, I was sent the Shimmer Shimmer scarf, purple headband, pin wheel and a sample of Ghirardelli Intense Dark Sea Salt Soiree Bar.Shimmer Shimmer is one of the signature scarves which are handmade and unique to Hijabi Box. I was quite happy to be sent this scarf and the fact that the company paid attention to the style survey I filled out. The scarf measures 215cm x 72cm, and is very lightweight. It is made from really beautiful shimmering blue/purple fabric. The size I think is just right, and is enough to wrap around twice without being bulky and uncomfortable. The only thing I was not keen on was the hemming of the edge with a bright purple thread. However this can be easily hidden by folding the edge of the scarf over.This month's box also included a purple headband. I've not used this style before; it would be ideal to use in warmer weather, though with a scarf which is as thin as this one, I feel like a full undercap would be more practical for keeping the scarf in place.The pin wheel is a simple set of straight pins with a bright head. I was a little bit disappointed with these, as they are something which you can find easily and cheaply, and don't add much value to the box. However, I guess they're included in the first box because they are an essential for most hijabis, and the next months' subscriptions will include something a bit more special.Lastly, the Ghirardelli chocolate was a lovely addition. At first I wasn't convinced by the combination of sea salt and almonds, but it was surprisingly delicious!Overall, I really liked the scarf and the sample chocolate, but look forward to more interesting accessories in the next subscription from Hijabi Box.[...]

Smoky not Smudgy 2013


As promised, here are a few photos from Smoky not Smudgy 2013, which took place on Sunday November 3rd. There was a great turnout on the day with so many new clothing, jewellery and art companies participating.. There were two fashion shows taking place, though I was only able to attend the first one. There were a range of desigs including those aimed at hijabis, as well as traditional Asian clothing. I especially loved Musleena, a Thailand-based company started by Leena A. Thidawan, an artist and designer from Bangkok. Her designs are modern but take inspiration from Thai design and tailoring. Here are a few photos from the day, enjoy!Cakes and treats at SnS!Bespoke HennaNaharaRukia  Simrah's; ShukrMusleenaMusleena[...]

High Street Finds: Knitwear


One of easiest ways to update your wardrobe for Autumn/Winter is with cosy knitwear; and there are lots of hijab-friendly options to choose from. Far from being boring, look for detailing like lace or sequins, or structured shapes and belts. These are a few of my favourite picks of jumpers and cardigans:

Kimono sleeve cardigan £25.99, Zara; The Gracie Knit £40, Oasis; Black Embellished Jumper £35, Wallis; Lace sleeve jumper £40, Warehouse; Belt cable-knit cardigan £34.99, Mango.

Saverah Fashion Weekend


Saverah Fashion Weekend is an event taking place in collaboration with the Global Peace and Unity event on 23rd-24th November at the ExCel Centre in London. Saverah have previously organised the Urban Muslim Woman Show, but this time the event is set to be much bigger!

It includes designers from around the world taking part in 6 fashion shows across the weekend. They include Aab, Amina Al Jassim, Jeny Tjahyawati and Sri Munawwarah. You can buy your tickets from the SFW website (for a limited time you can get entry to the GPU both days as well as entry to one fashion show of your choice). You can also join the SFW event page on Facebook and Twitter.

I'm really looking forward to this event and will be posting photos from the day as well updates from the designers taking part. See you there!