The Gamboo3a: Love it or Shove it?

I shan't be diplomatic about this.. I hate them. I literally can't stand those tacky flower clips that hijabis seem to have gone crazy over.
Besides making it look like you have a really abnormal body fat distribution, the thing which I really don't get about the gamboo3a is that it is fairly pointless whichever way you choose to look at it. I mean I presume that women are wearing them in order to tell people - men in particular - that they have masses of luscious hair underneath their scarves. But nobody in their right mind thinks it's hair and men don't find it attractive. They find it weird, like everybody else.

I have never seen a girl make a gamboo3a look good, and I have seen many hijabis use them. It just makes them look 1. really disproportionate and 2. like they are begging for attention, because I for one notice the abnormally huge bun before anything else.
I am not going to get into a religious "Camel hump" debate about this, I personally wouldn't sit hear calling it haram, because by saying that you are basically stating that it is a punishable act. I really don't know about that.  

Perhaps I am totally wrong and behind the times and maybe I have completely lost touch with what it means to be stylish and the gamboo3a is actually a fashion breakthrough. And maybe electric cars will actually catch on and Saudi Arabia will make it to the cup final. Maybe.

Hijab in Style

Hijab style fashion
This beautifully crafted shoot is the work of Mila from Viva La Mode. She has an amazing blog, if you like this you’ll love the rest of her work. She’s stunning and lucky enough to have beautiful friends and family to model for her. So creative!
Muslimah fashion
Hijabi style black
“Yesterday I had photo-shoot with Sabrina, she came earlier at 7 in the morning and the total photos we had until she left at 5 in the afternoon is 1678! Now Sabrina has worn hijab. It makes me want to wear hijab too, insyallah :D . So, she wanted to have a photo-shoot in hijab.”
Modest fashion black abaya
“We’d really like to have outfits in all black, and of course black shades. We’re always be a fan for this style. The white line we had and black eyeliner are from face painting! We are also like to find out inspiration from Hana’s blog. She has amazing style and her blog is really inspiring for the hijab style.”

Beauty Up Close

headscarf muslim womanHijab style headscarf

Islamic style at work

Muslimah style: Abaya over trousers
Muslimah style: Abaya over trousers

Smart/ Casual

This abaya I made is actually wrap around at the back, kind of like an apron I guess. But you can do the same with any longish dress. The jacket (also one of my little creations) helps to keep it on the smart side of casual. It’s really interesting that when you use a more contrasting colour for your hijab it becomes much more casual. But when you keep the whole outfit in the same tones it stays sharper and more cohesive.
Islamic style: modest and practical, wrap around abaya over trousers
Islamic style: modest and practical, wrap around abaya over trousers

Abaya Wrap

The last post was all about ultra sharp dressing, but what about if you don’t need to look like you’re going to an interview but still want to look smart? Well, I’ve come up with a few looks that you can adapt to suit you. See what you think…
The outfit to the left is a very useful combination of trousers and abaya. You still get all the movement of trousers and don’t have to worry about showing any leg when you’re running up stairs. To make this work for you just find a long wrap around dress, or wait a few months for the MAYSAA version!

Hijab Top Tips

1. A sharp tailored jacket turns most casual outfits into smart work wear, just be aware of what the outfit underneath looks like if you take your jacket off.
2. Match the outfit to the work. If you’re on you feet all day rushing around then long skirts have a tendency to make you trip up at the most embarrassing moment! Just make sure the length is OK.
3. Always carry safety pins with you. If you need to adjust skirt length then just take an inch of so in from the waistband to make it sit higher on your waist. Cover it over with your top to hide it.
4. If you want to go smart then keep your colour palette to a minimum choose one tone and then work around it. If you want to be more casual then bring in another colour (see the first photo)

And for something simple…

Simple style: Blazer over Abaya
Simple style: Blazer over Abaya

Blazer love

This Outfit couldn’t be simpler, just wear your usual abaya with a tailored jacket or blazer over the top. The one I’m wearing is a gorgeous vintage piece I bought in Venice a long time ago. The abaya was one of the first I ever made. The colour is great sort of a charcoal navy, it goes with everything, wear it with black for Italian chic.

Friniggi: a new promising modest sportwear

Sport Hijab

I've been following this modest-sportswear Brand since a long time ago, when "the team" behind this brand was still developing their designs and products (I filled in the survey they made when they were still in a pre-designing stage of their products), up until now when they are ready to launch their products.

In my opinion, Friniggi sports wears are great and promising. According to their information, the products' details, and the pictures of the products they sent to me through emails, this Islamic workout-clothes they have are performance oriented.

The garments are:

  • breathable

  • moisture-wicking

  • light-weight

  • Islamically modest

  • fuss free, no layering required

  • allows for freedom of movement


Stay comfortable, cool & dry in friniggi

moisture management tops.

Choking in your amira hijab? 

The friniggi sports hijab comes in 6 different sizes designed for comfort. And modesty.

As for the tops,

Friniggi Sports Tops are made from moisture management fabric that wicks sweat away from the body. Lightweight and breathable, it dries quickly too. 

Featured item: Pioneer 203

Featured item: Pioneer 403

(Images: Courtesy of Friniggi Sportswear)

Compare with wearing a cotton tee for sports, even though it is comfortable and cool, but it is not suitable for high-intensity physically-active exercise, such as soccer or running.

Cotton absorbs heat and moisture; this is not good when what you need is to stay cool and dry. It also absorbs all the sweat we produce while exercising, and this will make our clothing heavier. This is what we do not want to while doing 'full-of-sweat' high intensity exercise.

And for the head-covering, according to their site, the Friniggi Sports Hijabs are lightweight, moisture-wicking and come in six different sizes to ensure the 'fit'ness and 'comfort'ness. Also, they are designed as one piece in compact shape (so, no pins required), no alien-head/scuba diver look, and specialized cut to cover chest (it's a good news for you who want your hijab covers your chest on top of the clothing you're wearing). 

The thoughts behind this brand:

Friniggi Sportswear is all about sport and modest Muslim women, especially is dedicated for the Western Muslim woman whether she was born and raised in the west or is ethnically western, where usually the environment is not "hijabi-friendly". The West usually doesn't have women-only facilities like Muslim-oriented countries do.

Friniggi Sportswear is focused on improving "these women" 's athletic performance in a stylish, modest way.

The Friniggi Sportswear's online store is due to open on March 1st, 2012. But right now, they are already taking pre-orders from December 5th, 2011, to January 15th, 2012.

If you interested, go to to place your pre-order, or simply take a look at their lovely collection in several designs and colors.. :)

So, what do you think of this sportswear?

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iLoveModesty's Charming Hijab Styling

Featuring their new Abaya Charm Collection

Recently, iLoveModesty, a Canadian brand of modest clothing for women which has a unique taste in scarves' design, shared their hijab-style guide in their latest facebook photos on their page.

I love the hijabs and on how they style their 'one of a kind' scarves as a complement to their new Abaya Collection.

To see the tutorials on how they wrap these lovely headscarves into these chic looks, check out their facebook album here.

This hijab styling is suited for an elegant, lady look.

Hmm.. a romantic, girly look?

My favorite. I love the abaya's fresh color and the pleats' design on the head.. ;)

This look is so 'young and trendy'.

This hijab styling, with a bow on the side, is really nice for office or formal look.

More abaya designs from their Charm Collection:

(Photos: Courtesy of iLoveModesty)

What did you think of these hijab styles?

Hope you enjoy the tutorials they shared and get inspired.

Have a nice day! :)

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Style Inspiration: Club Monaco Lookbook

These are some of the latest looks from Club Monaco Lookbook, Fall 2011 and their brand new Spring 2012 Collection, that I found inspiring.

I love the warm earth-tones color palette and the edgy, urban styles. These looks had given me so much inspiration to mix-and-match my wardrobe..

Fall 2011

Spring 2012

(Photos: Courtesy of Club Monaco)

There are many more looks that will inspire you, just take a look at the full collection here.

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