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Modest Fashion for moms-to-be
The need to cover up with a hijab is a something that every Muslim woman has to consider in their fashion choices. Yet, when you’re also a mother, there are so many more things to take into account. How do you achieve a look that’s still stylish, protects your modesty and is comfortable enough to survive the busy lifestyle that a mother has?
It may seem daunting at first but, as Mandela once said, “everything seems impossible until it’s done”. Think you can’t get the right hijab outfit as a Muslim mother? Think again.
Keep It Comfy
What does a mother do? In short, everything! When you get down to it, however, a mum is always running from one task to the next. If it's not taking care of the children, it’s looking after the house, working a job, doing the cleaning or something else entirely. It never really ends, which is why your Modest clothes should form a comfortable outfit that isn’t afraid of a little running.
When it comes to staying comfortable, the big secret lies in choosing loose clothes. There may be a time for tight jackets, but it’s certainly not during a typical day. Try baggy tops - these still offer modesty, yet ensure more comfort and a wider range of movement. You can pair these with various loose pants or stretchable leggings. Why not even pair Aladdin pants with your typical t-shirts for extra volume?
Of course, the real challenge is managing to run from task to task while keeping your hijab on!
While some women may prefer to use draped layers of cloth for their hijab, this often gets in the way during a very hectic day. Instead, why not try a more subtle and sophisticated approach, such as a knotted bandana or even a turban style hijab? These can still be used to add a touch of colour or style without getting in the way.
If you really want to accessorise, why not try keeping your wrap in place with jewellery. A broach is a unique and funky way to secure your scarf, offering a subtle chic touch with practical benefits. Furthermore, a stylish necklace, or even some rings, help to add a hint of elegance without getting in the way of your motherly obligations!
The same can also be said for your choice of shoes. While comfort is a factor, you don’t need to resign yourself to crocs, slippers and other home footwear that many mothers have long since accepted. Whether it’s a pair of funky sandals or sleek espadrilles, there are many comfortable options that still give out plenty of stylish vibes.
Not only will these help your outfit stand out from the other mothers on the school run, you’ll also get plenty of compliments (and the odd jealous sigh) from your many girlfriends!
Choose Patterns And Prints
When you look at some of the most famous and iconic hijabi women, one aspect of their style always stands out: making the most of different colours, bold prints and stripes can help transform any ensemble!
Today’s hijabi stylists have access to numerous different fabrics and materials, such as lace and viscose. Yet, if you want to stick with more traditional options, you can still use patterns to create the right image. Try complimenting or contrasting to get the look you want. It’s a well-kept secret among many fashionistas that the right print will do all the work for you. Even if you’re busy during a work meeting or preparing lunch, an elegant pattern ensures you look your best.
Alternatively, why not try something more monochromic, rather than complimenting or contrasting different colours? This creates a striking attire in its own right, without implying that you’re trying. Of course, when in doubt, a powerful statement bag is always a great go-to item - it certainly works for models like Gigi Hadid!
Before others can appreciate you, you must first be comfortable yourself. Being a mother isn’t just about taking care of other people! Neither does it mean you have to wear drab clothing. Like any woman, you deserve to take care of yourself once in a while and everyone deserves to dress, eat and live their best.
Ultimately, you may be busy being a full time mum, but that doesn’t mean you can’t look great at the same time! So put down the apron, change out of your slippers and start enjoying your image!
*Sarah is a hijabista and fashion consultant at Modanisa, who is always on the lookout for the latest Muslim fashion trends and styles. She is also keen to explore the intricacies of the Western and Islamic fashion world and she happily shares her thoughts with readers from all over the world.