I recently discovered how drastically you can change your look with a simple addition of a new scarf. I usually get stuck in my ways and tend to wear the same things over and over again. Maybe because the usual tops match the existing scarves or purely out of habit. So, I thought of showcasing a few looks with scarves from our collection for a bit of inspiration for Eid.
Not sure if everyone buys a new outfit for every Eid, but I like to repeat my clothes from time to time. The idea is to dress well, but it doesn’t always make sense to buy new outfits when there are many unprivileged people out there who are deprived of such luxuries. It’s a lot easier and cost-effective to repeat an existing outfit with a new scarf for a completely new look. Below are a few looks I’ve tried to give you some ideas to try out.
The first outfit includes a dark green pleated skirt from Uniqlo paired with a white lace top from Lipsy. The skirt isn’t full length, so I wore it with airy white tights that I bought a few years ago. These are great under maxi dresses with slits. It provides just enough coverage without killing you in the heat. You may choose not to wear tights if you’re comfortable with the length, but I prefer the full coverage. With a pair of my favourite gold shoes, this was the perfect combination of comfort and grace.
I tried three different scarves for some variation in style and preferences as per individual taste. The first is with a Viscose Cotton Hijab in white with a sparkly gold lace. At first, I thought it would be too glittery for the sort of elegant look I was aiming for, but voila, once I tried it on I felt it really made the whole look shine ;)
Next, I tried this outfit with our Stone Fawn Hijab with multi-coloured stones. Initially, I was a bit sceptical whether I could pull this off. But I think the contrast really works here. Made with viscose cotton with a fringed edge, this scarf can be worn for an occasion or even casually. I wore gold shoes, but you can try a nude shade in shoes or sandals for a slightly casual feel.
I later tried our Abstract Print Hijab to highlight the scarf itself. This scarf makes the whole outfit pop. The colour combination, while it doesn’t completely match the skirt, still flows together. It adds an element of fun to the outfit. Casual, comfort, modest and fun. What’s not to like?!
My second outfit is an Asian one I purchased from Opal Boutique in Manchester. Anyone who knows me, knows how picky I am with outfits (I think the lady in the store felt this too), but I was truly pleased with the selection and the service I received here. One of the rare places in Manchester where you’ll find a decent collection of Pakistani clothes. I’m not up to date with the latest in Pakistani designers or fashion, but this one is by Élan. Since the outfit is full of embroidery, I wore Georgette Silk Hijab in red brick. It’s a long top with full sleeves and a slit in the front with palazzo pants and a super long dupatta. The red brick hijab really complimented its embroidered border. I didn’t wear much jewellry, as the outfit itself is too pretty for all that. I also generally believe that ‘less is more’.
The other obvious choice was to wear a green hijab, since it’s so prominent throughout the outfit so I also tried it with our Crinkled Green Hijab for my second look in this dress. Personally, I prefer the red brick scarf more than the green. Sometimes too much of a match just doesn’t cut it for me. Nevertheless, the crinkled hijab in viscose cotton lets you get away with ironing and the super light and airy fabric will keep you cool in the summer heat. And anything that doesn’t require ironing is always a bonus!
The last choice of outfit is a maxi dress with a pleated bottom from Massimo Dutti paired with a pair of black tights. I’m obviously in love with pleats at the moment. I’ll be honest though, I was never too keen on pleats or even skirts thinking it wouldn’t be flattering on me, but I’ve sort of outgrown that fear now. Good thing they’re on trend so I can try them out! This black dress is super simple, but dressy enough for many occasions. It’s a classy look that will last for years in your wardrobe. Best part is that you can style it as you please. I’ve tried a few variations in terms of colour and fabric, so have a look below.
What’s your favourite look in this black dress? My vote goes for the one with our Black and White Striped Hijab in viscose cotton coupled with the black frames. I do love it when a simple hijab elevates the entire outfit and this really is a winner for me. Casual and chic at its best! Other hijabs featured include the Pale Pink Silk Hijab and Plain Silk Georgette Hijab in onion pink.
I hope you’ve found these styling tips useful. If you’re looking for comfort, style and modesty then hopefully you’ve found these styling tips useful.
On behalf of Team Banafshaa, Eid-ul-Adha Mubarak!