WHAT TO WEAR: Formal Occasions – Outfit Ideas + Where to buy Formal Clothing! FT. Salam Shop

Hello Hello everyone!

I hope you are doing well!

Believe it or not, one of most common questions I get from family, friends and messages on Facebook (lol) are what to wear for fancy events and where to get such clothing from. Whether it’s for long sleeve maxi dresses, lace looks, or even a great maxi skirt, I’m always trying to help my fellow muslimahs find modest formal attire. Hence, I thought I’d make a little handy guide for some outfit ideas, my personal tips, and places to get classy formal outfits! These looks are perfect for the many formal events in our lives – weddings, graduations, proms, banquets, parties, and anything and everything in between! The best part of this post – I partnered up with Salam Shop and had a great morning of playing dress-up in their adorable store! Most of the pieces from my outfit ideas are all from Salam Shop so you have easy access to all the gorgeous items! 😉
Check them out – http://salamshop.ca / @mysalamshop

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I just had to add a picture of this pretty scarf display! Spring has arrived at Salam Shop!

A big thank you to Salam Shop and my dear friend Kulsoom for coming along and taking all of these wonderful pictures!

OUTFIT IDEAS

Outfit ideas for more formal occasions can be tricky! You don’t want to be overdressed but you don’t want to be too simple either. You’re never sure if you should wear cultural clothing, or stick to a for-everybody look. Also, depending on the time and season of the event, you have to modify your clothing choices and selection. So basically, dressing up may be fun but can be pretty hectic to coordinate!

Here are some basics, right off the bat:
– Plain hijabs are always a safe and pretty option – Go with neutrals or soft tones like nude, mauve, or dusty pink
– Don’t overdo with the prints – Keep it classy! Depending on the event, such as a wedding, you don’t want to be the centre of attention! One simple print in a small accent to an outfit is a great amount!
– Wear what makes you comfortable! – Chances are, your event may be a long one so you want something you are physically comfortable in and something that makes you feel great!
– Think of the entire outfit! – Think about each individual piece and if it’s a practical choice for your event. Those 6-inch heels may be gorgeous, but it won’t be pretty when you fall on your face 😛

Let’s jump into some outfit ideas!

Look 1: Maxi Skirt

This definitely should’ve been expected from me haha! Maxi skirts are super versatile and can be transitioned from casual to fancy with the addition of a few pieces such as jewelry, a pretty clutch, and neutral colours. But, sometimes, you want to have a statement piece that’s a little bigger than normal! This maxi skirt look is traditional in the sense that it’s super simple in it’s components. All you do is tuck a blouse into a skirt and add a neutral hijab and you’re done! However, it’s this sequinned beauty that adds the perfect pop and glam to this outfit! This gold maxi skirt is from Hayah Collection and it’s actually super comfortable! The fabric is pretty stretchy and isn’t tight so you can walk easily in it. It has a concealed zipper in the back and is very easy to zip. ALSO, did I mention this skirt is on sale right now?! YES! Make sure you grab it before it’s all gone!
Now, picking the perfect hijab wasn’t easy, I’ll have to admit! I was looking around to find a hijab that would balance out the skirt without being too distracting and making the outfit goddy. I opted for this stunning beige/nude hijab from The Fashion Caravan and it has these small pearls around the rim of the hijab – the perfect touch to tie in the entire outfit and add a last bit of glam to the look!

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My favourite picture from the entire shoot!
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Surprising, this bedazzled skirt isn’t too too flashy and is perfect for a formal occasion!

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Style Tip: Since there is already a heavy skirt and a contrast with light and dark from the colours of the blouse and skirt, strike a balance with your choice of hijab. Let the pieces themselves do the talking and don’t turn any one article against the other.


Look 2: Maxi Dresses


Surprise Surprise! Malikah’s 2nd favourite thing after maxi skirts – maxi dresses! What can I say, I have an obsession! But you really can’t blame me! Maxi dresses are so ambidextrous, and when you score a long sleeved one, I think you’re allowed to throw a party just for that 😉 (and then you can wear it at the party because you’ll need a formal outfit LOL)
Long sleeve maxi dresses are so elegant and having one-piece that flows from top to bottom is a classy and chic outfit option. It’s also very effortless because you can just slip on one article of clothing and basically be ready! This emerald green dress is from Daya Couture, another brand from Salam Shop! This dress is an Infinite Abaya, and let me tell you, there was a lot of fabric in this dress! So of course, I was very excited to twirl in this dress and strike my signature pose! I think I’m getting pretty predictable haha! 🙂
To make the outfit more light and Spring-y, and also great for occasions in the day time or evening, I decided to wear a pink and green printed floral hijab. What I love about this hijab is that the floral pattern is housed by a neutral cream base, which still keeps the hijab elegant. Again, this one’s from The Fashion Caravan. To complete the look, I added the “Sunshine” pink necklace from Silk of Paradise, which really helped to bring all of the colours together while also adding some sparkle!

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Starting off with the signature pose!
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And then a classic twirl :’)
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Just casually reading a book haha! The page I was on was about the method of sending Salutations on the Holy Prophet (SAWW) and mentioned to ask Allah (SWT) to send His blessings on Prophet Muhammad and his family, the Ahlulbayt <3
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Had to get a shot with the gorgeous fresh flowers available at Salam Shop, all from Zuhoor Designs!

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Style Tip: Add in some pops of colours as accents and use accessories to tie them back into the original look. This is especially great for lighter and day-time events because you can play with prints a little more freely hah 🙂

If you can’t find a long sleeve maxi dress, you can always go for a ‘regular’ sleeveless fancy dress. Now, unfortunately, with Summer around the corner, many of the dresses available right now are either sheer, have slits, or both. But, of course, looking at the glass half full and the beauty in every situation, you can always work around these “haram” parts LOL. For this maxi dress, there is a sheer bottom half with two long slits. To halal-ify this outfit, I wore a matching pink long sleeve tshirt underneath the dress and actually wore a….pleated skirt underneath the dress! WHAT?! Yes, you got that right! Many people dislike layering and I agree, it can get heavy and very hot. But with this dress, since the bottom skirt part is all sheer anyway, it is so lightweight that wearing a skirt underneath isn’t really a big deal at all. This skirt matches really well with the dress and just hides behind with no one noticing. Because the outfit was quite plain as it was all one colour, I added a lace printed hijab that also had neutrals and pink to finish the outfit.

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Look 3: Midi Dress with Leggings

A dress with leggings – the classic look for our preteen selves LOL. Wearing a dress with leggings can actually work really nicely and make for an elegant and sophisticated outfit. The key for this is to find the perfect top/dress that not only maintains modesty, but is also super cute yet classy! This long sleeve midi dress is from Daya Couture once again. It’s very flowy and oversized with fitted sleeves that equalize the baggy nature of the ensemble. Plus, the mustard colour is perfect for the Spring time and isn’t too bright for a fancy event. With the hijab, I opted for a small floral print hijab from The Fashion Caravan, that again, is based off a neutral colour, to add some more spice to the outfit. Instead of wearing a heavy statement necklace, I felt the looser nature of the top only deserved a long and sleek necklace to add the finishing bit of excitement. This necklace is from Silk of Paradise and the gem/natural stone jewelry is very in right now.

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Of course I had to pose with the candy! That was the only thing that was on my mind haha!
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This turquoise ring is also available at Salam Shop
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Some pretty Silk of Paradise sparkly bracelets!
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Behind the scenes! Owner Sudduf taking a picture for Salam Shop! Thanks for letting me pose with the pretty flowers 😉

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Style Tip: Your hijab doesn’t always have to be a perfect match, just like the first outfit. This hijab doesn’t exactly have yellow in it but the white matches the leggings and the other colours complement the dress so it doesn’t look out of place. The purple gem stone necklace helps to draw in the colours from the hijab.

Look 4: Pants

Yes, pants. If you’re going to a less formal event but still need to look dressed up, then wearing a nice trouser is a perfect option. A classic black trouser in your favourite fit really is a staple in one’s wardrobe and can be worn with blazers, maxi cardigans, sweaters, and can always be accessorized to spice them up.
This outfit is from the MIST Award Ceremony. Even though I was a volunteer and not a participant in the actual ceremony, I still wanted to look presentable lol as I am on the MIST dream team! I wore these black straight pants with a peplum top and a lace maxi cardigan. Because the lace and sequinned patterns are already in the outfit, I wore a coloured plain hijab to add some colour in a monochrome look.

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For more details on this outfit, check out my MIST weekend outfits post!

SHOPPING GUIDE FOR FORMAL WEAR

Yay, you’ve made it to the shopping portion! This is one of the hardest struggles for Muslimahs – Finding modest and fashionable evening wear that will dazzle the crowds without breaking the bank.

Hayah Collection
Hayah Collection sells the beautiful golden maxi skirt along with lace maxi cardigans, which are also another great piece for formal occasions! You can check them out at Salam Shop!
https://www.etsy.com/ca/shop/HAYAHcollection?ref=l2-shopheader-name
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Daya Couture
Daya Couture has a wide selection of abayas, long sleeve maxi dresses, midi dresses, cardigans, and much more! They have it all and you can have it all at Salam Shop!
http://www.dayacouturestore.com
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The Fashion Caravan is your one stop shop for every hijab you’ll ever need – from printed, to plain, to lace, to accordion! The Fashion Caravan also shares tip on dressing modestly in the workplace, how awesome! You can see all their great hijabs at Salam Shop!
http://www.fashioncaravan.ca
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Oh, Silk of Paradise http://www.silkofparadise.com

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USA – Kabayare Fashion
If you’re in the States, Kabayare Fashion is a great place to find some modest formal wear! They have a variety of dresses from casual to very formal and even have (lace) maxi cardigans and lace and pleated skirts! So basically, a hijabi’s dream LOL!
(KF does ship to Canada but it may get a little pricey with shipping and duties)
http://www.kabayarefashion.com

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UK – Inayah Collection
And if you’re in my favourite England, then you definitely have to check out Inayah Collection! Their clothing epitomizes perfection in the balance of style and modesty! Honestly, I’m in love with everything they have! I have the Blush Lace Gown from there and it fits like a glove (a modest one don’t worry haha!) and the overall dress is very high quality.
http://www.inayahcollection.com
Screen Shot 2015-05-04 at 7.15.31 PM Dara Boutique
Dara Boutique is one of my favourite places to get hijabs, I’m sure you all know by now! They have a stunning collection of plain hijabs and they even have a glittered collection, which are plain viscose maxi hijabs with speckles of sparkle throughout. These hijabs are absolutely perfect for formal occasions because you can stick to a plain colour but have a little extra touch with the sparkle! Dara Boutique is available at Kaamilah Boutique in Scarborough and does free drop-off services in the GTA for online orders! You may even find a familiar face in their “Lookbook” Section 😉
http://daraboutique.com

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HijabiMama
HijabiMama also has a great variety of kaftans, maxi skirts (tulle, ball gown, printed), maxi dresses, jewelry, head pieces, and hijabs! So basically, many options for formal wear! You can shop HijabiMama at Modah in Mississauga!
https://www.facebook.com/HijabiMama/timeline

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Modesty Collections sell Abayas, modest dresses, modest trousers, palazzo pants, cardigans, skirts, blouses, and hijabs. Their products range from everyday wear to formal wear. Also, their products are their own handmade designs which makes it all more personal and you know the quality will be great! You can also find their clothing at Modah in Mississauga.
https://www.modestycollections.com
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US – Urban Modesty
Urban Modesty is a US brand based on similar principals as HH – you don’t need to sacrifice fashion or modesty for the other! They have maxi skirts, maxi dresses, maxi cardigans (basically everything maxi!).
http://www.urbanmodesty.com

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Last but not least, we have The Hijab Souq! They have so so so many hijabs! They have plain, ombré, printed, sparkly, and tasseled hijabs. They even have calligraphy purses and sparkly jewellery. I especially think the ‘Special Occasion’ section is perfect because you get their expert view on some great choices for formal wear! They even have pictures of their hijabs styled by many muslimahs and give you outfit ideas styled with their hijabs.
http://www.thehijabsouq.com/index.htmls967502343300315222_p182_i4_w2223

I hope you enjoyed this post and I sincerely do hope that all the tips and ideas were actually helpful inshallah.

Another big thank you to Salam Shop, I honestly had a wonderful time and to Kulsoom for being there with me the entire day!

Make sure to Like us on Facebook and Follow us on Instagram @hijabiheroes

Thank you always for the support!

Malikah!

~Where Style and Modesty Save the Day!~

HIJABIHEROES GIVEAWAY!!

Hello Hello!

Recently, as in Monday, HijabiHeroes hit 1,000 followers on Instagram! Alhamdulillah!

Now I know numbers do not matter but making a difference does, but I still was super duper excited when this happened!

I’ve been wanting to do a giveaway for a while now to show my appreciation to the HijabiHeroes family! And yes, I think we are a family. Because ever since HijabiHeroes has started, all I have been receiving is positive comments, support, and love. And this is all what makes HijabiHeroes so special. I don’t feel like it is just me, Malikah, doing all of this, but instead, it is a combined and collaborative effort. By reading my posts, commenting on an instagram picture, or just liking my Facebook posts about a new article, every single action has made me the happiest.

YOU ALL MAKE MY HEART SMILE <3

Therefore, I thought reaching 1 k followers on Instagram was a nice excuse for having a little giveaway! I have been planning this out for some while and I have a special business that I want to share with you all that has helped this giveaway happen!
If you read my post about Salam Shop, you may already know them, but if you don’t, I would like to introduce you to the Muslim business with the cutest notebooks, sticky notes, pencils, USB drives, and totes TO DATE. I would like to introduce you to…. The Pampered Muslimah! (https://www.facebook.com/ThePamperedMuslimah) Ever since I heard about Salam Shop opening way back when, I found out about The Pampered Muslimah and was IN LOVE with their Islamic themed notebooks! A little while back, I found them on Instagram and went on a little liking spree 😉 After that, Alhamdulillah, we just started talking and here we are!

You should also check out Silk of Paradise while you’re at it 😉 https://www.facebook.com/SilkOfParadise

THE GIVEAWAYS:
So back to business! There will be 2 separate give-away contests going on! I wanted to be able to give back to you all, so I thought having two prizes would be better than one!
Also, since this giveaway pertains to reaching 1k on Instagram, and recently starting up our Facebook page, I thought having an Instagram prize and a Facebook Prize would only be fitting!

I wanted to add some of my favourite things from my favourite places! On Instagram, many people said hijabs and jewellery would be great giveaway prizes so I made sure to include them 🙂

There are a couple simple rules to enter and will be listed under each prize! The only downside for the Giveaway is that it is only open to Canada and the United States. Inshallah soon I can have another one soon that is International!

The giveaway will close March 8, 2015!!

Facebook Giveaway

RULES:
– Subscribe to Hijabiheroes.com via your email address

This might show up differently if you don't have a WordPress account, but you should see something similar any time you go onto hijabiheroes.com!
This might show up differently if you don’t have a WordPress account, but you should see something similar any time you go onto hijabiheroes.com!

– Like the HijabiHeroes Facebook Page! https://www.facebook.com/HijabiHeroes
– Like The Pampered Muslimah Facebook Page! https://www.facebook.com/ThePamperedMuslimah
– Comment “DONE” under the Facebook post announcing the giveaway!
FOR AN EXTRA ENTRY – Invite 3 friends to “Like” HijabiHeroes by tagging them under the Facebook post announcing the giveaway!

PRIZES:

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Overview of all the prizes you can win!

 

You can win:

– Maxi Hijab from Aldo

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– The Pampered Muslimah “Smile! It’s Sunnah” Notebook

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– Silk of Paradise Cuff bracelet

– Black Handchain from Aldo

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– Gold Handchain from Aldo

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Sorry for the weird angle!

 

– Gold long chain necklace from Aldo

 

Instagram Giveaway

RULES:
– Follow HijabiHeroes on Instagram
– Like the Giveaway picture
– Tag 3 friends in a comment and say “DONE” (If all 3 friends follow HijabiHeroes, you’ll be entered again! – must be new followers though!)
FOR AN EXTRA ENTRY – Follow The Pampered Muslimah on Instagram!

PRIZES:

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Overview of all the prizes!

 

You can win:

– Maxi Hijab from Aldo

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– The Pampered Muslimah “Knowledge and Paradise” Notebook

– Silk of Paradise bracelet

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– Black Handchain from Aldo

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– Gold Anchor bracelet from Aldo

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– Gold long chain necklace from Aldo


I wish you all good luck and thanks again for everything!

Both Giveaways close on March 8!

Lots of Love!

Malikah

~Where Style and Modesty Save the Day!~

OOTD: Blazin’ in the Winter

Hello hello!

So I know at the end of my last post, I said I would be uploading my outfit from the Salam Shop Grand Opening, but…I loved the bag I got from Salam Shop so much that I just HAD to style it!

I’ve had this long tuxedo blazer for a while now and I picked it from Costa Blanca before they closed down (boohoo!). I love how it’s nice and long, but I wasn’t sure how to wear it for a casual look. Also, recently, light-wash jeans have been more in-style and are a perfect way to tone down an outfit. I thought why not pair the two together for a perfect match!

In addition, ever since I’ve gotten this hat that I wore in my article for Gaya Magazine, I have wanted to wear it with every outfit! The hat works really well with this blazer and this ‘casual’ chic look so I thought, hey why not?!

I finished the look off with a simple cream blouse, my trusty rose gold watch, and of course my black calligraphy clutch from Salam Shop!

This look is really different for me but I really like it. It’s fun to step out of your comfort zone and experiment with some different styles. You don’t have to make a drastic change, but instead, add in new elements to your outfit and incorporate it into YOUR personal style 🙂
You never know, you may stumble upon a look you really enjoy, such as this one for me!

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Outfit Details:

Hat – Ardene
Hijab – Target
Blazer – Costa Blanca
Blouse – H&M
Jeans – Target
Boots – the Bay
Purse – Salam Shop 🙂

Thanks to the big bro for the pictures!

I hope you liked this outfit!

Have a great rest of the weeeeek!

Malikah!

~Where Style and Modesty Save the Day!~