Thursday, February 17, 2011

My View on the Layered Look
Nice color but can I get everything a little longer, please?
Seriously, I do not how much time, money and effort it takes to layer on stuff that is too tight or thin plus to make a voluminous, multi-scarf hijab yet I know that it simpler to be practical. I'm a khimar/abaya/mini jubah Muslimah, so my selection centers around clothes that are easy to match, to pray in, to express individuality and to look decent. 
Plus it's something I can wear with grace even when I'm old as dirt, insha'allah. 
Beauty is in the eye of the beholder, yet in Islam, it's under the garments. Muslimahs are supposed to focus more on their deen than their looks. To non-Muslims, we are supposed to appear modest (read the tafseer of 24:31), well-groomed and in good taste with our clothes unless it's the Eids, then we shine. 

After you have kids, it's a totally different game. Unless you have the time & money, the game is getting a variety of looks from a wardrobe that is quick and simple to put on. You don't want to invest alot into a look that is destroyed by children in seconds and the everyday of battle against wear&tear. 
That's just my opinion. 

The problem with the layered look is that it appears very impractical and "thrown together". It's as if they took one garment that was too tight or too short and tried to save it by using other garments. Then to top the layered look off, a high end hijab wrap fit for a model and the Muslimah is wearing it to Walmart. Once again very impractical and pointless.

So my point is, insha'allah, trendy Muslimahs can buy or put effort into unsuccessful layered look then why not just buy a decent abaya or kameez salwar or mini jubah and save themselves some money and time. When Muslim women wear clothes outside, those clothes are supposed to cover our figures and present us as Muslims. We are not supposed to look like non-Muslims wearing over-sized turbans and half of our closets.

I can understand that some Muslimahs came into this deen with alot of non-Muslim clothes that are now unusable however what's the point in layering stuff that make the Muslimah look as through her closet regurgitated on her. 


  1. Assalamualaikum
    Jazakallahukhairan for your comment. It is much appreciated.
    I usually love the layered look but not that look. I too love my long flowy abaya and jilbab. May allah give us all Hidaya. Ameen

  2. very interesting post, i totally agree.

  3. As-Salamu `alaykum.
    I just came across this blog post and found it very interesting really. Thanks for sharing.

  4. A'salaamu alaikum sis. New to your blog (found you via mamamona's) and just wanted to say I'm excited to follow your projects!

    I'm a sewing wanna-be. I have the machine, the fabric, the ideas, now to build some solid skillz. Yeah, with a z. I'm serious. lol

    I grew up in TN, glad you are enjoying your move. :-) Ma salaama....

  5. @Qur`an Waliekum assalaam. Thank you. Sorry about the late reply. I'm trying to fix my reply options on Blogger.

  6. @Umm Aaminah Waliekum assalaam. Thank you so much. I glad that you found me, yeah, we just moved to a better apartment so I'm still organizing my sewing gear.

    I hope that you will, insha'allah, walk away with some knowledge under your belt. Also feel to make some suggestions on what you would like see.

    Tennessee is so beautiful and so far, the folks are friendly.

    Once again, thank you.

  7. @Gail

    Salaam sis, I like this reply feature. I've been blogging for a while but didn't know about it. :-) Insha'Allah I'll try to put it up on mine; makes it kinda easier.

    Glad you are enjoying TN; enjoy it enough for me, too! lol

  8. Ameen to dat! Yah...I agree 100%...frankly she looks like a mess... yup, I said it, bad me!

    anwyayy I LOVE ur blog! reminds me I need to put up some patterns for algerienne jelbabs...en'shallah soon!

  9. @Umm Ibrahim
    Assalaam waliekum. Thank you, sister. I'll be looking forward to the patterns.


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