When I was growing up, it seemed that modesty and fashion were an unattainable couple. That didn’t always remain the case, but for a large part of my life, dressing modestly in a way that felt stylish was a struggle—especially as a teenager when everyone my age (including me) wanted to wear whatever Selena Gomez or Hilary Duff had on. Later, however, as I dove deeper into the journey of finding and defining my personal style, I slowly learned that I didn’t have to give up my love of fashion and trends to adhere to my values (16-year-old me also found modest fashion trailblazers like Dina Tokio on YouTube and it all went up-hill from there).
Since then, the industry has also moved in such a direction that made modest dressing easier, as designers and consumers have taken a liking to trends that fit in with the modesty movement. Runways and It brands have embraced looser-fitting shapes, more covered-up silhouettes, and creative forms of layering. Runway trends aside, though, I wanted to dig into the essentials that have become the backbone of my wardrobe—making dressing in the morning (and following my favorite style icons) much easier than you’d think.
In simpler words—I’ve figured out the key(s) to modest dressing. It may require a few more minutes of thinking in the morning, but once you start to incorporate each of these key pieces into your wardrobe, it’s smooth sailing. And, as someone who’s worn the hijab for almost seven years now, I’m trustworthy, I promise.
From the fresh ways to style slip skirts to the ultimate grouping of layering options, there’s a certain art to keeping up with trends while keeping yourself covered, but it’s an art that you can learn easily with the right tools. If you want to read about all my secrets, just keep scrolling.