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Prior to the season of Ramadan, Muslim women flock to departmental stores to shop for a new wardrobe. Muslim women stock up on new hijabs, jilbabs, abayas, and kaftans to wear for the holy month. A lot of women also go for designer chic looks for Ramadan. These pieces are usually part of Ramadan collections by young Muslim designers and European fashion houses.
Oftentimes, designer chic pieces are expensive. That’s because of the brand names they carry. But even if this is the case, you can still find items that are as beautiful without the hefty price tag. You can find some of these items here on HijabDressUp.
Designer Chic-like Abayas and Jilbabs for Ramadan
Soft colors and clean lines
Dubai-based fashion brand Bouguessa’s 2018 Ramadan collection features dresses, cardigans, coats, and abayas in soft colors and clean lines. Its designs are the epitome of urban sophistication. Bougessa is popular with both Arab women and celebrities such as Beyonce and Izabel Goulart. The cardigan abaya below costs $775.
This Kashibo abaya dress exudes an equally urban and sophisticated look. It has gold sports zippers on its front pockets and opening, and looks enchanting when paired with a nude-colored hijab. It also comes in a wide array of soft colors, including rose wood, pearl grey, and vanilla. The abaya costs $27, which you can purchase here.
Luxury online retailer Net-A-Porter released its Ramadan capsule collection this spring. Here you can find pieces by respected brands in the fashion industry such as Oscar dela Renta, Giambattista Valli, Erdem and Reema Acra. The collection features gowns, long-sleeve blouses, trousers, kaftans and maxi dresses. Each brand has its own style. But what caught our eye was Erdem’s Stephanie collection, which featured pieces in floral prints against a dark background. Not only are they appropriate for the month of Ramadan, but also for special occasions like weddings. British actress Carey Mulligan was recently seen sporting Erdem at the wedding of Prince Harry Windsor and Meghan Markle. Pieces from Erdem’s collection range between $1580 to $2995.
You don’t need to wear Erdem to be fashion-forward. The abaya below in polyester crepe features bold floral and leaf prints in shades of tropical green. It is a statement piece in itself, without explicitly aiming to be one.
Bahrain brand Amal Al Mulla’s limited edition Ramadan collection mainly features dresses in vibrant hues of orange, blue, brown, and green. In an interview with Vogue Arabia, Al Mulla says that they “used color blocking as well to enhance the designs”. Al Mulla is also popular for using exaggerated sleeves and manipulating large swaths of fabric for her designs. Every one of Al Mulla’s pieces state “designer chic”. The collection is only available in Bahrain.
Looking luxurious on a budget is possible with this golden front open-button jilbab from EastEssence. Its deep maroon color, while not vibrant, pays homage to AlMulla’s classic look. It costs $41 and can be bought here.