Accessorize Your Wardrobe For Your Personality: Three Accessories Every Muslim Woman Needs

hijabPutting an outfit together is about more than picking random items that match.  You have to build the look from the ground up, including all of the accessories that go along with the clothing that you are wearing.  Muslim women have more options and restrictions than non-Muslim women when it comes to accessorizing their outfits, and with the right accessories, Muslim women can add versatility and personality to their wardrobe.

Hijabs

The hijab is the most common and most used piece of clothing in a Muslim woman’s wardrobe, and they give you the most flexibility in your style.  The hijab can come in any number of colors, each expressing a different sentiment or different emotion when you wear it.  The colors allow you to contrast with the other elements of your ensemble to draw attention to the face, or it can be matched to the rest of the ensemble to bring the entire outfit together.  Beyond just the color, the style of the hijab reflects your personality and the social situation as well.  Al Amira hijabs are for more casual settings and can show that you are laid back and relaxed in a given social setting.  The Turkish square hijabs are much more formal and are best used when you want to dress for an important formal event.  No matter what the situation calls for, you should have enough hijabs in your wardrobe to make sure that you have what you need.

Jewelry

Another aspect of your outfit that you need to consider is the jewelry that you wear as a compliment to the clothing.  The jewelry should be subtle and not gaudy so that it makes the best impression on those around you.  Among traditional Muslims, aqiq stones are considered especially important and they make a great addition to any outfit.  Aqiq, or agate stones, wear once important to the Prophet, and over the years the aqiq has become spiritually significant to Muslims.  The deep coloration of the stones and the muted tones allow pieces of jewelry with these stones to be worn with a wide range of outfits.  In addition, you will need some pieces to go with your hijabs.  Hijab pins are used for more formal hijab styles, and you will want a selection that reflects your style and personality when you wear your more formal hijabs.

Shoes

The last accessory that you need to be concerned with for your outfit are the shoes.  A good pair of shoes will make the outfit stand out and bring the ensemble together in ways that almost nothing else can do.  High heels and extravagant footwear are not ideal for the Muslim woman, but sandals offer a fine alternative.  Sandals and traditional Arabic slip-ons are highly decorative, while still providing coverage and support for the foot.  Because they were designed for a culture that does a lot of walking, the shoes are exceptionally comfortable and will hold up to even the most rigorous demands that you place on them.  Be sure to get several pairs that coordinate with the mainstays of your wardrobe so you get the most versatility from your shoes.

You will want to accessorize your outfits so that you can get the most from every item of clothing that you wear and so that you can maximize the impact of each item in your wardrobe.  A good selection of accessories is a wardrobe multiplier, and you should make sure that you have plenty for every season and every social situation.

I am Abda Al-Amin, and I wrote this article to talk about the ways that Muslim women can expand their wardrobe without having to buy a lot of new outfits.  My family and I love to look stylish, so we try to coordinate as many accessories as we can with the important pieces of our wardrobes.  I particularly care about hijabs and the impact that they can have on a wardrobe.  I have found the best selection of hijabs at www.artizara.com/hijabs-scarves-wraps-hats.  Artizara really understands Muslim women and fashion, and I have always been happy with my purchases.  I strongly recommend Artizara if you are looking for Muslim clothing or accessories.