Modest Classic elegance makes you stand-out in a crowd full of Kardashian-esque women, can you believe that? Elegance can be defined as gracefulness, which is also known as the restrained beauty of style. You read that right, I said restrained. What does that remind you of? Of modesty, of course! Being elegant basically translates to being a refined, modest and stylish Muslim woman. Being elegant and modest will also increase your chances of a suitable, high-value Muslim man finding you! Because you are not screaming for attention or looking desperate. Your career and your social status in your community will also improve if you look the part of an elegant, feminine Muslim woman. Respect is a logical consequence! There are different elegant styles a Muslim woman can follow, in this blog, I’ll talk about the modest classic elegant style.
What is Modest Classic Elegance?
Would you like to dress like a classic, refined and elegant Muslim woman? A classic elegant Muslim woman dresses in a conservative way. Tailored clothes that fit perfectly create a timeless and clean visual. Being classy means not following trends. That’s why it’s called classic! That may sound difficult, but it means that you can really invest in some high-quality and timeless pieces that you can wear for a long time. Modest Classic Elegance basically translates to “less is more”, effortless, chic, Parisian, very ‘Bon chic, Bon genre’. The effortlessness is what makes it chic. Many women are scared of looking boring when they dress in the classic elegant way. That doesn’t have to be the case! Less is more, that is true for this style. But jewellery, shoes, bags and scarfs can really give you that extra something.
Your Classy Muslim Sister’s style
I mostly dress in a modest, classic, elegant way. I like this style the most because it is quite minimalistic which saves me from the hands of endless consumerism. Fact is, I buy expensive, high-quality pieces, that last years and I can always wear because I don’t follow trends. It also makes my closet less cluttered and most of my pieces go very well together
The elegant Muslim woman is feminine and sophisticated and carries an image of high social standing.
How to dress like a modest classic elegant Muslimah?
Fabrics to use
Invest in classic, timeless clothing made of materials that will last into the next decade. Think cotton, wool, linen, and silk. These four basic fabrics, when cared for, can really stand the test of time! I’m a big fan of cashmere myself. Denim falls under cotton, which means you can still wear jeans. I must say, however, that straight leg trousers or chinos are a much better look in my opinion. Jeans, and denim for that matter, are often very trendy, which is not what modest classic elegance is. You can still wear it though! Just keep in mind that it becomes more modest fashionista elegance.
Fit for the Modest Classic Elegant style
Skirts should be below the knee, as should your classy dresses! Don’t wear baggy trousers or jeans, opt for classic trousers that are straight, slightly wide, with a faint bootcut. Wide-leg pants are also acceptable! Just below the ankle to make it modest. If you struggle with being modest all the way, a hint of the ankle is better than baring your shoulders, so opt for whatever makes you feel comfortable whilst still having a sense of modesty. Your blazers, blouses, sweaters and dresses should follow the curve of your waist. It should fit well, not too tight not too loose. Pantalones are a beautiful statement piece in my opinion.
Colours to stick to
The pallet modest classic elegant Muslim women should use consists of neutrals colours like white, black and grey. But olive green, navy and beige are also nice possibilities. It all depends on your skin undertone and what you think looks best on you. Solid colours are most often worn. Sure, a classic elegant Muslim woman can wear prints, but that is an exception to the rule. If they do decide to wear prints, the prints used are often geometric prints or prints with very discrete motifs.
Accessories for the Modest Classic Elegant style.
The accessories are discrete and used only to add to the look. Shoes should be classic as well. So you can wear ballet flats, pointy flats, loafers, heels (not too high!) boots, slingbacks and pumps in solid colours like cream, navy or black. Brown shoes are also sound investments. White shoes are not recommended except for tennis shoes or as classy sneakers. You can also wear sneakers but they should be a solid colour and preferably lightweight looking. You should match your shoes to your bag for a consistent look!
Jewellery is always in one colour! So no mix and matching silver and gold. Pearls are very classy and should be added to your jewellery collection. Never wear too much jewellery at once.
- Earrings: Always small, dainty ones in public (if you don’t wear a hijab or if you wear a turban)! Small silver or gold hoops, classy pearl earrings or more extravagant diamond studs are also an option. You can also wear longer earing but they should be feminine and ‘petite’ looking.
- Rings: Wear either delicate or statement rings and if you wear statement rings than wear a maximum of two rings! Preferably thin bands, but Budha to Budha rings are quite classic as well. Make sure your wedding ring (if you have one) matches all your other jewellery and is not too big and flashy because that screams tackiness. Stick to ring and/or middle fingers only.
- Necklace: Long pendants or very short petite ones, pearls are always a good option and a diamond solitaire necklace can be very classy as well.
- Bracelet: silver or gold bangles, never mix and match! Either wear one heavy bracelet or multiple delicate ones. A petite watch in gold or silver with a metal or leather band. Try to stay clear of other colours except for gold and silver when it comes to watches. The leather band can be brown, black, navy, even a rose/nude tone is fine.
- Scarf: Cotton, silk, and wool are the great fabric options for your scarfs. Try multiple colours and fabrics, this makes your outfit just a bit more lively. When it comes to scarfs, bright colours or interesting patterns are very welcome. Florals or stripes, solids, checkers or paisleys. Here you can be as bold as you want. Make sure it is still tasteful, of course.
Hijab fabrics to use
You should wear the hijab fabric that suits your style of hijab as well as what makes you feel and look comfortable. A few fabrics that are great for the modest, classic elegance style are:
- Jersey Hijab: a stretchable, lightweight fabric which remains in shape without pins. It looks best when it is pulled tight around the face, but it can also be wrapped loosely around the head for a more effortless look.
- Chiffon Hijab: a thin, soft texture scarf that needs an underscarf because it is quite see through. You need pins to fix chiffon hijabs in the right place, which means that they don’t slide away. If you love the draping and folding, chances are you will love chiffon.
- Pashmina Hijab: my personal favourite. This can be worn with or without an underscarf. The material is soft and easily draped. Because the texture is more defined in comparison to jersey and chiffon hijabs, pashmina offers a more solid look. There are many different types of pashmina. If you decide on this type on pashmina, you need to make sure that you use the ones without the little fringes. The fringes make it look less elegant than the fabric deserves!
I recommend wearing these hijabs as actual hijabs meaning that they should cover the neck! If you want to actually be a modest classic elegant Muslim woman, then turbans are not for you. Turbans are a ‘trend’ meaning that it fits the fashionista elegant Muslimah, but not the classical elegant Muslimah.
Make-up for the Modest Classic Elegance style.
Your make-up should be the finishing touch. This should be very minimal and natural-looking. If you have good skin, you should only wear bb cream or just SPF. Don’t cake your foundation on your face, go for something light-weight. A bit of mascara, maybe eyeliner, some subtle blush, halal eyebrows, and maybe a hint of lipgloss or lipstick preferably in a nude colour (red is also a possibility but is not very modest), that should be more than enough. Don’t go backing your face, people do notice! Especially up close.
Your hands showcase how well you take care of your appearance. They should be an extension of the look you’re trying to convey. When you wear beautiful jewellery like a statement bracelet or dainty rings, you need to make sure your nails fit the picture meaning your nails should be manicured. You can learn how to do your nails at home, or go to a salon. Now, this is very important! Your nails should be short to medium in length. NEVER have stiletto nails or anything longer than medium. Not only is it haram, but it also is unhygienic. The shape of your nails should either be a nice round, oval, almond or a well taken care of squared oval. There are many halal nail polishes on the market nowadays, you can opt for a nice nude polish, a french manicure or pastel colours. No nail art, jewels, neon or bold colours.
Your Classy Muslim Sister on Muslimah Elegance & Fashion
This is the first part in the series: Elegant Muslimah Fashion of which there are four:
- The Classic
- The Flamboyant
- The Feminine
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