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Updated on March 11, 2015

Inner Beauty Displayed in Clothes for Muslims

Character is foremost when persons dress for modesty. Persons of many religions choose clothing with a high regard for how it provides modest body covering, over style (and seduction) alone.

In the contemporary world, in movies and on television, the premium is paid for clothing that reveals the body. Our young girls are commercialized, and guided towards the Barbie and Nikki look. Great Clothing for Muslims provides a huge selection of information and online shops for the Muslim family.

As a new convert it was nearly inconceivable that I would ever wear "the whole thing" - floor length covers the likes of which our Somali sisters wear. It was hard enough to wear a tiny square scarf tied behind my head. Of course I was going through chemo at the same time as I began to think seriously about wearing a larger scarf. For the first eight months I settled for the small scarf, with a fabulous cotton knit brimmed hat over it.

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The woman at left in the turban is me, in American clothing.Close-up of me with one of my paintings.
The woman at left in the turban is me, in American clothing.
The woman at left in the turban is me, in American clothing.
Close-up of me with one of my paintings.
Close-up of me with one of my paintings.

Why Muslim Women Wear Hijab

Eventually Ramadan came and I wanted to pray in a masjid, so I wrapped and wrapped one of my favorite long long scarves. I didn't get the knack and used all sorts of pins, including hair clips to keep the scarf flat over my forehead, and angled down over my ears. Friendly sisters showed me how to do it up good. Finally I cut and sewed that scarf into a sort of square that I could manage dependably, and felt proud of myself.

My wardrobe contained many long loose skirts and long tops, so I made do with them for a decade. Oh, one very short sister gave me her castoff jilbab, and believe it or not, I wore that garment over some of my favorite full and festive long skirts until the side seams gave out - mostly as a utilitarian cover-up.

Now my closet is filled with American style clothing, with the occasional jilbab and tunic.

Retro Styles Work for Muslims Too

Muslim women wear a tremendous variety of styles, and I don't want to add to stereotypes by implying that to dress like a muslim woman, is to wear niqab, or to look as if I came from Indonesia (although I would be proud if this were true.

I would also be proud of coming from Norway like most of my father's family did, or from Argentina, or from Italy, for example), or to look like I must dress the way women do in Somalia, but if I choose to dress in Somali style, there is also nothing wrong with that.

As you can see from this selection, I would wear this tunic too. Tunics often are semi-sheer, and in that case I would layer it over a very thin long-sleeved top, if the sleeves are not lined. I would wear it over a camisole, at home. I could wear it out in public over a skirt, with a large scarf wrapped around the neck and over the shoulders.

Stylish Clothing from Head to Toe

in this photo I'm the woman on the right, talking to visitors about my artwork (large painting at right). My tunic is short (for me) so I wear a long sleeveless rayon sleeveless tunic under it, because I was so drawn to that color of blue.

The main point is that as muslim women, we are free to make our own clothing selections. Since I'm from a northern climate I still prefer the same types of American clothing I grew into adulthood with, unless I'm in a hot climate. Then I would choose to wear a longer sundress and a very lightweight linen or cotton loose sleeved jacket open over it, with a modest sunhat or scarf with visor over it.

I've always loved the feel of long skirts and pants loosely falling against my leg - convenient for me, since long loose clothing provides a modest presentation to the public.

At the same time I occasionally appreciate a more tailored look and that is when I choose a North American garment. Often, though, I wear the same clothes that other North American women wear, but my clothes are looser fitting than some of my neighbors wear.

Clear Explanations of Modest Dressing

In Islam there are four major schools of thought that clarify the practice of the religion, but none of them describe the exact style of head covering they require.

The type of modest dressing for Muslim Women and Muslim Men is called Hijab, and the headscarf is also called hijab. Many styles of head coverings have developed over the centuries.

While an Iranian or Iraqi Woman may tie a large square scarf under her chin in a mode common in her culture, many women in other regions wear a one-piece knit garment that hugs the head and has a forehead piece sewn-in, for ease of wearing.

Long rectangular scarves are typically wrapped over the head and hair twice and pinned in strategic places to keep them in place. The normal hijab is opaque, but if semi-transparent scarves are worn they are often added over an under-cap as a finishing touch, and when they are worn alone, the multi-layers make them opaque.

Hijab is the Arabic word that refers to both the headscarf or other head covering, as well as to the entire covering.

For instance, a woman may wear a deep crowned hat or cap with a turtleneck top. With that she may wear a long, full or a-line skirt, with a long full scarf wrapped around the neck.

Sparkle in an Embellished Indian Caftan

Muslim women dress in as many different styles as can be found in the secular world. It is the degree of coverage to which Muslim women respond, usually choosing to cover the entire body, with the exception of the face and hands.

She may draw a beautiful shawl around her shoulders, so it also covers her bosom. Some Muslim women wear slips under jumpers, over which they pop on a tunic or other cotton shirt. Muslim women also opt for pants, slacks or jeans, and the norm is to cover the crotch, so the woman can assume the prayer position of 'sadja', where she prostrates herself, over her folded knees, so the garments still cover the upper parts of her legs.

Simple Wrap With Long Scarf

Eventually Ramadan came and I wanted to pray in a masjid, so I wrapped and wrapped one of my favorite long long scarves. I didn't get the knack and used all sorts of pins, including hair clips to keep the scarf flat over my forehead, and angled down over my ears. Friendly sisters showed me how to do it up good. Finally I cut and sewed that scarf into a sort of square that I could manage dependably, and felt proud of myself.

My wardrobe contained many long loose skirts and long tops, so I made do with them for a decade. Oh, one very short sister gave me her castoff jilbab, and believe it or not, I wore that garment over some of my favorite full and festive long skirts until the side seams gave out - mostly as a utilitarian cover-up.

Now my closet is filled with American style clothing, with the occasional jilbab and tunic.

Abayas at the Right Price

Different cultures have adopted different styles of hijab, depending on their region. In the Western World it is common to wear a wide variety of styles drawn from Muslim cultures, as well as from contemporary fashion found at the mall.

As Islam came to be practiced over the years, four main schools of Islamic Law formed, and within them some others, that govern the application of religion, to dress requirements.

The question remains over the rigors to which especially women's dress must be scrutinized. Scholars tend to disagree over the fine points, such as whether to cover the face, and the hands, and the feet. But the majority hold that both men and women should wear loose clothing that most often requires the covering of the hair.

Aftab Abaya
Aftab Abaya

This popular style is a dual layered, with the colorful jacket and dark turquoise showing, below. You'll find this a favorite carefree outfit.

 
Shakeel Abaya
Shakeel Abaya

Elegant burgundy abaya also comes in Black. It makes dressing easy and complete, in one-piece, and I favor that.

 
Henna Black Kasibo Abaya
Henna Black Kasibo Abaya

This Black Abaya is perfect for any occasion and makes a lovely gift.

 

Some Women Feel Obliged to Include

the wearing of gloves, and arm covers under loose sleeves, and socks on the feet. I am not here to judge, but to present some options. Read more

Stylish Hijabs Plus Shopping & Styling Tips

That's me in one style of head wrap. The year I converted to Islam was rife with challenges, and making a change in my way of dress was a small one.

In the past I'd wrap on long rectangles to keep wind out of my ears, and usually always topped the scarf off with some type of hat.

Soon I learned scarf-wearing tricks that made it easier on me to get the look I wanted, and to keep it wrapped throughout a busy day.

Smooth & Silky - Stylish Hijabs for Today's Muslimah presents detailed tips about scarf wearing. Scarf wrapping demonstrations, and more scarf selections. Stylish Hijabs

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      Imhere2write 3 years ago

      Liked your lens!!

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      lesliesinclair 3 years ago

      @Zeross4: Compliments will get you everywhere. I thank you and appreciate your visit.

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      Renee Dixon 3 years ago from Kentucky

      All your lenses are so good, I can see you worked really hard on this one. I thought you did an excellent job :)

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      Happy New Year!

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      Lorelei Cohen 3 years ago from Canada

      Wishing you all the best in the New Year.

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      lesliesinclair 3 years ago

      @RoadMonkey: You and me both - it's still shocking to see some women who claim to be feminists leading with their cleavage. The confusion is understandable, as studies of the history of advertising show.

      The freedom we find from wearing non-revealing clothing is similar to that of a woman who wears niqaab, the total covering, usually seen in black but also worn in a wide variety of colors. I've been told by such women that they experience the true freedom because people are forced to evaluate them by their character, rather than by their body.

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      RoadMonkey 3 years ago

      Interesting clothes. It can be difficult to find modest clothing, I especially dislike back slit skirts and low cut blouses, yet it can be hard to find clothes that don't have them. It makes life so much easier when you don't have to keep thinking all the time whether a blouse is gaping too low, etc.

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      lesliesinclair 4 years ago

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      Rose Jones 4 years ago

      Fascinating choices, pinned and featured on my own lens: https://hubpages.com/religion-philosophy/what-do-w under the spiritual gifts section.

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      Shinichi Mine 4 years ago from Tokyo, Japan

      Wow I never knew there were so many choices. Beautiful too.

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      lesliesinclair 4 years ago

      @Snakesmum: It's such a smart move to keep our skin covered from the sun and now that I've done so for a long time I feel like my skin is safer from skin cancer.

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      lesliesinclair 4 years ago

      @VeseliDan: Having choice is such a bonus and I am lucky that I already had long and loose clothing in my wardrobe when I converted. I even often covered my head in hats or wraps. I'm glad you like it.

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      Jean DAndrea 4 years ago from Victoria, Australia

      Although I'm not Muslim, I do like some of the clothing available for women. I'm also all for covering myself up in Summer!

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      Erin Mellor 4 years ago from Europe

      I'm not Muslim, but generally dress modestly for my own comfort. Certainly in hotter places I find long, loose clothing with a headscarf and wide brimmed hat is much cooler and more practical than slathering on sunscreen and sweating in snug man-made fibers.

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      VeseliDan 4 years ago

      It is great to see so many different choices for Muslim dresses and hijabs in one place.

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      lesliesinclair 4 years ago

      @Nadooa: Thank you Nadooa. I am so glad to make your acquaintance and look forward to becoming better acquainted.

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      Nadooa 4 years ago

      Great lens :) I added your lens as a related lens since yours actually talks about hijab not about random stuff that comes up when squidoo picks :) Love the ideas you have here, from a fellow hijabi thank you for the info and the effort you put forward!

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      CoolFool83 4 years ago

      Beautiful stuff!

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      WriterJanis2 4 years ago

      Wonderful selection.

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      Mamabyrd 4 years ago

      I love your lenses. They are so interesting and educational. Thank you for sharing them with us.

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      adventurerLily 5 years ago

      I am so happy that i am the 100 visitor here.

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      miaponzo 5 years ago

      :) And you look wonderful in hijab, too :) Blessed!

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      january962 5 years ago

      Nice lens! I especially love bridal dresses and scarves:)

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      BatiYah Yisrael 5 years ago

      @nicks44: Great comment, nicks44. Did you know that Allah and Yah (Yahweh) are the same One God (Power). Imagine...if this is in fact True...how many people would unite in serving One Creator. ..Today's the day :)

      Elohim (Allah-ha-yam) means Power (loosely translated)

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      BatiYah Yisrael 5 years ago

      Awesome lens!!!!! Keep up the Great work!

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      nicks44 5 years ago

      Such a diverse world ... I keep wondering why on earth people are not able to set aside some petty differences and accept each other ... You know the more I learn about the Arab culture, the more I start to feel that the differences getting washed away ... Thanks a lot for sharing!

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      Cammily 5 years ago

      Salaam alaikum, you have a very beautiful lens with great information about modest clothing which is not only useful for Muslim women but for everyone who cares to dress modestly - I like it!

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      anonymous 5 years ago

      This is a very interesting lens. I am not religious, but I do believe in dressing modestly and am teaching my daughter to do so. It is so important to understand your value as a person. I think that if you understand this, you will be less likely to dress immodestly.

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      msseiboi 5 years ago

      Looks good for every women....nice lens

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      lesliesinclair 5 years ago

      @vanidiana24: Hi vandiana, it's always interesting to hear how others wear their

      hijab, and I've seen many wear the one-piece garment. Thanks for

      sharing your preference!

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      vanidiana24 5 years ago

      Hello, I am an Indonesian muslimah myself. In Indonesia there are lots of hijab (jilbab) styles available and you can mix and match them with your clothes. Lately I'm very fond of wearing a simple type which is already cut and sewn to a shape of finish hijab. I just have to buy them in malls or muslim clothing shops and wear it right away without needing any pin at all.

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      fashionyahoo 5 years ago

      nice job indeed!

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      antoniow 5 years ago

      Great lens, nice job!

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      Tangled07 5 years ago

      That hooded abaya from amazon definitely caught my eye! Great lens :)

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      JennySui 5 years ago

      Amazing lens! It is good to see a lens on shopping for Muslim clothes.

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      kathysart 5 years ago

      Beautifully done lens with great shopping ideas. Angel blessed.

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      sheezie77 5 years ago

      Amazing lens! Thank you for sharing! squidlikes

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      myamya 5 years ago

      amazing lens! squidlikes!

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      miaponzo 5 years ago

      Very interesting.. thank you!!! Blessed!

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      anonymous 5 years ago

      A lovely selection of clothing for Moslem women to display their inner beauty and so nicely presented for a pleasurable shopping experience!

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      anonymous 5 years ago

      A lovely selection of clothing for Moslem women to display their inner beauty and so nicely presented for a pleasurable shopping experience!

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      ProfDrJuan 6 years ago

      Great lens.. 2 thumbs up.. Well written indeed

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      MoonMaa 6 years ago

      Nice lens on hijab.

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      sukkran trichy 6 years ago from Trichy/Tamil Nadu

      very interesting and informative read. well presented lens about islamic clothing. ~blessed~

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      Serenity30 6 years ago

      Great selection!

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      anonymous 6 years ago

      The tops sport a very modern and trendy look, great selections.

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      rosytaylor 6 years ago

      Hi! This is an amazing and Awesome lens. Thanks for sharing such a nice lens. Nicely done, Keep up your great work!

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      irenemaria 6 years ago from Sweden

      I wish that here were more pictures! Interesting lens.

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      lesliesinclair 6 years ago

      @Cammily: Thanks for the feedback. I took your advice and the lens is reworked.

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      vanidiana24 6 years ago

      Hope you can find more muslim clothing easily! :)

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      Cammily 6 years ago

      A little bit too much advertising here, but the list of Islamic stores is great. Keep going!

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      ceilbleu 7 years ago

      Great lens.beautiful stuff.Wish you good luck.

      For shopping online please visit on our website womens clothing store

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      anonymous 7 years ago

      Very good lens, 5*, great information and links..can you please review my lens..your suggestions would be most helpful..

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      ModestDiva LM 8 years ago

      Assalaamu Ailaykum Wa Rahmatullahi Wa Barakatuhu Sister, Masha Allah, sister you have a fantastic lens. I found what I was looking for.

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      ModestDiva LM 8 years ago

      Assalaamu Ailaykum Wa Rahmatullahi Wa Barakatuhu Sister, Masha Allah, sister you have a fantastic lens.

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      Afia 8 years ago

      Great information. Please kindly also add my site: www.LadyMuslima.com