Summer is upon us, and for those who wear the Islamic hijab, this means balancing comfort with fashion is now harder than ever. Gone are the days of pulling off effortlessly fashionable, yet modest, looks by layering items of clothing. And so are the days of easily finding hijab-appropriate fashion items at every store, rather than drowning in a pool of crop tops and mini skirts.
Looking stylish during summer can be an extreme sport, but that doesn't have to be the case. No woman should feel pressured to sacrifice comfort for fashion, nor the other way around.
Say what you will about the world of bloggers and social media influencers, but you can't deny their role in providing beauty and fashion inspiration at times of need. So, if you're not sure what to wear this summer, here are some ideas, courtesy of modest fashion bloggers:
1. Less layers, more jumpsuits
2. Long-sleeved dresses are real gems
Once you get your hands on a summery long-sleeved dress, it'll be hard to wear anything else.
3. It's all about breezy material
Flowy pants are a must-have in the heat; extra fashion points if they come in a pretty color.
4. And playful color combinations
Thought you can't pull off an elegant look in the sweltering heat? Think again.
5. Never underestimate the power of a "boss lady" look
Ensembles like this are all the rage in the modest fashion world. They can be dressed up or down based on the occasion, so they're definitely a good investment.
6. It's maxi skirt season
Good luck finding one that isn't see-through and doesn't have a massive slit, but even if that's the case, you're just one trip to the tailor away from a much-needed modest skirt.
7. Forget about skinny jeans this season
Denim obsessively hugging your skin all day? You'll pass.
8. The ultimate dream: Comfort + Style
Hijabis can beat the heat and look good doing it.
Side note, don't forget to wear sunscreen , or else you'll risk struggling with pesky "hijab tan lines."