Islamic tradition encourages women to be modest in their dress and cover the body except for the hands and face, but that doesn’t mean you shouldn’t dress fashionably and express your own sense of style. Traditional Islamic women’s black abayas or caftan tunics that cover the whole body with loose-fitting fabric are definitely Islamic-appropriate, but they may not have the trendy Western look you are seeking. Fortunately, modern Muslim women living in the West have lots of different options to express their personality in a way that respects their beliefs.

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Browse Islamic retailers. Such stores are generally in bigger cities but many do business online. Two examples are Rebirth of Chic and I Love Modesty. However, you might not want to buy all your clothes at a specialist retailer.

Buy attractive but loose-fitting dresses and tunic tops from any non-Muslim retailer you choose for a casual daytime look. Pair them with turtlenecks and wide-leg denim jeans or loose-fitting leggings for the right amount of coverage. You can pair mid-calf-length skirts with knee-high boots. Add a loose fabric belt for a stylish touch.

Buy an attractive maxi dress for evening wear. Pair it with a silk tank top underneath, a long sleeved bolero jacket on top, a clutch purse and stylish boots.

Buy a trendy-looking, loose-fitting pantsuit or pair a suit jacket and quality turtleneck with a long skirt for a modern and professional look. Accessorize the outfit with a pretty necklace and bracelet.

Buy quality silk scarves in solid colors from department stores. Use them to cover your hair. Aim for the color of the scarf you wear to match or complement the dominant colors of your outfit.

Accessorize your outfits with designer sunglasses, an oversized bag and jewelry such as earrings, necklaces and bracelets.

References and Resources

We Love Hijab


Rebirth of Chic
I Love Modesty