Modest ‘Muslim’ Fashion

I have a problem with a recent new fad: Modest Muslim Fashion. I don’t hate the idea of Muslim fashion because it is something that the Muslim community really needs. It’s annoying to go to Macy’s or Target or Walmart and to try and find modest outfits out of whatever selection they have. Actually, it kind of fun, but it’s annoying that there isn’t something that’s directed towards us. But now there is, and I’m not loving it.

I have several problems with it. First, I don’t think it’s Islamic.

There are three main rules on what a woman should dress like in public: a) shouldn’t be so tight that it reveals your body, b) shouldn’t be transparent, and c) shouldn’t catch the eye. But now we have instagrams upon instagrams saying that they represent modest fashion when they don’t listen to all three of these rules. They put on loads of makeup, they wear tight clothes, and the whole idea of fashion is to look good and catch the eye. I’m not here to be the haram police, and if I see a girl dressed like any of the girls I see in the pictures, I wouldn’t say or even think anything. It’s not my place to judge how a fellow Muslim woman dresses. However, she has never declared herself a modest Muslim fashionista spokesperson and then continued to make a career out of it. There are several organizations that I do like, and that I do feel that they actually fulfill the criteria of modest clothing.

Second, I don’t think its healthy.

I hate American fashion. I don’t think I even need to go into all the reasons as to why I hate it, because I’m sure a lot of you would agree. So, I’ll just focus on one thing: the models. Yes, Muslim models don’t show how small or skinny they are, and yes, hijabi models don’t damage their hair as much as non-hijabis do, but other than that, what’s the difference? They still look unimaginably and unrealistically perfect, they still make us feel as though we’re worthlesseven though all we can see about them is their looksand they’re still selling power and a desire to look like these models. I can’t even look at fashion magazines like Vogue because of the crippling insecurities that I get from looking at a picture for five seconds. And it’s terrible that we now have to go through these insecurities of who we are through Muslim fashion as well.

These are just my opinions and obviously I’m human and I’m susceptible to a lot of mistakes, so take what you think is right, leave what you think is wrong and just live and let live :).

Do you have any tips for modest dress shopping (for your own gender)? Leave a comment below!

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9 Comments Add yours

  1. Anonymous says:

    agreed. thank you for your courage in posting this.

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    1. Ayutsa says:

      Thanks for your comment, I was actually really nervous about posting it up. Your comment made my day! :)

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  2. Anonymous says:

    Thank you for writing this and putting this thought out there. I come from a strict family where the 3 rules are the basis of my entire wardrobe. Sometimes when I see the outfits of other muslim women, I feel worthless because I don’t measure up to their beauty. I wonder sometimes if these rules are Islamic or based on culture because lately many muslim women are following the modern fashion. Reading this, however, let’s me know that there are people that don’t find this fashion appropriate. <3

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    1. Ayutsa says:

      Thank you for your comment. Sometimes it feels confusing and hard to keep writing my opinions on this blog as I do think that they’re controversial, but the comment you gave reassures me. And you’re not alone in your feelings! I feel the most insecure when surrounded by these gorgeous hijabis than around any other people. I think its probably because we compare ourselves more severely to them than any others.

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  3. Anon says:

    I agree except I think that “catch the eye” should be “catch the eye in wrong way.” Muslim woman DO NOT have to blend in or disappear from notice with the way they dress. Bring on the bright pink hijabs/niqabs/abayas. If you’re actually dressed modestly, it doesn’t matter if you catch the eye.

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    1. Ayutsa says:

      I never thought of it like that, but I guess it does make sense. However, I wonder if this changes depending on the country you live in?

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  4. Anonymous says:

    we all have our own insecurities of course. However I’ve seen a lot of modest clothing and they aren’t wearing tight clothes* , the make up? I really don’t have much complaints on mostly because they are models and they are taking pictures for the women of our society, not the men. Whatever their intentions are, Allah knows. Are there some who don’t follow it and are just looking to get attention through their beauty? Maybe. But of course, it all depends on perspective. Interesting stand point. I would of course like to add, that a tad bit less judgement would have sufficed.

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    1. Ayutsa says:

      Hi, thank you for commenting. I had a hard time writing this because a) I knew it would be controversial, and b) because I wanted to use examples but couldn’t. The reason I couldn’t was because I felt like it was unfair of me to just rant at a person who I don’t know. So if you notice in my post, its very vague on exactly which type of people/organizations I was talking about. I know that these women are probably good women, and I know that they probably have good intentions, but I still think that fashion and the fashion world in general is very harmful to women, and while I understand that they’re marketing to women of our society with very good intentions, they’re still feeding into the world of fashion, insecurities, eating disorders and more. Lastly, I wasn’t judging them but more their pictures and related actions, but I will try to be more careful in my wording the next time I write. Thank you again for commenting and sharing your opinion. I guess it does all matter on perspective. Have a good day! :)

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      1. Anonymous says:

        Yes, of course. This is your blog and you are allowed to write whatever your heart so desires. lol Like I said, we all have our own insecurities, however at the end of the day I feel it depends on us and how we view ourselves not the other way around. It all comes down to are you happy with the way you are or do you want to improve yourself for you and this doesn’t necessarily apply to the fashion culture. Personally, I started wearing HIjab for the sake of Allah Alhumdulillah although prior to that I did have the shallow notion that I wouldn’t look pretty in it. But that changed when you realize that Allah loves you no matter which way you look. Perspective. Very important. InshaaAllah the way other people look and carry themselves doesn’t effect your own self confidence! salam Alaikum! : )

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