A Hijabi’s LONG Black Dress by Sania Siddiqui
Posted on February 21, 2013
This week's guest blog post comes from Sania Siddiqui from New Jersey. She's a 22 year old graduate student at Rutgers studying social work in addition to being newly married! "I created my fashion blog [Simply Covered] in attempts to help Muslim women integrate fashion into their wardrobe while maintaing the key element of modesty." says Sania. More of her posts can be found on her blog and on her instagram @sanias.
Flipping through fashion magazines, you always find “The Little Black Dress”—every girl should have one! But what about girls who cant wear the LBD? Worry not because we have our own black dress: the Long Black Dress! Whether it's a black maxi, black abaya or even a black skirt, it is your best friend. It endures every season and is versatile enough to be worn to any event! I wear them to the beach, lunch with my friends, dinner with my husband or local community events. Here a few different ways you can utilize the Long Black Dress throughout the year.
1) Floral Fun
Here I paired a jean shirt with a black maxi skirt and a fun floral hijab. I would definitely wear this out to brunch with my friends. Maxi skirts can be made casual with a jean shirt or a graphic tee and cardigan. For a night look, try a chiffon blouse with a blazer and some heels.
2) Summer Brights
This was my staple look this past summer and definitely will be again this coming spring and summer. Here I paired a black maxi with a crop top! Forever 21 has an abundance of them in so many different colors and prints. This look can be worn with a pastel or sparkly cropped sweater. The best part about this look is it's extremely comfortable!
3) Vested Abaya
These days I am loving vests! Although I am wearing a maxi dress with a long sleeve tee underneath, it can easily be replaced with a black abaya. You can wear all types of vests like a jean vest, leather vest and if you want to really be bold, a fur vest! All black and a cream fur vest with a pop of colored accessories would look great for a night out!
4) Bold Blazer
It may seem as if I am wearing a skirt but I have actually paired this blouse with a black maxi dress. I added a blazer to give the look some structure. Blazers, in all colors and prints, can be found at Forever 21, H&M, Zara and Urban Outfitters. Printed blazers are really in for Spring 2013 and are a perfect match for a black maxi or abaya.
5) Comfy Casual
It is definitely hard to wear long dresses and skirts during the wintertime especially when it is so cold. This is a perfect way to wear your Long Black Dress and still stay warm. Oversized sweaters and cardigans can be worn with dresses too, not just jeans. Since the rest of the outfit is neutral, I accessorized with a printed scarf and neon bag for some character. I throw this outfit on while running errands or for a day of shopping.
I hope after this post you invest in your own Long Black dress, whether it’s a maxi dress, a skirt or an abaya. It is my go to piece and hopefuly it’ll be yours too!
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