Any exploration of traditional Muslim clothing cannot be considered complete without an in-depth discussion of the hijab, a traditional Muslim headscarf worn by Muslim women around the world. Although the hijab is worn in different regions in various manifestations with respect to length, color and design, a unifying trend with its roots in modest and conservative fashions, is slowly emerging. Hijabs for Muslim women have finally gone main stream. But first, a perspective and a quick clarification to help you make sensible purchase decisions when you set out to buy a hijab for that very special occasion round the corner.
Although Muslim edict recommends conservative dressing norms for women of the Islamic faith, it does not place a ban on specific colors, fabric, designs or texture. This is precisely why Muslim women have used personal judgment when deciding what styles to wear indoors and what not to wear outdoors. The hijab, which is a Muslim headscarf and considered mostly an accessory, can be colorful and pretty while at the same time remaining sophisticated and distinctive. You can even match your hijab with your formal or informal attire as long as it is not "loud" and "wild." As they say, decorum is the key to making a good impression.
Women's Scarves for a Trendy Look
As mindsets change, attitudes fluctuate, and fashion trends become even more contemporary, more and more women from the Islamic community continue to embrace new ideologies about style and fashion. The range of choices for you as you set out to shop for hijabs is bewildering to say the least. Hijabs, much like a khimar or shaylah, can be worn in solids, prints or a combination of the two. Pick your hijab to match and suit your seasonal color preferences if you have any. Designs and styles span the spectrum from a traditional look to something which looks and feels very much 21st century. You can also consider hijabs that are adorned with exquisite hand embroidery on the edges, evenly spaced in direct proportion to the pattern on the hijab.
Beauty beyond Size and the Muslim Headscarf
Whether it is a satin-trimmed hijab that catches your fancy or a somber-looking hijab in a dark, mixed shade that you would like to wear to your prayer sessions, one size usually fits all. The standard size for a hijab is 44" X 44" square. However, a few online stores like ours carry hijabs in more than one size and it is a good idea to specify your size requirement just in case you have a preference for a non-standard size.
Shopping Online for a Hijab Headscarf
Speaking of online shopping, you now have a wide range of choices when purchasing not only hijabs but also abayas, jilbabs, niqabs, and just about every type of Islamic clothing or accessory. They are not only displayed and described on websites but also critiqued usually through blog comments or through Facebook. Once you have picked your style and design, check out the hijab's fabric and texture by reading the product descriptions. This is important if you happen to be allergic to a specific type of fabric such as pure synthetic or one of its variations. Online stores which sell hijabs are great about responding to customer inquiries through e-mail, phone and live chat and provide accurate answers within a matter of hours. So the next time you are ready to make a fashion statement or simply wish to add to your repertoire, shop online.