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How to Build a Modest Wardrobe As a New Hijabi?

Mariam Youssef
11/23/22, 11:30 AM

We’d like to start by saying congratulations on becoming a hijabi! It’s a brave decision and we’re so proud of you. However, this decision can make you a bit confused about your new appearance, leaving you wondering about how to dress properly and modestly as a hijabi. You probably know that becoming a hijabi isn’t only about wearing a headscarf; it’s much more than that. One of the most important things you have to pay attention to is your wardrobe and how to make it modest to go along with your hijab. On that note, we’ll show you some simple hacks to help you build a modest wardrobe as a new hijabi, so keep reading.

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As a new hijabi, you’ll have to say goodbye to some of your clothes, especially short dresses and slit skirts. But don’t be sad because your wardrobe is about to get really exciting and fun, so are you ready to go shopping?

Shirt Dress

Shirt dresses are stylish and practical. They can be dressed up for the evening or worn simply during the day. Consider investing in one timeless shirt dress in a solid color so it can be dressed up or down if you don't want to spend money on several different shirt dresses. You can wear it with flare pants or A-line skirts and you can accessorize it with belts to change how it looks every time you put it on.

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Tunic Dress

The same amount of versatility as the shirt dress is given by the currently popular tunic dresses. Although they are ideal for the spring and summer, they may also be worn as a layering piece in the fall and winter. You can alter how it looks by accessorizing and styling it differently.

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Long Tops

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Tops that are longer than the waist are perfect for layering, tucking in, or wearing alone. When it's warmer, you can wear them alone, but they're also great for layering throughout the winter months. Choose tops with high or thick waistbands for increased modesty.

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Turtleneck Tops

Turtleneck sweaters are winter staples. And as a hijabi, you’ll need more coverage around your neck. Therefore, cotton turtleneck tops will be your best friend, especially when you want to wear a v-neck sweater or a low round-neck dress.

Wide Leg Pants

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This year, wide-leg pants are extremely popular. They often have a looser, more comfortable fit and offer more coverage for the legs. With shoes and bold accessories, you may dress them up a little or keep them casual.


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In the spring and summer, kimonos are perfect for layering. To give coverage and stay cool at the same time, they can be layered over your choice of a breathable top and pants. Another option is to pair one with a dress, skirt, or tunic top to spice up your outfit.

Trench Coat

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There are many different designs of trench coats available to fit any personal taste, but a traditional trench coat is an investment piece that may last for years. A long, fitted trench coat with buttons along the front, for instance, is ideal for sprucing up your ensemble while a military-style one is wonderful for relaxed days. Overall, it keeps you warm while maintaining your fashionable, modest appearance.

A-Line Maxi Skirt

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We know how challenging it is for a new hijabi to wear long skirts. However, A-line skirts are easy to walk in because they’re flowy and practical. Moreover, they go with almost everything. You can style your A-line skirt with shirts, sweatshirts, pullovers, and sweaters. It can also be dressed up and down according to your preference.

Long Black Dress

Every girl’s closet probably includes a black dress, be it short or long. As a hijabi, a long black dress will come in handy on plenty of occasions. It is the easiest thing to put on for quick errands or whenever you’re feeling lazy. You can also dress it up with some accessories and styling hacks to make you look chic and elegant.

Head Scarves and Bandanas

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You’ll need to stock up on head scarves as you go, but for now, you can start with the basic, minimal ones: white and black. You’ll also need white and black bandanas to keep your head scarf from sliding off your hair. You may also need staple colors like beige, gray, and off-white. The more outfits and clothes you buy, the more you’ll figure out how to buy head scarves. Just don’t get into buying lots of them because they can be a bit addictive!

How excited are you now about shopping? Do you already have any of the items mentioned above? Or are you going to break the bank to create your new modest wardrobe? Either way, have fun and enjoy the new phase.

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Mariam Youssef

Growing up, I've always wanted to become so many things: a fashion designer, painter, singer, actress, and anything that revolves around art. It wasn't until I watched "How to Lose a Guy in 10 Days" t...

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