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« on: Jan 09, 2009 03:50 AM »


Looks like it's summer down under   flowery

Hijab chic


January 9, 2009
The Age

Saara Sabbagh (front), wears silky smudge-green patterned maxi-dress with deeply ruffled hemline, chocolate jacklet and underscarf with draped latte headscarf. Nadine (left, rear), wears sunset-orange border print maxi-dress and Toltu Tufa (right), the sage floral maxi she modernised with Dotti denim vest and metallic silver sandals.

Saara Sabbagh (front), wears silky smudge-green patterned maxi-dress with deeply ruffled hemline, chocolate jacklet and underscarf with draped latte headscarf. Nadine (left, rear), wears sunset-orange border print maxi-dress and Toltu Tufa (right), the sage floral maxi she modernised with Dotti denim vest and metallic silver sandals.
Photo: Melanie Faith Dove
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THE graceful maxi-dress sashayed into fashion just in time for summer and in certain Muslim circles, the joy was palpable. "It's fantastic," says youth and community worker, Saara Sabbagh, 37, delighted. "We're all out there, stocking up on maxis now."

In shops from Supre to Sportsgirl and many small boutiques, summer's crop of maxi-frocks is a rich and colourful windfall for many Muslim women. Not only that, many of the prettiest are still on sale. "I got this for, I think, $30," says university student Nadine Sabbagh, 19. She shakes out the skirts of a silky, flame-orange floor-grazer that she has cleverly teamed with a nut-brown jersey bolero and terracotta silk headscarf.

Her friend, postgraduate psychology student Toltu Tufa, 22, is also a gifted editor of summer trends. She pulls on a cropped Dotti denim vest, giving a funky finish to the swathe of sage-green floral she's matched to an airy silk headscarf, elegantly swag-draped almost to her waist at the front. She's sharpened the green with crisp white sleeves and the visible two-finger-wide arc of an underscarf across her forehead. "I shop here and there — all over — to find what I want," Ms Tufa says.

The Muslim ensemble may be more complicated than the average string-strapped sun frock and sandals, but she revels in the extra challenge. She says the chain stores are handy — particularly on a student's budget — but also high among her favorite haunts are fabric outlets such as Spotlight.

"My sister can really sew, but you can also find some beautiful pieces you can use for scarves." She demonstrates with a glorious length of bronze silk shot with pink lights. It's been pinched into a three-dimensional textured pattern with tiny, regular stitches and Ms Tufa anchors it with an exotic webbed headpiece of bronze beads. "Gorgeous!' declares photographer Melanie Faith Dove as Ms Tufa poses.

As an Australian Muslim, Saara Sabbagh and her young friends are talented cherry-pickers of seasonal fashion trends, adapting what they can to their definition of hijab. For the uninitiated, at its most fundamental level the Muslim dress code or hijab instructs men and women to dress modestly, mostly in loose garments that do not accentuate their body or overtly express sexuality.

"It's about desexualising the public sphere," explains Ms Sabbagh. (In the private sphere, the rules relax.) "It's a boundary between the genders that promotes respect, and it's an extension of your inner practices (of Islam) into the outer world; practices like honesty, and being loving, and being at peace with oneself and one's faith and one's community." She says hijab can be interpreted in infinite ways by personal choice and by Muslims in various cultures internationally.

In Australia, where it's estimated that just under 2 per cent of people are Muslims, hijab instructs men to wear loose clothing ("No Speedos!" Ms Sabbagh laughs) and women to be covered except for the face, hands and feet.

"But even that is a personal choice," she says. "Although hijab is a commandment in Islam, ultimately it is a woman's choice to embrace it or choose not to practise it according to (her) individual spiritual journey. There are Muslims who choose not to wear the scarf at all, and some who choose to wear a complete covering, including the face. It doesn't mean they're more devout or that others aren't. It's just their choice."

Like many Muslims, Ms Sabbagh, a mother of three, is well acquainted with the misunderstanding occasionally triggered by those choices in Australian communities. "Particularly after September 11," she recalls, head shaking. "I wondered — I just couldn't believe — how a statement of faith (hijab) could be so misunderstood."

Instead of dwelling on the problem, she resolved to solve it using one of her favourite disciplines: fashion. Now, for almost eight years, My Dress, My Image, My Choice, a fashion show and forum for Muslim and non-Muslim women to talk about the issues in their lives and draw comfort from each other, has regularly led to full houses of 200 to 300 enthusiastic women.

"We use fashion to bring them together," Ms Sabbagh says. And, with further funding from the the Department of Immigration and Citizenship, the forum is now travelling to Brisbane, Sydney, Adelaide and Tasmania where similar crowds are turning up to see how women such as Ms Tufa, Saara and Nadine Sabbagh and others capitalise on the graceful and elegant potential of hijab. Despite the breadth of individual looks, common to every interpretation of hijab is an approach to fashion markedly different to the mainstream's obsession with flesh. It's a difference that triggers some curiosity — positive and negative — among non-Muslims. In summer, for example, how do Muslims stay cool? In fact, they switch to lighter, breezier fabrics and the effect is probably cooler than the average micro-mini. For Muslim swimmers, there are also specialised garments such as the Burqini, by Sydney designer Aheda Zanetti.
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« Reply #1 on: Jan 09, 2009 12:21 PM »

Salam alaikum

I havent posted in ages!...

I have seen those maxi dresses, and they are nice, but I dont know how I would pull it off as *hijaab*.  Long sleeved Tshirt under?  but it's like still tight?  I dunno...

Love the summery purplehijabisis , gooo hijabiiisss flowersis

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S...who happens to be wearing yellow (yes, YELLOW with blue) today... bebzi also feeling summery:)
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« Reply #2 on: Jan 09, 2009 02:03 PM »

I only wear dark colors out like blue,brown,black,green,and gray

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« Reply #3 on: Jan 09, 2009 07:00 PM »

wsalam,

yesss long sleeve t shirts... they come in every color... usually we stock up when they go on sale like $6-10 each and buy a number of colors. then see how the girl in the picture is wearing it you wear your scarf to cover the top areas and it ends up looking jilbabish.

it's so winter over here i just went to jumah with like 14 layers on... i can't remember what it was like to feel summery :p
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« Reply #4 on: Jan 10, 2009 01:22 AM »

I like the looks....at my age would look foolish... oh to be young again!
Jannah...another 8 inches coming tomorrow!

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« Reply #5 on: Jan 10, 2009 02:59 AM »

I like the looks....at my age would look foolish... oh to be young again!

OH, I sooooooooo know what you mean. Sad

Jannah...another 8 inches coming tomorrow!

HEYYYYYYYY, no fair, we had about 2 or 2 1/2 ft on the ground, clod cold temps for weeks,
all of a sudden we get a rainy night and 45 and 50 degree temps and over night ALL the snow was gone.
Have you seen the news what all we're going through here in Washington State?
The trucks with food and such couldn't go east or west nor north and south,
Interstate 5 just reopened and the mountain pass opened today as well for the first time in 2 or 3 days.
So much melt off and flooding. Shocked

Thxs for the pics above, I so totally love the one who looks like she has a blue denim vest on, dark skinned,
It suxs to be getting old, we can't do 'cute' anymore. Sad Wink
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« Reply #6 on: Jan 10, 2009 05:43 AM »

Salam Alaikum
SISTERS!!!!
ARE YOU KIDDING? You can still look "cute". I never understood why women at a certain age suddenly start wearing like the old lady granny sweaters yuck!! I think the real mistake comes when non-muslim (mostlly) women try to look too sexy and wear skimpy clothes like they think they're still 21 or something. That's just creepy. Alhumdullilah, our sense of modesty protects us from this at all ages.

The sister in the brown and green looks super modest and cute too. I could totally see an "older" sister wearing this. I prob. wouldn't do the outfit with the vest, but that's just me.

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« Reply #7 on: Jan 10, 2009 02:21 PM »

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I like the looks....at my age would look foolish... oh to be young again!

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OH, I sooooooooo know what you mean.

Come on, guys!  You're only as old as you feel!  (I myself am still stuck at 10 years old!)  Enjoy the rest of your lives.  You can still dress with a little flair!

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Jannah...another 8 inches coming tomorrow!

I am soooo jealous!  We're have another day in the 60s...  (if I hadn't visited my son up north, I would have forgotten what snow looked like!)

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« Reply #8 on: Jan 10, 2009 05:21 PM »

Lol... how old are you guys?
Once you hit 40+ you can't do cute anymore....
Infact when we do put on 'cute' we laugh , take it off and wonder "What was i thinking?"

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« Reply #9 on: Jan 10, 2009 08:29 PM »

more snow!!!  Smiley Wink Cheesy Grin Angry Sad Shocked Huh? Roll Eyes Tongue Embarrassed Lips Sealed Undecided Kiss :'(

greatttttttttttttttttt it's not even mid january and we've had so many storms blechhhhh i'm ready for spring... remember that one year the only snowstorm we had was like a huge storm only on Valentine's Day!! haha that was awesome...

anyway about cute... i kinda agree... people think i'm younger than i am because i dress "cute" under the influence of some fashionista friends..but i don't think it really helps me accomplish the things i want to... like people don't take me seriously in certain issues because they still think i'm like 20....and people get confused over whether i am "religious or not".

anyway i think it's time to post up some new fashions...hmm

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« Reply #10 on: Jan 12, 2009 05:36 AM »

Salam Alaikum
34 years here. OK, so I'm not really into "cute" cuz i'm not that girly. Instead I like to think of myself as "fashionably elegant" (on a good day). I mostly like to do a black abaya with a cute scarf and accesories (again, on a good day ) sis Here is my idea of a perfect outfit from a favorite blog...

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« Reply #11 on: Jan 12, 2009 03:53 PM »

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Oh honey.. that shade of pink....  purplehijabisis You ARE girly!!

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« Reply #12 on: Jan 12, 2009 04:01 PM »

salam

I have thus far resisted posting, however. Where are those dresses available, are they available online anywhere <hyperventilates>


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« Reply #13 on: Jan 12, 2009 04:57 PM »

Salam Alaikum--
Lol Kathy, ok so that's high on the girly factor.
According to the blog hegab-rehab.blogspot.com these dresses are available at www.aabuk.com. I think they're a UK based company, not sure.

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« Reply #14 on: Jan 14, 2009 08:28 AM »

I really like the way that the one in the front is dressed.  I personally wouldn't wear the dress but I love how the colours work together and she looks elegant/sophisticated  Smiley.  I have never been a fan of orange clothes but I have to say I like the brown and orange combination- again though I personally wouldn't wear that dress.  Just this week I saw an orange top in the shops, for the first time ever I am actually considering buying an orange top, thanks to the look in this picture  Smiley.  White or brown would work with orange right?  Or is there another colour that goes better with it?

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« Reply #15 on: Jan 14, 2009 05:42 PM »

Today i went to breakfast with a friend. I saw an old woman- 75-80 years old with a black coat and hot pink gloves! I thought of you and wondered if the old woman used to be a girly girl!
ehm..actually the hot pink gloves loked nice....

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« Reply #16 on: Jan 22, 2009 08:58 AM »

See??!!!
Maybe you should get yourself a hot pink shayla, kinda like a hijabee make over  flowersis
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« Reply #17 on: Jan 22, 2009 01:34 PM »

I really need a make over- I am getting too comfortable!
Jilbab, old Palestinian type white scarf and sneakers!

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« Reply #18 on: Jan 23, 2009 07:16 PM »

Assalamu'alaikum,

I really like the one in brown and green, mashaALlah. But I don't think I can pull it off though. It won't be very flattering   princesssis

Kathy! I hv been wearing sneakers during winter since last winter even with 20 cm of snow, till I found some real cool winter boots. Its so cool, I even wore it to a wedding.  princesssis
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« Reply #19 on: Jan 23, 2009 09:50 PM »

salam

Don't you all find it too cold to wear sneakers/trainers in winter, Uggs keep your feet nice and warm, even in snow. However they are ugly.



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