Conservative, cosmopolitan and chic: Keeping up with Ramadan trends

It’s time to dress to impress, while keeping up with the conservative trends that mark the holy month

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As the month of Ramadan nears its end, a slew of iftar invitations may head your way. It’s time to dress to impress, while keeping up with the conservative trends that mark the holy month.

To beat the heat of July and avoid fashion faux-pas while respecting Ramadan traditions, try these tips which will have you looking glam and modest at the same time.

Make it a Maxi

During Ramadan, many women choose to refrain from revealing the form of their body and it seems that loosely fitted fashions offer the possibility to do so while staying stylish.

“Maxi skirts, maxi dresses with cardigans (cardigans in light texture are perfect) would be perfect for day time,” Mimi Raad, a stylist and image consultant for Al Arabiya News Channel said.

“Sirwals, wide leg pants and harem pants would also look simple, chic, yet conservative at the same time,” Raad said, suggesting other types of loosely fitted clothing that can be worn in Ramadan.

Recently, DKNY launched its it’s DKNY’s Ramadan Summer 2014 collection, styled by Yada Golsharifi, fashion editor of Styles Magazine and Tamara al-Gabbani, a fashion designer in Dubai.

The collection, which includes long, flowing dresses and skirts as well as jumpsuits and wide pants, will help you make your Ramadan outfit effortlessly discreet yet elegant.

Add accessories

Accessories are an essential part of your outfit, especially in Ramadan.

You can use accessories to add a touch of color or pizazz to your modest outfit.

“Accessories are very important to make an outfit richer and maybe add a pop of color to the clothes,” Raad said.

“Chunky necklaces and bracelets would look great on Kaftans or Abayas,” she said adding that in case a long necklace is worn, it must have a central position on the bust.

But be careful not to overdo it, after all the Holy Month is about being modest, some believe. So, as Coco Chanel said: “Before leaving the house, a lady should stop, look in the mirror, and remove one piece of jewelry.”

Also, in matching the colors of your outfit and accessories, avoid using more than three colors, Raad said.

Cover in lace

This Ramadan, you can opt for lacey sleeves or long dresses to get the delicate and romantic look while remaining within the guidelines of the Holy Month. For those who shy away from lace, it can be backed by an opaque material.

If you wish to remain conservative, opt for a thin, soft lining but do not hesitate to choose embroidered or colorful types of lace.

Wear culture-inspired, colorful Kaftans

Kaftans, which are a mixture of abayas and long dresses, are usually the perfect outfit for Ramadan.

Colorful Kaftans and ones with Arab calligraphy are easy to wear in the daytime as well as during night-time Ramadan events.

For women who prefer sticking to the traditional Abaya black during the Holy Month, you can always make a statement with eye-catching accessories.

“For ladies who wear black Abaya, I strongly recommend to stick to black sheilas (headscarves) and add a touch of color by wearing striking bags and shoes and bracelets or rings,” Raad said.

But always keep in mind, Kaftans and Abayas that “fall like a bag on the body,” are to be avoided, Raad warned.

Opt for light colors

This year Ramadan comes in the hot month of July – for many parts of the world - making heavy clothes unbearable for many.

To beat the heat, you need to be a bit choosy about the colors you choose and opt for light and summery colors like white, red, pink, orange or yellow to reflect the light of the sun instead of absorbing it.

“I recommend very light colors in the morning, and it's much better to avoid striking colors and go more with pastels,” Raad said.