Making a headscarf a compliment to any outfit is a simple way to show your unique sense of style. Hijabs are utilitarian, and can be fashionable, in addition to modest. Modest Muse shares a few tips on how to make your hijab look extra chic.
Find scarves in colours you love
You can still maintain propriety in avoiding dull shades of gray and black and choosing more prismatic hues.
Choose shades that fit your personality and style. If you are bold and outgoing, try brighter hues. If you have a quieter nature, muted tones will work wonderfully.
Collect scarves in colors that match the rest of your closet – you will wear them more and can mix-and-match them with multiple outfits.
Accentuate your eyes by choosing hijabs in complimentary colours
Brown Eyes: Give chocolate-y doe eyes a pop by contrasting them with hues of blue, teal, and violet. The warm undertones of brown from your eyes are off-set by cool shades of purple and blue, making them stand out.
Green Eyes: Vibrant green eyes coordinate well with pretty shades of red, pink, and peach. These complimentary colours add cheer and interest to any ensemble.
Blue Eyes: Baby blues can be balanced beautifully with a headscarf in gold, bronze, orange, or brown. The richness of these warm tones flatters the cool notes found in your eyes.
Highlight the undertones in your skin with the hues of your hijab
Fair Skin: Ivory undertones in skin are easy to flatter with colors on the warm-end of the color spectrum. That means choosing shades of red, orange, yellow, and brown.
Golden Skin: Pretty beige and sun-kissed gold skin looks best with blue and green hues, to balance out your natural warmth.
Chocolate Skin: Deep coffee-hued skin pairs wonderfully with shades of plum, coral, and peach. The bold warmth in both your headscarf and skin tone will give you a soft, welcoming look.
Add interest to you scarf with some pattern play
- Small prints are easy to work with and match most outfits.
- Popular patterns in small prints include floral, polka-dots, plaid, herringbone, and paisley.
- Delicate prints can become busy and overwhelming to the eye if worn in many colours. Try to find these small prints with a limited colour palette.
- Find patterns that range from the size of your hand and larger – this helps the scarf avoid looking too busy if it incorporates many colours.
- Large floral prints are a theme in big patterns, but you can also find beautiful vintage and abstract prints.
- Big prints give you the option of using bold colour.
- Wear a large-printed scarf with an outfit with small patterns or vice versa.
- Too many patterns can overwhelm an outfit, so avoid combining more than two or three prints.
- Keep your colour palette muted and simplified.
Avoid too much matching
Your scarf is meant to compliment your clothing, but choosing colours and patterns that are too “matchy-matchy” can make a pretty outfit look forced.
You don’t have to wear the same colours. A blue shirt doesn’t have to be paired with a blue hijab; try a contrasting hue or tinted variation.
Prints and colours do not have to “match” to “go”.
Don’t overwhelm your outfit with the addition of your scarf
If your outfit is brightly hued or busy, then try wearing a light or dark colored scarf to avoid gaudiness.
Wearing a simple or monochromatic ensemble can be spruced up with the addition of a busier or brighter hijab.
Solid colours can be juxtaposed nicely next to each other, but do so in moderation.
Enhance your scarf with additional accessories
Pin style: Safety pins and straight pins are necessary for holding the hijab in place, but instead of the traditional silver style, it is easy to find pins with pretty beads or colours.
Add a stiff-backed headband over the top of your scarf for extra support and interest.
Use vintage brooches to pin the sides of your scarf instead of pins.
Create texture by purchasing scarves with embroidery or beading, or add your own to a scarf you already own.
Wear jewellery with your hijab to complete your outfit
Your scarf can be pulled back/ tied to the back over your ears, and allow for the wearing of earrings.
Drape long necklaces over your neck scarf to maintain proper covering.
Pretty, dainty necklaces can be placed over your scarf and peek between folds of fabric for a simple look.
Faith: First and foremost, your hijab is intended to show your faith. If you feel that perhaps your hijab is becoming too trendy, then put the “less is more” rule into effect.
Modesty: Hijabs are meant to be modest, so avoid undermining their purpose by wearing tight-fitting or exposing clothes. A proper hijab will completely cover your hair and chest.
Foundation: Be sure to start with a good foundation. This means having a fitting under-scarf as the base before advancing to donning your outer scarf.
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