Where will you spend your summer this year: the beach to work on a sun-kissed tan or cool off the summer heat in air-conditioned museums, art galleries, restaurants and shopping malls? No matter where you decide to go, here is a roundup of Summer 2016 essentials for every hijabi women.
Shiny Maxi Dresses
For many of us, our closets are filled with many dresses that we wear according to the seasons. We reach for feminine florals that mimics spring, vibrant flowy ones that keep us cool in the summer, earthy-hue dresses that we can layer between the hot and cold weather transition, and vampy chunky knitted ones that keep us warm in winter. However, the Fashion Royals have decided to switch things up.
Remember the sparkly maxi dresses that you keep only for the holidays or special occasions? Well, it is time to take them out because it is deemed trendy to wear them through this summer, day and night. Play with different dress silhouettes for different occasions, such as a flowy. A-line maxi dress for every-day wear or something that is closer to the body like a maxi dress with a mermaid skirt for formal dinners.
What is summer without a burkini to accompany you to the beach? There are plenty of beautiful burkinis to choose from this summer’s burkini trends. From modern simplicity to ethnic inspired, you will surely find one that will suit your taste.
Speaking of dresses and burkinis, it is rare to find a dress that complies fully to the modesty guideline and is fashionable as well. Cardigans, capes, boleros and cropped jacket are great when the weather is colder, but can be too hot and heavy for summer; a lightweight option is much preferable. Say “hello!” to flowy kimono cardigans this summer. Not only do they look great with sparkly dresses, but with other items of clothing as well—especially the fool-proof jeans and tee combination. Incorporate them into your summer uniform and play around with different lengths, prints and materials to achieve different looks.
It is also a great idea to cover up as much of your face as possible. Other than a wide-brim hat, the best way to do this is to wear Summer 2016’s must-have sunglasses: the tortoiseshell! The timeless pattern is making a big entrance this summer with various colours and prints specked in the tortoiseshell pattern. However, you will never go wrong with the classic mottled yellow, honey, brown and black tinged look because they will beautifully highlight your face.
Do you wear dresses in summer just because they are airy and cooling but you never are really into them? Good news: overalls are making a comeback! You will not have renditions of your unfashionable childhood—that much we promise because these grown-up overalls are chic (and age appropriate) that even Beyonce and Taylor Swift are donning them!
Love your skinnies and culottes? Well, you can now have an overalls version of them! You will also have a variety of necklines to choose from other than the one on the classic overalls. There are also some fancier overalls that you can wear to work or dinner parties throughout summer.
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Ditch your thongs sandals—Summer 2016 is all about sliding into a pair of comfortable sandals. For a day under the sun, opt for simple flat slide-on sandals that are easy and fuss-free to walk in. The designs available out there are to die for but not everything will be appropriate for a fancy lunch meeting or dinner date. For these occasions, splurge on a pair of slide-on blocky mules that will go with everything in your closet.
Bring Back The Anklet
Join Sophie Buhai’s call for bringing back the anklet into style. Unlike your common bohemian anklets, this summer’s anklets are subtle, sophisticated and sleek; wear them and your friends will probably scratch their heads trying to figure out what is bringing your style game up a notch. Seek for Lily Aldrige, Behati Prinsloo and Ashley Olsen for inspiration.
Since we’re keeping our feet low key, there is no harm in playing up other accessories. They usually come in a stack—wear them all together or make your own mix to complement your summer outfits.
There are so many things to bring in the summer: sunscreen, water, beach towel and a good book to name a few. The beach tote is a great vacation-ready bag because it is spacious and comfortable to carry around. The best thing about this must-have is that there is surely one that will fit your personality.
If you are cheeky and love rap music, opt for Poolside’s beach totes that have rap lyrics embroidered across their woven-straw bodies. You can also customise them too. If you’re prim and proper, Sole Society’s navy stripes will probably be more suited for you. Cannot decide which end of the spectrum you are in, opt for MiuMiu’s statement totes that have a classic print but loud colour combinations.
Now that you are armed with summer 2016’s must-have items, there is no reason for you to look frumpy under the summer heat. It is time to go offline and enjoy the warmth of summer!