My passion for fashion has been a part of me for quite some time now, but I haven’t always had the guts to experiment with different looks. I felt as though people would judge me, stare at me and even laugh at me for trying to express myself.
My mother has always had exceptional taste in clothing and hijab, often making her own clothing at home. My older sisters (I am the youngest of five girls!) have also got it going on in the fashion department, with one of them being a designer/clothing store owner and another a fashion blogger like myself. So I have always had excellent role models when it came to dressing modestly and yet fashionably.
One of my favourite things about fashion is the way it can transform you body and mind.
Answer me this: Have you ever spent the whole day at home in your oldest pair of jim-jams, hair unbrushed, face feeling feral and home kitty-cat slippers looking more like road kill then cute? Now think about how you feel when you shed the dowdy home clothes and wear your favourite outfit with matching hijab and handbag, fix your face, chuck on your flats/heels and walk out into the sunshine? How do you feel? Better?
I just love the way a simple change of clothes can change my frame of thought, my glass half empty has suddenly become half full. I no longer feel and look like a sloppy joe, instead I am full of energy and life!
Finally what I love most about fashion and hijab is the individuality it offers me. I hate feeling like a lemming hijabi and I want my outside to reflect my inside. I want it to say HEY! I HAVE A MIND OF MY OWN AND A PERSONALITY TO BOOT! Am I wrong to think like this? Weren’t we all blessed with a brain of our own? And as an added bonus to all you hijabis out there, think of hijabi fashion as a big STUFF YOU to all the high end fashion houses out there. Yes we wear their clothes but not in the way they intended them. We tweak, alter and embellish some of their most beautiful designs and turn them into our own special outfits.
Remember, regardless of what hijab style you like or what you choose to wear always keep your head held high and wear it with confidence!
Seyma is a teacher and makeup artist from Melbourne, Australia who runs the blog Hijab Revival.