Hijab style help: Graduation 2011

We recently got this request from one of our readers Sana H.:

I have been searching online forever to find a long sleeve undershirt that is fancy (shiny). I have a graduation dress and I am looking for a silver or gold top. I haven’t started looking for the right hijab yet that would be my next project although it would be a little easier (how to style it so I can wear the cap is probably a bit more complicated). Hope you can help, thanks!


Here is the thing with strapless dresses, they can be a little complicated to style. As far as a shiny shirt like satin material, it may clash, but if you find something with a little sparkle it could work. However, as you mentioned it can be hard to find those. They are usually for sale during the fall holiday season.

*If you can’t find a snug fitting long sleeve top to go underneath it can bunch up and look awkward.

*Turtleneck tops can be a good choice because it will allow you more freedom with your hijab style.

*Look for shirts with some embellishments or different structural detail than you’d normally wear, especially in the shoulder area; think puffy sleeves, knotted sleeves etc.

*Look for a color in the beading that you can match your long sleeve top to. So it could be purple, gray, white, silver, light gold etc.

*You can still get away with a plain long sleeve tee that isn’t shiny, because assuming you are going to have a hijab that is somewhat fancy to go with it, things will flow much better. If you have a shiny top it will take away from the beading and embellishments on the dress.

A few places that you can find long sleeve tops:

1. J. Crew Tissue Tee

2. Athleta

3. C&C California extra long sleeve tee

Other options we recommend:

  • Find a tank top or short sleeve tee that you can wear under for coverage and pair it with a bolero type jacket on top.
  • Get the exact fabric you’re looking for and then have a tailor make it for you.

As far as hijab we wore a regular triangle scarf to our graduation years ago, but if you want something different you can check out our interview with Elif Kavacki who designed a hijab for graduation caps.