Outside my wedding comfort zone

I don’t often attend non-Muslim/non-Pakistani weddings, so I’m always at a bit of a loss when I get invited to one and have to figure out what to wear.
I think one of the easiest things for a woman to throw on — and look nice in — is a knee-length dress, but that doesn’t work too well if you cover yourself. So what can we make the standard for a hijabi woman? Something simple to throw on that still looks dressy?
For whatever reason, to me, a long skirt always ends up looking more formal than some occasions call for. But, I’ve been seeing a lot of chiffon maxi skirts lately, which tend to look a little lighter. I’m still debating if pleats look good or too much like a school girl, though.

This one from The Limited appeals to me solely because of its color.

Here’s one from Macy’s that I was contemplating buying.

And this one is just pretty to look at.
Is anyone else obsessed with sequins? I want to buy every sequined tank top, cardigan and skirt I run across, even though I don’t have many places to wear them.

Those of you more used to wearing Western clothes to weddings will have to send your tips my way. I need to have some ideas in hand next time I have an event to attend.

Pop Culture Hijabi is a weekly column by Nadia Malik. Malik is a former newspaper reporter based in Chicago who’s now making her way as a freelancer. She spends entirely too much time watching TV and reading pop culture, fashion and TV blogs. She also occasionally consumes serious books and news. No, really. You can reach her at info@hijabtrendz.com with “pop culture hijabi” in the subject line, follow her at www.twitter.com/nadiamalik or simply leave a comment below.

Pop Culture Hijabi is a weekly column by Nadia Malik. Malik is a former newspaper reporter based in Chicago who’s now making her way as a freelancer. She spends entirely too much time watching TV and reading pop culture, fashion and TV blogs. She also occasionally consumes serious books and news. No, really. You can reach her at info@hijabtrendz.com with “pop culture hijabi” in the subject line, follow her at www.twitter.com/nadiamalik or simply leave a comment below.