9 Maternity Clothes Tips and Tricks for Every Fashionable Momma

Happy Young Funny Pregnant WomanExcited at the thought of being pregnant, I went a tad overboard on my maternity clothes. The idea of a new wardrobe dedicated to my changing body and the baby growing inside of me sent me into a shopping tailspin. Now, looking through my piles of maternity clothes (and, wondering if I will ever want to wear them again), I decided to share some tips to look amazing while sticking to a budget. Here are my 9 tips and tricks for every fashionable momma!

  1. Raid Your Closet First (with a belt in hand)

You may be surprised by what you already have in your own closet. Recent styles have included looser shirts and blouses. Using a thin belt, you can easily create an umpire waist effect with these flowy tops. This look can be very flattering for your stylish baby bump.

  1. Buy for Comfort and then Style

Although I am a fan of style, an uncomfortable pregnant momma is an unhappy pregnant momma. This doesn’t mean that you should wear baggy sweat pants and oversized t-shirts, but you should try everything on before you buy it. If it doesn’t feel good for the three minutes that you have it on in the store, it isn’t going to feel comfy for a full 16-hour day.  News Flash…you are only going to get bigger and things are only going to get tighter. If it’s uncomfy at your current size, it’s only going to feel worse in a month or two. Buy what you like and what makes you feel pretty, but remember to keep comfort in mind.

  1. Spend “More” Only on the Essentials You Will Wear Everyday

If you have a little wiggle room in your budget, consider putting that money into the staple items that you will want to wear regularly. From my experience, if you buy a good pair of leggings, they will probably last throughout your entire pregnancy rather than falling apart after 30 washes.  These are my top picks for essentials:

  1. Leggings
  2. Jeans
  3. Versatile dress (black or a solid color with a simple style)Miracle expectation
  1. Don’t Spend on Trend

Many a maternity dollar is wasted on passing fashion trends. Let your accessories create your trend. Fill your closet with the staple items listed above, along with timeless pieces. That way, if you get pregnant again, you will still want to wear the maternity clothes you already own. And, if you want to consign them, your items will fly off the rack.

  1. Mix and Match

It is amazing how many different “looks” you can create with just a few items. You can transform a dress by changing the jewelry, adding a blazer or a belt, or by simply switching out your shoes and purse. Many items can be dressed up or down depending on your mood and the occasion. Get creative. Take a Saturday afternoon to stand in front of the mirror trying things out. The number of new outfits that you create may surprise you!

  1. Use Accessories to Your Advantage

I already alluded to the fact that accessories can be your best friend. A slim belt can flatter you baby bump, and a beautiful scarf can make even a simple dress look boho chiq. Necklaces and bangles have the ability to transform any outfit. And, shoes…do I have to say more! Again, be willing to experiment with jewelry. The nice thing is that you will still be able to wear your maternity accessories after you deliver! These purchases will stay in your closet instead of ending up in a box in the basement.

  1. Tight Can Actually Be More Flattering

Although many women are unsure of their expanding bodies, tight clothing can actually be very flattering (if it is tight in the right places and made of decent material). You want to show off your baby bump! Find shirts and dresses that draw positive attention to your bump. You don’t want to wear something too flowly that leaves people wondering if you are pregnant or not. Make it clear that you are growing a baby!Beautiful eight months pregnant blond woman with curly hair in a

  1. Look in the Non-Maternity Section

Although many women are excited to shop in the Maternity department, be willing to look in the stores that you usually like as well. You may be able to find some great items that will accommodate your belly but at a much better price.

  1. Allow Yourself a Pity Splurge

When I was pregnant, I had many a moment when I hated my new body. I was unsure of my shape and unhappy with my closet options. I now blame it on hormones, but if you are feeling plain old huge, giving yourself some retail therapy may do just the trick. Every pregnant momma wants to look beautiful. Finding a new dress or top that makes you feel comfortable with your changing shape may be just what the doctor ordered!

10 Easy Fashion Tips To Help You Achieve A Glamorous Look

fashion tips how to always look glamorousWhat is glamorous may be a subjective thing, but in our books being glamorous is looking put-together, elegant and sleek. It’s about creating a flattering and modest look, wearing nothing too clingy nor too shapeless. If you want some help achieving a glamorous look, then read the easy fashion tips we’ve listed below alongside some inspirational street style photos.

Fashion Tips For Glamorous Look

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1) Embrace The Cape

Flirty and chic, the cape is perfect for adding a touch of glamour to a basic outfit. They make a statement, but nothing too flashy whilst having some sort of star quality about them. The cape was popular last fall, but as you can see from the above, they can be worn in warmer weather with dresses and crop tops, so are perfect for looking glam and staying warm on cool evenings.

2) Legs Or Cleavage, Never Both

A simple rule which will help you always stay classy is to choose between showing off your legs or your cleavage. This rule will help you avoid flashing too much flesh to make sure your look stays elegant and sophisticated.


Fashion Tips For Glamorous Look shift dress street style

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3) Wear Shift Dresses

Shift dresses are simple blank canvas’ which you can accessorize to match any season. Whether you opt for something bright or neutral, textured or plain, chiffon or leather, the modest and elegant cut of the shift dress will always be glamorous. You can dress them up for an evening or down for the daytime, they really are incredibly versatile.

4) Stick To A Few Key Accessories

When it comes to accessories, you can really accent your look to create any kind of vibe you like, such as boho or edgy, but don’t over do it! You can still inject plenty of personal style into a look without going overboard. So if your bag really makes a statement, keep your jewelry minimal. If you’re opting for statement jewelry, choose to focus on one area or two far apart from each other. For example, you wouldn’t wear statement earrings and a statement necklace, but you could wear statement earrings and a statement bracelet.


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5) Stay Groomed

You can be wearing the most glamorous outfit but if your hair and makeup are not on point, then the desired look will probably not be achieved! You don’t need to spend too much time on your hair and makeup, as even the most simple of looks can still look glamorous. The key points are to keep your hair fresh and washed, keep your mani chip-free, focus on creating flawless skin and keep your eyebrows tamed.

6) Opt For Heels

It’s probably a no-brainer that heels will instantly make your look more glamorous. If you’re opting for peep toes, don’t wear with hosiery and make sure your pedi is nice and neat. Don’t be scared to have fun with patterned and bright colored heels as looking glamorous doesn’t mean you have to lose your personal style.


Fashion Tips For Glamorous Look street style red lipstick

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 7) Find Your Perfect Red Lipstick

Whether you opt for a red lip that is soft or bold, it will always instantly amp up the glam and make your look more put-together. Red lipstick will go with so many looks from a simple tee and jean combination to your little black dress. It’s always worth trying a dab of red lipstick with your outfit to see if it achieves the desired result. Don’t fear the red lip as there is truly a shade for everyone, you just might need a little help finding it.

8) Choose A Good Pair Of Sunglasses

A large pair of tasteful sunglasses will always add a glamorous touch as well as hiding tired eyes! When combined with a red lip to add that fresh look, no one will ever know you’re not feeling 100%!


Fashion Tips For Glamorous Look street style blazer tailored pants

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9) Go Tailored

A must for every wardrobe is for it to contain some tailored pieces. A classic black blazer is perfect for adding glamour to a simple t-shirt and jean combination. Whereas, a pair of tailored trousers makes a great alternative if you don’t want to wear denim as they can be dressed down easily with a simple top.

10) If In Doubt, Stick To Neutrals

You should always have a few outfits in the back of your mind for days when you find yourself in a rush, and the easiest ones to create are normally made up of neutrals. You can always easily add a pop of color after you’re dressed with some lipstick or a bright bag.

101 Fashion Tips and Tricks Every Girl Should Know

When it comes to fashion tips, it sometimes seems that everyone and their mother (literally!) has tried-and-true style advice they absolutely swear by. Some are useful, while others … well, not so much. With that in mind, we’ve culled 101 style tips from the best: designers, lifestyle experts and, of course, our staff. Trust us: With these gems, you’ll be well on your way to living your most stylish life.

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101. Despite what it says on the tag, cashmere is best washed by hand. To dry it, use a salad spinner, which releases excess water in seconds.

100. Use white wine to remove red wine stains.

99. Wash new jeans twice before taking them to the tailor. Why? Because jeans will always shrink in length when washed.

98. To stop angora or mohair from shedding, fold the garment and place it into a zip-top bag and freeze it for at least three hours.

97. Remove odors from vintage or thrift clothing by spritzing them with a mixture of one part vodka, two parts water.

96. “Remove white deodorant marks from a garment by gently rubbing the protective foam used on hangers against the fabric.” — Jonathan Simkhai, designer

95. If you get an oil stain on your favorite handbag, coat the mark with baby powder and let it stand overnight. By morning, the stain should be gone. If a bit still remains, repeat the process until the stain is completely gone.

94. The best at-home method to keep diamonds sparkling: liquid dishwasher detergent and an old toothbrush.

93. The secret to well-fitting everyday clothes is Lycra. The formulas to look for: 95% cotton/5% Lycra spandex for T-shirts, and at least 2% Lycra for jeans to hold their shape.

92. “Always organize your clothes going light to dark from left to right in your closet. Your eye will follow the color and thus help you stay organized.” — Melanie Charlton Fascitelli, Founder, Clos-ette and Clos-ette Too.

90. Wondering about the quality of your cashmere? Gently stretch the body of the garment to see if it snaps back. A lower-quality cashmere won’t.
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89. “If you don’t have time to try on jeans in the store, try the Neck Method: You can determine your size by placing the waistline of the jeans around the diameter of your neck. If the waistline of the pant comfortably meets at back of your neck, then the jeans will fit.”— Sarah Ahmed, Creative Director, DL1961 Premium Denim

88. Cut down your closet by 25% by asking yourself this one question: “If I were shopping right this second, would I buy this?” If the answer’s no, out it goes. — Melanie Charlton Fascitelli, Founder, Clos-ette and Clos-ette Too.

87. “Never put your swimwear in the washing machine, and always hand dry. The machine will damage the suit and it will lose its elasticity. The only exception: At the end of the summer or vacation, wash your swimwear in lingerie washing bags on the gentle cycle with a bit if Drift or Woolite. But only after many wears.” —Shoshanna Gruss, Designer

86. To drop bloat five days before a big event, stay away from dairy and whole grains, which can do a number on the digestive system.

85. A useful style tip: While fake designer bags are a huge don’t, fake diamond studs are a huge do. Faux stones are hard to spot to the untrained eye.

84. Dressy occasions aren’t the time to play with trends, so know your silhouette and stick to it to always look your best. Perfect example: Sofia Vergara knows she looks good in mermaid dresses, and always chooses variations of the shape on red carpets.

83. “Never put a garment on immediately after ironing, as this can actually cause new wrinkles to form. Instead, let it sit for five minutes to set the press.” — Althea Harper, Designer and Rowenta Brand Ambassador

82. The best way to de-fuzz a sweater: use a pumice stone.

81. Snap clip-on earrings onto flats for an instant evening shoe, or onto shirt collars for DIY embellishments.

80. If you get wax on a piece of clothing, layer wax paper over the hardened wax and then run an iron over it to loosen it up. Once you pull off the paper, the wax should come right out with it.

79. Pour a dash of vodka into vase water to extend the life of your flowers.

78. Spray tights with sticky (read: cheap) hairspray to avoid holes and runs.

77. To clean dirt off suede, remove the crust from a piece of bread and allow it to become stale. Gently rub dirt and stains with the edge of the stale bread, and they’ll disappear. To de-scuff suede, use an eraser or nail file.

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76. Shopping for a wedding dress or another big-event outfit? Head to the store with makeup on, proper undergarments, and your hair semi-done to get a better sense of how it’ll look.

75. Double-stick tape work to shorten a hem in a pinch if you can’t get to the tailor before an event.

74. Blot, don’t rub, when you spill something on your clothes. Wiping or rubbing will actually further ingrain the stain into the weave.

73. “Panty lines are not okay! Every woman should invest in nude, seamless underwear.” — Giuliana Rancic, HSN designer and E! host

72. If you don’t feel like trying on a dress but still want to see where the hem will hit you, align the shoulder seam exactly with your shoulder bone (not your collarbone).

71. Repurpose old or thrift sweaters and blankets by using them to reupholster a throw pillow, a chair seat or cover a stool.

70. “Use hairspray to remove a lipstick stain.” – Kaelen Haworth, designer, KAELEN

69. Add a 1/2 cup of distilled white vinegar to the final rinse cycle while doing laundry to maintain the wash of your favorite pair of dark jeans.

68. To stretch tight shoes, fill two freezer bags with water and place into each shoe. Let it freeze overnight. As the water freezes, it’ll gently expand your shoes.

67. Frame vintage scarves for cool original artwork.

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66. Due to its high level of surfactants, Dawn dish detergent is especially successful at removing grease and oil stains from clothing. 65. “A flattering silhouette begins with the right underpinnings. Never underestimate the power of Spanx—they’re a girl’s best friend!” — Lucy Sykes Rellie, Fashion Director, Rent the Runway

64. Revamp an old coat by swapping out the buttons and having a tailor replace the lining with something eye-catching, like a pattern or a bright color.

63. When getting jeans shortened, always ask your tailor to reattach the original hem. It may cost extra, but it’s worth it.

62. If blush or bronzer breaks in your handbag, pre-moistened makeup removing wipes will clean up the loose powder flawlessly.

61. Break in stiff or too-snug shoes by slipping them on with socks and blasting your feet with a hot hairdryer.
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60. Hang a shoe bag on the back of your bathroom door and use it to hold makeup, toiletries, brushes, hair ties, etc.

59. A vintage trunk not only makes a stylish coffee table, but it can also house shoes and clothing you rarely wear.

58. “To remove watermarks from leather boots, add a few drops of vinegar to a bowl of cool water and scrub the stains with a soft bristle brush until stains are no longer visible. Let dry overnight.” — Daryl Carr, Marketing Coordinator, Stetson

57. To stop squeaky shoes, remove the insole and apply Vaseline or WD-40 before replacing it.

56. To determine if pearls are real, lightly rub them over your teeth. Fake pearls will be perfectly smooth, and real ones will feel slightly gritty or textured.

55. When you’re shopping for a jacket, coat, or blazer, pay attention to the fit around the shoulders. While a tailor can tweak pretty much everything about the fit of a jacket—from tapering the waist to shortening it—they can’t change the shoulders. Make sure the seams sit perfectly at the bony tops of your shoulders.

54. Chic up a sporty puffer vest by cinching the waist with a skinny belt.

53. Unless they’re cropped or tapered, pant hems should just graze the tops of your shoes and be from 1/2-inch to 3/4-inch off the floor.

52. Always dry-clean coats before storing them, and place on cedar hangers inside cloth garment bags. This preserves the fabric and keeps moths away.

51. If you have a small closet, never keep your shoes in clunky shoeboxes. Instead, always line up them on the floor.

50. Going to a winter wedding or formal event? Try wearing a sleeveless fur vest as a top, cinching it with a skinny belt or piece of ribbon and pairing it with a floor-length skirt.

49. How to care for fur at home: “Pass the fur with a hairbrush and steam it for added bounce, volume and shine.” —Eran Elfassy, Co-Creative Director, Mackage

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48. “Marquise ring shapes help to create the illusion of longer, more slender fingers, even on small wide hands. Pear or oval stones are also flattering.” — Carol Brodie, Fine Jewelry Designer, HSN’s Rarities: Fine Jewelry with Carol Brodie

47. Everyday bras should be replaced every three to six months, as that’s when they start to lose elasticity and support.

46. Ideally, a pencil skirt should hit just at the top of your knee. Any lower and it will start to shorten your leg.

45. Pants a bit too tight? Let them air dry and stretch the waistband by hand (or with a hairdryer) while they’re still damp.

44. Still look chic while showing some skin: If you’re wearing a miniskirt or shorts, cover up on top. If your top is skimpy, go for full-coverage bottoms.

45. Don’t underestimate the power of a well-fitting, stylish winter coat. You can be wearing pajamas underneath and you’ll still look perfectly put together.

44. Windex restores the glossy sheen on patent leather without doing any damage.

43. Fold jeans like a pro: Lay jeans on a flat surface, fold in half from left to right. Grab the stacked jean legs and fold them in half so the hem of the jeans lines up with the waistband. Fold the jeans in half one more time.

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42. The power of a silk pillowcase isn’t a myth: Not only do they prevent “sleep crease,” they’re much, much gentler on your skin and hair.

41. “The best way to store fashion jewelry, including Sterling Silver, is in Ziploc bags. This helps pieces retain luster and reduces tarnishing and scratches.”—Jordann Weingartner, Founder, I Love Jewelry Auctions

40. If the garment you’re ironing has delicate buttons or detailing, cover them with the bowl of a metal spoon and press the surrounding fabric.

39. Don’t buy items you know you won’t properly care for. For example, if you know you’re never going to hand-wash that delicate cami or beaded sweater, don’t buy it.

38. “Pair flirty, feminine dresses with masculine spectator shoes for an effortless and unexpected look.” — Gabriella Perezutti, Designer, Candela

37. To achieve the perfectly effortless cuffed sleeve, keep the top button (which is called the gauntlet) buttoned while you roll.

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36. V-neck sweaters and tees give the illusion of a longer torso.

35. Spritzed a bit too much perfume on yourself this morning? Use unscented, oil-based makeup remover to remove excess perfume.

34. Tend to wear certain leather shoes without socks? Always stuff them with a soft cloth when you’re done wearing them. This absorbs moisture and help the shoes keep their shape.

33. “Hoop earrings are a classic style that every woman—regardless of age—should have, but the type depends on your face. If you have a thin face, go for larger round or embellished hoops. If you have a round face an elongated hoop or drop style is best.” —Elena Kiam, Creative Director, Lia Sophia

32. Freeze jeans inside a plastic bag for two days to zap odor without running them through the washing machine.
31. Looking for an easy trick to make your bare legs look longer? Try pumps the same color of your skin, which gives give the illusion that your legs extend a few extra inches.

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30. Wrap an empty bottle of your favorite perfume in a handkerchief and tuck it into your underwear drawer for a subtle scent.

29. Heat can warp your glasses frames, so always keep them in a hard case and never wear them on your head on a hot day.

28. Spray shirts prone to sweat stains with lemon juice before washing. The natural acid dissolves alkaline sweat reside that could cause yellow discoloration.

27. “It’s a myth that loose styles flatter a large bust or a plus-size woman. The area just under the bust is a woman’s smallest torso measurement, so emphasizing it with a structured waistband that hits higher than your natural waist will make you look a size smaller. —BG Krishnan, President, eShakti.com

26. Use shaving cream and a washcloth to remove liquid makeup from shirt collars.

25. A modern trick to looking like the most effortlessly stylish girl in the room: Pair dressy bottoms (a velvet maxi, a leather or beaded skirt, silk pants) with a worn gray crew-neck sweatshirt or T-shirt.

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24. When it doubt, always choose the smaller denim size, since jeans stretch with wear.

23. “Never dry a wet shoe with heat. Let it dry naturally in open air. Heat will dry out leather and the lifespan of the shoe will be cut in half.” —Jordan Adoni, Designer, Modern Vice

22. The easiest way to make your closet look organized: Buy all the same hangers for everything–same color, same shape.

21. Before bed, pour two or three tablespoons of baking soda into sweaty workout sneakers and tilt the shoe to distribute the soda evenly. This will eat any odor and absorb perspiration.

20. “For guaranteed weight loss, I advise people to follow my A, B, C’s – no Alcohol, Bread or processed Carbs.”—David Kirsch, celebrity trainer and fitness guru.

19. To prevent clothing from wrinkling in a suitcase, fold everything in plastic dry cleaning bags.

18. If you can’t fit two fingers underneath your bra band comfortably, it’s probably too tight.

17. Pile on good accessories—scarves, sunglasses, hats, statement jewelry—to instantly transform even the most basic outfit.

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16. Confused about laundry settings? Remember this: The hotter the water, the cleaner the clothing will be. While warm water is fine for most clothes, linens and dirty white clothing are best washed in hot water to remove germs and heavy soil. Cold water is usually used for delicates.

15. A structured hat should rest about 1/8 to a 1/2-inch above the ears.

14. After a shower, use your hairdryer to de-mist bathroom mirrors in seconds.

13. A good tip when cleaning out your closet: Ask a friend whose style you admire to come over and help. She/he might offer new insight on how to wear certain items before you toss them.

12. It might sound “budget,” but a hot glue gun works amazingly well to hem skirts, pants and even jeans in a pinch.

11. Looking for uses for all the single socks you’ve amassed while doing laundry? When you’ve got aches or pains, fill a sock with dry beans or rice and pop it in the microwave for 30 seconds. Voila, an instant (and free) heating pad.

10. Wear your new real leather jacket in the rain to break it in. Water will soften up the leather and allow it to stretch and crease at specific points on your body.
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9. Who has the time to hand wash bras? Machine wash them in cold water in a mesh zipper bag and drape them over a hanger to air dry.

8. Use a lemon wedge to remove excess or streaky self-tanner.

7. Track lighting is possible even for the tiniest closet: Buy a track kit, screw it into the ceiling, run the wire down the wall and plug it into the nearest outlet. Not only will you see all your clothes better, but you’ll feel like you have a more luxurious closet.

6. Invest in silk or satin pillowcases to keep your hair from breaking during the night. (They also keep your skin looking smoother than rough cotton cases!)

5. If you’re unsure about an impulse or sale purchase, leave it at the store. If you’re still thinking about it when you wake up the next day, buy it.

4. Have a sequin garment you don’t wear anymore? Remove the sequins and sprinkle them into a vase of flowers. Gorgeous!

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3. A good shoemaker can fully rebuild your favorite pair, even if the arch is cracked.

2. To coax a loose thread back into place, gently tug at the stitches to the sides of the pull as well as above and below

1. There’s nothing cooler than sticking to a signature style you know looks good on you. Slaves to fashion are never chic!


10 best menswear items in the world this week

We get to see the coolest products hitting the menswear market before anyone else – and of course, as committed clothes fans, we have our favourites. Here are 10 of the very best items launching this week that we think you should add to your wardrobe ASAP.

Canali blue suede double monk straps

Elvis was so physched about his blue suede shoes that he felt the need to record a song about it. Over half a century later and, trust us, you’ll feel exactly the same in these.
£325. canali.com

Le Specs Thunderdome sunglasses

These squared-off tortoiseshell aviators hit the throwback-modern crosshair right in the centre.
£55. lespecs.com

Dior diamond camouflage jumper

Woven from a breathable half-and-half wool and cotton mix, this superb camo-Argyll jumper is the only item you need to both stand out and keep cool this summer.
£740. dior.com

J Crew x Marcel George pocket square

The American prepmaster has teamed up with the Xerces Society for Invertebrate Conservation – a charity dedicated to the conservation of insects – to help reverse the world’s rapidly declining bee population. Designed by artist Marvel George, this silk pocket square is a superbly stylish way to both look good and do good.
£39.50. Available in store at J Crew, 58 Redchurch St, London E2 7DP. jcrew.com

Kartel Tarbert watch

Bring some serious #heritage vibes to your wrist with this watch from Scottish watch company Kartel, with features a handmade strap made from the country’s legendary Harris Tweed, crafted in the Outer Hebrides.
£90. kartel-time.com

Frescobol Carioca Tijuca skateboard

It might be named after the Barra da Tijuca, a neighbourhood in the west of Rio de Janeiro, but the Brazilian brand’s new skateboard will look equally at home on the streets of any less-sun drenched British city.
£650. Available at matchesfashion.com

Le Slip Francais scented briefs

The french brand’s briefs just got even better. Now not only do they provide excellent support, but these new pants are infused with a scent that activates when it comes in contact with sweat. And, before any lazy guys ask, no this doesn’t give you a free pass to wear them continuously for a month at a time (the fragrance will last for up to 20 washes).
£36. Available to buy now at selfridges.com
Gucci striped jumper

While this might look like a straighforward striped jumper from the front, the real beauty is on the back. There you’ll find embroidery of the phrase “Mare Gothicum” – an early name once used to refer to the Baltic Sea during the reign of Elizabeth I of England.
£450. gucci.com

QR socks

For socks that are business at the ankle but party down below, check out these supersoft models from new British company Quiet Rebellion (or QR). They’ll look navy when you wear them with a suit as all the pattern is limited to the top and foot-section of the socks. We particularly like the iteration with a design inspired by legendary artist and Jay Z favourite, Pablo Picasso.
£9. quietrebellion.london
Dr Martens x Norse Projects Steed shoes

Copenhagen-based streetwear fan favourite Norse Projects is teaming up with Dr Martens on a collaborative new version of the brand’s time-tested 3-Eye Steed shoe. Made in England and available in three colours (white, black and dark red) the new features include a water-resistant Repello suede upper, a custom padded tongue in ripstop nylon and a slimmer, sleeker Goodyear-welted “bouncing” sole. Bookmark the Norse Projects website now – they launch this Friday.
£200. Launching on Friday 29 April at norsestore.com

12 Jewelry Tips for both the Devoted and the Hopeless Jewelry Collector

Easy advice for all things jewelry: choosing, wearing, refashioning and loving your jewelry collection.

Top 12 jewelry tips:

1. Cut up those layered gold chains.
The trend is moving toward ‘statement’ jewelry…that’s one standout necklace. Maybe it’s a dramatic medallion. Or a rich textured chain. If you have a long layered necklace, you can clip off some of the chains to turn it into a solitary piece. Use a wire cutter to cut near the clasp.

2. Less is more.
National Jeweler is recommending wearing bolder, larger pieces that are gem- and color-intensive. Check your jewelry collection for dramatic pieces. Then wear only one or 2 at a time: an oversized cocktail ring or dangly earrings. Whatever you choose, be sure they make an impression.

3. Look for versatile pieces.
A long necklace with a clasp can be worn several ways: as a single strand, as a triple strand choker, even as a bracelet.

4. Earn a compliment.
Pay attention to which piece of jewelry wins you a compliment. If your best friend, or a neighbor, or a stranger compliments you on a necklace, wear it more often. Jewelry is meant to enhance your look. It should catch someone’s attention. Same goes for what you like…if you find yourself giving a compliment, remember the piece. You can keep that in mind when shopping.

5. Buy what you love.
If you’re out shopping and something catches your eye instantly, respect that instinct. That first reaction is powerful. You really like a piece when you feel that emotion of “I want that.” If you love it, buy it. You’ll love it every time you put it on.

6. Try it on!
That being said, try on jewelry before purchasing. Be sure it’s comfortable. Is it the right length? Can you work the clasp? Does it stay on? That test run is important because if a piece doesn’t fit, you won’t wear it.

7. Stack your bracelets.
Women’s Wear Daily declared the bracelet THE piece for this season. Wear any style you like: thin, thick, cuff, beaded, silver, gold, bronze. Many trendsetters are stacking them. Often it’s the same style stacked together. Or it’s the same color in a few different styles. Or it’s a group in complimentary colors. Any way you want to wear a bracelet, you’ll be a fashionista.

8. Give up the watch!
If you don’t wear bracelets, your excuse is “but I wear a watch so I can’t wear a bracelet!” So wear bracelets on your other wrist. Or buy bracelets that are thin and will coordinate with your watch (same metal, same color). Better yet, give up your watch. You carry a cell phone…get the time from that. Or ask a handsome stranger for the time.

9. Buy jewelry in neutral colors.
They’ll go with most of your wardrobe…giving you versatility. Greys, camels, frosts, blacks are all good choices. They go with everything. Or look for a multi-colored piece. Something with 10 hues in autumnal colors will look good with a lot.

10. Repair your favorite pieces.
If it’s an expensive piece, take it back to the store you purchased it from. If it’s from a local designer, call them…most local artists will do repairs for free…they want you to be able to wear their creations. If it’s a costume piece, you can visit a craft store or a bead store. They might offer repairs. Or you can buy supplies to re-string a necklace or replace a clasp.

11. Ask Grandma for her jewelry.
So many retro and vintage styles are back in fashion. Take a look at your mom’s, aunt’s or grandmother’s jewelry box. Look for enamel bracelets, Swarovski crystal necklaces, oversized earrings…all in vogue now. You can also find great vintage jewelry at estate sales, antique fairs and thrift stores.

12. Store your jewelry in an air tight container.
Oxygen is what makes sterling silver tarnish. So when you’re not wearing your jewelry put it in your jewelry box. Or you can even use a small ziplock bag. One from a grocery store is fine, or The Container Store has small bags in heavy plastic that are the perfect size for jewelry. To prevent tangling, store one necklace in one ziplock bag. Leave the clasp sticking out a bit from the zipper. That way the chain won’t tangle.

12 trends you need to know for spring

What were the big style takeaways from the catwalks in London, Milan and Paris last June? Here we break down the 12 big menswear trends you need to know for spring/summer ’16…

Get yourself a Cuban collar

From left to right: Topman Design, Louis Vuitton, Lanvin, Valentino, E Tautz

This season we’re looking back to the 1950s and taking inspiration from your grandfather’s favourite short-sleeved shirt. As temperatures rise, ditch your heavy knitwear and button down Oxford shirts. Instead get yourself some lightweight shirts featuring the retro Cuban collar. For an even more spring-appropriate look, don’t be afraid to go bold.


Photography by Indigital

From left to right: Dolce & Gabbana, Yohji Yamamoto, Neil Barrett, Gucci, James Long

Usually during the shows it becomes clear that one particular type of pattern will rule over all for the season – however no such thing emerged for spring/summer ’16. Instead, the trend came from not what to wear, but how to wear it – as a head-to-toe look. Whether you go for matching pattern at top and bottom or two colour-complementary exploded prints, the key to pulling this off is exercising restraint where it’s needed. Keep your accessories solid coloured and preferably in blank-canvas shades like navy, black or white, and let that big bold print speak for itself.

Summer’s a grey area

Usually the warmer months invite an explosion of colour on the catwalks – but for Spring-Summer 2016 designers seemed to unanimously decide on a more subdued palette, with grey topping the list as the most widely-seen hue. Sure, it’s a colour that all men have in their wardrobe already, but next season it’s all about how you wear it: varying shades and patterns of grey should be worn all at once to create a look that’s big on texture.

From left to right: Missoni, Neil Barrett, Berluti, Oliver Spencer, Paul Smith

Get some greens

Green has been around for a few seasons now, but this season it’s booming. While we’ve previously seen green as a head-to-toe outfit in the same shade, for S/S ’16 we’ll see the shades split up and mixed together. Beginners should clash hues using accessories (such as ties or bags), but for next level menswear points commit with a few contrasting pieces that you can wear together.

From left to right: Burberry Prosum, Hermes, Gieves & Hawkes, Canali, Ann Demeulemeester

Stride out in baggy trousers

We’ve seen baggy trousers bubbling under the surface for a couple of seasons now, but this season they burst through in a big way with the vast majority of designers showing loosened-up shapes.

While we loved the wide-leg jeans at E Tautz and quilted trousers at Craig Green, the main way we saw these worn was with tailoring.

If you’re going to invest in a casual suit, make sure it has trousers with a slouchy cut.

From left to right: Agi & Sam, E Tautz, Giorgio Armani, Craig Green, Fendi, Etro, Lanvin, Bally

Learn the meaning of “Chinoiserie”

There were lots of shout-outs to China in the collections, with pyjama trousers, silk shirts and even full suits cut from Chinoiserie (aka patterns that are influenced by Eastern elements such as dragons, animals and flowers). However, the most popular (and wearable) way that we saw this type of print executed was on a series of bold, silk baseball and bomber jackets, most notably at Dolce & Gabbana, Valentino and Louis Vuitton.

From left to right: Marc Jacobs, Gucci, Dolce & Gabbana, Louis Vuitton, Valentino

Jeans are more distressed than ever

Good news for guys who get through their jeans at a rate of knots: next season’s denim is ripped, patched, bleached – all but destroyed, basically. And while ones that are slashed to pieces might only be for the boldest among us, the key takeaway is that your jeans should look lived in – whether that’s through a lighter wash or a repair or two.

From left to right: Baartmans & Siegel, James Long, Tiger of Sweden, Calvin Klein Collection, Philipp Plein

Anoraks are back

The humble pac-a-mac is going high-end. When an inevitable, impromptu rain shower hits, make sure you’ve got a light nylon cover-up to hand. While we saw ones in patterns at Brioni and bold, block colours at E Tautz, the most popular style was see-though – which is handy, because it goes with everything you already own.

From left to right: Z Zegna, Brioni, Lou Dalton, Wooyoungmi, Hardy Amies

The only hat you’ll need next season…

No longer just the preserve of American sportsmen out on the diamond, baseball caps were all over the catwalks for the new season. However, forget those snapbacks you know from Nineties boybands, this new breed is made from luxurious materials like leather, suede and exotic skins and is intended to be worn just as easily with your suit as with your weekend jeans – and should be worn with the peak facing frontwards at all times.

From left to right: Balmain, Les Hommes, Berthold, Salvatore Ferragamo, Versace

Your 2 essential summer layers: a suede jacket and a zip-up

The Seventies vibe we saw hit its peak during autumn/winter ’15 continues for the new season, so if you are debating investing in a suede jacket, rest assured that it will carry you through to the summer. Another item you should invest in is the zip-up jogging suit-style jumper, which we saw worn in a variety of ways: under suits, as a light top layer and, our personal favourite, tied around the waist and ready for sundown.

From left to right: Belstaff, Officine Generale, Bottega Veneta, Topman Design, Ami, Prada

Backpacks you can take to the boardroom

Photography by Getty Images

The backpack revolution has been happening for a while now, however this season saw a slew of designers playing with the shapes, sizes and materials – boosting the genre to all-new heights of sleekness. While we saw them at Louis Vuitton and Wooyoungmi, our personal favourite was the slim iteration above from Hermes, cut from navy leather and finished with sparkling chrome hardware, it’s more than smart enough to wear with a suit to the office.

Pictured: Hermes

Socks ‘n’ sandals aren’t going anywhere

Look around you when you’re next out in the sun: you’ll notice a swathe of men around you will be wearing pool slides with gym socks. It’s something that’s also cropped up on the designers’ radars too – almost every show from the edgiest East End label to the most conservative Italian fashion houses featured sandals on socks worn together. However, the difference is that plastic pool slides have been replaced by beautiful leather straps and those white tube socks with luxurious cotton and cashmere iterations, often in co-ordinating colours. Time to unleash you inner German tourist, gentlemen…

From left to right: Margaret Howell, Maison Margiela, Bottega Veneta, Versace, Kenzo

5 Fashion Tips and Tricks Every College Girl Must Know

5 Fashion Tips and Tricks Every College Girl Must KnowWhat do you when your dress gets stained at college? Or when deodorant marks spoil your brand new tees? Well, everything has a solution and that goes for fashion accidents too. There are 5 tricks and tips every fashionista follows. Read on and learn from the experts!
A Deo Called Vodka: When you take out a sari or dress from your treasure trove, it smells of those awful naphthalene balls you had packed them in. All you have to do to remove that odour is to prepare a mixture of vodka and two parts of water. Spray over the dress and the smell will be gone!
Foam Saves the Day: If your dresses and tees have white deo marks, the best way to get rid of them is by gently rubbing protective foam (which you generally use on metal hangers to avoid rust marks) or shaving foam against the dress material. The white stains will become lighter.
Talcum Powder to the Rescue: A lot of time while eating we drop food on our clothes, leaving behind oil stains. You can easily do away with the marks by applying talcum powder over it. If you drop sugar syrup or pickle on your garment do the same thing. Add let the powder stay on the stain overnight, in the morning you won’t even be able to make out where the stain was.
How to Get the Perfect Fit: If you don’t get the right fit, try buying Lycra garments. Go for shirts and T-shirts that have 5% Lycra or spandex and 95% cotton. When it comes to jeans, they should have at least 2% Lycra to keep the pairs in good shape. This is the best trick to buy the perfect fit jeans.
Hand Wash Only: In summers we love to swim. But don’t even think of washing your swimsuit using a washing machine as it loses its elasticity. Just hand wash it.
What fashion tricks do you follow? Tell us in the comment box.

20 Different Goatee Beard Styles Picture For Men In 2016

Beard styles are something that has a huge variety among men. As the trend of having a beard is increasing quickly, we have brought to you another post regarding different beard style. There are so many ways to keep a beard. You can have beard without a mustache or a goatee beard. You can also have short beard without mustache or a chin strap beard styles.

Goatee styles

So we are starting with the goatee styles. As you already know, it is the easiest and quick men beard style to adapt. It does not require too much of maintenance. If you are new for this style, you must be having a question in your mind that how do I grow a goatee. Well, the answer is that you need to grow to facial hair below your lip. Once a certain amount of hair is grown, you have to choose one of the perfect shaving styles for facial hair for you. There are so many styles of goatees. First one is the small goatee with little beard. This is a very suitable kind of look. It is apt for office as well as parties. This is also quick to do but you have keep maintained that beard. The next one among goatee styles is the goatee with thick beard. This is quite opposite to the one mentioned above. This is also suitable for most of the occasions. In this, you need to grow your facial hair a bit longer. It is suitable for all face shapes. Another goatee beard style is the opposite triangular one. This came into trend when Hollywood celebs adapted it. It is one of the highly classy and stylish goatees. It is totally up to you that you want to keep a beard with it or not. But if you completely want to follow celebs look, then you should keep fine facial hairs.

Suitable face shapes for goatee styles

Almost every face shaped, whether it is long, round, v-shaped or square, it is suitable for all. The reason is that it does not cover a large area of your face. In this style, you don’t need long or thick facial hair. A little facial hair will be sufficient for such beard styles.

Maintenance of goatee beard

For goatees, you don’t need more facial hair and that’s why more maintenance is not needed. If you a beginner, then also you can try this style on your own. It is not compulsory that for the first time you need to visit a salon. Such beard styles can easily be maintained without any professional assistance.

Mustache styles

Sometimes a beard looks incomplete without mustache. To complete your manly look, there are so many options among mustache styles which you can choose. We are starting with the basic one. The basic one is that you just grow your facial hair and let it grow. After that, you have to decide whether you want a thick or thin facial hair styles. It is understood that for the thick one, you have to wait longer. The mustache can be full length, in the mid of upper lip, it can be straight or it can be curly from the edges. The choice depends on you. It also depends on the fact that what kind of mustache styles actually suits you. For beginners it is better that they start with the basic style. Because going from no-mustache to a full-mustache might be difficult for you.

Maintenance of mustache styles

Yes, it requires maintenance. But the main fact is that you need to be very careful during trimming. Carelessness can lead to injuries. Mostly the upper lip has to face minor cuts due to mishaps in trimming in such men beard style. If you are beginner, you can go to a salon.

Facial hair styles

It refers to what kind of beard you are willing to carry. You can have naturally thick or thin facial hair. For the bushy look, you need thick facial hair. And for the cleanly trimmed look, thin facial hair is needed. As you go further, there are so many options for different beard style. One of the most stylish look in beard is the beard connected to upper jaw. This look is suitable for informal occasions, and sometimes for formal also, but not always. Another style is the finely trimmed full beard. In this, facial hairs are covering half of your cheek and mustache area. In such facial hair styles, maintenance is more. It is a rough look but manly yet.


For thick men beard style, initial maintenance is less. Because in the beginning stage you just need to let your hair grow. After that you need to keep maintenance other the look can appear as untidy and unhygienic. The fact is that maintenance changes according to different beard style. For thin facial hair look, maintenance starts at an earlier stage because here you need to manage your facial hair from the very beginning.

So this was all about the goatees, mustache and facial hair styles. And as we always say, choose the one that compliments you.

1.Christian Bale Thin chin facial hair with goatee styles
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2.Dwayne Johnson Full chin with fine mustache beard styles
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3.George Clooney Jaw facial hair styles with mustache for men
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4.Fine jaw line trimmed beard with mustache styles
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5.Long mustache with thick different Goatee style
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6.Messy and thick latest men beard style
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7.Hugh Jackman Jaw and under jaw beard styles with joint mustache
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8.Leonardo DiCaprio Small goatees with very less facial hair beard look
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9.Pierce Brosnan Bushy beard and full mustache facial hair styles
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10.Robert Downey Opposite triangle goatee beard with fine facial hair
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11.Robert Downey Jaw line beard with fine mustache styles
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12.Robert Pattinson Only chin facial hair as different Goatee beard style
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13.Brad Pitt Small goatees with thin facial hair style for men
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14.Brad Pitt Thick and long beard with goatee styles
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15.Hugh Jackman Full bushy beard and mustache beard styles
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16.Hugh Jackman Thick goatees for thicker facial hair with mustache
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17.jason statham Cleanly trimmed half cheek facial hair styles
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18.johnny depp Unique goatee styles with tied beard in two sections
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19.Bushy beard styles for thick and more facial hair
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20.paul walker Messy goatees with trimmed facial hair all over

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Fashion notes: tips and tricks for wearing faux fur this winter

Fashion notes: tips and tricks for wearing faux fur this winterAn appalling number of luxury brands have incorporated fur in their autumn/winter 2015 collections.

From Gucci’s fur-lined loafer slippers to the Dior fur-sleeved pink cape that Rihanna wore at the Dior show this past Paris Fashion Week, it’s looking like being animal-friendly is no longer in vogue – and that’s quite depressing if you ask me. There are plenty of opinions on the ethics of using authentic animal fur in fashion, and I’m sure you all have different views. While some of us are proud activists, adamant that the use of fur be abolished in fashion, others couldn’t care less where a garment comes from.

I, for one, have always been an animal lover, and full-heartedly advise you to avoid buying into an industry that may mistreat our furry friends. If you really love the look and feel of fur, then opt for faux versions instead. There are plenty of options available, and they’re cheaper, too, but best of all, you’re not running the risk of promoting something that you really wouldn’t support, if you knew all of the grisly details that went into producing it.

Now, even if your fur is faux, I recommend you rock it in small doses. An all-out furry coat just looks odd, especially if you’re wearing it in this barely ­winter weather. So unless you’re ­planning on tromping around Europe or Russia this month, don’t spend your money on a coat with this texture – though if it’s only on the pockets or ­collar, it’s definitely more ­wearable.

Look for products with faux-fur accents, to give an interesting kick to your autumn/winter ensembles. As well, look to accessories – for instance, fuzzy oversized clutches are pieces that I wouldn’t expect to particularly like; however, I’ve been swayed in recent weeks. There’s something fresh and fun about a slightly formal outfit that’s brought to life with a big furry clutch.

Bags are even more intriguing if they’re embellished – just look at recent offerings from Dubai-based fashion house Zayan the Label, where colour-blocking is combined with pearl embellishments and illustrated patches, all in a faux-fur clutch – just fabulous. Mango and River Island are also effectively using a lot of faux fur in their current handbag ranges.

Another accessory on trend this season is the fur stole – for a cruelty-free synthetic one, check high-street stores such as H&M. For further effect, look for stoles that have a mixed colour patchwork effect, or for pieces with tips that are dyed in different shades. Be sure to check the quality up close before buying one, as these often run the risk of looking like feather boas from the craft store. Footwear can incorporate faux fur, too. While I find it absurd to see women wearing Ugg-style boots in the UAE, light ankle boots are somewhat acceptable in the country’s mild winter climate. These booties can be topped off with faux-fur trimmings – though I wouldn’t recommend you go for any with Gucci-style inner fur linings, unless you’re OK with having sweaty feet all day.

These days, it’s also common to see faux fur getting balled up into cute pom-poms — they top shoes and baseball caps, and can be hung onto handbags.

If you’re not impressed with any of the faux-fur finds in stores here, turn to shopping online – there’s a huge range of gilets, stoles, vests, parkas, ­collars and bags available at Asos, at affordable prices – ­after all, it wouldn’t be smart to ­overspend on these pieces, which can only be worn during the span of a few short months here in the very warm Middle East.

20 Best Modern jilbab Fashion Style For Muslim Women

Jilbab is a part of Muslim wear for women. It is a loose long garment for women usually worn as a part of Islamic clothing. Sometimes, it is also used to refer a headscarf instead of a full garment. As fashion is spreading its wings in all routes, there are some modern changes in hijab also. Apart from the basic solid colors, now there are so many colors and shades available. Apart from this, there are so many ways to style a model jilbab. In this post, we have grabbed some images of fashion Islamic clothing, which can give you a hint about how to style your thobe.

So, starting with the qamis. It can also be called as kameez. It is a long dress in loose fit (usually) and can be teamed up with lower dress (optional). To look modern, you need to select an Arabic hijab because now it is available in various colors and patterns. For instance, the first one we have here is a yellow qamis with headscarf. The top wear has solid color as well as designing on it. The design in the middle and on sleeves makes it look trendy. You can style the look with proper footwear. After this, there is a Muslim wear for women which can be worn as a head scarf, known as khimar. It is something that covers the head. But sometimes it is stated that it covers the face and neck as well. It is mostly in solid and single colors and not in vibrant prints, shades and colors. Now-a-days Modern hijab terbaru is in huge trend. One of the basic reasons is that it has variety. It is not monotonous. Comparatively, it is not as long as model jilbab. The half-moon style of wearing it is very popular presently. These are worn with under scarves. The advantage is that you can make a bow with it to style your look. You can also add floral brooches for charming appearance. It is different from khimar as well. Apart from traditional thobe, you can team up these head scarves with modern dresses as well. It helps in protecting your skin from dust, harmful sun rays and lots more. Currently, pastels colors are also trending for Modern hijab terbaru. It goes well with solid colors. And also suits with floral prints. As black has always been the standard color for Muslim wear for women, small embroideries on make it look different and nice. For such a thobe, you can choose solid color head scarf but in light shade. Because, lighter shade of it will not make it look monotonous. One of the best options with black is golden color. And for modern qamis, you can go for various alternatives which are available in multiple colors and shades. Here, you have the opportunity to style your look according to your taste. Modern hijab terbaru can help you out properly because here you have various options to choose from. You can enhance your look with a statement bag or clutch as well. You can choose a different color of bag or clutch with your outfit, because now matching-matching concept is not so compulsory. And yes, you can also go for the same color, it is actually suits. Khimar can also be used to complement fashion Islamic clothing and Arabic hijab. Overall, these head scarves can be worn by children as well. It really makes them look charming. And you need to choose a good and apt Model jilbab for you so that it enhances your look and keeps you in Islamic trend as well. Here some options in the images are given, which can help you out.

1.Solid color hijab style in Islamic fashion

2.Solid color loose-fit thobe for women

3.Modern hijab terbaru with bow for little children

4.Pastel colored model jilbab with pastel colored outfit

5.Solid black hijab with block printed outfit

6.Plain headscarf with embroidered qamis

7.Floral printed and solid colored modern hijab terbaru

8.Short headscarf with matching long thobe

9.Royal blue khimar with pastel colored loose-fit garment

10.Modern hijab style with designed qamis

11.Pastel color model hijab with western dress

12.Loose-fit thobe with solid color head scarf

13.Modern hijab terbaru in multi-color with trendy dress

14.Attractive and modern jacket-style thobe for women

15.Dark pastel hijab with floral printed thobe

16.A-line pastel color long thobe for Muslim women

17.Georgette model jilbab with maroon long outfit

18.Pastel head scarf with frill thobe for women

19.Black thobe for islamic culture with embroidery on neck

20.Pastel model jilbab with A-line thobe


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