Layering it - Guest Post by Nadia

Friday, January 9, 2015

Assalam aleikum! My name is Nadia. I hope this finds you in good health and iman inshaAllah. I don’t have any experience in blogging but voluntered to do a guestblog to write about, how I approach the whole ”dressing modestly but yet individual”. My involvement in social media is basically limited to instagram (@nadia.mellouli) where I (almost) daily post things I experience.

 

 
You might know the feeling…
You imagine this perfect outfit in your head. But only to find when you start to put it on, you find the pants too tight, so you change them. Your dress too short, so you pick a longer one, and oh your blouse is see-through so you wear something underneath or top it up with a cardigan. As you stare in the mirror memoirs of Darth Vader in Star Wars come to you and look nothing like you had imagined.
Raise your hand if this has been a disturbing issue for you?
 

This situation used to be more of an everyday encounter, than a once in a while mishap. I would go out of my way to make a certain item work for me, and end up not using it. Maybe from a startingpoint of necessity, I began to experiment with different patterns, lenghts and layering in order to create a style that represented me but still didin’t go against what I believe. I changed a few things in this realization.
 

- The first thing I did was a realization of what I would wear. I stopped buying things that I knew I wouldn’t wear, meaning to accept that tight jeans and t-shirts just aren’t made for me to wear outdoor and realizing that I am not going to wear very feminine clothes with flower patterns outside either (the latter to big disapointment to my beloved mother). Having a lot of things you are not going to wear only adds confusion.

 
- Another thing is, no matter how cheap an item is, I stopped buying it unless I would still think it was nice if full-priced. To be honest I never was one to get excited about shopping excessively, just annoyed if I have something I never used. I reason a lot before buying things, hence also the reason why I usually shop alone (because my sister has given up on me: and no one else has the patience to go out with me).
 

- Thirdly if I don’t use an item within the days it is refundable, I return it to the store. Odds are that I won’t be using it much then. So as you can imagine I don’t have a great amount of items in my closet that I don’t use, so quality is important to me.
 
 
I am very concious about what I wish to cover, and the lenght of my skirts, dresses etc, so when I layer my clothes it is always with this in mind and it becomes the ”basis” of every outfit. Basis meaning it covers what I want. When wearing a maxiskirt, I love to put on shirts and top it up with a knit leaving all layers showing. I wear my jacket or oversize coat, sometimes over shoulder.

 
This fall/winter, being a resident in the colder part of Europe, I have really been enjoying oversized turtleneck knits. When wearing pants I only wear boyfriend jeans or loose fitted pants, I top this with a long shirt/dress to the knee, a shirt and knit, and an oversized coat. I have this tendency to roll up the sleeves of my coat leaving layers of clothes showing.

 
So to sum it up, I have a standard style, which I always do the same way, and then I create variation by opting for different colours and patterns. By having the same foundation, stylewise, I simplify the process of having to decide what and how to wear my outfits. Having felt what an amazing relief it is not have to “reinvent the wheel” every morning, I have gradually taking it one step by further, making it even more time (and energy) saving, by putting aside two hours every Sunday, to plan, iron and pick out my clothes for the following week. Having limited my ‘possibilities’ and avoiding clutter in my closet, getting dressed and ready in the morning has become less of Darth Vader experience
 
Last personal advice is always to ORGANIZE the wardrobe. I colorcoordinate all my clothes and my shoes are left in shoeboxes with polaroidpictures outside each box, so that I know exactly what I have and makes dressing alot easier. Every other week iron all my scarfs so they are ready to put on. In doing this I save alot of time and leaves me focusing on other, more important things.
 
What I’ve said isn’t groundbreaking, (which is why I will leave blogging to someone else), but just a few pointers that have really helped me find a style that I personally like and feel good about. 
 
Any thoughts?


17 comments:

  1. great post, it's so refreshing to read more about women who dress with a principle, nowadays it's true that certain fashions are forced on us in attempt to mainstream everything but that shouldn't deter women who want to dress modestly, and instead walk out knowing what they end up wearing doesn't resonate well in their eyes and most importantly what they know is right.

    Thank you for sharing your view on this :)

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    1. Thanks and well said. It can be difficult not to follow the trend, because they have become normal in our eyes and it can be challenging to find other things. If anyone told me in the beginning of 00's that wearing tights almost alone would be fashionable, I wouldn't believe it and many of us would say we'd never wear it.
      I personally find it challenging at times because we live in a society where we are very much judged by our apperance, and when trying to cover up, you know your potential is very far from fulfilled when you go out, as you cover so when my iman isnt at it's highest I do some times (rarely) my self thinking, how well I'd look doing this and that. And I say iman is low, because physical things are given to us by our creator. They aren't our doings so we can't feel any proud of any of it - at least that's what I think :) That's the reason I simplify my wardrobe, so I have clothes I wear outside and there are clothes I wear indoor that are so erm tight etc. that I would never dream of wearing them outside. So it's very easy:)

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  2. These outfits are so great! You just really need some essential basics and you can make them work so well with each other! Love it, great post!

    Jenan

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    1. Yes that is the point she is trying to make. We shouldn't buy a bunch of stuff we wont wear, rather stick to a few pieces that fit in with your personal style. :)

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  3. Beautifully and simply written, just as your style. Thank you for the good read and tips. All the best .

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    1. You must go follow her in instagram her style is mashallah!!

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    2. Thanks a lot / hope it was useful:) and likewise ❥

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  4. Ooh the outfit above the last pic looks soo cosy! The camel and cream colours match perfectly.

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    1. I agree! Follow her via instagram she posts regularly and her style is inspiring!

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  5. Love how she makes layering seems so easy. I jotted down some pointers already! Thank you for the post MasyaAllah :)

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