11 Feb Covered Style With Raheema Ali
Describe your ideal style.
My ideal style is ‘comfortable elegance’… if I can keep those two words together. I love to dress comfortably and feminine. Think maxis, dresses and skirts in various shades of red, pink, green and navy blue. My style has evolved over the years and I’m currently feeling content with myself. So I’m much less likely to seek extreme modes of expression in my clothing.
How do you choose outfits for the day?
With very little effort to be honest. I’ve decluttered recently and many pieces in my wardrobe look very similar. If it’s cold, I’ll layer up; also, I’m currently nursing a toddler, so the ease of nursing is reflected in my choices. My mood also plays a part in my choices.
Which clothing items give you the best coverage?
How do you style separate items to achieve a covered look?
Most functional wardrobe items.
I think I had more struggles in the beginning than I do now. This was the driving force behind starting my business in the first place. My struggles included not being able to find hijabs ready to buy in good quality fabrics; long dresses and skirts with slits or transparency, sleeves that were not quite long enough and so on. These days, my struggles are more to do with comfort. This dunya is not made for the ‘strangers’ and sometimes I find that there’s only so much comfort I can get dressing in full hijab. I’ve accepted that the struggles would be rewarded bi’ithnillah.