At AbayaButh, we believe that being a Hijabi shouldn't limit your fashion choices - instead, by wearing a hijab, you have an additional accessory to dress up or down and transform your simple outfit into a staple trend.
A hijab can be worn in many different ways and can be adapted for a plethora of occasions and outfit styles, making it incredibly important that you remain in-the-know when it comes to the various materials, colours and hijab styles available to you. That's why we've put together a complete hijab style guide with easy-to-follow steps to ensure you remain confident in your day-to-day styling.
Hijab is the Arabic word meaning 'barrier' and, in modern times, has become synonymous with a headscarf. As a religion practised in most parts of the world, it should come as little surprise that the hijab is styled in multiple different ways depending on a variety of factors. These factors include the weather, the occasion, the clothes worn in the specific region and the facial structure of the woman herself.
As such, there's no one way to wear this timeless and highly adaptable piece - allowing you to create different hijab styles and signature looks of your own. All you need is a collection of beautiful hijabs and a few essential methods of wearing them to get you started.
In this blog post, our modest fashion experts are sharing how to wear different hijab styles, making sure you not only know how to wear your hijab, but are also in the best position possible to create a personalised look of your own. So, let's dive right in...
When first browsing an online hijab shop, it can be easy to overlook the fabrics and type of material used and, instead, opt for a headscarf purely based on its interesting pattern or stand-out colour shade.
While, naturally, picking out hijab styles based on their design is important to expressing your individual sense of style, carefully considering their materials will help you create the most effective look - and their importance shouldn't be underestimated.
There are a number of different materials and textures available for you to try out depending on your preferred hijab style, but it's recommended that you get to know the fabrics first to determine which pieces can be worn for specific occasions. This will also help you decide which ones shouldn't be worn depending on the event, weather, or other external factors. Some examples of hijab fabrics and materials include the following:
When it comes to successfully mastering hijab fashion, it's also essential to know the different hijab styles and designs to avoid, making sure you feel comfortable and confident in your headwear all day long.
There will always be those materials and shapes that suit you perfectly, while others can cling to you in entirely the wrong way. As such, there are some styles we recommend avoiding at all costs where possible.
Firstly, we suggest avoiding thin or skinny headscarves. These will only leave you feeling uncomfortable and self-conscious as the scarf falls from your head as the day goes on, exposing your hair and requiring you to regularly shuffle it back into place as a result. Secondly, we recommend not wearing short hijabs that don't quite fit your head properly - therefore limiting your ability to style them appropriately.
First on our list of essential hijab styles is the simple yet effective, tried and tested classic wrap. This instantly recognisable hijab style is a world-renowned favourite due to its effortless assembly and ability to be created with a wide variety of materials for all weather and occasions.
Not only is it effortlessly on-trend, but, due to its simple construction, the classic hijab can also be adapted to a broad range of outfit choices, regardless of the event - be it a brisk walk to the local supermarket or paired with a luxury abaya for a prom or graduation event.
A classic hijab wrap will suit most outfits, but, in order to ensure you're well prepared for any scenario, we advise filling your wardrobe with contemporary essential abayas that can be adapted to suit the events of the day ahead. From inner slip dresses to staple black open abayas, the classic hijab style can be worn with a pair of trainers and elegant trench coat for a timeless finish.
Next up on our list of fabulous hijab styles you need to know about is the sleek and elegant professional wrap. This sophisticated go-to is sure to rejuvenate any plain outfit, adding a welcome touch of class to an uncomplicated ensemble.
The professional hijab style is perfectly suited to any daily activity, but is particularly favoured in working environments - be it a corporate meeting or a supermarket shift where looking neat and tidy is of the utmost importance.
A professional hijab style epitomises elegance and, as such, requires little detail to be added to the rest of your outfit. Similar to a slick back ponytail, this option is best styled with suits and shirts, or other garments that have definitive lines and a structure that exudes professionalism.
To evoke a real sense of luxury with your hijab fashion choices, the voluminous trendsetter hijab style is the ideal option. This layered look is perfect for autumnal days, adding a welcome sense of texture and natural flair to your outfit - minimising the need for additional accessories, all while maintaining an inherently modest look.
The trendsetter hijab style does what it says on the tin, allowing you to look and feel on-trend no matter what the catwalks are saying. This timeless means of hijab styling will add a healthy dose of volume to your overall outfit and can be worn both day and night.
As a beautiful option for those of you looking for something with a bit of extra coverage, this hijab fashion favourite encompasses the 'more the merrier' motto, allowing you to build up accessories to ensure your hijab is highlighted as the star of the show.
Feel free to place a brooch on one side of the hijab, not hesitating to couple it with a gorgeous luxury abaya with crystal embellishment on the hem or at the end of the flute sleeves. Worn with a set of strappy heels and simple clutch bag to ensure no attention is detracted away from the hijab detail, this style exudes fashion.
An Instagram influencer favourite, the classic sleek hijab style creates an opulent 'I just threw this on' look and is a powerful outfit choice when paired with the latest on-trend fashion items.
Requiring only one pin to stay in place, this effortless creation radiates glamour without being over the top - allowing your outfit to remain the real focal point.
A sleek hijab is perfectly suited to the trends straight from the runway. This could be adopting the smart-casual look and pairing a bold red suit with an ice white chunky trainer, a black turtleneck tee and a bold black sleek hijab, or coupling an elegant kimono with knee-high boots, a bold red lip and sharp white headscarf. Whatever the occasion, this sleek hijab style boasts endless options.
Combining glamour with effortlessness, this easy-to-create type of hijab styling will elevate your ultra-cool, bohemian look to a new level.
Last, but by no means least, is the turban wrap. Ideal for women blessed with a strong jawline, this hijab style can be adapted to your own personal tastes.
Whether you choose it for the practicality of not having anything around your face during a long day at work, or the hot weather outside, the turban wrap is a hijab fashion style everyone should try at least once!
A bold look in itself, the turban hijab requires little need for extra styling. However, to add a touch of opulence to this already on-trend look, you can complete your outfit with a pair of statement earrings, keeping your clothing choices as simple or extravagant as you like.
Using an embellished velvet cape, a turban-style hijab will tie together your entire look - allowing you to finish off your outfit with either a pair of chunky black boots or a simple perspex sandal.
Modest hijab styles don't have to be boring. With so many options available out there, the possibilities are endless and there's no limit to your hijab fashion potential once you've mastered the first few styles. So, what are you waiting for? Explore our full range of on-trend hijabs here and get started on creating your own unique style statement today.
Until next time,