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VIDEO: How to wear menswear inspired pieces (Dress Well: hijab style guide)

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The inspiration for this episode came after I saw a photo of Aerin Lauder Zinterhoffer (granddaughter of Estée Lauder) in a coffee table book I have. The photo was taken in 1998; Zinterhoffer is standing in Estée Lauder offices wearing a crisp white button-down, tailored white pants and a pair of stilettos. But even in menswear inspired pieces the balance she strikes between minimalism and femininity leaps off the page.

I've come a long way from the days when I used to borrowed my dad's undershirts and bought men's Levi's. Likewise, retailers have come a long way over the years now offering up boyfriend blazers and grandpa cardigans to women. So for this episode I wanted to create an of-the-moment menswear inspired look and then seamlessly translate that look into a version suitable for a Muslim woman.

Here are three easy pointers to achieve this look:

1. Stick to a neutral color palette, go easy on makeup and accessories.

Try: soft pink gloss and/or blush, tinted moisturizer, eyeliner on top lid only; simple ring, stud earrings, wrist watch.

2. Pick one central piece; wear loafers or boyish brogues.
Try: tailored blazer, high-waisted or wide-leg trousers, structured skirt or button-down.

3. Add one feminine piece for balance.

Try: Something flouncy and/or airy like a nice blouse or pleated skirt.
Picking the right hijab color can often feel challenging. Remember, your hijab should complement your overall look not necessarily match what you have on. The right color hijab is the difference between 'totally chic' and 'school uniform'.

Take inspiration from menswear-inspired looks you love for your personal take on this fresh, classic look!

Models: Kaiyan Wong (@abitewithwong) and Chelsey Delaney (@chesleD)
Stylist: Sabrina Enayatulla (@SabrinaEnaya)
Director of Photography: Joe Varca
Special Thanks: Tanya Sheikh, AIKAZ Showroom


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