Haute Hijabi

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noraHAUTE HIJABI : NORA

We Love Hijab’s main goal is to show how Muslim women can dress modestly and stylishly at the same time. Many of you have been asking for examples of Muslimah’s who are doing just that. And in response to those requests, we proudly present our new weekly feature called Haute Hijabi!

An Haute Hijabi is a stylish Muslim woman who — of course — wears hijab. Each week, we’ll feature a different sister and our first model is Nora, a 19 year-old college student from Weston, Massachusetts.

Read on to find out more about Nora’s Haute Hijabi style!

WE LOVE HIJAB: Why do you love hijab?
NORA: Because it protects me in many ways and reminds me everyday as to why it is I am here. Also because it allows people to look past the superficial ideals of beauty and look at the person within.

WE LOVE HIJAB: What is your favorite place to find modest clothing on or offline?
NORA: H&M. Although it is not an Islamic store, I still believe one of their designers must be Muslim or Hijaby inspired because they always have something for everyone! Their clothes are modest, stylish, and not expensive. You can always depend on them for every-day basics that are still Hijab appropriate. Zara is great too, but does not have many stores in the US and their prices in the US are higher than overseas. For those hijaby’s in Europe, Zara is great!

WE LOVE HIJAB: How would you describe your sense of style?
NORA: My style has varied a lot over the past couple of years. I went from dressing ghetto, to the ‘abercrombie and fitch’ look, to hippie look, and now i like to blend a bit of chic with classy all at once- but of course always bearing in mind the Islamic dress code, to the best of my ability (iA). My style reflects my personality and mindset at the time- I shifted from one thing to another but now I definitely settled down, and with one look as well!

WE LOVE HIJAB: What key pieces do you think every Muslimah needs in her wardrobe?
NORA: A long skirt, definitely, and a long (covering the buttox) long-sleeved shirt (one very important thing to note: quarter-sleeves do not qualify as long-sleeves and there are arm sleeves sold in many Muslim owned clothing stores than can make up for this flaw in clothes). Plain hijabs are also great to have to even out an outfit that has too much going on while a colorful (not too flowery, bright, or sparkly) hijab can add taste to a plain ensemble. For me, it’s all about having the perfect handbag (but that’s a whole other story) ;-)

WE LOVE HIJAB: Which “celebrity” really needs a Modesty Makeover?
NORA: Britney Spears- maybe a modesty makeover will help make over other aspects of her life as well!

WE LOVE HIJAB: Who is the most stylish woman you know and why?
NORA: To be completely honest, there are few-to-no stylish women out there in the media today who represent a genuine Islamic aspect of style. If I am going to answer this question based on the proper way to dress, then I can only think of few friends who actually represent this. However, if I answer based on who is able to put together the right colors, patterns and style I would have to say Victoria Beckham, Rachel Bilson, Ashley Olsen (only recently though), Demi Moore, Cameron Diaz and others of that kind.

WE LOVE HIJAB: Do you have any advice for Muslim women who are considering wearing hijab?
NORA: First of all, do not stress about it too much or over-think it. Although wearing hijab is a big deal (many many females take it off and put it back on again or sometimes keep it off permanently), it is not something that requires a lot of work. If someone is at the level necessary to wear hijab then they are most likely already modest in their dressing and are already following the basic requirements of a Muslim woman (like praying, fasting, ect). This means, wearing the hijab only brings two ‘obstacles’: 1) knowing how to wear a hijab properly and 2) understanding the new role you are playing in society as an official walking representation of da3wa to Muslims everywhere. Even though this may come off as a biased opinion to many because I wear hijab, I know that I truly feel much better walking down the streets with a hijab on than with no hijab. Yes, I may stand out in some ways, but if you play it off properly, you should only stand off in a positive way. To be honest, I very rarely (I can probably count the number of times on one hand) receive negative comments from people regarding my hijab (keep in mind I have been wearing it for almost five and a half years now). I have always been given compliments from both Muslims and non-Muslims. As long as you wear the hijab with confidence and in a classy way, you will most-likely not draw attention to yourself (although there will always be the ignorant people who give you a bad vibe regardless of what you do). Always remind yourself that Allah (swt) knows best and He would not have asked us to follow through with this action if He knew it would not be beneficial to us in one way or another. Also, remember that we are on this earth and alive today (alhamdoulillah) because Allah swt has blessed us with life and all He has asked in return is that we follow his words (the Koran) and He will always be there to guide us inshAllah. If you look at the big picture, we are not giving up anything, rather gaining from this experience and inshAllah, as time passes more and more people will see this.

STEAL NORA’S STYLE:

Steal Nora’s Style

Look #1:
Longline Pocket Cardigan, £50.00
Chiffon Hijab, £3.99
Tab-Front Wide Leg Pants, $49.50

Long Black Bead Necklace, $15.00

Look #2:
Shimmering Cropped Shrug, $29.00
Strapless Pleated Gown, $2708 (Wear without the belt, please.)
Carlos Santana Necktie Sandal, $26.99-$89.00
Sheer Silk Textured Hijab, £15.95

Want to be next week’s Haute Hijabi? Contact me!

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Umm Amirah

I LOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOVE it.
keep it comming.

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Mini

This site is so pretty. I have been waiting all week for this! YIPPIEE!

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karen

Gotta shop now for the gray cardigan… Jazaks and love the site btw. keep it up.
-Karen

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mary

I love the new site!!! Very chic!

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Najibah

I love the new site and the article. I wanna be a Haute Hijabi!!!

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esma

i really love this sight. im a new muslim and im looking for a stylish ways to wear hijab..and this is it…. thx and im waiting for more!!!!

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Hijabi Apprentice

Masha Allah I really like the sister’s style.

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m

I cannot remember where I have seen this sister before. she is very tasteful and elegant .she look nice always

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Butterfly2729

Mashallah really interesting and helpful to read. Keep them coming inchallah. Also more for the UK hijabi would be great ^_^ …
youtube.com/butterfly2729

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$TyLi$h !!

Salamu Alaikum !!
hey this is shayma !the site is jst AWESOME !! MashaAllah u go girl!
Jazzaki Allahu kahiran !

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Ruqiyyah

Mashallah, what a great idea!

Haha–I’ve been so excited for the new site and it’s B-E-A-UTIFUL mashallah!

I’m excited to see what’s next!

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ERICA

As Salaamu Alaikum! Kima…..love the new site. It’s chic, stylish and cute! Love the idea of Haute Hijabi. The interview was insightful and fun and I absolutely love Nora’s style and the fact that we can “Steal Nora’s Style”…lol. How creative?! Can’t wait to see more and subscribe.

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amirah

i love this!!! i am also a new muslim who is in college and i am always looking for ways to keep a little of my old style in my hijab….. mashallah

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Kam

You site is soooo cool, keep up the good work, you show that you don’t have to be old fashioned nor ‘frumpy’ to wear hijab- and it is probably the best thing I have ever done!
Check out my blog- http://modernmodesty.blogspot.com/

Jazakallahu Khayrun!!

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ammena

salam I love the looks masha’allah.. but i totally love the dress she is wearing that looks like ‘look 2′ in the top pictures masha’allah, the pleated one… its gorgeous! keep representing sis!!

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Ala

Mashallah, I have checked every single night fo the new website and I am not disappointed! This is beautiful and I love the haute hijab idea. Nora is beautiful mashallah and wears her hijab so well. I love the outfit on the far right of her pictures. I thought it was a brown skirt but I guess it’s a dress. I think I need to look around for a skirt with those sort of pleats. Keep up the great work.

Jazaki alla khair

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Nur

Shes so pretty mashallah and stylish :D Been waiting for ages and surely am not disappointed, looking forward for more :) Congratulations on getting this up and running Kima :)

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modestyfirst

I love the new site. Mashallah! The sister is very beautiful. Does anyone know how she wraps her khimar and underscarf?

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farrah

great website mashallah! so happy to see it finally up… :) and i love this sister’s style! so nice… im wondering how she did her hijab with the brown dress… hmmm… keep it up the great work!!!!

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Sara

wow I love both looks..u make me want to wear hijab even more! :)

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Naeema

salam,
WOW, im so excited about ur new site, its so nice. thnx u
and also i LOVE this sisters style, totally inspired me, and now im out to get the simple long necklace and maybe a sweater dress! :D thnx lots and much luv

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Sally

Love this blog :)

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Ayan

Masha’Allah sis :D
This is an awesome blog!! This sister has style yet still manage to be modest … thanks for sharing her story!!
Keep up the good work <3

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Waridi

Love the new blog…it’s awesome !! Could you feature some hijab scarf styles for those of us with big hair? Maybe even some pointers for getting it all underneath in a neat and stylish way. Having to sacrifice your hair style (by having to pull it back into a ponytail) for a neat hijab is a BUMMER :)

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sf

Great ideas! Mashallah the sister is well dressed and a good example to all the young muslimahs out there, that you don’t have to look boring when you can be chic!

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Aisha

Masha Allah!

Wonderful website ! Love it!

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Fatihah

As salamu’alaikum sister Kima,

I loooooooooooooooooooove the website! And I absolutely loooooooooooooooooooooove this post! Nora you’re so beautiful sis subhanaAllah! *giggles*

Congratulation for the new web and keep on posting gorgeous threads Kima! We’re all waiting for more stuff :D

eL-Oh-Vee-Ee,

Fatihah

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Amnah

Congratulations! The new website looks awesome.

Please, please, please find out where Nora purchased her brown skirt from. It’s absolutely gorgeous! Mashallah. She has great style and I’m glad you chose her as the first Haute Hijabi.

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Enass

Thank you for doing this, your blog has given me such great ideas about being modest AND stylish.

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Farah

Nora exemplifies what it means to be islamically chic! Way to go! :) I love this website simply because it shows us how we can be the same. Islam is a way of life and this website does not take away from that but rather celebrates it. Alhumdullilah to the sisters who have made this possible.

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Umm Salihah

Assalam-alaikam sis Kima,
The new site looks great. I was so addicted to the precious modesty site that I have been waiting impatiently for this one too.

I love the second article in this post, looks beuatiful. Keep up the good work.

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welovehijab

Asalamualaykum my dear sisters! :o)

Thank you all so much for the love and support. I’m really happy that you all love the new site and inshaAllah, it will be a great source of inspiration (and fabulousness!) for all of us.

Please share this site with other sisters that you know.

xoxo Kima

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Ummi Wan Kenobi

Keep bringing on the awesome, girlfriend!!!

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Hafsa

Wonderful! Wonderful! MASHA’ALLAH, Sister Kima. My only suggestion is that rather than have sisters self-nominate, which can seem a bit immodest/arrogant, maybe you should ask us to nominate sisters for the Haute Hijabi. Jazakh Allah Khair.

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Nadia

Great website. Why dont you put it on facebook. So muslim women can join it from facebook

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welovehijab

Salam ladies!
I have an update from Nora. She said that her dress is by Shelly Laundry and it came from Macy’s. The long grey sweater came from H&M.
I actually found a brown dress that it’s similar to the one that Nora wore, but it’s from Net-A-Porter and it’s about $3,000! Check out Net-A-Porter’s website if you’re still interested.
xoxo Kima

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welovehijab

Ummi Wan Kenobi: I will inshallah! Thank you so much! :o)

Hafsa: You can definitely nominate other sisters, but inshallah, just make sure that they would agree with being on the site first.

Nadia: I’ve emailed you. :o)

xoxo Kima

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justafannyfan

I like all those fringe scarfs Nora is wearing. Can you tell us where to get them Nora?

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AsianPranksta

OMG!!! I love your site. You are the most amazing person I … can’t say “I have met” or “I know”… how bout the most amazing person I came across on the WWW :P.

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Nora Khalil

Salaams,

I just wanted to say jazak allahu khair to everyone for all of the compliments and hope that you continue to support what it is Kima is doing because it’s great! May Allah (swt)bless her for taking the initiative to find a way to bring together a woman’s love for fashion and the proper guidelines for Islamic attire.

Secondly, for those asking about my hijabs- although most of them are purchased over seas from my home country Egypt (as well as other countries including Turkey, Saudi ect), the silver one I am wearing is actually from Lord and Taylors (and I wore a shiny black under piece, one that did not clump) The green scarf is actually a pashmina and if you tie it around three times, then you can pull it off as a hijab (it gives style and color to a simple outfit without being too bold) I love wearing larger hijabs because it covers the chest area, which is very important. This makes it easier for me because this way I am able to purchase large pashminas, shawls, scarves ect which are sold everywhere. For those of you that are not able to travel abroad or do not trust the internet with your financial info, try stores like H&M (hehe), Lord&Taylors, Macys, Urban Outfitters, Old Navy, and especially boutiques (which differ depending on where you live).

The key to the headscarf is not really what it looks like, it’s all about how you wrap it and whether or not it is comfortable. Even if you are wearing a plain scarf, as long as you wrap it in the way that suits your head shape best, and pick a comfortable material, you will love it, and it will show!

Kima, thank you and I love the second article, keep it up!

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welovehijab

Update: Edited article to include the more modest (and more pricey) pleated gown.

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riya

I feel like I’m stalking your site Kima! I saw the other comment on the other post and I agree n’ I’m glad you updated the post. Sisters had a problem with the prices from the other blog but don’t worry about that cuz we can get inspired by what you post regardless of the price. Jazaks!

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WE LOVE HIJAB

AsianPranksta: You’re so sweet! Thank you so much! :o)

Nora: You were the perfect first Haute Hijabi! :o) Jazak Allah Khair for the great answers and all the info.

Riya: I love having you here so keep on stalking! lol.

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nasibah

assalamualaikum,
i love sis nora k’s style ..esp the one with the black shawl..but hmm i think sum of the tops r a lil bit too tight..maybe if she loosen em a bit insyAllah perfect.. :)

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Fatima

Salaams sister,

I love this website, please keep it up. Sister looks fierce, Masha Allah.

xx Fatima

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Minnah F.H

Salaams

What a inspirational website…i simply luuuv it:D
By the way, check out this website: hehehttp://www.laredoute.com/
,you can find alot of modest and fashionable clothes. Since i live in a country (Norway/Europe)where you have to spend a whole amount of time and money to find the right outfit, La Redoute has been my second best friend whenever i`m in the mood for shopping (which is unfortunately for my bankaccount, quite often)..hehe”,

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Erica

I love this new site and I love this feature!!

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Sadiyah

I love the idea of this feature. I am considering wearing the hijab and Inshallah will take the plunge soon. So i find this feature and inspiration.

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MuslimahSocialite

Nice, masha’Allah!

FYI. We must know or remember when mentioning the likes of Victoria Beckham and Demi Moore and celebrities, they all have “stylist” that keep them looking fashionable.

Well, now we have two sisters so far that Victoria nor Demi can’t touch, and it’s our very own “Samah, and Nora K” Hooray! you won twice sisters! Here in dunyah and inshaAllah in Jannah, inshaAllah!

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Sumera

Sister, you are so pretty mashallah, love your style it’s classic and sophisticated!

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Habiba

mashallah sister you look pretty and the hijab really does suit you. I have just started wearing it and you style and other sisters who’ve featured here have inspired me on how to still look nice and modest but stylish. thank you!!

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Amal

Salaams,
I completely fell in love with this site. Personally, i love the hijab, and like to keep it stylish and trendy. Now thats its almost gard, everyones running around for the perfect dress, its kinda hard out there for an hijabi to find something modest. Dresses are either long but tight, or short but flarry. If anyone finds a modest looking dress can they please post it up. Keeping in mind that we all have Parents and Parents = MONEY LIMITATIONS!.

Jazaks.

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Amal

grad*

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Nura

Wow, how pretty gurll! Omg, what are you, you look nortth african/arab. :D x

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veiledbeauty

wow sis absolutely gorguz!

luv’n the hijab on the far left, in fact they’re all SO beautiful xx

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wima

mashallah i love it.

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aisyah

Assalamualaikum!

PRETTY PRETTY!!
i’ve always wanted to wear hijabs like how you wear yours.
I’m an Asian, and I wear them differently which limits the style and fashion of wearing a pashmina or rectangular scarves.
I really really would love to know how you wear your hijab over what seems to look like a headband.

wasalam.
and May Allah bless all the readers.
(:

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muna

iwana wear many disine jap how ian wear plz

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Delia

Talk about inspiration! I just wanted to say that I’m learning about Islam and am LOVING everything about it. I’ve been looking into the muslim women’s fashion.. and this was great to read. I absolutly love this website… and to read this artical really put things in perspective for me. I can see now that it can be fun and fashionable, while representing who we are as muslims! :) Thanks Nora!
Go welovehijab.com! All the information given on this website is great! I can’t wait to see more updates!

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shogofa

that is really so nice i love hijab
hijab is the beauty of a girl hijab
cover our boday no boday can see as
as bad eyes ……..///
and please put some new and stylish hijab gallery

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Meriem

Mash`allah tabrak`allah ya nora;-)
Wonderfull is what u like!

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durrah amirah shahab

Assalamualikum…
Finally … i found muslim style site, nice web…i think i’ll open “we love hijab.com” every weeks… so be more creative to give idea for muslim girls….
btw i like nora style, so stylish…Luv it!

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hafida

thnx sister is very good i love hijab

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leylah

she is so pretty!!!! also i love her shayla scarves!!

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Maryam

She’s very stylish, I love her combinations!

Greetings from Holland!

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amal omar

hi i am a new member and i really want to join this club but i think that this site is really perfect for people who want to get the latest fasion trends.

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~*loli~*

ey great stilez u have itz tres chique….but i wonder if u have things 4 teen girlz like me??

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sykenia Fields

I LOOOOVVE This site so much finally Fashion for the modern sister Islam and Beauty Haute Couture! Love IT

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ushna

awesome website, i recently started wearing a scarf and this website is great. :)

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