Summer & the Layering Dilemma

For those of us who still maintain coverage during the increasingly hot months, a dilemma arises. How does one look cool as a cucumber even while maintaining you modest look?

Fabric, fit and color really matter here. You want to look for lighter materials (cotton, linen, seersucker, light denim) and avoid clingy less breathable fabrics like jersey.

For the hijab-wearer, I highly recommend avoiding polyesther fabric during the hot months. Consider a looser wrap style, that maintains modesty, but also allows for some space between the scalp, neck and the scarf. Shayla scarves are great for this!

Mariam Sobh of Hijabtrendz has some awesome tips here.A more popular summer look among modest-dressing Muslim women is the cardi paired with maxi dress. In this case, fit and material still matter. You still want to look for a cardi and maxi dress that are made from light fabric.

If you want to sidestep layering all together, consider looking for long-sleeve maxis and/or long-line tops & tunics.

I think a kurti and wide-leg trousers are a great summer option.

White makes me feel and (look cool). In this outfit, I’m pairing a white kurti with black embroidery, linen blend trouser pants, a bit of color in a light-summer teal scarf, and Italian leather wedges.




1. White Kurti (East Essence) 2. linen blend pants (Evans) 3. Opaque summer teal scarf (Pearl Daisy) 4. Italian Leather Wedge Sandal wide-width (Avenue)


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