Since third year of medical school, I have been wearing formal clothes.
I own more formal clothes than I do casual.
Hence a ‘work wear’ piece is ….a good place to start.
So. I thought it would help to start with a few tips.
Long cardigans, short cardigans,wooly cardigans. They are your best friends.
The top you love in River Island isn’t long sleeved? The answer: Cardigan.
The gorgeous formal shirt from United Colours Of Benneton is too fitted? Answer: Cardigan.
The trousers you want to wear are a little too tight around the bottom? Answer: Cardigan! (a long one)
I have a huge range of cardies. Long ones, leopard print ones, polka dots, floral prints. HnM is clearly the best place to get cardies for good value. Usually they go for around 10-15 pounds ish.
When it gets hot? Switch to the ones in a jersey material. They are harder to find. And only come out in summer time. My advice: stock up. Lots and lots of different colours.
2. A good trouser fit
There is nothing worse than a pair of trousers that don’t fit well. As a hijabi, you really don’t want them too tight. You also don’t want them so big you look like you’re drowning in them. I NEVER buy trousers without trying them on first. Different styles suit different body shapes. Try on trousers in different stores, try new styles. You might be surprised at what suits you!
I am short, petite, and pear shaped (read, big ass! lol) And I was super surprised when peg leg trousers looked good on me. Granted I only tried the trousers on in the first place because they were on sale…. lol. But they worked for me. Loose. Comfortable. Tailored. Stylish.
3. The matching issue
Okay. Your hijab doesn’t always have to match perfectly. Nor do your shoes, cardigan or bag. Sometimes, try NOT matching. A grey pair of pants, go with a blue cardigan.
A green hijab, goes with a brown pair of flats.
Mix and match items in your wardrobe and have fun with them.
Work shoes. Well it depends what kind of work you do. I am on the go ALL the time. So I prefer flats. I CANNOT wear heels to work. I wish I could. There is just something about wearing heels. You walk different, feel different. It just gives you that extra edge of confidence.
If you can’t wear heels, or like me you run around a lot at work, try wedges.
They’re great. You get the added height, without the bunions :p
Okay. So most work-wear skirts or dresses tend to be short. Or tight. Or short and tight.
Now, I have said before I am not an overly strict hijabi…
So, I make do.
I wear really, really dark, thick tights.
Some of you, might frown on this idea…fair enough. But it works for me.
If it doesn’t work for you..I would definitely go with long skirts. Yes, they are harder to come by in UK shops. But be on the look out…and you will be surprised. Summer is usually the best time to get long flowy skirts…Get a few in different colours and stagger your wearing of them.
6. Have Fun
Have fun with colours. With combinations of outfits. With shoes.
When I look good, I automatically make myself feel better, and I tend to have a better day at work.
The compliments help also :p
Plus, I like that I change peoples perceptions of Hijabis.
Most people tell me I look really good for a Hijabi. Some may take that as an insult, or a reflection on their…need to look more austere (more ‘Hijabi’) I just take it as a compliment.
Stay tuned for my next post: My first Work Wear Outfit. 🙂