ramadan is just around the corner and one of the things i would like to talk about on the blog (most especially coz i live in dubai, a very well-known muslim country) is how to dress modestly during the holy month of ramadan. i am no hypocrite. i like to wear the usual cold shoulder and thigh-high slits. but because i have huge respect for this country, its people and its culture, i make it a point to be well informed and to be considerate. we are technically not allowed to wear sleeveless. no slits, no shorts or skirts that are way up high above the knee. nothing see-through. no cleavage. or butts. or bare backs. yes, dubai is one big open city. but it certainly has a few guidelines so if you are a newbie or a tourist, i know that there are certain things we overlook because of all the excitement of visiting a new city . as long-time residents, we too sometimes forget that there are certain rules in public places.
dressing well is a form of good manners…
ramadan is for one month. and i know summer is a killer out here and adding layers and layers of clothing can be difficult but at this day and age, with thousands of clothing and styles to choose from, being ignorant is just no excuse. i have noted a few ideas below to help you out dress in style, without compromising comfort and modesty.
- try out maxi dresses which comes in a variety of lengths. i prefer them longer, just below the knee and above my ankles (see pictures of me wearing one which by the way can sometimes look a bit too granny – i dont really care, but it is so comfortable and perfect for the summer heat that with the right accessories, you can so rock this look).
- try out caftans which is technically the same as maxi dresses but the cut tend to be a little different. you will mostly find styles for the beach which again is perfect for this weather.
- try out light kimonos or cardigans (long or short versions) which can be great coverups if you are wearing something sleeveless or bare-back.
- bermuda shorts are my favourite but because not everyone likes the cut, i would suggest denim cut-outs but make sure they are not too short. wear shorts that are just above the knees and also note that it may just be a good idea to wear something that is not too tight.
- have a pashmina or shawl in your bag just in case. i always carry one with me – something in a basic colour to make it easier for me to pair up with whatever i am wearing. this is the best way for instant coverup whenever you are out in public.
- if your dress is too tight, throw on a light jacket or blazer to deviate the eyes a bit. anything that is too form fitting can also be distracting. and i know you already know this.
- instead of your body-hugging tops, try wearing an oversized tshirt or button-down shirt which by the way may just be a better choice considering it is summer right now and it aint pretty when you are sticky.
i hope a few my tips have given you a new perspective on this little matter. just because it is ramadan does not mean we are limited in our freedom to wear what we want. let us gain enough knowledge and be mature enough to know the difference. it is all about respect and understanding, and remember that there is beauty in modesty.
oh and just for your info: you can definitely wear your usual swimwear, bikini and shorts at the beach. as long as you are within the beach or hotel grounds, it is acceptable. just make sure you cover up once you hit the streets and malls.
SHOT ON LOCATION AT THE CACTUS PARK IN DUBAI
photography by princess lovella
i am so looking forward to a brand new month and can you believe it? it is almost half of 2016. it has truly been amazing these past couple of months and i cant wait to start another great quarter with you guys. much love!!