Ramadan is such a special time of the year for Muslims all over the world and, while the fasting and prayers are the most meaningful part of the holy month, many women look forward to wearing something special, both for Suhoor and Iftar, the pre-dawn and evening meals. While not everyone changes their style of dress for Ramadan, it is certainly a good excuse to go shopping and who doesn’t love the chance to pick up some fabulous new clothes? Here are 5 essential things you need to know when preparing your wardrobe for this special month.
1. Keep it simple during the day
Because Ramadan involves abstinence and fasting, it makes sense to keep your daytime dress simple and modest. While modest clothing has always been part of a Muslim woman’s wardrobe, it has become somewhat of a trend in recent times, resulting in more choice from fresh, young designers, both in stores and online.
2. Use what you have
It’s tempting to go out and buy a whole new set of clothes, but consider the pieces you already have and wear on a daily basis and how they can fit into your Ramadan style. Pairing a short dress with long pants is not only smart but is also totally on trend.
3. Plan ahead
Many stores anticipating the buying frenzy before the big month will hold Ramadan sales, allowing you to pick out a few new pieces without breaking the bank. This is also a great time to stock up on general wardrobe staples, paying particular attention to clothing that is timeless, classic and will last for years to come.
4. Layer it on
If you work full time or are busy juggling a family and meal preparations, you may find that you have little time to change for the evening meal. Dressing in layers is a great idea as it allows you to switch from day wear to something a little more special simply by adding a colorful Abaya or taking off a plain, daytime Jilbab to reveal a festive tunic beneath.
5. Keep it covered
While some younger Muslim women may feel restricted in what they can wear for Ramadan, it is important to remain modest. Even visitors to a Muslim country during Ramadan should respect the faith and favor longer skirts and dresses that reach below the knees, covered shoulders and, should they wish, a scarf to cover the head.
Don’t forget, dressing modestly doesn’t mean abandoning style! With no restrictions of color and pattern, you can make what you wear for Ramadan just as memorable as the month itself.