Today, we hand over My Own Sense of Fashion to Guest Blogger Aniqa Tahsin for her latest guest post. It’s all about modest fashion’s rise in the west and of its biggest influencers.  Check it out below.
As a Muslim woman in the UK, my lifestyle has constantly been described as traditional. Western fashion lines therefore never cater to my personal needs. Although I don’t wear a headscarf, being able to find modest clothing on the high street was never one of my expectations. Instead, I settled for clothing that I didn’t necessarily feel comfortable in or created outfits by combining many pieces. However, the gap for modesty in the market has finally been recognized.

Social media became the most influential platform for modest fashion supporters to expresstheir frustrations about the lack of diversity in Western fashion. Individuals such as Sabina Hannan and Saima Chowdhury used their Instagram pages to gather large followings and teach how Western clothing can be used to create modesty.

Saima Chowdhury
Image Credit: Saima Chowdhury

Saima Chowdhury’s New Look Fashion #MyLifeMyStyleMyLook campaign celebrating individuality in fashion
Image Credit: New LookFashion

The ‘DIY create your own outfit’ movements by these Instagrammers sparked a sudden interest in the potential the Western market had. It gave birth to the idea of modest fashion existing in the high street without the ‘once essential’ skill of being able to combine pieces to pull off your desired look.

The first to embrace the trend was Debenhams, with their announcement of partnering with modest fashion brand Aab.
 First founded in 2007, the modest retailer’s Western partnership represents how voices of social media stars were finally heard and acted upon within the fashion industry.
Speaking to an assistant at Aab, she expressed how the rise of modest fashion in the West will be admired by both Muslim and non-Muslim females.

“I think this would benefit not just Muslims, but all women who like to dress more modestly and be fashionable at the same time. Before they had to go to different shops to put one outfit together, but now you can come straight to an Aab store in Debenhams and get a whole outfit in one place.”

“I have a lot of non-Muslim women calling in asking about different pieces just because they like the look of the clothing and want to begin dressing in this way.”

However, unlike previous social and political fashion statements, modest fashion in the West has finally broken stereotypes of Muslim women.

Dina Tokio
Image Credit: Dina Torkia
Dino Tokio on the cover  of Blogosphere Magazine

Dina Tokio, a 27-year-old Modest Icon is an extremely recognized example of this. From her “20 Simple Hijab Styles” YouTube tutorials to her “100 layers of hijabs” challenge, she shows how ordinary and similar the lifestyle of a Muslim is to a non-Muslim. This recognition combined with her extraordinary sense of style for Western modesty was earlier established in Blogosphere Magazine, where she was celebrated for “Breaking Stereotypes”.

So not only has negative assumptions of me stopped, but I am now able to give the high street a quick visit knowing I’d easily be able to find an outfit specifically tailored to the needs of a Western yet modest individual like me.

 About the Author

Aniqa Tahsin is a Bangladeshi fashion and beauty blogger based in London. She loves writing about trends, life events, and anything which I think you guys would be into, as well as me.  Aniqa also enjoy writing for other bloggers so feel free to get in touch! Be sure to follow Aniqa on social media (Snapchat and Instagram).

Check out Aniqa’ssocial media accounts below:

Snapchat – aniqa98

Instagram – @_aniqatahsin


 Special thanks again to Aniqa Tahsin. Be sure to find her online.

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