Tuesday, July 01, 2008

Calling all Clothing Designers

My mom in law and I were out shopping on Saturday (shout out to my parents in law for an awesome weekend visit) and we had the most frustrating kind of "bad" shopping trip in that we didn't "not find anything we liked", no, that would have been easy enough to deal with. No, we had one of those trips where a lot of what we saw was nice, but it was all two-third sleeves, thus making it not wearable for hijabis without those little "sleeve" thingies we can wear under our shirts when the sleeves aren't the right lengths. (My sister's friend (who is a convert), her mother refers to them hilariously enough as 'socks for your arms'). I don't mind wearing them once in a while, but they're really not that comfortable and I'm not enamoured with the way they look, so I'm not about to buy a whole load of shirts that require sleeves for me to wear them.
So here's my call out to clothing designers: if it's short sleeved, do it short sleeved. But if it's long sleeved, just make it the whole length and I predict you will find more hijabis buying your shirts. We like your stuff, it's just not convenient to wear in its current format, and all you need is a teeny-tiny bit of material for us to start buying it in droves.
There are plenty of Muslim women in this country who don't all feel like wearing jilbabs every day and really like your styles. A savvy fashion designer with great business sense would start making stuff for us and be the one to reap the benefits, so if any of you are reading this, that's my great idea for you...

5 comments:

XUP said...

I’ve read that there are quite a few fashion designers gearing for the Muslim market. I think Canadian shops are quite a bit behind, but in Europe, the UK, and Australia these designs are a multi-billion dollar industry. Designers like: Sophia Kara and Aheda Zanetti for instance? Now you just need to get shops to carry the lines.

UmAlawi said...

Salaam Aleykum!
Just to let you know sister, Hijab Swimwear is available to buy from:
- modestswimsuits.co.uk


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noha said...

XUP: I'm so not even in touch with designer names. the only ones I know are the ones you hear again and again because they're sold in every store, but thanks for the list. I can at least look their stuff up on the internet. Is it "western" looking hijabi? the thing is, I like the style of western clothing, I just need the requirement of loose and covering, so even the "no name" stuff would work great if it fit that requirement. What was so frustrating this year is that most of the trends seem to be loose, so I'd bother checking them out, but then they were all 2/3 sleeves....

UmAlawi, I actually already have a hijabi swimsuit, thanks. In fact, I have an entire post a few links back about how someone discriminated against me in my hijabi swimsuit. I'm just looking for clothes for every day wear now.

Jen said...

Thought of you when I saw this: http://www.funkyfrum.com/SearchResults.asp?Cat=5 I think the "sleevies" could be worn lower. I also like the layering shell for low-cut tops! :-)

noha said...

Thanks Jen! I really like the sleavies... by the way, I wore my hijabi swimsuit in the pool at Calabogie this weekend without incident... lol.