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 SO TODAY I was walking to college down a main road, it was really windy (as you might imagine with all the cars) and I was preocupied with keeping a grip on my beanie when I saw these two women walking a little way ahead of me on the other side of the road. One of these ladies was a bit taller than the other and they were holding hands (aww), the taller kinda butch lady had a flannel shirt on (double aww) and her partner/friend was wearing a cute cream and beige hijab. Now I swear to God this is relevant, wait for it.

A massive gust of wind suddenly comes tearing along the main road. I nearly lose my backpack, to give an idea of how bad it was. I look up and see the wind rip off this poor girls hijab and send it spiriling away down the street. (She had an undercap on so no major crisis but still, right.) 

Before. You. Can. Blink. Our taller flannel-wearing girlfriend of the year TEARS off her flannel like lesbian Clark f***** Kent, throws her shirt over her partners head, and BAM she sprints off LIKE A SHOT after the hijab. 

like 10/10, damn son, holy cheesits burrito, that is the very definition of chivalry and romance right there. 

Hijab Styles Across the Globe

What is a hijab? Chances are you have seen or met a woman who wears one, but you may still be wondering what it is. The hijab is the most common name for the headscarf that Muslim women wear. The hijab is a choice for Muslim women - some women to choose to wear it as a form of worship to God and to embody modesty. It is a reflection of one’s devotion and belief in God. There are approximately 1.6 billion Muslims across continents, which is the reason there are several hijab styles worn by women from different cultures and countries, spanning from Afghanistan to Indonesia, and each country has its own unique and traditional hijab style that women proudly wear. Each country has its own dashing style to be appreciated and celebrated!

PAKISTAN


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In Malala Yousafzai’s famous headshot, she styles her scarf the classic Pakistani way. She loosely drapes the scarf (also called dupatta in Pakistan) around her head and leaves a bit of her hair to peek through in the front. The colors range from dark colors to bright colors, matching traditional ethnic clothing. This style is always elegant, classy, and versatile for any look desired.

AFGHANISTAN


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Afghan women have often worn (and continue to) a unique type of hijab known as the burqa. The burqa is a long piece of clothing draped over the head of the woman and often drapes all the way down to the knees or ankles. This covers the entire face and leaves a spot for the eyes through a net type fabric. Burqas can be any color, but are usually blue in Afghanistan.

MALAYSIA


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Malaysia, budding with new Islamic fashion trends, is the hotspot for all new hijab trends. Malaysian hijab often consists of light or brightly colored hijabs and floral patterns. Drapes are beautiful created to add volume and provide full coverage of the hair.

INDONESIA


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Similar to Malaysia, Indonesia is always budding with new hijab trends. Indonesian-styled hijabs fully cover the hair and may incorporate undercaps underneath the hijab to create a more elaborate and unique look. Certain hijabs may have extra volume by having floral designs attached.

ETHIOPIA


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The Ethiopian hijab is worn by wrapping it like a turban. The turban fully covers the head and hair. Turbans are created with simply fabric or elaborate, colorful, traditional types. Turbans can be set in place with pins and brooches.

SOMALIA


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Like Ethiopian women, Somali women also style their hijabs by creating a turban. Turbans can be created with long scarves to create a more volumized look. Women may also wear an undercap to add multiple colors and patterns. Jewelry can also be worn, such as earrings.

SYRIA


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Syrian women frequently wear their hijab wrapped around their head and secured with pins. They often also wear undercaps and create drapes at the top of their head to add a unique design. In addition to fully covering the hair, this style covers the neck and partially the chest area.

PALESTINE


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The Palestinian hijab style consists of a tightly wrapped scarf, providing full coverage of hair and neck. Like the Syrian style, an undercap is usually worn to add volume and to help ensure the hijab stays in place as desired.

IRAN


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In Iran, women often wear what is known as the chador, a form of hijab. It is a long piece of cloth that drapes over the head and reaches to the waist (sometimes knees or ankles). The chador is often the color black and is a versatile, classy, dashing look.

TURKEY


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The Turkish hijab is very chic and classy. While still providing full coverage, the scarf is tied into an elegant bow on one side of the neck to add a feminine, chic look to it. The hijab looks best with volume and with a simple knot or bow to hold it in place.


The hijab is much more than a versatile piece of clothing worn by Muslim women - it is a symbol of a proud Muslim woman worshipping God by deciding to wear the hijab, regardless of style. These are just a few snapshots of how the hijab is worn beautifully across different countries. The hijab is a unifying force of Muslim women of all ages, backgrounds, ethnicities, and nationalities.

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Muslimah Fashion: Big Glasses

Oversized frames for an oversized statement - These geek-chic lenses are back in fashion and extremely popular. Don’t have a prescription? Many accessory stores now carry faux frames (with plastic lenses) so anyone can get the look.

UB Glasses Fashion Tips:

Putting them on and taking them off can snag your hair (either pulling it out completely or tangling around the glasses arm) and a messy hijab!  To avoid the snag, try to pick glasses with as little detail on the arm as possible - Your hair will have a harder time wrapping around a smooth surface.

If you wear an undercap try to slide the arms between the cap and your scarf - This avoids any potential hair mishaps by having the glasses never coming into contact with the hair. Pre-hijab, try slicking the hair around your temples down. When you put your hair into a bun/pony use a dab of hairspray on each side to flatten the small hairs to your head.

Avoid potentially messing up your hijab and pulling out your locks by wearing the glasses over your hijab (instead of sliding the arms inside). This works particularly well with hijab styles that are flatter at the sides, or styles that use a lot of volume layers.

Fun frames with impact designs or frames that are simple chic,the choice is up to you. Glasses are like any other accessory and can be matched with your outfit, mood & personality to create a plethora of unique fashion looks.

Respect to my hijabi sisters

Guys.
I had no idea.
For some reason I thought hijab would be easier than it actually is?? Completely wrong. I have obtained a whole new level of respect for my covering sisters. It’s not just like throwing on a scarf and walking out the door…

-I actually physically wrestle with it, MMA style
-It CONSTANTLY MOVES
-Wind is my worst enemy
-Stabbed by pins? All day long
-An expensive transition to buy all the materials you need (like pins, undercaps, the actual scarves of decent quality)
-Matching colors in outfits got a lot harder
-Little curls that keep popping out no matter how tight it is tied
-the first grade class I teach pulls on it or try to stick their faces under the back of it
-and last but not least…. It is hot. Like reeeeaaaallly hot

So hijabi ladies out there, here’s to you, you guys put up with a lot but your reward will be great inshAllah. Also, if you guys have any suggestions you would like to share I would love to hear them~

some people just dont understand the real struggle of wearing hijab. its not just covering your hair, its much more than that. it’s making sure the hijab is long enough to cover not just your hair but your chest. it’s dealing with wearing an undercap that hurts our ears and our head for hours because that sheer scarf was the only thing that matched with our outfit. we don’t have it easy compared to other girls who just grab a shirt and some jeans and they are good to go. its about layering in burning temperatures, because our top has sleeves that are short, or the skirt we bought from forever21 has slits. sometimes we can’t find that one black long sleeve shirt that completes our outfit so we need to start all over with deciding what to wear. if we post a selfie with a big confident smile, theres always that one person who needs to remind us that we must stay modest and smiling on the internet is forbidden for a hijabi. its forbidden for us to express ourselves and our style, because thats not “hijab”. since we look good and we look attractive it must mean we are doing something wrong, and our hijab doesn’t count. we always have to deal with questions such as “whats the point of wearing hijab if you’re not wearing it properly, why do you wear makeup with hijab, since when are skinny jeans allowed with hijab?” we live in such a time where wearing jewelry, makeup, and other such things is perfectly normal for a girl, unless that girl is a hijabi.