Imagine being in a cold office building and the girls text you saying “party at Aisha’s 7:00 pm. And yet you are still stuck at work most likely working overtime and you have your white button up and skirt with your not so dressy shoes. With you being stuck in overtime, you can’t possibly run 14 blocks to get home and change and head to Manhattan in time for the party. We must never be late to a party without dressing our best. This is already a recipe for disaster.
Now let’s rewrite this story. I hope that mini back story entertained you ladies, but now it’s time for the real deal. You need to find the perfect pieces to take your day look or office look into a night look in little to no time. How hard can it be? (She said so confidently) Here are my top pieces that can turn a day look into a night look. An added bonus, these pieces can easily fit into a medium to large tote.
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It’s All In The Details
You really have to take an in-depth analysis of what makes up a night look. Some key pieces can instantly turn any outfit into a going out look. Maybe some bigger jewelry or leather accessories. Either way pay attention to every detail that screams party time.
Detailed Crossbody Clutch
A clutch in a beautiful metallic gold or silver is a must-have. The two metals can upgrade any look from charity ball to evening brunch, to a baby shower. Again focus on the details of the clutch, does it have some pretty rhinestone embellishments or perhaps a patent leather bow. (For those ladies who haven’t outgrown big bows just yet.) There are so many silhouettes to choose from, try an envelope style, box clutch or a wristlet. They are small and easy to carry around in your tote.
Belt It Up
I know, I know you’ve probably had enough of belts already from my last post. But again all of the pieces you need are all accessories, no need to haul around a heavly embellished abaya dress. As I said before focus on the details and look for belts that have a unique detail. Such as a sequin buckle or a metal body with a crystal buckle. Go for more skinnier belts, to make room for the other accessories.
To keep it as Halal as possible go for more deeper gemstone colors so to not attract attention. Try emerald, ruby, royal purple or sapphire. Darker gemstone colors create a level of sophistication and young heartedness that we can’t get enough of.
Ah, jewelry the key to every women’s heart? Ladies this is the time to throw on your big statement necklaces and your pretty bangles. Jewelry is not something that can take up a lot of space, store them in your clutch to use up every single last bit of space you may have. Dainty jewelry is for the day time, after 6 pm let those diamonds sparkle and shine. Try lengthy pendant necklaces that hit just under your hijab or a big gold beaded necklace. Noisy bangles and flashy rings are always a must. But be careful to not flaunt them to the wrong crowd.
For the ladies who also want some clothing options. Keep it as minimal as possible, a blank canvas if you will, your accessories will do the talking. Pieces like wide leg pants and maxi wrap skirts are easy to style for any occasion. Wide leg pants can work for brunch, dinner, and Eid. A simple black abaya dress is just as classic as a little black dress, with added modest touches. Want something more modern and up to trend, try your classic jumpsuit. The wide leg pants of the jumpsuit will have you swishing for days.
From LA to NYC
From sandals to stilettos, the distinct difference between LA girls and NYC gals. Throw on a pair of posh slingbacks or perchance a pair of Louboutin diamond encrusted stilettos. I would go with stilettos if I were you, but not very practical in this case. Opt for a mid to low heel that comes with its own dust bag. That way you can throw your shoes in your now closet tote. A small heeled pump in a vibrant color can always attract the right kind of attention.
Sealing It Off
And with that my fashion letter is sent out to all of my ladies to Enjoy, Read and Learn. Drop me a line in the comments and I will read and reply to them all personally. My best wishes to you ladies. Tune in every Wednesday and Saturday for a modest (Muslimah) fashion related posts.