The Holy Month is almost upon us, so here’s some sartorial inspiration to get you in the modest-fashion mood…
Keeping covered up as the mercury rises can be a daunting prospect for many – but Ramadan needn’t send you into a spin as you look inside your wardrobe every morning.
The Holy Month (which is predicted to start at the end of May) calls for a modest approach – keep those shoulders and knees covered, ladies – but dressing demurely isn’t hard.
In fact, Ramadan forces many of us to mix up our fashion formulas and play with different lengths and cuts.
But not sure where to start? Well, some of the region’s most stylish royals consistently hit the sweet spot between modern and modest.
To help, we’ve rounded up some of their best Ramadan-ready looks to help inspire you when the Holy Month kicks off…
HRH Princess Haya Bint Al Hussein is well versed in super-chic midi dresses, but this one – from the 2009 Royal Ascot races – is among our favourites. With its twisted neckline and cinched waist, it creates a vintage-inspired, almost My-Fair-Lady-esque silhouette that speaks to our inner Eliza (post-makeover, of course). We’ll be seeking out a similarly fresh lilac palette come Ramadan.
There’s nothing about this look on HH Sheikha Mozah bint Nasser Al Missned that we don’t love. The floppy hat, the breezy cotton maxi, the tan cowboy-style belt… it’s flawless. We need to add an equally tailored-but-floaty white number to our wardrobes to take on the summer heat in style.
Follow in Princess Lalla Salma of Morocco’s footsteps by pairing tailored separates in a tone-on-tone palette for one head-turning result.
A voluminous midi skirt will channel your inner Fifties screen star, and you’ll get great wear out of it year round. Whether you tuck in loose tees and throw on some Chucks for the weekend, or add a sophisticated touch with a pussybow shirt and stilettos (like Queen Rania Al-Abdullah of Jordan), these longer-length skirts can be used to create a multitude of looks.
HRH is also a master of versatile shirt dresses that’ll take you from boardroom to brunch. This knotted striped number feels achingly cool but still demure.
A wide-leg trouser will be your best pal for the period – make like Sheikha Mozah and invest in a more unusual colour. Simply tuck in a range of light and loose shirts and blouses in neutral hues and voila, you have an instant go-to outfit.
If you get invited to a black-tie event over the Holy Month, copy HRH Princess Haya and don romantic tulle for the occasion. The bucolic embroidery takes this from the simple to the stand-out, while the featherlight fabric won’t feel too cloying.
You might want to swap in a more opaque sleeve, but Princess Ameerah al-Taweel’s white-on-white combo will see you through Ramadan in elegance. We’re getting total Bianca Jagger vibes from the whole look, with the regal jewellery adding an opulent edge. Cooling silks are the way to go for the Holy Month…
Breathable, boho dresses with vibrant embroidery, like Queen Rania’s, will prove a wardrobe stalwart over the weeks.
We’ll wear fitted floral frocks any day of the week, but Sheikha Mozah’s oversized sunnies and straw hat make a summer-worthy addition. She also shows the transformative power of keeping a pashmina on your person at all times (which will help you make any outfit Ramadan-appropriate).
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