Outside my wedding comfort zone

I don’t often attend non-Muslim/non-Pakistani weddings, so I’m always at a bit of a loss when I get invited to one and have to figure out what to wear.
I think one of the easiest things for a woman to throw on — and look nice in — is a knee-length dress, but that doesn’t work too well if you cover yourself. So what can we make the standard for a hijabi woman? Something simple to throw on that still looks dressy?
For whatever reason, to me, a long skirt always ends up looking more formal than some occasions call for. But, I’ve been seeing a lot of chiffon maxi skirts lately, which tend to look a little lighter. I’m still debating if pleats look good or too much like a school girl, though.

This one from The Limited appeals to me solely because of its color.

Here’s one from Macy’s that I was contemplating buying.

And this one is just pretty to look at.
Is anyone else obsessed with sequins? I want to buy every sequined tank top, cardigan and skirt I run across, even though I don’t have many places to wear them.

Those of you more used to wearing Western clothes to weddings will have to send your tips my way. I need to have some ideas in hand next time I have an event to attend.

Pop Culture Hijabi is a weekly column by Nadia Malik. Malik is a former newspaper reporter based in Chicago who’s now making her way as a freelancer. She spends entirely too much time watching TV and reading pop culture, fashion and TV blogs. She also occasionally consumes serious books and news. No, really. You can reach her at info@hijabtrendz.com with “pop culture hijabi” in the subject line, follow her at www.twitter.com/nadiamalik or simply leave a comment below.

This article has 6 comments

  1. Nadia

    Thanks everyone for the tips!
    And I love that the common thread to all of this is: be confortable and confident in what you wear. That’s definitely true for every day as well.
    But I’m going to have to invest in a few dressier maxi dresses. The ones I have are all casual, but the suggestions for blazers over a maxi are great!

  2. Zeynub

    I agree with Jodi about wearing what you’d normally wear to a wedding, depending on whether or not you’d feel comfortable in it. If you wouldn’t, then I’d suggest a maxi dress like these: http://www1.macys.com/shop/product/inc-international-concepts-dress-sleeveless-embroidered-empire-maxi?ID=628481&CategoryID=5449#fn=sp%3D1%26spc%3D722%26ruleId%3D2%26slotId%3D28


    with long sleeves or a blazer like Deniz said.

  3. Audrey

    You can put a silk lurex top to make a nice outfit. I love the black sparkly skirt, especially for the holidays.

  4. Deniz

    How about a maxi dress and blazer? I think that’s the common look here in Australia for sisters at weddings. Well that’s what I’ve seen anyway.

  5. Zenab

    Maxi dresses work beautifully and if you wana really push the boat out accessorize your hijab. Though i do think traditional and cultural clothing is welcome as well lol you just have to like what your wearing and be comfortable in it.

  6. Jodi

    You know, I find that if you just be yourself and wear whatever you’d normally wear to a wedding including any traditional wear that the bridal party is very accepting and appreciative. They are just happy to have you there! Just don’t wear white to a Western wedding. lol But seriously, long sparkly skirts hijabi-fied however you like is completely acceptable. As long as you don’t look tacky I think you will be fine and look beautiful. People always want to know more about your outfit too and it opens the door for great conversation!

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