Among the Islamic populations, it is common to see women wearing hijabs and burqas. These garments often imply religious identity to those not familiar with the Quran or the Muslim faith.
There are many different opinions on hijabs and burqas. Some have seen hijabs as a sign of oppression and a way to “silence” women. Others have banned the garb or at least condemn it as being associated with an extremist Islamic state. However, to many of the women that wear them, hijabs and burqas are a sign of personal, cultural, and religious identity.
However, before we discuss the reasons for why Islamic women don these garbs, we need to identify the difference between the hijab and the burqa.
The hijab is a veil of sorts, usually worn by Muslim women older than the age of puberty. This veil covers the head and chest. The hijab is worn by these women in the presence of males who are not in their immediate family.
In Arabic, hijab literally means “a screen or curtain”.
Hijabs are legally required in the country of Iran. More modern styles have become popular amongst a younger crowd which involves transparent and loosely worn hijabs. Hijabs were not always required by law and in fact, for a period of time, they were actually banned. However, with the collapse of the Pahlavi Monarchy during the Iranian Revolution in 1979, this was reversed.
A burqa is similar to the hijab, in that it is a type of veil meant to cover a woman. The difference is the degree in which in covers. A burqa is an Islamic garment that traditionally covers the entire body of women when they are in public.
The women who wear burkas have a small, usually rectangular veil in front of their face. This rectangular portion of the garment is semi-transparent and allows the woman to see, while still keeping her entire body covered.
The burqa is different from a niqab, which is another similar garment. The niqab leaves a slit, so that only the eyes can be seen as opposed to the semi-transparent cloth that covers the face of a hijab wearer.
Why Islamic Women Wear a Hijab
One of the primary reasons a woman wears a hijab is to show modesty, privacy, and morality. The Quran firmly states that women should dress modestly and cover their breasts and genitalia.
One particular verse in the Quran clearly states this.
“And say to the believing women that they should lower their gaze and guard their modesty; that they should not display their beauty and ornaments except what (must ordinarily) appear thereof; that they should draw their khimar over their breasts and not display their beauty except to their husband, their fathers, their husband’s fathers, their sons, their husbands’ sons, their brothers or their brothers’ sons, or their sisters’ sons…”
In that particular verse, the khimar is used to describe the garments to be worn. In fact, a hijab is not ever directly mentioned in the Quran.
As stated before, the hijab is also a legal requirement of Iran along with many other Islamic legal systems. There has also been non-governmental pressure in some countries to coerce women to wear hijabs.Additionally, some women of Islamic culture have worn the hijab to publicly show their religious beliefs as well as a way to reject western influences in dress and culture.
The reasons for wearing a burqa are very similar to those of hijab. While the Quran doesn’t specifically say that a woman’s entire body needs to be covered, it suggests modesty. However, the Quran also doesn’t reject the notion of wearing clothing that covers your entire body.
In Islam, the clothing is cover the entire body with exception to the face and hands. The clothing itself should not be tight enough to describe the body and should not be transparent enough so that undergarments can be seen.
The tradition of wearing a burqa is more closely associated with the local cultures and traditions. While the overall style and coverings of a burqa are similar across the globe, there are distinct differences from local culture to local culture.
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Hollywood had been buzzing with excitement the past few months about the 66th Annual Prime Time Emmy Awards. The nominees are revealed before the actual ceremony by the Academy of Television Arts and Sciences for their excellence in the television industry. The week before the actual Emmy ceremony, the nominees are honored by pre-Emmy parties held throughout LA. One host was Audi.
On arrival to the Audi pre-Emmy celebration at Cecconi’s Restaurant in Los Angeles, there were some great red carpet fashions. First off, is “Breaking Bad” actor Aaron Paul and his wife Lauren Parsekia. He looks the total opposite of the meth dealer character that he portraits on the show in this grey tonal plaid suit, black button-down, and black leather oxfords. Aaron’s wife Lauren is a vision in this ¾ sleeve, silky gown with the plunging neckline and a high front slit. Her black leather clutch and minimalistic jewelry selection are the perfect accents.
The next arrival at the Audi party was Sarah Hyland, from the comedy “Modern Family”. She is ready to party in this white button-down with a pair of black wide-leg shorts, which have the look of a short skirt, and the peak of a lacey bra. Sarah’s loosely braided hair and studded black and tan leather sandals just complete her look.
Lastly, is a photo of actress Zoe Zeldana from the “Guardians of the Galaxy” movie and her Italian husband/artist Marco Perego. Zoe is looking fabulous in this silky brown animal print dress with the lighter contrast bustline trim and self-belt. She manages to swaddle her baby bump in terrific style. Zoe’s husband Marco looks suave in one of the trendy micro-print shirts in black and grey. He keeps his look casual by keeping the dress shirt un-tucked and rolling up the sleeves. Maybe it was to show off his new “ink”, which is a portrait of his beloved wife Zoe.
With Fashion Week kicking off in New York City, it is time to consider what the most popular fashion trends for women in 2014 will be. This is an exciting time of year for many women. Whether the trends are experimental, retro, or bold, the possibilities are positively thrilling.
What’s hot and what’s not in 2014
Every year, the fashion season brings forth a new decade from which it draws inspiration. In 2014, that decade happens to be the 1960s. In fact, the 60s are back in a big way with miniskirts, knee-high boots, and clunky jewelry reminiscent of Edie Sedgwick and Twiggy. However, retro chic isn’t the only theme this season.
Just in time for the fall, knits are paving the way for fashionistas that want to look good and stay warm. Designers such as Stella McCartney and Marc Jacobs are going the distance with the sweater – it’s not just for your top half anymore. Look for sweater pants, skirts, and dresses in simple colors as well as intricate Fair Isle prints. Remember that this season, nothing is too big or too detailed. The extreme turtleneck is going to be what’s hot – say goodbye to tight-fitting turtlenecks this year.
Thought your little black dress would never go out of style? It probably won’t, but wearing dresses by themselves is a fading trend. Think dresses over pants for a more rugged look with just the right touch of femininity. If you want to look hot this season, go for your favorite pants and dress!
Saving money on the top trends
If you splurged every season on the latest styles and trends, you might quickly run out of money – especially if you think you’ve got to order straight off the runway. Don’t break the bank, especially on duds that might not be so hot next season. Instead of heading to the big retailers and department stores, why not consider discount chains?
Another great way to save big bucks on fashion is to check online. Sign up for newsletters and notifications from your favorite retailers, designers, and brands and you’ll find out about their secret sales, get coupons, and save on your next purchase. You can also look for online discount codes before checking out – you might be surprised at what you find and how much you can save.
Shopping out of season is also a good way to get great fashion accessories and clothing at a discount. Shop for spring and summer in the fall months, then look for your summer garb during the winter. Pay attention to Fashion Week previews and trends to get the most of your bargains on styles that will likely last more than one season.
Clothing, shoes and accessories aren’t the only trends to keep an eye out for this year. If you want to look good in your dazzling duds, you will need to watch your weight and stay as healthy as possible. Every year it seems that there are several fad diets that come out – so be careful! Often, these fads are just that – fads – and won’t do much for your weight loss efforts or stylish figure.
Stick to the tried-and-true diet tips such as eating a well-balanced diet, getting plenty of exercise and sleep – and drinking lots of water. You can also add herbal teas – Jasmine Tea in particular – to your daily routine. Herbal teas are rich in antioxidants, those nifty little compounds that fight the free radicals in your body to prevent certain types of cancer, heart disease, weight gain, and aging.
For any woman who is beyond her 20’s, the subject of aging skin becomes a reality. Some women are looking to avoid the signs of aging, while others are looking to minimize and possibly reverse any damage that has been done to their skin over the years with sun exposure, free-radicals from environmental pollution, or just not having taken a preventative approach to skin care.
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This past Monday was the 66th annual Emmy Awards ceremony that was held in the infamous Nokia Theatre in Los Angeles. Celebrities, who had been celebrating for the previous week at sponsored parties, arrived at the Nokia Theatre to honor their fellow actors and actresses for their works of excellence in the television industry. Just as in every celebrity event, the star gazers are interested to see what the celebrities were wearing, whether it be good or bad.
When looking at the color scheme this year at the Emmy’s, not only was red prominent, but white seemed to dominate the red carpet. One of the women in the stunning category was Sofia Vergara, from the popular show Modern Family. She arrived to the Nokia Theatre is a beautiful, curve-loving white gown by Roberto Cavalli. This strapless creation has a structured top that is accented with vertical shimmering lines and pleats that bring your attention to Sofia’s tiny waist, then follow over her hips to the floor with the seaming. It is the grown- up version of The Little Mermaid for sure.
Next, is actor and TV personality Mario Lopez. Even though some may hate him for it, it is almost impossible to make him look bad. Here he arrived to the Emmy’s in a basic black tuxedo with a crisp white dress shirt and white pocket square accent. Mario departs from the traditional look with his skinny tie, in place of a bow tie. He definitely would win in the handsome category.
The red carpet also welcomed a pair who usually fit in to the fashionable couple category: Actor Matthew McConaughey and model/wife Camilla Alves. Camilla joins the ladies in white with this beautiful, lacey cut-out gown by Zuhar Murad’s 2015 Ready to Wear Collection. Matthew, who is a devoted fan of Dolce & Gabbana, is wearing one of their tuxedos in cobalt blue with black accents. Normally, I am a huge fan of Matthew McConaughey’s fashion choices, but not this one. I can’t quite decide what is throwing me off, maybe not the right coloring for him, but his tuxedo looks too prom-ish for my taste.
Halloween is weeks away but you’re probably spooked when it comes to the number of sooner-to-be-expected costume parties and your current level of preparation. Don’t fret. These last-minute adult Halloween costumes and ideas have got you covered.
In one of his younger appearances and leads in a Hollywood production, Tom Cruise played a curious yet obedient teen home alone. Peer pressure and train rides follow an iconic scene, where Tom, dressed in a button-down shirt, socks, Ray-Ban sunglasses and a winning smile, slides across the wooden floor.
Get a dark pair of shades, a light-colored (collared) shirt, and knee-high white socks. Wear a short and tight-fitting bathing suit or pair of shorts underneath. In the film, Tom’swears tighty-whities, so those willing to take the risk can do the same.
Morton Salt Girl
There’s little competition when it comes to large containers of salt available at the grocer. A majority of cupboards host Morton Salt, and whether knowing it or not, most of us have seen that girl holding a big purple-colored umbrella on the logo.
Find a yellow sundress, a yellow pair of shoes, a yellow sweater (optional), and a large-sized purple umbrella. The last-minute costume idea is perfect for a woman but clever enough for a spicy male or man counterpart, such as theCaptain Morgan’s character. If finding clothes items to clinch the costume is not as easy as finding salt in the cupboard, head to Spirithalloween.com for a wide selection.
Fonz is a well-known TV character and symbol of the ‘nifty fifties.’ Little is needed to conjure the popular character other than a calm, cool, and collected attitude along with a few staple items. This costume is fit for a lady, but there’s no way to pull off the Fonz without short, greased-back hair or a really convincing wig.
You’ll need a white t-shirt, black leather (or leather-looking) jacket, a pair of blue jeans, dark boots, and some hair grease or mousse to elicit the ‘wet effect,’ waxed to perfection by men of the fifties and sixties. Remember to give out an “Ehhhh” every now and again, and if there’s a malfunctioning jukebox nearby, don’t punch it.
Beavis and Butthead
Beavis, and his appropriately-named counterpart, Butthead, were popular in the early 90’s, yet movies, guest appearances, and endeavors to reintroduce them to newer generations perpetuates this tenacious force forward, and like Bart Simpson, cartoons impervious to aging.
Beavis and Butthead haven’t changed much, clothes included. Therefore, you’ll need to hunt down Beavis’ Metallica t-shirt and the black, AC/DC concert-style shirt Butthead dons. Butthead wears red shorts, and his partner, a darker blue than his same-colored Metallica shirt. Making faces like the duo is definitely optional, but you have to get the hair color and teeth discoloration just right.
Napoleon and Pedro
Napoleon and Pedro were two guys who would stop at nothing to attain world domination and chaos; no, that’ not true, but it is easy to dress like the popular characters of the film, Napoleon Dynamite. Before your costumes inspire anyone to vote for you and Pedro for best costume, you need the following.
Red flaming hair for Napoleon, along with a ‘Vote for Pedro’ t-shirt, baggy and awkward-fitting pants, with dark-colored snow boots to top it off. Pedro wears a dark-colored wig, with a Western-style button-down shirt and Bolo tie.
Anatolii Oslovskii is a big-time Halloween fan. An avid writer, he likes to share his passion for the holiday with others. Look for his entertaining posts on a variety of websites.
Necessary and shoes are not usually two words that come together in a woman’s vocabulary. Although we may think that having a closet just for shoes is totally worth it, you may not actually need as many pairs of shoes as you thought. There are seven essentials when it comes to a fashionable woman on the go; pumps, wedges, flats, sneakers, sandals, boots, and boat shoes.
If you choose the right pair of each, there is no stopping how many combinations you can create to make every outfit work in any weather condition while still staying current in the ever changing fashion world. Buying shoes can be expensive, not to mention they take up a lot of space, so follow these tips to a thriftier you and more spacious closet.
Black Pumps with a Red Sole
There are two types of material that are recommended for black pumps, either leather or suede. Both are easy to clean; the dark color will hide most scuffs and won’t clash with any other material you are wearing.
If you are in for the long run, buying the well-known red sole heels, aka Louboutin’s, are going to be not only luxurious but durable. If your budget is a little slimmer, splurge out on an excellent pair from Steve Madden’s collection that will still last at a discount.
Nude Wedges to Match Everything
Some days full on pumps just aren’t an option, so dress it down a little and give your feet a break with a pair of nude wedges. Great for going out to the club, summer wedding, or even a first date matched up with a pair of denim jeans.
Wedges make seem durable but with their wide angled platform and usually flimsy strap material they are susceptible to a lot of wear and tear. This means finding a good leather face or thickly woven rope strap style of wedge is necessary for support and longevity. Try to stay away from cork and string backed platforms as they are most likely to break after a few nights out.
Simple Flats for an Interview
Since we have already advised on getting a good pair of black and nude shoes, a pop of color in your flats can be very stylish. Just remember to match your wardrobe appropriately and stay away from overly flashy prints or embellishments as these should be your go to shoe for business casual.
Again suede and leather are a preferred material especially as cheaper brands make a lot of plastic styles and can rub your feet the wrong way.
Sneakers to Hit the Gym
Not just for the gym, sneakers can be good for any high movement activity, volunteering, gardening, ect. Even if they do get dirty you can conveniently but carefully throw them right in the washer! During these time periods your body is at its most vulnerable, one little slip and your ankle could be in serious trouble.
That means choosing the right kind of sneaker for your activity should be a top priority. Nike is always good for runners but doesn’t rule out the other brands. Adidas, Puma, Lacoste and Reebok form a great variety of products to suit your needs and unique style.
Comfy Sandals with a Touch of Bling
Your feet give off much heat and during the summer keeping them cooped up in closed toe shoes may not be ideal. Sandals are very casual but if you keep it classy and choose a pair with just a touch of bling/metallic they can work for a walk in the park or a nice dinner party.
We recommend earthy tones but light pastels are a summer favorite and match most of the colors you’ll be wearing in the summer and spring.
Fur lined Boots for Chilly Winters
We’ve covered all the bases for warm weather but what about for the colder weather at night or when winter rolls in you may ask? Obviously a boot is necessary, but specifically a fur lined one. The fur will give you the look of big spending without sacrificing your warmth or comfort.
Uggs are very popular and for a reason! If you buy them on sale during the summer, they can be extremely affordable for the quality even though other brands such as Bearpaw will surely do the trick.
Boat Shoes for Long Walks
If you are not a fan of the classic boat shoes such as Sperry’s, there are a multitude of closed toe options that you can choose from. Sneakers are great for high volume activity but for long periods of walking your feet need support without the workout spandex to match.
Keds and Toms are another alternative and come in over a hundred different materials and prints for every look.
Just remember, shoes take a lot of abuse from our feet, but the repairs are worth it when you invest in a good solid set of seven pairs. So go big or go home on these few and know that your budget and your closet will eventually thank you!