Shops at the Intersection of Hijab and Happening

Shops at the Intersection of Hijab and Happening

Written by Theresa Corbin
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In my new year post, I mentioned something about being on what seemed like and eternal quest to find a long, denim skirt (that wasn’t super schoolmarm-y). Well I have great news for those of you who are in the same boat as I. I found an awesome site that sells a wide variety of denim skirts … Read on to find out 😉

And I thought to myself. Self!? If you- someone of astounding creativity and resourcefulness (you may insert eye roll here)- are having this problem, what other fabulously stylish, Muslim-American women (Be careful not to roll your eyes too much. They may get stuck.) are also having a hard time finding the clothing that suits their original/American aesthetic and their religious/modesty requirements?

Probably a lot. Over a period of almost 13 years of being a modest Muslimah, I have scowered the earth and the internet looking for covering clothing that also suits my own brand of style. It is a never ending journey. I have even taught myself to piece together sewing patterns to design and sew my own outfits, which is fun and challenging, but I know not everyone has the time, patience, or know-how to do the same.

So, I have compiled a list of the brick and mortar and internet shops (some tailored for Muslims, some not) that sell stuff that can suit the modest, modern Muslimah’s fashion diet.

1. Target

Who knew that one big box store could have so many suitable, stylish scarves? (Other big box shops that sell scarves and more flow-y clothing fall short on variety and quality).

Your first stop in Target is going to be the accessory section. You know, by the purses. They carry a wide array of scarves (at proper hijab proportions) from solid black, if that is your thing, to day-glow pink and everything in between.

While you may not find all of your outfitting needs here, they do offer a wide variety of layering options for the Modest Muslimah. They carry long sleeve shirts, blazers, maxi skirts and maxi dresses that can be paired with their comfy jean jackets, and all is offered at reasonable prices. (Target, you can make my advertising check out to Theresa Corbin at 1983 I Don’t Advertise for Big Box Stores for Free BLVD.)

2. theskirtoutlet.com

This site solved my denim skirt dilemma. But they don’t only have the cutest, long denim skirts. They also have khaki skirts, knits skirts, fancy skirts, casual skirts, maternity skirts, girl’s skirts, and whose its and whats its galore!
And the fact that their brick and mortar shop is located in Eureka, IL is just the ironic cherry on top.

3. eastessence.com

East Essence caters to the Muslimah, so you know you are getting something that won’t be see-through or super clingy. Many moons ago I ordered a gorgeous embroidered abaya from these folks. While it took a long time to ship (2 weeks), the price was so low it would have been insane to pass up ($14).  I expected the quality to be subpar at that price, but it exceeded all expectations.  

The company has a wide variety of offerings for its customers. From the abaya/jilbab crowd to the skirts and tops ladies, everyone will be satisfied with the price and product quality at East Essence.

4. zulily.com

zulily is a daily deal site that offers amazing discounts on fantastic boutique quality apparel and household products. At first glance you may think it is just for kids, but it is so much more. You might have to dig for hijabi approved apparel. But I have personally found gorgeous scarves, pizazzy palazzo pants, multitudes of maxi skirts, brilliant blazers and all from boutiques and name brands at a fraction of the retail cost.

And, no, I am not just saying this because they give you $20 if you refer a friend. I really love this site! Even if you don’t buy something at zulily for yourself, you will probably find something for the home or the kids.

Happy shopping and hijabing!

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10 thoughts on “Shops at the Intersection of Hijab and Happening

      1. noted. I can only give you the first as I have no children and do not deal with in-laws (anymore-long story). Perhaps we can talk Gracie into giving some advice on the last two.

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  1. salaam sister, actually I find this quite useful. I also would like a denim skirt, maybe by re-purposing old pair of jeans. But what does a “schoolmarmy” skirt look like exactly?

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    1. Awesome, I am glad you found it useful. Our fellow commenter, Hyde, is a dude and finds all this hijab stuff tiring. Schoolmarm-y is a word I made up to describe someone who looks old fashioned and severe like a schoolmarm. On shopping adventures while looking for a long denim skirt, all I could find were skirts meant for older women. (and sometimes I found long denim skirts meant for teenagers who wanted to look like heroine addicts, neither style were very appealing to me). Hope that helps! Thanks for reading! And happy denim skirting ❤

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      1. Thanks for the info! For an upcoming post topic, I’d like to know what American Muslim culture is like. Excuse the poor phrase, but it’s the only way to get what I mean across. Being from Botswana which is in Africa, Muslims do things differently then say those in Singapore. Eg. Segregation in mosques is very strict here not only during prayers but during marriage nikah ceremonies. Women here are not allowed to be in the mosque next to her groom, during the nikah. Whereas in Singapore, I attended a nikah where both bride and groom were present. I thought that was better and more in line with Sunnah. To elaborate more, perhaps you could show what Eid is like in typical American households, social functions etc. Thanks for a great blog.

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