Asalaamu alaikum wa Rahmatullahi wa Barakaatu:
One of the first responsibilities or acclimations for the new Muslimah, is a proper wardrobe. Post 2 discusses and clarifies what exactly constitutes proper hijab, so does this mean you have to run out and buy an entirely new wardrobe? No. Not necessarily. In fact, in all likelihood, you will find much of what you need already in your wardrobe as a foundation. All that is left to do is add a few select pieces to mix and max to round your new wardrobe out. The idea is to think a little creatively. For starters, the following pieces will make lovely first additions:
Short and Long Dresses: These can be worn over long-sleeve shirts and skirts (long and short) to expand your look options and cover pants, modestly.
Summery Tube Style Dresses: These can double as skirts, and be folded in the waist area for additional modesty by better disguising the mid-section.
Long-sleeve Shirts: Think high or crew collared for ease of tucking in hijab for a smooth, cleaner look. Keep the sleeves loose, as well as the bodice. Basic, dark collars have a clean look that neatly meets the criteria for Fiqh (rulings on code of conduct, like what denotes proper hijab, for instance) fashion.
Abaya and Jilbabs: Consider buying a couple for proper outings. They can be worn over anything at all (what you wear at home is your business, right?), are easy, simple and are akin to a coat. A great wardrobe expander! And it may be found in a variety of fabrics for all seasons.
Wide Hair Bands: These come in a variety of colors, textures, and styles and may be found in inexpensive packs of two or more. Particularly useful under pashminas or other head scarves without double coverage (cooler in the Summer time!) and help keep hair in place.
Moreover, other pieces already in your wardrobe, like loose tees and blouses, can be pulled over long-sleeved shirts and doubled or layered. Think short dresses over long skirts, etc. Just resist the urge to sash up your waist, cinch up your bust area or anything that will draw attention to your curves.
Simple, dark colors and complex patterns are good for the upper body as they distract from the bust line. As for shoes, open toes are a no go. If it’s all you have, you’ll need to wear non see-through dark tights or socks when you wear them. Only hands and face are halal for exposure in the public eye.
And no, you don’t have to give up your favorite toe polish, just keep your toes modestly under wraps for your personal satisfaction and maybe your husbands’ visual delight.
Jazakum Allahu khayran