Monday, April 30, 2012


The brightest trend of the year is the NEON trend, or as we call it "The Times Square" trend. We saw it on the runways for spring and summer, and now we see it in all the stores. From cosmetics to apparel, this trend is here to stay.

Neon Jeans at The Gap in D.C.

Neon Accessories at Henri Bendel, 5th Avenue,  New York City

Henri Bendel, 5th Avenue

Neon Watches at Henri Bendel, 5th Avenue

Tips on how to wear the Times Square Trend:

The other day I saw a lady walking in the street, in Manhattan. She was wearing a bright red long sleeve t-shirt, a neon pink puffer vest, a neon yellow skirt, and bright pistachio green shoes. :-@
She almost blinded me with her outfit!

The one thing you do not want to do is mix neons. You might have seen it on the runways, but this application does not work on everyone. Unless you want to be a walking hazard ready to color blind those who see you, do not mix neon colors!

Only apply one neon color at a time. This way you will keep it simple and the color you add will pop out more. Young girls who dare to take the extra mile can wear neon jeans or a neon colored top. Older ladies will be safer to add a bracelet, a purse or a watch to brighten up their outfit.

Enjoy this fun trend, and remember, Times Square is all about the neons. :-)

Elif Kavakci for HijabiTopia

Wednesday, April 25, 2012

Are you for real or Surreal?

As a designer, I love surreal fashion. Surrealism in art, fashion or which ever field we apply it to, makes the artist think outside the box. When I attend discussions about fashion, one question that always seems to come up is "why do designers put unwearable clothes on the runway?". If clothes are made for wearing purposes, then why do designers go out of their way to make unwearable clothing? If a designer's goal is to sell the maximum amount of her collection to the biggest market, why would she do the complete opposite?

Well, the fact of the matter is, it is important for a designer to push her limits and advance in an area that maybe noone else has dared to. It is also important for a designer to make a statement through her clothes. The extra ordinary surreal pieces we see on the runway bring attention to a label. The media and the audience buzz over such creations. If every brand only designed the basic white shirt, the little black dress, the blazer and the pant suit, how boring would fashion be?

When Elisa Schiaperelli designed the shoe hat in 1937 she thought outside the box. In every collection, Alexander McQueen applied surrealism to the technical and artistic aspects of design.

Surrealist fashion forces the viewer to see far beyond the physical attributes of a design, by feeding the soul and making the viewer wonder in to an imaginary world.

Schiaperelli and her Shoe Hat, 1937

Musical Gloves designed by Elisa Schiaperelli in 1939

Schiaperelli gold claw gloves

Elif Kavakci for HijabiTopia

Tuesday, April 24, 2012

The hijabi Captain of West Broward High School

Irum Khan
West Broward High School
Flag Football Team

Irum Khan, is the team captain of  West Broward High (FL) flag football team. Her team decided to show Irum their support by donning on the hijab at the finale game!!! This is such a sweet story.
Congratulations to Irum for being a Super Hijabi, and her team for their act!

West Broward High Flag Football Team
Irum is in the middle at the back
Please read the complete story by clicking the link below. 

Wednesday, April 18, 2012


How many of you ladies wanted to be a professional ice-skater?

How many of you ladies wanted to be the first hijabi professional ice-skater? (both hands raised :-)

Well, Zahra Lari has made all of our dreams come true :-) She is the first professional hijabi ice princess.

Click below to read Zahra's interview:

Monday, April 16, 2012

Flattering Flats

We are loving some of the latest flat trends. Which ones will you add to your wardrobe this spring?







Tuesday, April 10, 2012

The Graduation Comfijab

The Black Comfijab
Photography by Nicole Queen for
It's only a month away from the most exciting time of the year for those who will be graduating. We are always twice as proud to see hijabis getting their diplomas on stage.

If you don't already own a Comfijab, we would like to remind you that the Graduation Comfijabs are available for order through The Comfijab is super chic and is the only graduation hijab exclusively made for providing a uniform look when worn with your cap and gown. The best part is, you can wear them for the rest of your life even after the graduation ceremony. You can slip your cap off and do not even have to fix your hijab.

The White Comfijab
Photography by Nicole Queen for

For more detailed information about the graduation Comfijab and our style tips for upcoming graduates, please CLICK.

Turkce icin lutfen TIKLAYIN

Friday, April 6, 2012

The Caftanian Trend

Is there anything more elegant or classy than a Caftan?

Here are a few of our favorites from the Caftanian Trend.

Naeem Khan white waist embroidered caftan
available at Bergdorf Goodman

Roberto Cavalli Snake Print Caftan Gown
available at Bergdorf Goodman

Marchesa Couture Plunging V-neck Caftan Gown
available at Bergdorf Goodman
Emillio Pucci Zebra Print Tunic Caftan
available at Bergdorf Goodman

Modesty never looked better.

Tuesday, April 3, 2012

Hijab friendly work out tops from Land's End

Ever since I've shared my work out routines and my boot camp updates, many of you have asked what I wear when I work out.
One of the items that I have been wearing for the last year and have absolutely enjoyed the comfort and quality of are the Land's End cotton hoodies.

I have this top in white, gray and black. It's actually supposed to be used as a swimsuit cover up, but the longer length provides modesty and the design allows comfortable movement when working out.
When I originally purchased these, I purchased the first two to wear as casual wear, because I love wearing hooded tops with my Comfijab and cap in the summer. I also like dressing it up with a silk hijab and making it semi-casual.

But you know what they are the best for? They are the best for working out! They hit about mid thigh, and when worn with loose pants, they look very hijab friendly. The way they are designed, because there is a tie to gather above the waist, it's not a one piece long top that restricts movement. This design allows movement while providing coverage. I have worn these tops at boot camp day in, day out. When I work out, I like to concentrate 100% on the movements, the last thing I want to worry about is wardrobe malfunction.

Now the only con to this top is the fact that the sleeves do not come down to the wrist. This hoodie has roll up sleeves that can be buttoned and shortened to just above the elbow bone.

When worn in full length, they are about 5 inches short of the wrist. So this is where your sleeve slip ons come in. You have to either wear a long sleeve top inside, which I would not suggest in the summer, or those sleeve slip ons that are sold at Islamic stores.

You can purchase any of these hoodies online HERE.

And this is how I wear my hoodies:

SoHo: I'm wearing the black hoodie for a casual day out in town with Fashion Designer Ayse Akin. My style is "sporty takes classy out to town"  :-)

Punk-orama: I'm wearing the white hoodie with a touch of punk. My style is "spikey baby".

Elif Kavakci for HijabiTopia