“Never underestimate the power of a good belt.”

I’ve seldom come across a belted look that doesn’t come across as chic. Belts just complete an ensemble in a very subtle yet effective way, which makes for particular sartorial interest-something we all aim for. Lately I’ve really been into super-slim belts, I’m not sure whether it’s because it makes me feel a little taller, or slimmer, or maybe even both, but they look so elegant and tie (no pun intended) my entire look together just the way I want it to. I snapped up this set of three belts from Forever New recently on a recent trip to Jo’burg, and I am in love with them all! What makes these ones stand out is that the colours are so versatile. I KNOW I’m going to get fashion miles out of them because the neutral colours they’re in are perfect for the colour trends available right now, and I have a feeling they’re going to follow through for years to come. Black (obviously), white, and rose gold-three of my absolute favourite colours, with a beautifully embossed design, and excellent quality gold hardware make them a winner for me. I already have several outfits in mind for these babies! How would you wear them?


The Ramadhaan Thoub | Caftan

I cannot believe how quickly Ramadhaan has passed by. It seems like just a few days ago that we were preparing for this month, both physically as well as psychologically, and yet here we are, with barely a week to spare before Eid. I had planned to write and publish this post a while back, but spare time in Ramadhaan, as I know you are all aware, is at a premium.

During Ramadhaan tradition has it that we are invited to have iftar with family and friends, and I often find myself in a dilemma of what to wear. Of course, I could just slip on an abaya, but since I like to savour the specialness of a beautiful black abaya on Eid, I like to dress a little more casually, without taking away from the occasion of dressing up to go out. Enter the Ramadhaan thoub, or caftan. There are many options available in the Middle East, but not very much here in a South Africa, unfortunately. I wonder if it is the level of intricacy of the work on the caftans, or the sheer lack of demand for the garments that renders them so scarce here, but I feel like there could definitely be a market for them, should the right styles and designs come our way.

I’ve put together a few looks that I’ve been collecting for some time, which I think work perfectly for this month, in keeping with an Islamic heritage and lifestyle, with a modern twist. I would love to know what you think of these:

I hope you’re having a truly blessed Ramadhaan so far, and will catch up with you soon, in sha Allah!
Love, A’irah