We've teamed up with Instagram account @muslimmanstyle to bring you four must have fashion essentials for the Muslim man.
Thawbs, Dishdashas, Kurtas and Shalwars. Clothing items for Muslim men are often typecasted under traditional clothing styles, fashioned over centuries in adherence to cultural norms and the Prophetic tradition. And quite frankly they look fantastic. The benefit of traditional clothing items like the thawb are that they perfectly fit the requisites for a Muslim man, they are generally loose fitting, not overly extravagant and you won't have to worry about that awkward sujood situation (yup, that one).
However, with a generation of Muslims growing up in the western world there is the reality that our clothing choices will steer towards more contemporary garments. The fashion world isn't too far behind in this regard and as long as garments fit these few Islamic conditions you'll find plenty of items to empty your wallet for. Of course, clothing items can also be of benefit if they help to preserve some sort of Islamic identity, so we've gone ahead and put together four lists of trending clothing items for the modern Muslim man...
(Psst.. click the images in the gallery to visit the clothing websites)
With extended t-shirts becoming all the rage this past year we'd think kurtas would be a bit more mainstream. Anyhow, a variety of well-tailored Kamees are a useful addition to any wardrobe they provide adequate coverage of relevant 'areas' and are a welcome alternative to full-length Thawbs.
For a more minimalist and tailored vibe, the Subhi Taha and COS collections provide quality at a higher price bracket.
There are also quite a few online retailers stocking longer length body shirts, check out some of our recommendations below..
Shukr.com have a wide variety of more traditional Kamees available in various colours. You can grab one of their pieces for £44.95 and the black 'Ghazi Juba' for £64.95.
KEEP IN MIND
- Keep it simple, block colours go a long way
- Look out for grandad/mandarin collars for a clean finish
- Try shortening your Kurta sleeves and layer with a long sleeve tee
Cropped loose fitting trousers have become increasing popular over the last year, and they also happen to fall in line with a sunnah. There are a few variations available with slight differences in design while still providing that unique look.
Emir store is a French independent clothing company who stock limited amounts of well-designed shirts and trousers. So be sure to be on the lookout for when they restock through their Instagram page.
KEEP IN MIND
- Relaxed or Slim fit trousers that finish mid to low calf
- Go for a stretchy material, to help you with your daily wudhu gymnastics
Kufis, beanies and the classic hat the perfect way to bring together an outfit. You can switch it up with a variety of designs. Simple colours with minimal design add that personal touch while adhering to another prophetic tradition.
KEEP IN MIND
- Popular at the moment are skull caps and beanies that sit above the ear.
- There are plenty of up and coming companies with their signature Arabic calligraphy caps. So you'll have a variety to choose from.
- Be sure to spin around your cap when going into Sujood to prevent getting knocked out while attempting Sajdah.
Add that finishing touch to a complete outfit with these accessories. Combs, Beard oils, bracelets, and shawls are all great ways to add that distinctive factor to your OOTD.
Don't forget to keep the facial hair looking spick and span with a quality brush and the 'miraclous' Argan oil. Body Shop also stock argan oil in a solid form which can make application easier.
Layers are your best friend (especially in the winter).
Add the finishing touch to your outfit with a piece of subtle jewellery.
Make sure you have a substantial amount of WHITE SOCKS! (So underrated)
For a casual everyday look go for loose-fitting clothes and for a formal occasion go for slim fitting garments with a structured outer layer.
Special thanks to @muslimmanstyle on Instagram for collaborating with us on this post. Be sure to follow his account for style inspiration and modest menswear.