Leaving it up to the imagination
Popular modesty fashion stylist and blogger Nabilah Kariem’s Eid outfit lookbook
Fashion and style blogs featuring modest clothing continue to gain momentum with fashion enthusiasts, global brands and on runways.
Muslim style influencers are diversifying the fashion industry. From high-end designers to mainstream media and social media this business is a rapidly growing sector. Modest fashion influencer, designer and parttime stylist Nabilah Kariem is one of the most influential social media personalities in South Africa promoting fashion modesty. Kariem shares her Eid-ul-Fitr style inspiration with us.
Tell us a little about yourself?
I am a fashion influencer, designer and part-time stylist. I’m also a newlywed, so I am all about my career and my marriage.
What is your definition of fashion?
Fashion speaks for you without using words. It’s a reflection of self.
How would you describe your personal style?
Classic chic, with a pop of trend. And modest, of course. My religion plays a big role in the way I dress.
What about your journey to modesty, have you always dressed like you do now?
No, not at all. I’ve had so many phases, but I think I’ve always really been into fashion. Growing up and understanding my religion is what changed things. What will you be wearing this Autumn/Winter season? Any trends that have caught your eye?
Oversized tops is definitely my go-to this season, they are so trendy yet so comfy (no suffering for beauty this season).
Who are your favourite modest fashion bloggers? And how do they influence your style?
Ascia AKF (a blogger from Kuwait). I love the way she layers clothes.
She has the perfect balance of east and west in her looks.
What would you say is the best way to generate income from fashion blogging?
The best way to monetise your fashion blog/social media platform is to not monetise it for as long as you possibly can. Eventually, if done correctly, your platform will start to make money naturally without compromising itself. I see too many monetise too early and stunt the growth of their platform.
What is your daily beauty routine?
I tend to focus more on skin care on a daily basis more than actual makeup. Cleansing and moisturising in the morning and evening is a must for me. I love looking fresh and awake. The makeup I use to help achieve this look is a water-based foundation (so my skin still looks natural and my freckles show through), Concealer for my dark under eyes, bushy brows, blush, natural looking highlight and hydrated lips.
Who is your favourite designer?
I wouldn’t say I have a favourite, but currently I am obsessing over UAE-based designers like Hessa Falasi.
What is the one fashion item that you couldn’t live without?
Mom jeans or straight cut jeans (I’m not a skinny jeans kind of girl)
What is the ultimate fashion item that you dream of purchasing?
An Abaya from Hessa Falasi (I don’t care which one, as long as she designed it)
Your tips on how to take the perfect outfit photograph for Instagram?
Have an amazing photographer and team on a well planned set. Take hundreds of shots and spend hours editing the perfect ones. Instagram is the number one fashion publishing platform in the world right now, and that’s the level it’s at to be competitive. But for those who don’t take it that seriously: Be confident in your look, it translates on camera. Great lighting can make average smartphone cameras take amazing images. Research photo composition and make sure you get it right.
One can retain one’s modesty while being remarkably well dressed.