COLOUR ME UP

Over the past few years, the term minimalism has been flung far and wide in every fashion and lifestyle source and used as inspiration in many ways. This it word is incorporated into fashion, beauty, interior design, lifestyle and even food. However, in a very particular way. The popular aesthetic surrounding minimalism seems to be a toned down colour scale of black, white, and neutrals. And while I am an advocate of these colours (making about 70% of my wardrobe), I have to profess that it can be somehow overdone when minimalism is dictated as only in this form. As a lifestyle, I very much respect and understand the ideals of minimalism and the beauty of possessing a few things that spark joy as opposed to a larger number of things that are usually not accounted for. An idea which I believe truly resonates with Islamic beliefs and practices.

However, discrediting people with colourful tastes that do not fit into the grey scale and trendy form of minimalism can be, quite frankly, unaligned with many cultures. My Nigerian heritage in particular, which is full of colour, bold prints, matched with flamboyant headpieces and jewellery to top it off, popular across many tribes in the country. In addition, for a lot of people, minimalism stems from financial and social difficulties of simply not having enough, and are thus forced to get by with the very basic needs. Or even in some dire conditions, almost nothing at all. Poverty really is the bane of the existence of many.

Essentially, it is okay to have a wardrobe that looks like the amalgamation of the rainbow and every hippie tie-dye shirt and still hold minimalist beliefs. As long as each and every pair defines necessities that spark joy for the individual in self-expression. Personally, I certainly am not explicitly a minimalist or maximalist (some of us are too eccentric and complex to categorise), and while I tend to tread more along minimalist lines, it would be exceptionally hypocritical of me to adopt and sustain this grey scale narrative of minimalism that contradicts the visuality of my cultural heritage. So these two outfit combinations go out to all my colourful creatures that can’t seem to rule out colour from their closets.

  1. GREEN

 

2. RED 

 

Photography: Muhammed Umar

Styling: Aisha Umar

EID AL-FITR 1438

As Ramadan has come to a very rapid end, so has the time for reflection began. The overall sentiment among Muslims during this time of year is to ponder on the accomplishments made during Ramadan, and the shortcomings (many of which plague us with regret).  That menacing feeling of, “I should have read more Qur’an”, and something along the lines of “I should have taken less naps” always seem to reoccur every Ramadan, but alas, the important part is not leaving Ramadan empty handed. And either way, full confidence, and satisfaction in our holy acts and worship would be a bad sign right? I mean, BE HUMBLE.

On to more trivial yet very important subjects, is my outfit for this Eid celebration. I decided on this very colorful ensemble to compensate the fact that Eid was not celebrated at home with family and friends this year.

cries in responsibility and adulting

 

Styling – Aisha Umar

Photography – Abdulgaffar Umar

 

OH LA NAVY

I remember as a kid whenever I was asked what my favorite colour is, I would without hesitation say blue, and I also had a purple phase in my mid teenage years. However, I would never succumb to the stereotype, pink. I guess that was always the little rebel inside me that refused to admit that, “pink is for girls, and blue is for boys.” Rebellion aside, I truly love the colour blue, and all the variations of hues and shades it has to offer across the spectrum. From baby blue and pastel hues, to rich, deep, and royal blue. Navy blue is decadence in a color.

Gladly for me, one of my favourite tones has resurfaced to the trendy scene, the rich and plush navy blue. This colour is currently all the rage alongside other rich gemstone colours like emerald green and beautiful rubies.

The layers of the top half of this outfit appear like I have three pieces on, a cropped sweater, a pleated shirt, and a white button down shirt. The pleated shirt and cropped sweater are actually attached as one piece from Zara. The white shirt underneath is an added layer I manually attached for a bulkier and smarter look. I am not one to “dress for my body type”. I like bulky, loose fitted layers to my outfit, not only for modesty reasons but really also for the aesthetic. The navy blue trousers with white striped panels along the side tie the colour combination of the ensemble well. Almost seeming like the outfit came in a set intended to be paired together. I adore the dainty, lady-like, white and blue mini bag, and the simple black heeled sandals elongate the bottom half of the outfit. Like the cherry on top, or bottom in this case.

 

Photography: Muhammad Rabiu Umar

Styling: Aisha Umar