Conquer the midi – The modest way

The midi dress has been around for centuries, only back then it was worn by classy ladies in classic events.  However, in this day of time, due to the growing artistic designs, the midi dress can now be worn elegantly or casually.
Now, the midi dress is a statement piece on its own therefore, you should be concerned on how you style it. I, myself, as a hijabi, am not so keen on the midi – that’s not to say I don’t own a few myself – Let’s just say if I was to write a book on modest clothing the midi would not be included. It is worn by many to enhance their curves and basically to look sexy and as a hijabi that’s not what I aim for when dressing.  The midi dress mood does fall on me from time to time and these are the rules I abide on when that time comes.
  1. When purchasing my midi I always choose a size up to my usual size. This would cause the midi to not magnify in all my lady parts and thus making my midi experience a comfortable one, not needing to worry to what’s on show and enjoying my day.
  2. There’s a styling error that seems to be spreading amongst my hijabi ladies: the black leggings with extra material wrinkling around the ankles.  These leggings are unflattering to the dress, so note down ladies, if your going to wear leggings, a) either wear them without them wrinkled around your ankles or b) choose my option, ditch the leggings and wear tights. Some may think tights are a No-No for a hijabi yet its just the same as wearing leggings. When purchasing tights make sure they are extra thick to avoid seeing through your tights.
  3. Cover the buttocks ladies! Revealing your ass – excuse the language – to the public does not compliment your hijab. It’s much more eye-catching to see a lady styling the midi to favour her religion.
  4. A leather jacket is not the only piece of clothing that can be worn over the midi..jumpers, cardigans, shawls, etc etc. Experiment! Find your own style.
Remember everyone has a different physique to you, therefore what looks good on them may not look good on you. So take a little extra time and experiment with clothing and see what best flatters your body shape.
xo
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The Ladies in Red – Golden Globes 2014

Actors and actresses spend their time and energy on making films for 3 things: Firstly, for the six digit number in their bank accounts. Secondly, its their ambitious, so its no surprise to see someone work hard doing something they love and thirdly for the nominations that make them more cash and even more famous. Yes, the Golden Globes 2014 was on Sunday and although half the media was debating on which movie would grab the most awards, the other half was waiting in suspense to see who was wearing what!    
 
Without a doubt they all looked glamorous, yet you couldn’t help but take a second look at the ladies in red.
 
The first of the ladies rocking red, was Amy Adams who also took home the award for Best actress for American Hustle in a musical or Comedy. Adams wore a two-toned, red Valentino gown teamed with a braided up-do that allowed her to show of the backless gown. Ames – Lets just give her our own nickname, shall we – revealed a little more cleavage than anyone else attending, yet I couldn’t imagine the full skirt gown any different. My version of why the Valentino gown looked perfect on Adams is because of her petite figure filling in the dress perfectly everywhere. Also not to mention her spicy red hair and pale complexion added to the dress to make it that little bit more sexy.
 
When Lupita Nyong’o stepped onto the red carpet wearing a red, Ralph Lauren, cape gown, one person came to mind: Gwyneth Paltrow at the 2012 Oscars. In my opinion Paltrow brought the  off the shoulder, Tom Ford cape dress to life.  Although the colour and top half of the dress were completely different they both sat elegantly on the ladies. Take the cape detail off the gown and it becomes the ordinary dress most wear at award shows. However, with the cape detail, it adds a little bit of chicness and somewhat of a graceful look to your presence.  Look out for Lupita Nyong’o this year, I have a feeling she’ll be rocking more red carpet looks.
 
Lastly, but by far not least, was my favourite look of the event. Emma Watson strutted down the red carpet wearing half a gown by Christian Dior. By half a gown I mean the front looked like a simple gown with a belt just above her stomach until she turned around and revealed the backless gown supported with slim, black leggings and a belt holding the gown together. It fit her personality and style just perfectly. It was risky, it was a twist and put a spin on the classic red carpet dress yet she pulled it off fabulously. There’s a lesson to learn here ladies: once in a while try taking a risk!
 
Yes!! The ladies in red did catch our attention, yet we mustn’t forget, Taylor Swift, Sofia Vergara, and Julianna Margulies who looked incredible. Amongst them was Sandra Bullock, who was working the colour blocking frock. It was a disaster for some however, here on WardrobeGarden we think only Bullock could pull it off! Can you believe she’s 49?! 
 
Who’s ready for the BAFTAS and Oscars next?
 
xo
 
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The Face behind WardrobeGarden

I think it’s safe to call me your average Glasgow lass (girl) you know the type that enjoys catching-up with a friend over  a cup of Starbucks – hazelnut hot chocolate with whipped cream to be precise –  the type that convinces herself this would be the last time she would waste precious study time over reading British Vogue’s blogs section, while drooling on the keyboard admiring every detail in each picture.
  Yeah I guess that would describe me, just with a little precious secret: I spend my days and nights dreaming about styling.
As your walking through your shopping centre or your town centre or anywhere that people walk past you for that fact, what’s running through your mind? what to have for dinner? How many days till payday?   That’s usually the questionable questions that people ask themselves.
  What I think about when someone walks past me?
“ your leather cross body bag goes well with your textured fabric cocoon coat”
“…wait…what is that, are you wearing tanned brogues with that coat??”
“girlll…please swap them with some ankle boots”
Now I know what your thinking … “ That’s a little mean “
However if you step into my mind just for a second, you’ll see that I DON’T rearrange people’s outfits in my mind because I don’t like what they’re wearing, I rearrange what they’re wearing because of my undying love for styling clothes.
I decided to turn my little dream into reality, that’s when WardrobeGarden was created. My aim is to make you comfortable with what your wearing yet looking stylish. I wanted to change the way people style, by that I mean introducing you to new styles to match your identity. Its essential to have the right clothes hanging in your wardrobe yet crucial to wear those clothes correctly because your style reflects your character.
To me its not about what your wearing, it’s how you style those clothes that counts… wear a midi dress, but don’t wear a midi dress with leggings ! There are many types of styles – Feminine, Chic, Couture, Sporty, Glam, Gothic, Earthy, Urban, Vintage and many more – and whatever your style is, Wardrobe Garden will be able to assist you with all your wardrobe and style dilemmas because WardrobeGarden isn’t focused on one style.
I hope I do spread a little styling inspiration to all you lovely chicka’s no-matter what style you are. Remember styling is not based upon the current trend, its how you style those trends ( no-matter how old ) and make them current. Don’t forget… everything has beauty!
xo