On the hunt for the perfect Ramadan look or curious about what to wear if you’re visiting a Muslim country during the sacred time? Maha Abdul Rasheed, designer and owner of Dubai’s first and only high-end vintage boutique, is breaking down the trends we can expect to see.
Ramadan is filled with fasting, prayer, and reflection, but it’s also time to break out your most festive attire — and from flowing kaftans to statement accessories, the influence of Ramadan fashion can be seen around the world. We chatted with Maha Abdul Rasheed, designer and owner of Bambah Boutique, (Dubai’s first and only high-end vintage store!), who broke down the biggest trends she’s seeing this year and explained how social media has totally changed the game of dressing during the sacred time. Read on for our Q&A and follow her tips if you want to recreate the looks.
How has Ramadan fashion changed since the presence of social media, (and mainly Instagram)?
“Social media has been a great asset for new designers breaking into the fashion space, especially within niche areas like Dubai’s Ramadan fashion. It has allowed consumers from across the globe to be exposed to these trends and Dubai as a destination, which has then spread to others through social media channels and helped larger brands tap into the Middle Eastern market. Dubai is also known as a fashion destination, and many brands have used social media to tout their international stores here in the city. At Bambah, we love posting all our favorite looks to Instagram. Because we don’t have a store yet in the U.S., Instagram has been a great way to share our latest looks to international consumers and fans.”
Is there one fool-proof silhouette or trend that looks good on practically everyone?
“The most popular silhouette during Ramadan is the Kaftan because it accentuates everyone beautifully and looks effortlessly elegant, while being loose enough to keep cool during the hot summer months – which is especially important here in Dubai. The latest trends are stepping away from the traditional black abaya and bringing in the colorful, embroidered Kaftans especially with fun fabrics, florals, and metallics. It is a beautiful time to travel to the city, experience authentic traditions and see the trends come to life.”
What are your three fashion must-haves for Ramadan?
“The three must-haves for women in Dubai during Ramadan would be fun and comfortable shoes, brightly colored Kaftan at midi length (to show off the shoes!), and a staple accessory to change any look from day to night. There are so many social outings and cultural events going on around Dubai during this time, so women use it to show off their latest finds in fashion trends.”
How should you dress if you’re visiting a Muslim country during Ramadan?
“There are no dress codes for people visiting Dubai at any time of the year, except for those entering Dubai’s mosques. However, visitors and non-Muslim Dubai citizens will typically use this time of year to enjoy the Kaftan culture and get dressed up while experiencing all Dubai’s Ramadan offerings, such as Iftars at the local hotels. Ramadan is also a high shopping month in Dubai, so people are always on the hunt for their best outfits weeks in advance. At Bambah, which is Dubai’s first and only high-end vintage – inspired ladies boutique also available online in the U.S., we curate a special Ramadan collection every year and launch it a few weeks before the holy month begins. It’s usually one of our best-selling collections!”