All those hijab styles…

I bet you have seen a lot of these pictures before, but a little of gathering them all together never hurts. So here they are, all those hijab styles:

All that inspiration πŸ™‚ What look is your favorite?

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40 thoughts on “All those hijab styles…

  1. This post reminds me! Here’s the link for the 6 issues of 2007 “Hijab Fashion Magazine” ~ it comes in one volume and it’s great!!

    I really like style # 10 !

  2. Leila says:

    Number 10 and 12 are very nicey πŸ™‚

  3. Kholod says:

    When I think of my solely white hijab in the 80s and look at these colourful, vivid and creative styles… I LOL at myself! It has changed enormously!


  4. Muha says:

    Yes, Kholod… I came to islam mid-90’ies, and I still think of my horrible paisley hijab with red edges. I looked like an old old woman lol.

    Well now I am more all into somali khimars, I find they give the best covering, but I see that hijab has evolved hehe.

    The definition of Hijab in islam is still the same, but what people call hijab, is not the same anymore. Today it seems as long as the hair is covered, its a-okay… But is it really?

  5. My black-with-colorful-embroidery kaftan from Desert Store arrived today! Now I’ll have three lovely outfits to which I can add colorful hijab scarf styles! But I don’t think I’m advanced enough for the photos in this post hehehehe!

  6. Kholod says:

    Dear Muha,

    Let’s be honest and speak right out of the heart about this point U mentioned above:
    I wish I had the required iman and strength to stick to the pure and real hijab; becoz I feel all those eye-catching colors and all these catchy styles defeats the purpose of hijab: modesty and purity.

    On the other hand, I guess it’s kind of important for muslims living in the Western world to show that our muslim outfit will not hold us back from being fashionable and stylish.

    Again… I thank Basbousa and all her peers in the hijab-fashion-blogging for the effort they make for us mohajjabat living outside the muslim countries.


  7. I don’t think that color defeats modesty and purity.

    1. The state or quality of being modest.
    2. Reserve or propriety in speech, dress, or behavior.
    3. Lack of pretentiousness; simplicity.

    “Moderation in one’s actions or appearance, not wishing to attract undue attention to oneself;”

    God saw fit to cover the earth in glorious color so I don’t see how color can be pretentious, non-simple, nor immodest. To celebrate color is to celebrate God’s creation! For someone to look upon a colorful scarf or dress is not bad ~ such a normal appreciation of color can be pure and modest in itself. Flashing our naked thighs and our heaving bosoms deffinately attracts undue attention to ourselves and is immodest. So does bragging, wearing large amounts of wealthy jewelry in order to boast of our status, and any other such self-centered, “give me your admiration” behavior.

    All admiration belongs to God ~ and beautiful colors, which are a natural part of creation, can lift the eye and the heart to our Creator.

  8. Muha says:

    Why do we need to be “stylish” and “fashionable”? Were the Mothers of the Beleivers fashionable or stylish? Did not the Women of the Ansar go out veiled, as if they had crows on their heads?

    Isnt that the style and fashion we should strive for? Even if we live in dar ul kufr, it does not matter. Or, it should not matter. Because we should never give in to people, only Allah subhan wa taala.

  9. Kholod says:

    Dear CC,

    My two penny’s worth on this…
    U talked about appreciating the beauty in color and I can’t disagree with U. We should always celebrate Allah’s created beauty in everything. But I don’t think, and it’s my PERSONAL opinion, that the hijab Allah ordered us to wear demands a bandana, 2 shawls of dissimilar colors, 4 pins and 15 mins to fix in front of the mirror – to be worn among moharramin. This is my simple and personal point of view.


  10. Kholod says:

    Dear Muha,

    Jazaki Allaho khayran for ur words and for reminding me of what hijab is about. Tajdeed el neyyah is essential in everything we do daily.

  11. Kholod says:

    Sweet Basbooooousa,

    I hope U don’t mind our discussion here, but I find it very interesting to discuss about this with other muslim sisters. Plz bear with me! O elek a7laa booseh πŸ™‚

  12. As-Salam Aleikum wr wb! Sisters!

    U know I’m from Argentina…and when a girl decided to wear hijab…I’m just happy for that! masha Allah, at least here being motahajiba requires many courage! the rest comes with time insha Allah. But once a scholar woman said to me: hijab is da’wah so if u dress ur hijab beautifully…no problem go ahead, so non Muslim girls so you and they’ll say Β‘What a prettiest to dress like a Muslim girl!…insha Allah
    Allahu ‘alam.
    by the way Basbousa thanx for stopping by my blog!

  13. I must say… spending 15 minutes arranging a scarf is much less then the one or two hours women easily spend on styling makeup and hair!

    I’m aware that the Christian bible never gives explicit instructions as to exactly what kind of dress a woman is to wear, what colors she can or cannot wear, etc. There’s no injunction specifically against fashion either. It does say we are not to walk around with our hair braided and on display and ourselves covered with gold and jewelry. That makes sense.

    Does the Qu’ran give specific instructions for what female clothing must look like and does it specifically say that a modest fashion style goes against God?

  14. Kholod says:

    Dear CC,

    Thank U for ur reply!
    I must say that I fail to see ur point in the comparison between wearing make up/styling hair and hijab. Why do U compare two things that are TOTAL opponents??!!! How can U put them in the same level of comparison???!!! Allah forbids us to wear make up (outside the home) and he ordered us to cover our hair (also outside the home and among moharramin). I think one of the reasons Allah ordered us to wear hijab is for NOT spending 15 mins or two hours in front of the mirror, whether it’s for make up or styling.


  15. INAL says:

    Dear Muha and all my sisters

    Unfortunately for many of us outside of the Muslim known world; we have to go out into the street; work; take our children to school; go to the PTA; or shop for essentials. Looking like we have crows in our heads is even more eye catching than these hijabs we see here on our sister’s site and others.

    Because many of us don’t depend on our spouses or family incomes to sustain us; we have to step out into the world and fend for ourselves. I know in my case shrouded in black with only one eye is not appropriate attire for the boardroom. And its in that boardroom that I have my livelihood.

    Like my Argentinian sister MM, I also believe that on this side of the world at least, it is like giving healthy daw’ah; where people who don’t understand our ways get that first impression – through the eyes- that says we can be a part of the world; that we are tolerant, that we are global. And most importantly that our women have not lost their femininity even as we strive for purity and utmost modesty.

    I once told my in-laws that for me hijab is in the eyes: you see without looking for afaults or oggling; you hear without listening for unspoken meanings and hidden agendas; you speak without talking your tongue off. If you are in abaya, shayla, and niqab you don’t call attention to yourself by constantly pulling on your scarf or niqab; you sit up straight and don’t duck everytime you see someone coming- you are covered what else do you want to hide?

    I put on my scarf or scarves before leaving my house and I don’t ever touch it again. It is securely on my head; it covers the right parts- why call attention to it by fidgeting with it constantly? My mother would slap my hand if I constantly felt a need to fix my clothes!

    And putting on a scarf, abaya, or loose fitting clothes is not the end all indication your heart and soul are pure- that is not 100% of the time in some cases. Only Allah SWT knows truly what is in your soul- your white or black soul is not shielded from Allah. I have seen sisters not salam you because you are not in niqab- where’s the purity in that; where’s the modesty; where is the love of your sisters for Allah sake alone? We can be just as inmodest and inappropriate in our shrouds as others in their skimpiness.

    Hijab to me also means you love your sisters and brothers; you smile at them and others as a symbol of love for the Creation of Allah SWT; you give a lending hand or a supportive shoulder for the one in need. All the rest will follow Allah willing. He has stated His Creation is varied in shape, color, texture, sound, and location and that we are here to know one another. So if we see one person is not at the level we deem appropriate, we must recognize that maybe we ourselves are not at the level Allah deems for each of us appropriate. Allahu Allam.

    Rejoice in the variety that Allah shows while you strive for His best for us.
    We all Trust in Allah SWT – but we are also asked to tie our camels…

    Ma’salaama my sisters

    P.S. barbousa- it was a sight for sore eyes to see you on my site as well! :))
    And I too apologize for bringing this discussion further along the line…

  16. INAL says:

    Basbousa if I keep miss spelling your avatar again say a prayer for this consistant misspeller! LOL :))

  17. INAL says:

    You ladies now that I think of it I wish I could find a site that compares hijabs through the ages…I wonder because in Yemen at Dar Al-Hajjar there is a large portrait of two Yemeni women- the older one in her traditional colorfully printed king-size shawl that covers her from head to toes but showing her face, and her younger counterpart of today who is in black scarf, abaya and niqab…very suggestive that we may believe that what has been a tradition for a very long time is only as old as the difference between two generations…

    Many who are into “fashion” or are “fashionistas” have remarked that in places like Egypt for example every generation has looked different. In Jordan to the northwest women are seen in long slightly fitted coats like the Turkish tessetur styles with scarves and niqab- all in dark colors; while the women of the remote villages are seen with turbans and blue tattoos in star shapes on their chins and by their eyes in color caftans; while their cosmopolitan counterparts range from full flowing abayas and shaylas with or without niqabs to the very Palestinian dress code of white scarves and loose coats.

    I wonder if there is a sister out there who has taken this project on- for the simple sake of showing change in the perception of hijab that Muha was wondering about. If you know of someone let me know, I am interested in seeing these changes.

  18. Kholod, I was putting the hair arranging/hijab arrange at odds with one another. I was not making them out to be one and the same. When women style their hair so that it is on display to the world they are helping men to lust after them, even if this is not their foremost intention. Hair is sensual to men and that is why God asks us women to keep it covered. Spending an hour styling hair so that men can stare at it is not the same as taking the time to wrap a pretty scarf so that it’s not sloppy and unkempt looking.

    When a woman wraps a hijab in a beautiful, feminine manner she is not inspiring lust. She is celebrating the natural, pure beautyof color that is found everywhere in God’s creation. She is also celebrating her femininity in a non-sexual way. “Beauty” does not automatically equal “sexiness” ~ when utilized properly, beauty can be pure and chaste.

    Walking around in severe, unhappy coverings speaks nothing of God’s love or the beauty of His creation and speaks more of His anger and judgement. It says to the world, “My faith is a faith full of angry rules and regulations!”

    If a woman embraces modest beauty then she displays her joy and her love for life as a daughter of God. She shows the world that she celebrates each day that she is living her faith and she makes those who do not have faith wonder what it is she has that they do not. Once they start to wonder, they start to seek God…

    Sure, we are not supposed to go overboard and wear all manner of gold and jewels and crazy-expensive outfits or tight, sexy clothing. But at the same time I highly doubt that God condemns the woman that adorns herself in chaste beauty as a celebration of her love for God and her joy at being a daughter of God.

    A woman can quickly fall into the sin of pride when she wears severe coverings with the thought that this somehow makes her more “holy” then the women in modest colorful outfits. I’ve seen it countless times in Christian circles with frumpily-dressed women with their noses in the air because *they* considered themselves to be so much better then those other women that wore flower-prints and color. Their excessive legalism put me off of God for years!

    I certainly saw it a lot in the Middle East as well with the black-shrouded women glaring daggers at me as they ripped their veils over their faces. Let me tell you, their holier-then-thou behavior did nothing to draw me closer to God! If anything it scared me off of God ~ and Islam! Now I’m seeing how Muslim women can be chaste, modest, and yet filled with JOY as they celebrate God through their embracing of pure beauty! I’m seeing that Islam is not a dark, unhappy religion where God desires scowling, miserable women that live as second-class slaves to their menfolk. I see JOY radiating from the faces of the models in these pictures ~ and in the photos of the Muslim women on this and other Muslimah blogs. In their colorful hijabs I see an extension of that joy that they feel as Muslim women and that speaks VOLUMES to the world about Islam! There’s no way that Ilsam can be a dark, anti-woman religion if so many Muslim women radiate with such happiness, peace, and joy. Seeing hijabis shrouded in colorful beauty makes you think, “Maybe I should give the Qu’ran a read… there must be something in there that is good because look at that radiant, joyful Muslim woman!!”

    In the Catholic faith we have a Saint Francis and he said, “Witness the gospel at all times. If necessary, use words.” It’s amazing how much a joyful modest Muslim woman, wrapped in a colorful celebration of life, witnesses to the world about Islam ~ all without having to speak one word.

  19. P.S. I’m not saying that black abaya and black naquib is unhappy… Muslim women can still witness joy to other women by what they wear underneath. Is their regular clothing also severe or is it colorful and full of celebration for life?

  20. Kholod says:

    Waaaw! The discussion has flourished! Thank U Basbousa for hosting this intriguing debate :))

    Dear MT aka CC,

    All I am saying in simple words: the excessive styling and exuberant fashion plus the extravagant colors in hijab, as a head cover in particular and as an outfit as whole, defeats (two red lines under) the purpose of hijab. Looking good and feeling is a must for the well being of every woman, muslim or non muslim; None can take an issue about it.


  21. Muha says:

    Salaam aleikum, and hello…

    I too work, but yet my husband ofcourse is the one who provide for us, and who pay the essentials, as it is his duty as a muslim man, alhamdulillah, but yet I wear abaya and hijab. A somali khimar most of the time, or eventually 150 x 150 cm big square hijabs, or a shayla. There is something between these styles, and totally covering with one eye visible.

    I have worn niqab too in the west, and I must say, it is not a pleasant experience, but its not the kafirin making this like hell. It is sadly the muslims. When a kafir tells me to “go home” (where, I am Norwegian) or “we live in ademocracy” (what comes first, kufrocracy or Islaam anyway), or whatever, it does not bother me. But when those supposing to be my sisters or brothers in faith, tells me “authubillah” or “la hawla wala qua ta illah billah” it hurts more than anything.

    But what comfots me is that it is haram to mock a woman in niqab, Alhamdulillah.

  22. Nur says:

    I love the top two and the 2nd pink one few boxes below.

  23. Hana says:


    I can speak to your question about varieties of Islamic dress just a tiny bit. I do quite a lot of sewing and one of my interests is reproducing (though not faithfully since I haven’t the detailed knowledge) Islamic styles around the world and over time. I particular interest of mine just now is Palestinian clothing. I was amused to see you say “the very Palestinian style of white scarf and loose coat”. You’re right, we think of that as Palestinian now, but just 60 years ago, and historically as far as I have seen, Palestinian women wore elaborately embroidered black, blue or white dresses with large embroidered shawls and headdresses covered in coins. the site has contemporary versions of these beautiful dresses– and it’s a charity for Palestinian refugees, so shop there, ladies!

    Anyway, I agree that what has become known as Islamic wear is very plain and drab– which is not to say bad, I think it’s just a fact– compared to our history of colorful folk clothing. I say we revive at least elements of the folk styles and reclaim that part of our history.

  24. INAL says:


    Thanks for the site, I was looking at the Showroom – they really do have beautiful neddle work. I was given one such disdash -I hope that is how you spell it- by a Palestinian women on my first trip to Jordan- it was red with very intricate embroidery and a shawl to match. Plus I like the idea Jordanian Air had at the time (don’t know if they have changed in the past three years) of the airline stewardess changing into one of these robes during the flight to Jordan- made you feel right at home quicker.

    And yes, even I can fall into the thought that a certain way of dressing is age old or the norm- which only goes to show how necessary it is to maintain these traditional dress in the light so they do not fade into non existance, as if they never were.

    Is the very KSA way of dressing women for outings (Abaya, Shayla, Niqab) very recent? How far back does it really go- do you know? In Yemen I know that phenomenon is recent- maybe twenty years at most at least in the North and in the South it ebbs and flows. Because the majority of the women my mother-in-law’s age (and she is not old since she had her first child when she was 14) still use the traditional colorful shawl and it is readily available in all stores- I couldn’t resist and bought one too!

    And recently I am seeing more and more Yemeni women do without the niqab and are using more colorful clothing- this in direct proportion it seems to the amount of women now out in the streets going to school, universities along side foreign women who are entering the country- and also in direct proportion to the growing outcries of men demanding women be locked up again in their homes. If you have ever seen Yemeni homes you would understand that they are virtual prisons since the walls surrounding them are very high and non of the windows allow for any type of view unless you are in the mountain villages or in the south.

    This is all very interesting. Hana thank you again


  25. Julie says:

    I love the bottom left..beautiful!

  26. FaThI says:

    luvv all of dis i wish there were wrd instructions beautifull masallahh

  27. nawal says:

    dear all…

    i am a muslimah hamdulilah and live in amman jordan….. my wedding is on the 15th of november…
    i am hoping to wear hijab on my wedding day…inshala…
    ppl are making it hard…everyone is telling me its just one day…and so on..but i want to wear hijab inshala…
    i still cant find any hijab style that would fit me… i have a bit of a long face…. well…hopefully if anyone has ideas please email me pictures…instructioms…what kind of fabrics i should buy..if anyone has personal experience inthis it would be good also to hear from them…etc…

    my email

  28. amar says:

    arent there any other styles for round face shape and covers the neck at the same time??

  29. Maryam says:

    This just defeats the purpose of Hijab! We’re supposed to be role models for humanity NOT trying to fit in with the Kofar! Only the non-believing women wear tons of make up and attract men with 60 million different colors….just think about it, if Allah [swt] wanted us to wear 50 different colors he wouldn’t have asked us to visit the Kaaba wearing ONLY WHITE.

    Hijab should be about efficiency and simplicity and ONLY for Allah.

  30. khalid says:

    please do uou know this girl

  31. Asilah Khan says:

    Assalaam mu alikum
    i would like to know why necks r showing in some of the hiab styles and in the quran it say draw ur viel across the bosom and why has’nt it, so please answer this question for me thank you.
    wa alikum aslasm

  32. Nazeerah says:

    Allah is Beautiful and He likes all things beautiful….. how can the million different hues of color not be beautiful? He could have created the world in shades of black and white. Colors have meanings and are subjective.

    White signifies purity and cleanliness, therefore it seems proper to wear when doing hajj. Then again, we can choose to not wear white, but it’s most preferred. I too seldom see prayer garments with other colors than white. (most to most dark blue or green) hmmm… yes green is used in most flags of islamic coutries. There’s black of course. These colors is what makes the world and people beautiful. This is my opinion.

    Verily Allah Knows Best.

    Salaam πŸ™‚

  33. Nazeerah says:


    Hahaha i like the random mosaic avatars…. πŸ™‚ Really love this site, always come here for inspirations. Am continuing to improve on my hjab skills. I am still terrible in using the normal square scarves, always love when someone ties em so neatly πŸ˜€

  34. Amira says:

    Well i think this is a helpful website for learning how to style the Hijab.Well u don’t have to be colorful but u can definately change ur style of wearing your Hijab once in a while especially during special occassions.I think looking at these styles more Muslim women will be encouraged to wear some of these styles in the western world instead of completely exposing your hair which many Muslim women do in the western world.

  35. Sara says:

    salaamolaikum, i love your site love all the nice hijab styles πŸ™‚

  36. mira says:

    To all those who find fault with wearing “stylish” hijabs, let me tell you something:

    When I started thinking about wearing the hijab I was going through every emotion whenever I tried to work up the courage to wear it in public then one day at school I saw a girl who wore a beautiful scarf, and nearly every day after that she wore pretty ones and in different ways…..soon after I bought a bunch of pretty ones and it made it easier for me to transition from western girl to muslimah.

  37. Muslimah says:

    I’m lame, I can’t bring myself to wear anything but Amira’s and basic shayla styles, lol.

  38. Jubeda says:

    salaam sisters.I’ve always admired the hijab.. These pictures are gorgeous and I just love the colours and the make up used in this shoot.. so fresh!.. It’s pretty unfortunate though that we do not have a single shop for hijab clothing in Zambia were I live. In the mean time I will have to be creative and put outfits together….. any tips???

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