Fashion Trends for the Holy Month of Ramadan
Ramadan is the ninth month of the Islamic calendar, during which Muslims fast or do not eat or drink during the daytime. The common practice during Ramadan is fasting from dawn to sunset. The pre-dawn meal before the fast is called the Suhur, while the meal at sunset that breaks the fast is the Iftar. Muslims also engage in increased prayer and charity during Ramadan (zakat).
While the main purpose of the month is spiritual-based, many men and women feel excited about the fresh and variety of clothing opportunities that come. In fact, markets all over the Muslim world get flooded before Ramadan in order to stock up for the entire month and the Eid festival afterward because the schedule during Ramadan gets very hectic.
Ramadan is not just about wearing the traditional black abaya,the robe like garment worn by most Muslim women who opt to dress modestly, as it's meant to expose only the head, feet, and hands. Although it still meets the modest criteria, brands and consumers alike are having a lot of fun coming up with new trends and silhouettes that are unique from the traditional black dress—women these days prefer being creative and colorful with their Ramadan wardrobe.
But First, Let’s Talk About What Ramadan Clothing Is All About
Ramadan is the most awaited month of the year for Muslims, and it is for a specific purpose; a spiritual connection with God. Muslims spend the entire month trying to cultivate a strong bond with God, and they believe that such a connection can be established by simplicity and detachment from the materialistic world.
Obviously, letting go of the world entirely is not practical but Muslims aim to reduce their attachment to the materialistic display of money and power. And it reflects in their clothing as well, which has the following key features:
- All clothes follow the Islamic concept of ‘modesty’.
- Long, breathable one-piece or bottoms that keep the body cool during the fasting hours.
- Lightweight clothes with minimal accessories, to stick to the simplistic theme of Ramadan.
Though this time for fast and prayer calls for more conservative dress than what's expected during other periods of the religious calendar, there's no mandate on color, pattern, or details etc.