As far as festivities go, getting dolled up is one of the things that we look forward to the most, other than catching up with our favourite relatives, the delicious food and in this case for Muslims all around the world, it’s celebrating the fruitful conclusion of Ramadan during Eid Al-Fitr. With the traditional garb being baju kurungs and kebayas, Eid celebrators have been known to get creative when designing their own customized ensembles for the festivities, whether its following the latest trends or adding their own personal touch to the designs. But traditional or contemporary, it’s safe to say that one can expect nothing less than a sparkling ocean of all colours of the rainbow at every corner, amplifying the merry atmosphere of Eid.
However, with the uprising popularity of ready-to-wear outfits comes every fashionista’s worry of showing up to an open house and finding that the host is wearing the exact same skirt that you had so painstakingly waited an entire month to debut. So instead of lugging around an emergency suitcase filled with five changes of outfits everywhere you go, here’s three ways to help lessen your chances of starring in your very own episode of “Girl stole my look!” while being relaxed enough to help yourself to that third round of beef rendang:
Take a page out of lifestyle blogger Bubblegumhijab’s book and make a statement by rocking the men’s version of the traditional Eid outfit, the Cara Melayu. Without straying too far from convention while still maintaining an air of modesty, the Cara Melayu is the perfect way to stand out in the comfiest way possible. Torn between wanting to pull off this look and wanting to embrace your femininity on this special occasion? Pair this men’s Suro top by Mind for Him with a matching skirt to get the best of both worlds.
Between cooking, baking, cleaning and visiting, sometimes all a girl has time for is a quick touch-up before jumping into her next glamorous outfit. While you can’t literally jump into this one, it’s as close as you’re going to get when it comes to getting ready in a jiffy. This jumpsuit by Mayang Idbariza is a true example of being elegantly exquisite while also time-savvy. Just like Cinderella at the ball, no one will be any the wiser!
Can it get easier? How much further will we continue to push the boundaries of our lazy glam outfits? The answer: Yes and even further than you think. Every girl has a go-to maxi dress in her closet that she’s worn through thick and thin, her rescue remedy for moments when she “has nothing to wear”. What if we told you that you could wear your cozy maxi dress during Eid and get away with it, even with an extra serving of chicken satay under your belt? The solution lies in this ethereal Amanda Cape by KNW by Kurnia Sari which promises to envelope you in a graceful yet mysterious air (when all you’re trying to hide is the fact that you’ve had one Kuih Mor too many).
Short of buying ready-to-wear pieces and adding your own embellishments, nothing says convenient and comfortable quite like wearing a Cara Melayu or jumpsuit to celebrate Eid in. In case you’re still on the fence with your ensemble choices, just throw on a fancy kaftan like the rest of us and let the festivities begin!