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Enduring Fashion Inspiration – Part IV ‘Arabia’

Who would not be inspired by princess Jasmine of the Arabian Nights? Sensual and bewitching, her clothing style gets the perfect amount of eye candy. All the ancient history and culture provides a true inspiration for modern designers till today. The inspirational beauty of Arabian fashion styles are adopted all across the world even today, bringing out the princess in every woman. Clothing inspirations taken from ancient Arabian styles are rooted in the elegance of modesty with an insight into their national life and aesthetic values as well.

Traditional Islamic clothing reflects their cultural values calling for modesty and humility, though styles and shades vary throughout. Religious customs of Arabia dictates conservative costume for both men and women. Islam has set standards of modesty that reflects in their clothing styles. They are interpreted by modern fashion designers to create their dream collection. The Arabian vintage look of 20s and 30s speak of feminine elegance, and glamour without figure hugging silhouettes. Long robes wrapped around the waist, share their similarities with the iconic flapper dress of the 20s. Current trends of tunics and tops with waist belts for the perfect hourglass figure were sported by ancient Arabians. Loose dropped waist makes a perfect style for hijab’s.

Brands such as Burberry and Marc Jacobs have a much more casual approach to the trend by teaming with masculine trenches with a hit of sleek femininity beneath making more relevant and edgy patterns.