This week on the blog we have Annum Khokhar guest blogging from one of our favourite brands – The Fashion Caravan! She teamed up with Toronto based makeup artist Ayesha Yousuf to put together the ultimate wardrobe and makeup guide for professional women. Check out The Fashion Caravan’s full collection online or at Salam Shop.
Clothes & Accessories
I’ve spent most of my life wearing what I want. Until I joined the professional world, I never had to conform to a uniform or particular dress code. At first I thought I had to run to the mall and buy everything. From dress pants, to blazers, a professional wardrobe can cost you a fortune if you don’t plan for it. Luckily, I’m a deal finder and have certain rules when it comes to shopping – it better be on sale!
It’s different when I’m supporting local entrepreneurs or smaller boutiques. As an entrepreneur myself, I completely understand why a lot of our items are more expensive than giant retailers and I support other entrepreneurs with my eyes closed.
Zara, Loft, Club Monaco on the other hand better have a sale!
Here are a few inexpensive ways to style your professional wardrobe without breaking the bank or having to comprise on modesty. Thankfully, modesty is still valued in the workplace to a certain degree so I don’t look like the odd one out when I’m in a full-sleeved blouse and dress pants in the summer.
The key is to have a few staple pieces and ACCESORIZE!! Whether you use a scarf as your accessory or a necklace, having a subtle outfit with a pop of color is the way to go.
Most importantly, don’t forget: shoes can make or break your outfit. Having a great pair of heels totally dresses up your outfit but keeping a pair of nice loafers and flats at work saves the day! I always keep a pair of flats and heels at work because in my field, we never really know who we’re going to meet today!
The scarves in the photographs can be purchased online at http://www.fashioncaravan.ca or at Salam Shop.
The necklaces will also be available online and at Salam Shop in a few weeks for the Spring/Summer collection (yippee!).
Now, while I may be a shopping & deal finding expert, I’m certainly not a makeup expert and that’s why I invited my friend Ayesha Yousuf, a Toronto-based makeup artist, to share some tips on how to dress your face for the workplace.
Beauty & Makeup
Makeup for the workplace should be minimal. Here are a few makeup tips to achieve a polished look that will go with any hijab!
Avoid wearing heavy makeup on your face especially if you don’t need full coverage makeup. In bright lighting, such as office lighting, makeup looks very obvious, so opt for a tinted moisturizer or a mineral powder to even out your skin with light to medium coverage that is daytime appropriate.
Eyeliner for the workplace needs to be minimal especially because the more you have on, the more of it there is to get smudged after an 8 hour work day. To make your eyes pop use a dark brown liquid or pot liner with a fine tipped brush, and apply it to your lash line. Avoid black liner unless you’re a makeup pro! Brown will give you a softer daytime look whereas black can be harsh for the office.
My favorite makeup is blush! Whether you’re wearing a bold colored hijab or a neutral sombre tone, the right blush will add warmth to your face and will compliment your face beautifully. If you’re keeping the rest of your makeup simple and neutral, you can add a warm peach or bright pink blush to pull your look together and add vibrancy to your face.
I usually don’t even wear lipstick at work because, let’s be honest ladies, after that first cup of coffee or chai, it’s all gone! My absolute favorite lip products are tinted lip balms from Burt’s Bees. They actually offer colour but look super natural. They’re very hydrating and will smooth out rough chapped lips.