Modest pants

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I love Shukr…oh yes I do. I love their skirts, their jackets, their jilbabs, their dresses, their sweaters, their tunics and most of all their pants!!!

I love pants, for some reason me and skirts just do not jive, I don’t find them comfortable, flattering or even necessary. Granted,  I own 5 really good skirts but I wear them very rarely, I have to be in the mood. Maybe it’s the way I walk, maybe it’s my personality, I don’t know…but gimme baggy pants and I’m happy. Skirts in winter are bothersome, first you have to layer yourself up under the skirts and then deal with the wind blowing the hem up and the hem getting soggy and so on and so forth.  Summer is a semi-decent time to wear a skirt, as long as you have bike shorts under but still, if it’s windy they really aren’t that modest and who wants to wear black tights under a skirt in 100 degree weather?

Shukr has the best pants of a hejabi! really I can not stress this enough, they are awesome, they fit well, they LAST and are very baggy and modest, esp. when paired with a nice thigh or knee length tunic shirt. My closet is a testament to how awesome I find their clothing. One reason why I love their pants is because they bring me back to the 90’s when the super wide-leg skater jeans and palazzo pants were VERY popular. I basically lived in wide leg skater jeans all of High School and the last pair I was able to find was in Marshalls back in 2000. Sigh! When they finally went out of style I had such a hard time finding modest pants.

Here are some awesome Shukr pants that I personally can recommend, granted the price may be high but just 1 or 2 pairs will last you  through quite a bit of heavy wear and still look decent.  All look really nice with thigh and knee length tunics and even with a calf length Iranian Manteau or over a abayah from the UAE which only snaps down to the waist.

(Shukr Lengha pants)

(Shukr Lengha pants)

(Shukr linen Lengha jeans)

(Shukr linen Lengha jeans)

(Shukr drawstring pants)

(Shukr drawstring pants)

(Shukr rayon Cosmopolitan pants)

(Shukr rayon Cosmopolitan pants)

(Here is a pair of regular jeans over a pair of their denim Lengha jeans to show how wide they are)

(Here is a pair of regular jeans over a pair of their denim Lengha jeans to show how wide they are)

I understand that a lot of Muslim women do not consider pants attractive, feminine or modest. Here’s the thing, I co-moderate a very active and popular and long-standing group for Muslim women on Yahoo called Muslimahs in Hijab and the pants vs. debate has come up quite frequently in the almost 10 years that I’ve co-moderated that group and essentially what we’ve found is that the idea that pants are somehow unfeminine and shouldn’t be worn is more of a cultural/traditional belief than based on actual Islamic principles and common sense.

There are some countries and cultures where it is considered indecent for women to wear pants and so yes, probably if I was in one of those countries I would don a skirt, in other countries both pants and skirts are OK while in others in doesn’t matter because you have to wear an abayah or a jilbab when outside.

(Women in Iran where pants are the norm and are not considered immodest or unfeminine)

(Women in Iran where pants are the norm and are not considered immodest or unfeminine)

In Iran for example women have always worn pants, the norm in the rural areas was (and still is for many older women) to wear a pair of baggy pants  with a short skirt  or a skirted shirt. During the Qajar Dynasty women wore leggings or these pants with a extremely short skirt in a style that mimicked French Ballet costumes. The current norm is for women to wear pants under a manteau (either short or long) and skirts, even in summer are not very popular. The assumption that a women wearing pants is trying to look masculine is illogical because mens pants and womens pants do NOT look the same. Mens pants zip and button on a different side then womens do they also have a different cut and fit and no human being on earth would-I hope, look at a hijabi in a headscarf, tunic and pants and think she’s actually a man!

skirts Additionally the assumption that skirts are more modest than pants is again flawed logic. Yes some pants are immodest but so are skirts. I have seen too many sisters with perfect scarves paired with a butt length long sleeved top worn with a skin tight, trumpet skirt that very blatantly shows off the sisters rear and hips! How is that more modest than a pair of baggy pants that hide that part of the body? Of course this also goes vise-versa…it’s silly wearing a hejab with a butt length shirt and form fitting pants. Additionally in windy weather which is more modest? Obviously pants.

Personally it boils down to the sisters intentions, if she’s wearing an outfit pants/skirt/jilbab or abayah that conforms to Islamic dress criteria for women then what she has covering legs shouldn’t matter.  Anytime I step out the door I am very well covered, every single shirt I wear (except for those which are solely for wearing under a jilbab, manteau or a abayah) are all thigh or knee length and very loose and all my pants (except for the pairs I have for wearing under an overgarment) are equally as loose.

5 thoughts on “Modest pants

  1. Salaam alaykom ramatullah wa barakto!!!

    LOL to me pants TOTALLY can be modest clothing. They have serrious trouble being jilbab if they aren’t as wide as Shukrs… but I agree pants for women are nothing like pants for men sooooooo… the dressing like men thing doesn’t apply. LOL great minds think alike.

  2. just the topic i was thinking about today! I’ve always been pants worer with long top either up to knees or slightly above them, but I started wearing skirts this summer because I found them cooler, it was a nice change especially to wear shorter tops. But I started to find it restraining alot of my movements to keep myself covered I always wore dark leggings underneath incase of winds or going up steps. or when I’m walking and the wind hitting me head on the skirt would fully show my legs shape and tangle in between legs lol not so handy at uni as well when i’m sitting down i gotta make sure it’s not lifting up from behind, so not handy when u’r moving around alot.
    but i like both pants and skirts each has its benefits.
    P.S i like what u wearing in the pic, it looks so casual and comfy.

  3. Oh, I love pants, they can be very modest, but it depends on the style and what you wear with it. I think I’ll get myself a pair or two of their lengha pants, I always worried if they would look strange or not though. They probably look like a skirt. Hmmm…

  4. You know, I think they do Melissa as I had one Librarian say she can always “hear” me coming because my “skirts” swish, I laughed and showed her I had on pants! LOL All this time she thought my pants were a skirt!

  5. I loved this topic! Personally, I have always loved those types of pants and speaking of Target and Wal-mart occasionally you can find wide legged pants..although I find it a bit challenging for petite sizes as alot of fabric has to come off the hem. It is soo easy now to make that look work as those styles are in the malls now:) And I agree about covering the backside..I found it easy to cover wearing those pants especially when you are running to class and I get more compliments on my look.

    Mashallah, I loved this article.

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