When Ruffles Take Over Your Sleeves

8 October 2018



I've talked about how the placement of statement details on clothing is extra important to a hijabi, so when I saw this blazer with these crazy, algae-bloom-like ruffles snaking down the sleeves (or more like up, U-turn and down if you look closely), it's basically three words: Meant. To. BE.



    Truth be told, this outfit you see here is not how I envisioned I'd style this blazer; in my head, I had paired it with a pair of straight, clean-cut white jeans and mules, with a dark hijab — very simple and straightforward.

    But I kept missing the chance to wear this hypothetical outfit, right until my trip to Italy when I thought, "OK Liyana it's time to take the blazer outta the closet and WEAR IT, it's now or never!!!"

    PS: I was just being dramatic, obviously, it's actually more like "...it's now or later."

    Which means, no, it's not my first choice to wear the blazer for the first time with ripped jeans and sneakers but when you're 10,000 km from home with one large suitcase for a duration of a week, you've got to work with what's in the suitcase. Unlike that time I actually brought a pair of floral mules all the way to Milan, I decided to stick with comfortable sneakers on this trip (with one exception, which I'll share with you guys in a future post, bear with me).


        These photos were shot right next to Duomo di Milano a.k.a. Milan Cathedral, but on the side where there's way less people vying for the best spots for photo-taking. I've actually done a great shoot with the front facade as my background, but come to think of it I have no idea how Shah and I did the shoot as the the square in front of the duomo always has the usual swarm of tourists such as myself, with cameras in hand!

        See the Duomo di Milano post here: Two-toned Black Jeans, New Winter Jacket & Fresh Timberland Boots

        The next time you see this blazer here hopefully it will be exactly how I envisioned it in my head. Can't wait to share with you guys my next Italy outfit, as it's my favourite one of the entire trip!


        Wearing: Zara ruffle blazer  |  Topshop t-shirt  |  Zara ripped jeans  |  Adidas sneakers

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        1. You picked a beautifully unique, feminine jacket Liyana! Your styling of it has given it a really fun edginess! I think you were wise to bring this along for your trip to Italy.
          I'd love to see this jacket styled with a long skirt as well. You're SO good at thinking outside the box that I look forward to the next time you wear it! Love, Jude

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          1. Oooh yes! The blazer could be tied around the waist, so pairing it with a skirt would be so pretty, and I could match them with sneakers, too. I can't think of any of my skirt that would match the blazer though...suddenly I have this urge to look for a new skirt now, yikes!

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          2. Is the jacket black?? If so you could also wear it with the polka dot wide leg pants that you wore on the Cannes red carpet! It rule think it would be cute with any bottom that has a bit of back whether it be skirt or pants. If it's dark navy I'm sure you have options there too!

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          3. It IS black, but also, sort of a light/brighter black...? I had to hold it out under several different lights to determine whether it was a brighter black or a very dark navy blue...if that makes sense. But you're right, I can definitely see myself wearing the blazer with that polka dot pants!!!

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        2. Yes, Liyana exaggerated sleeves all day every day. I never thought about wearing a hijab can effect the placement of accessories. I do head wraps, but my head wraps are always off my neck in some way or another. I think this is a nice alternative, and by the way I absolutely love the color of your hijab.

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          1. Thank you Gigi, I love the hot purple pink hue too!

            Many hijabis wear head wraps too (some add a turtleneck top for neck coverage, some don't, to each their own of course) and they look SO chic, I bet you do too. I wish I look good in turban-style wraps but I can't never make any sort of head wrap work on me, I just don't look cute in any of them! Although...I do think that's largely due to the fact that I'm terrible at wrapping the scarf around my head...

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