What’s your favorite way to pass the time whilst your stomach grumbles and you eagerly wait for futoor? I would say the top three answers are sleeping, watching TV and shopping. I’m here to talk about the third! We are in the midst of both Ramadan and the upcoming Eid Al Fitr. Two times of the year that call for different wardrobe essentials. Let’s start with Ramadan, then move onto your Eid shopping destinations.
This year, we have seen many new trends emerge when it comes to both traditional dress “dara’as” and accessories as well. Other than the abundance of exhibitions that begin during the weeks leading up to Ramadan, there are many local designers with their own lines and a strong presence on Instagram for orders. I love that the styles are reaching ankle length now so we can see all of the gorgeous shoes that much better. Personally, I always check Confashion’s “Save the Date” page to find out when the next popular exhibition is going to be, and more often than not, you will find something of interest to you. More recently Bayt Lothan has been having amazing exhibitions. You can stay updated with them by following their Instagram account: @baytlothan.
Moving on to accessories, one category in particular has taken Kuwait by storm: the headpiece. Think Hareem Al-Sultan meets modern-day princess. I have seen girls rocking headpieces at all kinds of events, especially at weddings. There is no doubt that this accessory will be going strong in Ramadan, since it blends so beautifully with kaftans. Although people have mixed feelings about them, I think if the piece is simple and delicate it can look absolutely stunning. I think we are all aware of the floral headbands as well, but with a kaftan the thin metal variety is prettier and more subtle (Goji Boutique has some great ones)! Jewelry designer Lulwa Al Terkait has a line called Je La La! Jewelry, with headpieces, that can be clipped into the front or back of your hairstyle. She also has anklets, which are making a strong comeback and would look great with nude heels and a shorter length kaftan. You can follow @jelalajewelry to see all her latest pieces.
Another emerging trend are beaded phone straps that you can order in a million different colors and wear either cross-body or as a regular necklace. These also go very nicely with kaftans for family visits. Gone are the days of only seeing Bottega Veneta phone straps everywhere. The newest local designers are making straps of pearls, turquoise stones, and many other innovative designs. I personally ordered a phone strap from “Inspiration by Nina” or @I_B_N_KW on Instagram. Their phone straps are usually made in a long cross body or super short wrist strap lengths, but I requested mine in a regular necklace length and they kindly accommodated.
Once you are done parading around in a colorful array of kaftans until August, it will be time to get ready for a much needed Eid vacation. Looking for a great destination? Time Out online always has useful suggestions; I like checking their Dubai website. I’m sure you already have the perfect warm weather outfits from earlier this summer, but in the event that you need some top-ups, I would recommend Revolution Boutique, Closet Candy, Pink Moon, and the brand new boutique in Tilal Complex called “The Valley L.A.” (located across from November Bakery). AlOthman and AlOthman Outlet also have amazing summer pieces for higher-end designer goodies. When it comes to high street stores, Topshop have the best hats, accessories, and even lipstick shades to top off your summer looks.
Wishing you all Ramadan Mubarak and a Happy Eid!