Wednesday, July 31, 2013

From Legal Pad to Sketch Pad

We've been fans of Haute Hijab for a long time. The force behind the brand is Melanie Elturk a lawyer turned designer. Like Mode-sty, Haute Hijab has a desire to elevate the style options available for modest women. We love how the brand has showcased sophisticated and contemporary modest clothing so we asked Melanie to share a little about her inspiration and how she got started. 

Sunday, July 28, 2013

Covered Up Without Burning Up

Summer Styling Secrets: Staying Modest Yet Cool
Guest Post by English style blogger Nash Amber of Presenting Nash Amber

Most of us ladies enjoy the summer time as it gives us every opportunity to get dressed up in lovely maxis, floral prints and of course we all get to wear fabulous glasses. Now, when it comes to dressing modestly in the summer there are a few challenges it seems, as many high streets stores do not cater for those desiring to dress modest. 

So what do we wear, if we do know our worth and want to look pretty yet not compromise on modesty?!  

Well here are few looks, put together to help you stay cool and stylish in the lovely sun, without compromising on modesty.

How to stay cool in the summer while still being modest in dress?

The answer to staying cool in the summer is not found in wearing items that are short or revealing. Staying cool is about being wise on the choices you make in the colours and materials you wear.
Here are some great looks that will keep you cool from day to night. They feature a few of my favorite items.

Monday, July 22, 2013

Style Spotlight: Solange Knowles and the Olsen twins

Beyonce and Solange Knowles
Solange Knowles and the Olsen twins all stand in the shadow of fame. Solange is the little sister of international superstar Beyonce and Mary Kate and Ashley Olsen are former childhood stars from the TV sitcom Full House. Not content in the shadows Solange and the Olsen twins have reaffirmed their celebrity status through fashion. Solange is a fashion icon watched on the red carpet and appearing in magazines. The Olsen twins are also red carpet darlings and have started two fashion brands, The Row and Elizabeth and James both sold in select retailers nationwide.

Wednesday, July 17, 2013

Where do you draw the line?

Finding the precise hem length you want can be a challenge.
Shopping for that hem length online can be even more challenging.
Many online retailers do not have filter options that allow sorting by length. Thus forcing us to manually search though hundreds of items. Additionally, almost all retail pictures are on models 5'9 or taller, which can make it difficult to determine where a hem will fall on you. You may be able to get around the visual disconnect if your shopping at one of the few retailers who provide you with the length measurements for their items. Of course, this means that you need to know what those measurements translate to on your body. Otherwise your left wondering, how long is a 35 inch hemline on me?

At Mode-sty we always provide the length of our skirts and dresses. And we want to make sure that the length information is truly useful to you. To assist we've created the guide below. We want you to have confidence in knowing where a garment will hit on your leg. Thus, saving you from unnecessary returns and uncertainty when making a purchase.

Sunday, July 7, 2013

The Disconnect that Fosters Our Vision

Online only retailer Shopbop

Nordstrom showcasing ways to wear white

We have big dreams at Mode-sty. At the core of that dream is addressing a disconnect that is illustrated in the two ads above. The ads are from major online retailers Shopbop and Nordstrom showcasing what to wear for different occasions, with Nordstrom focusing on how to wear white. Looking at the ads several things stand out: