Fashion, Faith & H&M’s First Modest Fashion Line

    H&M First Modest Fashion Line, LTD Collection

    (Photos: H&M)

    Sometime last week H&M announced the launch of its new modest fashion line, aimed at being more inclusive and catering to a diverse range of audiences. First of all, I think that’s pretty cool, but I’m not surprised at the announcement looking at how much the modest fashion industry is worth (it’s expected to reach $368 billion by 2021!) and how I think businesses are moving towards that to get a piece of the pie (not a bad thing if consumers get to benefit from better materials, craftsmanship, etc.). Though I have to say this: For a major fashion retailer that has shown at Paris Fashion Week, I think they can do better than this. They’re designs that we’ve seen many times before and I do hope to see more prints, colours, and silhouettes being explored in future drops.

    What did intrigue me about this whole affair is how the internet and social media space is receiving the collection and a few of the Instagrammers who I follow (@rumastyles & @ishaloona) raised an issue that I think most people exclude from the conversations around modest fashion: That we should keep in mind the sources of the clothes that we wear. I’m writing this from the point of view of a fashion lover who practises a faith that, like most religions, encourages you to be good and do good. When you think about it, that goal extends into fashion by reminding us that our clothes should come from ethical sources.

    Until now, the intersection between fashion and faith has been centred around creating more clothing options that provide extra coverage, and the rise of modest fashion influencers who have catapulted the modest fashion scene into mainstream media. I think this will gradually grow to include conversations around fashion ethics and sustainability, where consumers can really play a huge part by holding brands responsible for the practices they engage in.

    It’s also a good reminder for consumers like me to think twice about how we spend our money. Conscious shopping isn’t something that I myself am completely used to (the most that I do to cut down on my fast fashion purchases is shopping at vintage and thrift stores) but rethinking the sources of my clothes is something that I will be doing more of in the future. Not an overnight transformation, but a practice that I can integrate into the ways that I choose to express myself.

    What are your thoughts?


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    I’ve had these striped flowy pants for the longest time, hidden away with the intention of altering them but of course, I never got around to that. So when a family occasion called for something a little dressier than my usual get-up, I pulled them out from the abyss and thought, “hey, why not?” Seeing a few iterations of baggy pants pop up during past fashion week street style snaps gave me enough confidence to wear them out. Once you get past the problem of having the hems drag against the floor from time to time, it felt pretty cool looking down and seeing them flounce around my feet. Past Liyana would have paired these with a pair of heels, but I’ve thrown in the towel with uncomfortable footwear. I threw on these Nike sneakers instead, bagged at a great deal during a recent trip to Johor Bahru.

    I pulled the entire outfit together with a few swipes of Griselda by Fenty Beauty. This shade has won me so many compliments, it’s insane! I love a strong red lip. Plus, they make an even stronger statement when I match them to my scarves 😉

    Inspiration, Travel

    Icelandic Magic

    For someone who spent most of her life in land-scarce, urban Singapore, a place like Iceland feels almost unreal. To be able to lay eyes on mountains as breathtaking as the ones we casually drove by on our road trip, and witness the efforts of thousands of years of unrelenting water activity take shape in the form of awe-inspiring fjords and waterfalls was an immense privilege that I was thankful to have. No photo or video can do justice to the true magic of the moments you spend on glaciers, hills or craters, taking in the vastness of the Icelandic terrain.

    It was then that I learnt to silence the hundred and one thoughts that I usually have swirling around in my head, and focus my attention on the multitude of sensations and emotions that surfaced in the moment. Those feelings of wonder, gratitude and exhilaration are permanently etched in the deepest corners of my mind, serving as reminders that we are but specks in the greater scheme of things, and that the world is so much bigger than we know.

    Dyrhólaey, Iceland
    Goðafoss, a waterfall in Iceland

    Kirkjufell, a mountain in Iceland featured in Game of Thrones

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