Janvi Thanki

Janvi Thanki

15 Must-Haves for Your Modest Closet

From work-wear essentials to party must-haves, we’ve got you covered.

Emerging from the culturally rich heritage of the Middle East, the modest movement has taken the fashion scene by storm. Several luxury and high street brands have released modest-friendly collections, including kaftans, tunics and maxi-dresses to quench our sartorial thirst. Ahead, our top picks to remain comfortably stylish all year round.


The white shirt

A white shirt is undoubtedly a basic staple. Upgrade yours with this simple yet chic long-line piece by Mango. Pair it with wide-leg trousers or culottes.

Wrap Soft Fabric Blouse

aed 299 Mango

The jersey top

The three-quarter bell sleeves make this top interesting, while the oversized black check pattern means it can be dressed up or down.

Jersey Top

aed 99 H&M

The polka dot blouse

This pretty blouse will work just as well in the boardroom as on date night with your husband. The soft peach colour is just the right side of sophisticated, while the subtle polka dots and pleated sleeves keep it modern.

Polka Dot Blouse

aed 129 Trendyol


The black culottes

Complete your blazer and shirt duo with a pair of wide-legged pants from Namshi. Whether you are pairing them with heels for a polished look or dad sneakers for a street style combo, you are sure to be impressed.

Contrast Stitch Wide Leg Pants

aed 315 Jovonna London

The maxi skirt

Replace your trousers with this luxurious satin wonder from The Modist. This elegant yet stylish master piece promises comfort whilst not compromising on its grandeur.

Double Satin Maxi Skirt

aed 1435 Layeur

The high-waisted jeans

The recipe to effortless-chic includes the denim ingredient, specifically a relaxed, cropped pair. With everyone from the Hadid sisters to the Kardashian-Jenner clan flaunting the trend, it’s time to get yourself a pair.

Straight-Fit Belt Jeans

aed 199 Mango


The jumpsuit

Never stand in front of your closet again, saying you have nothing to wear! A navy jumpsuit will take you from the office to lunch with the girls – wear with contrasting heels for an unexpected pop of colour, or white sneakers on a chill day.

Jumpsuit with Checks in Navy

aed 292.23 Liquorish

The flowy dress

A shirt dress is one of the most versatile items in your wardrobe – wear with knee-high boots as a dress, over wide-legged pants as a long-line top, or unbuttoned as a light coat. The olive colour and pleated detail of this one ensure many happy wears.

Puffed Sleeves Dress

aed 399 Mango

The caped dress

At the heart of modest fashion lies this embellished maxi dress. With a flowy cape overlay, this apparel is sure to make to feel like the queen of your castle.

Embellished Cape Dress

aed 700 Anotah


The abaya

Upgrade your abaya wardrobe with this embroidered number from Haya’s closet. Perfect for Ramadan and Eid, the cream beauty will elevate jeans a white shirt.

One Side Embroidered Abaya

aed 295 Haya’s Closet

The statement kaftan

Go on… spoil yourself with this gorgeous Madiyah Al Sharqi kaftan. The floor-grazing crochet lace will make you feel like a princess.

Long Sleeve Kaftan ON SALE

aed 1176 Madiyah Al Sharqi
aed2940 60

The overlay

Living Coral is Pantone’s colour of the year – embody this joyous shade in this gorgeous kaftan with applique flowers.

Patchwork Detail Kaftan ON SALE

aed 451 Anaya
aed530 15


The turban

Take a neutral outfit up a notch with this zebra print turban.

Spirit Animal Zebra-Print Satin Turban

aed 820 Taller Marmo

The modal maxi hijab

The slightly bigger size and durable yet breathable fabric make this deep blue hijab an excellent choice.

Modal Maxi Hijab – Lapis

aed 91.25 Haute Hijab

The lightweight headscarf

The beautiful dusty rose of this headscarf will stand out with an all-white ensemble, or paired with charcoal grey or navy.

Textured Hijab with Rhinestone Border

aed 99 Kashkha

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