Unless you’re well equipped and skilled with a sewing machine, it’s safe to say that tailoring your baju raya this year is slim to none. Skip the headache and buy off the rack with these ready-to-wear options that will save you the time, stress and ringgit.
The local label’s latest collection for Raya was inspired by a diving trip to Pulau Perhentian. Titled the “The Coral Series”, the collection is filled with beautiful flowing silhouettes decorated in a colour palette and prints that pay homage to the mystical underwater creatures. Each piece is unique and handcrafted to produce a modern batik for the 21st century Malaysian. Drop by the new store in Bangsar Village II for a first-hand look at the beautiful batik prints. Extra karma points: A portion of proceeds from this collection will be channeled to the Perhentian Marine Research Station.
Potret Raya is the largest collection to date, with close to 20 footwear styles in a wide range of colours, materials and heel heights. There’s literally something for “everyone in the family, from adik to nenek”. Take your pick among the easy-to-wear open-toed sandals or pointed-toe pumps. But if you want to be completely on trend, we recommend the PVC-accented designs with barely-there straps.
Sereni & Shentel X Stailoz
Looking to level up your hijab game even more? These magnetic floral brooches will certainly take it up a notch. Do it subtly with a single brooch or turn heads with a full set in bright, bold colours. Each box set is priced at RM180 and includes a Stailoz high tech inner and 3 sequin brooches for you to mix and match.
Attune to the cultures of their customers worldwide, the Swedish brand has curated a Modest Edit from their Spring/Summer 2019 collection for their Muslim fans. The collection sees Raya-friendly garments in the form of loose, oversized silhouettes, sleeves that reach to the elbow and fuss-free slip on footwear.
The new Malaysian brand first broke on the scene with their handmade statement brooches last year, and is now introducing their first-ready-to-wear apparel specially made for the internet generation with its exaggerated meme-inducing silhouettes. The design behind the oversized baju Melayu was heavily influenced by hip-hop culture and streetwear illustrated by its extremely loose fit. However, Behati conserves the traditional elements such as the Cekak Musang collar, Kekek, Pesak, and pocket placements for a perfect balance of East meets West.
Also catering to their global market is H&M with a special collection dedicated to fashionable modest wear. Elegant kimono-tunics and kaftans are decorated in brightly-coloured mosaic prints and florals, constructed from breezy fabrics you can wear all year round. Shop the special collection at H&M Lot 10, 1 Utama, Avenue K, Sunway Pyramid, IOI City Mall in Kuala Lumpur, Gurney Paragon Mall in Penang, KK Times Square in Sabah, Aeon Mall Tebrau City in Johor Bahru, Bintang Megamall Miri in Sarawak and online at hm.com.
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