Welcome to the wonderful world of cheap and cheerful online shopping! In part two of a three-part series, we present our picks of Malaysian web boutiques. On your marks, get set, clickety-click!
By Sofea Famian and Cynthia Prayudi.
The two hijabista founders of Ammara want their online space to be where devotees of both fashion and faith can find solace. You will find mostly solid color, lightweight cotton scarves, jumpsuits, wide-legged pants and long dresses. International shipping available.
This is a fun little place where edgy to sweety-pie separates and accessories, including some pretty funky scarves, come together to make a young (or youthful!) hijabista’s wardrobe all the more groovy. International shipping available.
What We Love: Solid Plain Hijab
How Much: RM20–RM100
Pay By: Bank transfer, Western Union
For all sorts of carriers—satchels, messengers, backpacks, chain-strap purses, retro sling bags, totes, document bags and more—look no further than this cheap and cheerful online store! International shipping available.
Clubmodmoon Abaya Middle Eastern Clothing
For long-sleeved tops and long dresses, this is it. The ethnic, colorful long jubahs, abayas, kaftans and jalabiyas are reasonably priced. A sheer chiffon top with heavy sequin and embroidery work costs around RM100 (US$34). They claim to sell a maximum of three pieces per design. International shipping available.
Middle Eastern Clothing
Abaya Long-sleeved long dress Jalabiya Traditional Arabic garment is worn by men and women with a wide cut, long sleeves, open collar and made from light materials like cotton, chiffon or silk
– Jubah Loose-fitting robe-like outer garment, sometimes hooded
– Kaftan A Moroccan piece with wide sleeves that, today, can be either in the form of a long dress or top
Here you can find more traditionally designed hijabs, jubahs and baju kurungs, a two-piece skirt and tunic ensemble worn by Malay women. Distributors are available in Singapore, Brunei and the US. International shipping available.
Get sucked into the colorful world of Pastelina—so happy, bright and pretty that you just want to buy everything. Kudos to the ladies behind this label for being fashionably modest. It’s a treat to see their pictures, modeling every collection, and the photography is stellar. International shipping available.
What We Love: Lulu Maxi Skirt
How Much: RM30–RM150
Pay By: Bank transfer, PayPal
It all started with a blog. Now, this online store offers casual, colorful and girly modest fashion items. International shipping available.
Hijabholics rejoice! Here you will find a small variety of hijabs, from inner to outer, plain to printed, and long to voluminous. International shipping available.
This online store offers many pretty, sleek and chic choices of separates including what’s hot right now: rompers long and short. The website is well laid out—just swipe your cursor over something you like to see alternative views of it. We also find the prices very comparable to other similar stores. International shipping available (free local posting).
For quirky higher-than-high heels, wedges and platforms featuring studs and animal print—some inspired by international runways—strut no further. Accessories like bags, purses and rings are also available. But… the shoes! International shipping available.
What We Love: Super-duper skyscrapers
How Much: RM20–RM230
Pay By: Credit card, bank transfer, PayPal, Western Union
A combination of aesthetics, fashion and industrial materials come together to result in a range of utilitarian bags and handbags as well as accessories like bangles and belts. Get with the program with Apple product casings, too. Worldwide stockists are available. Free worldwide shipping until November 2011.
Need floaty hijabs to go with your new fashion spoils? The scarves and hijabs here are mostly of the voluminous variety that also covers the chest area. International shipping available.
What We Love: Adiva collection
How Much: From RM25
Pay By: Bank transfer, PayPal, Western Union
This article originally appeared in the September/October 2011 issue of Aquila Style.