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How Do I Match a Hijab with Jeans?

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If you want to wear a hijab with jeans, there are only a few rules for matching your headscarf to your pants. The first thing you will want to consider is the color of your jeans. While many types of jeans are neutral in color, either black or blue, denim comes in a variety of colors, some of which may not complement your hijab. Try to match the formality of your jeans to that of your headscarf so that neither looks out of place in your outfit. Another consideration is whether your jeans themselves are consistent with your community’s standards, as wearing a hijab with jeans, even if you are otherwise well covered, may not protect you from criticism if your jeans otherwise violate local modesty codes.

When selecting jeans to wear with a headscarf, you will likely first want to ensure that the jeans are appropriately modest. Look for flare or trouser jeans that flow away from the leg. If you wear these with a long tunic top, shirt, or blouse, you will be able to wear a jeans-based outfit while also maintaining appropriate body coverage. It is also a good idea to make sure that your hijab is coordinated with the formality and color of your top.

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Jeans often vary in formality. Dark-wash denim, for example, is often used to make jeans that are suitable for business casual days at the office as well as better restaurants and other public venues. An appropriate hijab to wear with these jeans may include one made from a beautiful patterned silk or, especially in the evening, a hijab that incorporates sequins or rhinestones. On the other hand, if you are wearing a hijab with jeans that are faded or that reflect a more casual design, you will want to choose a more casual hijab, such as one that is made from a plain fabric. For a fun look that is somewhere between casual and formal, try wearing an under-cap in a solid color that contrasts with your headscarf.

One final thing to consider if you want to wear a hijab with jeans is whether your community considers the wearing of jeans to be appropriate. In some situations, you may find that community and religious leaders frown upon women or men wearing jeans in public. If this is the case, you may wish to wear jeans only at home or while traveling. Another option is to wear a jilbab or abaya that covers your jeans completely while in public places and then removing it when you reach your destination.

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