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Being Muslim in Modern Day America

Being Muslim in Modern Day America

Islam is a way of life and a very simple one at that. It teaches piety, humbleness, peace, war, chastity and more things about life that I can think of. With all the stereotypes that circulate, it’s hard for a Muslim to keep up with the who-said-what in this non Islamic country. Personally, I’ve heard my fair shares of “Is that a pillow case on your head?” to “Are you wearing a bomb strapped underneath your dress?” If anything can be said about Muslims, I should know the gist of the puns.

The ignorance of some non-Muslims is expected for the most part, that doesn’t mean it gets any easier each time they come at us. It is tough because we have interaction with them every single day: work, school, bus, shopping and airplanes. They look at our customs as very foreign and not American. When we look at ourselves and see nothing wrong with our customs. We look at their customs and see contradictions all the time.

Take American television for example. If you could describe popular American broadcasts in a few words it would be sex, money, youth and homosexuality. The most popular shows in the U.S. have one of these characteristics or all four. That’s not what the bible preaches and it’s definitely not what our book teaches. Yet it’s still here and popular to many Americans…including me. If this is what people are seeing and being fed since birth-no matter what religion or background- this is what they will end up engaging in as they grow older. How can you be a full blown Muslim if you have grown up here in America? It is not impossible but misleading. When I say misleading, there will definitely be many upon many obstacles, huge walls and tight barriers that you must get by to keep true to the Islamic customs. It is possible to adapt to the American ways while still engaging in Islamic tradition. Kind of like take the good and leave the bad.

Has anyone who lives in America ever wondered how we felt as non violent Muslims living on foreign territory? Has anyone ever asked themselves: how do Muslims in America who are not of the Middle Eastern descent feel about everything that’s going on?

You have been cordially invited to take a peek inside the life of an African-American Muslim female. One of which who struggles everyday with her identity between being a strong Muslim who puts all her efforts into living here only for the next life versus living the American dream of riches and glam.

You may think we live normal lives…you have no idea. Every day we strive to do a little more than we did the previous day. Pray a little more. Give a little more. Cuss a little less. We are constantly trying to please and live our lives for mankind’s creator. Unfortunately, we are still human and we have human urges just like everyone else. Do not think because we do what we do everyday doesn’t mean we are not like the rest. We probably have more in common with non-Muslims than you think.
Human characteristics: lying, cheating, stealing, fornication, adultery, envy, lust, love and hatred. All things that we have done and you have as well. Our conscious is probably on the blitz while we are doing these things because we know we are going to get paid back for it either here or in the afterlife but it was still done by our own freewill.

So here’s the big question: Why is it so hard to be a good Muslim when you happened to live in a non-Islamic country? There are a few reasons.

1. Born Into a Non-Muslim Society

I was born in Detroit, Michigan. My mother was not Muslim nor was she Christian. My father was a Mason and both never married. I don’t remember much of my life before I became Muslim but I got the feeling that it wasn’t what you would call a Muslim household. Around the age of six, my mother decided to convert to Islam with her three children. When I was growing up we had non-Muslim family member interaction, we had non-Muslim children coming to play with us, neighbors, grocery store clerks and the rest. Although, we did go to Jumah prayer every Friday, only one day out of the week we got interaction with other Muslims solely. The rest of the six days it was my siblings and I against the foreign world. My mom instilled certain Islamic traits throughout the day but after that we went and watched non-Muslims on TV. All these advertisements infiltrated our sponge like minds and shaped who many of us Muslims are today. We may not agree with it but it did have some effect on who we are in Islam.

2. Muslims Spend A lot of Time With Non-Muslims

I used to work a full time job. It was 44 hours per week. I was a manager at Walgreens Pharmacy. I spent anywhere from 8 to 10 hours per day there. I slept 8 hours per day and took an hour total to get to and from work. That left me about 5 to 7 hours of down time during those five days each week. The majority of my awake time had been spent at work, working and integrating with my non-Muslim colleagues. How does that make a person feel to spend the majority of their time working and fraternizing with people who have nothing in common with you? And because you’re the minority you try your hardest to be less like a Muslim and more like them due to the pressures of “fitting in”. They work and spend time with each other, why doesn’t a Muslim get that same feeling of unity in the workplace? Why can’t I pull another Muslim worker and say, “hey, let’s go pray on our lunch break?”

3. Wanting to Imitate to Fit In With the Rest

This coincides with the top example. We believe that if we fit in, it would be a lot
easier for us. But in reality we really just lose our identity. We are Muslim because we want to be. No one forced us to be this way. You don’t have to act like a Muslim. But if that is the case then why do you claim it? I see the little Muslim teens on their way to school and instead of them wearing the Islamic wrap they look just like the rest of the kids. And it hurts me because they do not dress this way at home or in front of their parents but feel the need to be accepted by the rest. Children do not know the implications of not practicing their religion at a young age. For them not to wear Islam like a proud badge of honor is a disgrace. The goal is not to separate Muslims completely from other people or religions but to reinforce the religion throughout the day by being around other Muslims. No one wants to feel like an outsider.

Being a Muslim is a great thing for me because I have access to so many resourceful people of many different backgrounds. They come from all walks of life and diversity excites me as it does others that strive to be a well rounded human being. Staying true to ones religion brings about pride and a sense of well being like no other. We all want to belong to someone; something and with Islam I can say that we all feel this way about our religion. No matter what situation we are in that maybe un-Islamic or how many death threats, weird looks or snickers we will stand strong because the only entity that we must please is God.

Trendy and Fashionable Hijabs For Young Women

Trendy and Fashionable Hijabs For Young Women

As girls step into adulthood, they begin to understand the significance of a number of things including their dressing, their religion and their place in society. Some young women begin their quest for learning more about these factors around the time they begin college, and go through certain phases to eventually evolve into the women they become. Due to this very reason, trendy and fashionable hijabs are a much more common sight amongst the young Muslim women in numerous colleges and universities across the United States than the traditional black hijabs worn by older women.

Although girls belonging to religious families seem to comprehend the importance of wearing hijabs in Islam, certain women feel the need to experiment and research on their own accord to come to the conclusion about its importance. This leads to testing and trying a number of outfit variations before settling for something that they feel confident about. Many young girls who already wear hijabs at the time of entering college also get influenced by the stylish ones on display around campus.

This is the most important factor behind finding hip and trendy Islamic clothing stores conveniently located near university and college campuses and in particular around university towns with large number of Muslim students. These boutiques feature funky, fashionable and distinctive styles in all clothing items including hijabs and abayas. This allows the young women to figure out what they prefer to wear the most.
Colours and styles are another important element which the young women take into account when selecting their signature hijabs. Different colours have different effects on the varying skin tones and face cuts.

Similarly different styles in which hijabs are worn also contribute a great deal to the overall appearance of the person. For certain women, a square scarf wrapped around the head looks the most elegant, whereas for others, a rectangular one with one end loosely draped across the forehead adds a touch of gracefulness. Therefore it is important to try out different styles and colours before selecting a few that compliment your eye colour, complexion and facial structure the most.

All these aspects play a substantial role in young women’s lives as being young is the other name of being fashionable. All girls love to dress up and look their best particularly in their teen ages and early twenties. Being trendy and fashionable is often a prerequisite to being a girl, regardless of religion, ethnicity and age.

Islamic Wedding Dresses and Wedding Gowns

Islamic Wedding Dresses and Wedding Gowns

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Many Muslim brides tend to choose wedding dresses that are traditional, and white. Brides from subcontinent of Asian prefer shalwar-qameez that is scarlet, with henna decorated feet and hands in intricate and beautiful patterns.

Shalwar-qameez
Shalwar-qameez or Qamis/Kammez is a wedding dress that is traditionally worn in the Southern countries of Asia. It is popular in India, Bangladesh, Afghanistan, and Pakistan, were it is worn widely. Salwar Kammez is worn commonly by Muslim males and women. It is popular as a wedding dress in many Afghani and Pakistani women.

A shalwar is pajama bottom-like, and loose trouser that is wide at the thighs and waist, and tapers down towards the bottom, where it is stitched narrowly at the very bottom edges. Pleats adorn it at the waist level, and are held in place through an elastic band, or drawstring, or more traditionally through woven cord, called ‘Naada’ or ‘Naala’. There are different style takes among the ladies’ shalwars, from the more traditional to the contemporary.

Women’s wedding shalwars are baggy and wide, although the ladies nowadays wear figure hugging or tight shalwars, named ‘Pyjamies’ or ‘Churidar Pyjamies’. One of the more famous versions of shalawar designs is the Patiala Shahi Shalwars, popular among the regions of Malwa and Patiala in Indian Punjab, with the most striking feature about them is their waist cords, Naada or Naala, that are woven.

Kameez
Kameez is a tunic or long shirt, with side seams that are open. These sides, called the ‘Chaak’ are open to about the waist line level, for greater movement for the wearer. A traditional kameez is cut flat and straight, with side cuts that are traditional, but a more contemporary kameez sports set in sleeves, which are inspired by European tastes. A traditional kameez, for both women, usually have loose or normal fitting, although it is more common in modern times to see fashionable Islamic women put on a kameez that is figure hugging.

Typically, a fine kameez tailor will be identified by the intricate and beautiful stitching techniques. Necklines are paid particular attention, as they are beautifully stitched to make them beautiful for the wedding day. The techniques that can be utilized to beautify a wedding kameez are such as beaded necklines, embroidered necklines, decorative necklines, and simple and unadorned necklines.

Somali wedding bride dresses
Other Islamic countries also have location, particular Islamic beliefs specific wedding dresses, as Somali brides prefer beautiful Guntiino, which resemble Indian Saris, and are brightly colored and full length, a head covering of Garbasaar, and slip called Googaro, which is worn underneath the dress. The Dirac or Direh, which is a dress that is lightweight, typically put on over a petticoat or a slip. Gold jewelry and makeup may be worn as accessories, with hair adornments as well.

Other Islamic wedding dresses
Islamic women also favor certain garments for their wedding ceremonies. These include long modesty skirts, beautifully bead or precious metal blouses, a Jalabeeb or Burqa, which cloaks the full length of the body as it is a long garment. Others include a simple head wrap known as the Masar, a Hijab, which is a hair covering head scarf, and Coantino, which is draped over one’s head, as it is a large cloth, and then tied at waist level.

Cool Islamic Clothing Styles For Muslim Women This Summer

Cool Islamic Clothing Styles For Muslim Women This Summer

It is important to keep the body as cool as possible during the summer months, which can be sometimes an “uphill task” for Muslim women that wear hijabs. The obvious tip is to suggest thinner and cooler fabrics in hotter weather – but it is also important to stick to absorbent materials as well. Fabrics such as georgette, chiffon and lace are therefore obviously great choices for the summer months.

Clothing with “air holes” – which allows more air to flow – are great in summer, with lace undercaps and loose crocheted caps both being very effective. Scarf headbands have become with the modern young Muslim and are a useful alternative to undercaps as they provide almost the same coverage but with a lot less material – as they just cover the forehead.

Reducing the amount of material wrapped around the neck and top of the head is a wonderful relief on hot days – as this is where a lot of body heat leaves the body. Experiment with styles and how you pin your khimars. For the cooler summer days, a hat (should never substitute a khimar) could be a stylish addition to your wardrobe and they can be great play on style during the summer months.

Al-Amira hijabs are always worth a recommendation. The translation of the name means ‘princess scarf’ and it’s a slip over hijab style comes in two pieces; one piece of which serves as a hair cover while the other piece as a slip over from the same or near matching colour. Al-Amira hijabs are ideally suited for hotter climates as most of them are made out of light and absorbent materials.

Sarongs are a huge length of fabric that is very versatile and there is nothing stopping you from using one as a summary khimar. They are traditionally wrapped around the waist as a skirt by women and are usually made of very absorbent materials. They also come in a variety of stylish colours, patterns, and various sizes that would add some flair to anyone’s summer wardrobe.

Although not specifically designed for Muslim women – maxi dresses can be practically perfect for Islamic women after a slight moderation -just add a long sleeve shirt or jacket to make them more Muslim friendly. These light, modest and informal dresses usually reach the floor and provide excellent light and cool coverage.

Instructions to Wear a Wrap Dress

Instructions to Wear a Wrap Dress

A wrap dress is one of the most versatile pieces of women’s clothing that any woman can adorn irrespective of her body type. This dress is basically a single-piece dress with a three-panel design that includes the inner panel, outer panel, and a belt or a snap to fasten the two. Once the dress is fastened properly, the overlapped outer panel sits free over the legs.

Wrap dresses are always V-necked as the crossed panels create a natural V neckline. The hem of this dress falls generally on the knees or just below the knees. Wearing it appropriately is important to get the right look and feel comfortable in it.

This article provides you with essential instructions that would help you sport this trendy attire with ease and comfort.

How to Wear a Wrap Dress

You may get confused with the unique design of the wrap dress that is quite difficult to be understood by the first-timers. Given below are the basic instructions that would assist you in wearing a traditional wrap dress.

First, take a close look and know the details of the dress.
You need to slip into it as if you are wearing a jacket.
Make sure the back panel is placed well.
Also check if the side seams are positioned rightly across or along both sides of the body.
Generally, the left panel is inner panel and the right one is the outer panel and so you have to tie the belt over the front left hip or waist.
A dress will have a small hole along the right side seam on the waist area.
You will have to pull the attached belt through this hole in order to fasten it with a tight bow.
The belt will be wrapped around your back and to the left side of your body.
There are different patterns available in the market that may have buttons or snaps for fastening.

The above instructions may not be applicable for more advanced dresses for women which have many panels or extra cloth that can be wrapped in various ways to create different patterns. Such convertible wrap dresses allow you to wear the same apparel in different and unique styles. It is advisable to ask the designer for a convertible type of a dress to know the unique ways of wearing a particular outfit.

Instructions and Tips

A wrap dress gives you a natural hourglass look by lifting the bust line cleverly. To heighten your beauty and that of the dress, you may keep the following tips and instructions in mind.

For more decency, you may prefer to wear a tank top or a camisole to get the modest look.
There are many ways in which you can adorn this traditional outfit. You can pair it with jeans or leggings along with boots or heels for a more casual look.
For a party look, you can couple the dress with chunky jewelry and high heels to bring about a glamorous look.
If your dress is made of silk, you must avoid pulling the dress too much as the seams can distend or twist the material.
If you do not want to worry about ironing, then go for a wrap dress made from jersey-like material that is stretchable and wrinkle-free.
Though wrap dresses can flatter many body types, they look the best on curvier and bustier women.
This dress is essentially a slimming dress that enhances the bust while accentuating the waistline and hiding flab on the stomach.
Plus-size women should avoid choosing wrap dresses with big bold flower prints as they can make them look fatter.
You can choose a print or design with vertical lines that would create an illusion of a taller you. Irrespective of the body size and type, all women should avoid such type of dresses having horizontal lines.
There are many patterns (for this type of dress) with distinguished features, such as mock, kimono, silk wrap dress, etc. You can choose a few that look great on you.

With the above instructions and tips, you are sure to flaunt your figure with style and oomph

Unique Muslim Wedding and Unique Wedding Favors

Unique Muslim Wedding and Unique Wedding Favors

Getting a wedding party and unique gift for the wedding guests who do not belong to you particular religion is a difficult task. You should select the gift which is suitable for both the genders equally. Here, another point to consider is that whether you are giving a friend of groom or bride or both, you should select a favor that is favorable and acceptable to all the guests

If you do not belong to a religion and you have to present a wedding gift, the first thing comes in your mind is the rule guiding the religion or according to their Holy Book; the Quran. In the Muslim religion, there are no pictures or statues available of Prophet Mohammed Payagamber. But, there are so many religious messages are available which you can select as a favors. These messages are available on the different kind of papers and different kind of shade colors too. If you are to present them as favors, you choose the paper and the color according to the importance of the recipient. Take a wonderful paper of Muslim religious message and message; make a photo frame of that paper. Here in the selection of photo frame, you can either go for the wooden frame or the metal frame. If you select a metal frame, select a color like golden or silver. Golden color gives you very good prosperity mark. While, selecting a Muslim religious message, keep in mind the country of the wedding couple. Because, there are so many languages Muslims speaks as Arabic, Urdu, and Farsi etc. This is an excellent religious gift in the Muslim religion.

Apart from the religious messages, you can give them their Holy Book Quran. This is the religious holy book of Muslims. Get a very good bind copy of the Quran and ask the shop keeper to wrap it in the wonderful gift pack. Just like in the religious messages, here you can also have to remember the country of the wedding couple to select the language of Quran. If the language will not suit the couple, the wedding favor will become of no use.

To the friends of Muslim bridal, he can select the different available jewelries for the Muslim ladies. You can find the wonderful necklaces with the different designs and colors in it. You can buy these necklaces of precious metal like gold chain or silver chain or even a platinum necklace.

You also can give Muslims their traditional clothes. These clothes depend on the sex; female or male. If you are presenting a token to female, you can select a hijab, which Muslims ladies are wearing. Get a hijab of black color which is a tradition in Muslim community. If you are buying for the Muslim men, you can gift them a cap which they wear while praying namaj (a tribute to the God).

If you are planning to buy some marriage related favor for the Muslim guests, you can select a sehra which they can wear during the wedding time. There are wonderful sehras available in the market in different colors and style. But, most preferable sehra during the wedding time is the one made up of flowers.

You also can also give the wedding favors like watches or perfumes or cuff links or ties or traditional dresses which are acceptable in all the religions. Apart from this, there are different seasonal gifts are also available which are exclusive for the Muslim religion.

Top Tips For Islamic Women To Dress For Winter

Top Tips For Islamic Women To Dress For Winter

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As the temperatures across the UK plummet, your poor summer clothing range is now being shoved to the back of the wardrobe to make way for your winter collection. But what can you do to make the most of the contents of your wardrobe to keep warm over the next few months?

Get hot-headed
Well, warm-headed! Islamic women can use their hijabs into an advantage when attempting to stay warm. If you will prioritize keeping your head warm, you will have won half the battle in keeping your warm this winter. Why not wear two hijabs? Although, always take an umbrella with you – as a wet Hijab is never pleasant.

Add another layer
Dressing in layers of clothing does several things for you: Layers fill up the space between you and your winter coat with insulation. Wear a t-shirt, sweater, leg-warmers etc under your abaya.

Act natural
Wool can absorb a fair amount of moisture without conducting heat away because the water ‘disappears’ into the fibre spaces. Natural materials also tend to “breath” a lot better, which means if you are very warm and start to sweat, your clothes should allow the sweat to evaporate.

Avoid cotton clothing in wet weather, as it loses its insulating ability when wet and should be strictly avoided for outdoor/cold weather use.

The synthetic wind-break
Synthetics are fantastic wind-breaking materials, so invest in a high quality, simple and modest trench coat.

Don’t stick your neck out

A scarf around the neck or a jacket that zips up to your neck is a fantastic tip. This stops the warmth sneaking out of the top of your coat Your Hijab should cover your neck, but a modest scarf wrapped around your neck really seals in the heat.

From top to toe
Your feet are in contact with the cold ground. You should wear well-insulated boots. Again, favour natural materials. Wear wool socks if you can find them and layer them if necessary.

If you follow these basic tips, then all you sisters will be ready and prepared when Jack Frost and Frosty the Snowman move in this winter!

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Choosing the Right Motorcycle Jacket

Choosing the Right Motorcycle Jacket

When you imagine an ideal biker, you see a tough looking guy on his bike, wearing a helmet and a jacket. No matter how good your bike is, it does not matter if you have the best motorcycle helmet, a motorcycle rider looks incomplete without his jacket. Your jacket becomes a part of your bike, and eventually becomes a part of you. So, it is very important that you choose a right jacket, you do not want a part of you to go wrong, right?

How to Choose the Right Motorcycle Jacket

Earlier it was easy for a rider to choose a jacket, but now, there are a myriad of options to choose from. Choosing the jacket from so many alternatives can become a challenge, you need some patience (along with money!) to find the best motorcycle jacket. Here the word “best” is very subjective, what is good for you, may not be good for someone else, as a result, the market is influenced by individual preferences to a great extent.

You Belong to a Club
If you are a part of any club, choosing a jacket becomes comparatively easy for you. You should go for a customized jacket that matches your club-code, but do see that your jacket also has the basic features of comfort and safety.

You Want Style
The traditional leather motorcycle jacket never goes out of style, but it is not necessary to stick to it. I recommend you to go for a jacket that complements your bike. It will not look good if you have a Aprilia RSV4 R, and you wear a jacket strictly meant for a Harley.

You Need Comfort
You are someone who commutes on a motorcycle, then comfort might be the first aspect that you should pay attention to. Never choose a jacket which is too tight, it should have proper ventilation, you do not want to feel suffocated everyday, do you? It would be good if your jacket is waterproof, and if it is light in weight.

You Prefer Safety
For those of you who wish to go for a long distance ride, it is necessary that you choose a jacket which gives maximum safety, you never know what is going to hit you. If you are someone who loves speed, then safety should be the main feature that you look for, you never know what you are going to bump into.

Your Ideal Jacket Checklist
If your jacket has most (if you have all, then you have the ultimate jacket!) of the features listed below, then you probably have the right jacket:

The jacket should have the sleeves of the right length (even in the riding position).
It should cover your back completely when you ride.
It should have enough room for your shoulders and chest.
It should have more pockets (it helps as the storage place on a motorcycle is generally less).
It should have more zipper vents (helps when it is too hot).
It should have a map pocket.
It should have strong zippers and secure pockets.
It should be thick with necessary padding.
It should not flap.
It should have room for armor inserts.
It should have a reflective coating (reflective stripes are also fine).
Finally, it should look great!

You should be true to yourself when you go out to buy a motorcycle jacket. I have met a few people, who wanted safety and comfort, but compromised on it for style. As I mentioned earlier, your jacket becomes a part of you, so never settle for less. While spending on a jacket, you should consider the frequency of use too. If your jacket is just going to lie in your wardrobe, then there is no point in buying a very expensive one, but do not buy a cheap fancy jacket which gives no comfort or safety. One more thing, once you buy a jacket, take good care of it!

Stretch Your Money on Very Fashionable Clothes

Stretch Your Money on Very Fashionable Clothes

Filling your wardrobe with fashionable gear does not need to be an expensive affair. In fact, with a few well chosen pieces, you can make the most out of your teen clothes on budget… and still have a few more dollars to spend. Here are some tips on how to be hip, happy and well clothed despite having a tight purse.

1. Always choose clothes that are easy to mix and match with just about everything. Clothes like these can be dressed up, dressed down, accessorized or what-have-you, thereby providing you a completely new outfit each and every time. Try to have at least two pairs of jeans and several pieces of clothing in base colors (black, brown, gray and white.) These could be easily partnered with almost anything.

2. Go for classic designs rather than what’s hot at the moment. The one thing you have to remember about fads is that these come and go, and may become passé before you can blink an eye. The last thing you need is to be stuck with a wardrobe full of unwanted fashion. Classic cuts, colors and styles will help extend the wear of your teen clothes on budget.

3. Always, always save your receipts, in case the clothes you bought do not match the rest of your wardrobe. Sure, the fitting at the store might have looked great on you, but then you end up with just one look – and one that you are not even sure you like. It would be better to return the piece of clothing, rather than spend more money trying to match it with other pieces, or trying to make it look good on you. After all, despite these pieces being teen clothes on budget, you still need to make sure that you would be comfortable to wear the same pieces several times over.

Fashion Tips For Looking Younger

Fashion Tips For Looking Younger

When you’re younger, it’s easy to look at “old lady” clothes and exclaim that you’ll never wear them, but in order to age gracefully, you should change your style somewhat as you age.

In other words, while it’s OK to reject the idea that you should dress like an older person (no matter how old you are), not changing your style can do more than you might think to draw attention to your age.

Let’s look at some good tips for looking younger through your fashion choices.

Change it up

First, many women fall into the common trap of sticking with a style that was once flattering long after it is flattering. For example, you might have found a style that worked beautifully for you when you were in your 20s.

The trouble with sticking with that style is two-fold – first, it’s likely out of style by the time you hit your 40s and it might simply be “too young” for you which will draw attention to your current age, which is completely contrary to what you’re trying to do.

Pay attention to season

To look young and stylish, it’s important to change your wardrobe with each season. That means paying attention to what’s in style, what’s new for each season and making appropriate changes.

In fact, think about making just one small change each season. Perhaps you like those clothes from your 20s and think they are perfectly in style for today’s times. But if you add a large scarf in the color of the season, or a fashionable new bag, you can be sure that your style is current and young.

Be appropriate

Dressing to look younger doesn’t mean wearing tummy-bearing tops and heels that are just too high. That only draws attention to the fact that you are not in your 20s anymore.

Instead, look at the best dressed young women you know. Pay attention to how they dress. It’s likely that if they are nicely dressed young women, you can get some clues from them. Maybe it’s a graphic T shirt that’s got a little more youth to it than your plain T. Maybe it’s jeans with some design on them. Both of these can add a youthful spirit to your look without looking inappropriate.

When in doubt, go traditional

Now, by traditional we don’t mean Chanel and polyester suits all the time. Not at all. In fact, that kind of dressing can make you look older (especially if you have also not updated your hair or makeup).

By traditional, we mean stick with the basics. If the thought of injecting too much youth into your wardrobe seems overwhelming, then don’t.

Instead, stock your closet with basics built around particular colors. If you love to wear black, focus on purchasing basics in black and white perhaps with red also thrown in for good measure.

Each season, add that trendy item we talked about (the bag that’s stylish right now, the large scarf, the patent belt) and you will immediately look not only pulled together, but in style as well. And that goes a long way toward making you look younger.

Hopefully you have gleaned some good ideas for keeping your style, current and young.