Ways to style up your sleeveless dress fashionably and modestly

Hijab Styling Tips

For Muslim women who wear hijab, there are many ways to style up a sleeveless dress.

Sleeveless dress can be styled up with almost any outerwear, such as: jacket (denim, leather, cotton, fur, etc), blazer, coat (trench coat, ankle-graze, etc), cardigan (cropped cardigan, long cardigan, etc), jumper, cape, sweater, sweater dress, shirt, suit tops, long-sleeved shrug, etc.

You just have to know which outerwear will be best paired with a particular sleeveless dress. If the dress is tight at the top or has an elastic crinkle at the chest area, wear an outerwear that can cover the area, or even a short jumper.

If the dress is a bit tight at the hip, wear a knee-length or an ankle-graze coat, a trench coat, or a drape-y long cardigan to cover.

Trench Coats (Image credit: Lovely Today)
Long Cardigan (Outfit styling: Chel of Carousel)

If the dress is loose, simply pair it with any outerwear you love.

A Knit Shrug (Image credit: PatternFish)

Here are some examples on how to style up the sleeveless dress:
With a denim jacket.
How to style up the sleevesless dress for hijabi

With a leather jacket.
(photo credit: Evans Fashion Fix)

With a buttoned-up shirt over the dress, and then accessorized it with a narrow belt:
(Outfit styling: Ashfi Qamara, via My Amethyst)

Or, style it up with a short jumper or a cropped t-shirt:

Also, you can style up a sleeveless dress with a tunic or a blouse, over it or underneath it, or... layering it with a long-sleeved tee underneath.

NOTE, as for layering sleeveless dresses with a long-sleeved tee underneath, you have to be careful on styling them. Not all types of sleeveless dress can be paired simply with a long-sleeved tee underneath. For example, these kind of dresses (picture below): halter-topped, strapped and tube dresses, won't look good paired with a tight long-sleeved tee underneath. Even, for me, it's a fashion no-no for hijabi:
halter-topped, strapped, and tube dresses
It looks like you're pushing yourself wearing something that "you can't wear". That looks weird, and.. pathetic.


Try to avoid this.

BUT, there's STILL a way you can wear this kind of 'mix-and-match'..

Styling these 'halter tops-strapped-strapless/tube' kind of maxi dresses over a tight long-sleeved tee, is a bit tricky. You MUST complete the outfit by wearing a WIDE and LONG scarf with a particular hijab-wrapping that will ensure you COVER the clingy neck and bosom area with it.

NOT like this:

It's not too pleasant to be seen.. right? You better throw up a jacket on this kind of outfit..

A better way is by adding a baggy cropped-tee's or a blouse over the outfit,
baggy cropped tee's, blouses, and vests
so the outfit will look like this:

In my opinion, if you want to pair dresses with a long-sleeved tee underneath, short-sleeved, or wide-shouldered, or capped-sleeved dresses will do a whole much better look.
wide-shouldered maxidress

See.. ?!

What do you think? How do you style up your sleeveless dress?




  1. Thanks for the tips! I agree with you I don't like to layer it up with a tight long-sleeved tee underneath !

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