One of the loveliest things about Ramadan is spending quality time with friends and family, as the normal demands of life are put to one side for a few, precious weeks. And what better way to celebrate than with some new clothes for the occasion? Here are some of our favourite Ramadan capsule collections, which you can look to for your stylish suhoor wardrobe. Oh, and they make for lovely gifts, too.
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Regional label Diva Abaya Couture is offering 107 looks this Ramadan in a vast array of designs. One cropped, button-front robe mixes pretty lace with sheer panels, which would look perfect over a pair of cigarette pants, while another cleverly mixes brocade, plisse and black-on-black beading for a subtle play on textures. Elsewhere, a handkerchief-hem robe comes in grey-on-black herringbone weave for an edgier feel. However, if you prefer something brighter this Ramadan, then look for the jewel-tone kaftans in emerald and sapphire, trailed with gold embroidery. The collection is priced from Dh899.
Founded in Dubai, the Shatha Essa label offers a small but delightful collection, featuring a series of simple sheath dresses in shade of cream, putty and moss green, with matching sheer robes. A vibrant tie-front dress in an orangey marigold comes with abstract beading snaking up the front. For the more bohemian among us, there is a sea-green abaya, patchworked from triangles of velvet, sheer and fringed fabric, which would be fabulous over a tailored jumpsuit. The collection is priced from Dh521.
Saudi label Leem delivers a graphic collection of roomy kaftans in bold candy stripes, vivid ethnic zigzags and even one 1960s-inspired retro dress with a simple buckled belt. Elsewhere, a side-split robe in gleaming teal is teamed with a long skirt in turquoise. Charmingly, it also has a range with matching mini-me sizes, such as an orange dress shirt, a pleat detail cerise robe, a T-shirt dress in teal and blush and a slash-necked, tie-dyed denim dress. The collection is priced from Dh299.
Dubai's SH Studio offers architectural shapes in its collection. Panels of smoke-print fabric are pieced into a simple dress, with the edges left raw and finished with a rope-tie neckline and a hood. Elsewhere, more nautical details appear on a boat-necked starchy dress, and as a halterneck held up with rivets and cord. With a strong focus on simplicity, a shirt dress in gunmetal grey comes with a double-wrapped front, while a scoop-neck dress, with extra-wide arms in the deepest red, is covered with a barely there black net. The standout, however, is a beautiful sparse robe in white, its only adornment an almost imperceptible frayed edge. The collection is priced from Dh1,260.
Perhaps it’s your first invitation to an iftar, and an abaya is not a staple in your wardrobe. Look to Namshi's series of kaftans and abayas, ideal for those who don't want to break the bank. In midnight blue lace, Femi9’s satin lapel dress is adorned with six buttons in crystal and pearl (from Dh449), while Haya’s Closet offers a belted open-front abaya in dark blue and coffee, with silvery embroidered covering the top and sleeves (from Dh295). Threadz, meanwhile, offers a shock of bold pattern with a duo-tone, offset dot print and adorable button detailing (from Dh349).
The department store is offering a good range of modestwear from the multiple labels it stocks this Ramadan. Anatomi has gone for soft pastels cut into elegantly simple dresses. A pale pistachio dress, belted and with kimono sleeves has applique flowers around the hem, and a coffee-coloured dress with extra-long slashed sleeves is red-carpet-worthy (from Dh1635). Endamage offers a sunny yellow kimono style robe with tiny beaded detail (Dh2,887), while Kanzi Kaftan has a beautiful buttermilk tulle shirt dress with heavy black beading across the clavicle. Maison Nabooda delivers a full-sleeved midi dress in bold cerise (from Dh2,200), and Bambah delivers an ice-blue, metallic brocade coat dress, finished with a halo of light fringing around the cuffs and skirt (from Dh1,635).
The Edit carries the understated abayas and languidly relaxed silhouettes of Elna Line. One open-front abaya is offered in tones of blush and mulberry, while another is in linen mix white, with kimono sleeves and trails of silver sequins unfurling across the pockets. For something a little sassier, opt for a collarless open-cut abaya, trimmed with industrial gold eyelets and hoops. The clothes are priced from Dh600. The Edit also has jewellery by Monica Sordo, whose fluid gold earrings and necklaces, priced from Dh2,095, are ideal against a simple abaya.
Dubai-born Qureshi has a small but well-put-together collection of just eight dresses in sugary tones. A full-length lace dress with frilled yoke and button-cuff sleeves comes in soft mint, while a sleeved shirt dress with a prairie hem comes in citrus lemon. A pale pink kaftan has a button detail running from neck to elbow, offset by matte cream embroidery, while a column dress in woven flowers on a caramel ground is intriguing for its complex shoulders, that fall in bias-cut folds. The collection is priced from Dh2,330.
Saudi label Sotra offers an understated collection in shades of warm terracotta and burnt umber. A simple shirt dress comes dotted with tiny beads, while another voluminous dress is cut from mismatched patterns of bitter chocolate, terracotta and pale jade. A simple linen dress is dip-dyed in inky grey, as a fit-and-flare dress in silken midnight blue is finished with a long tassel. One kaftan even has its shoulders covered in honeycomb pleats in deep raspberry. The collection is priced from Dh978.
Amal Al Raisi
A very feminine collection from Omani brand Al Raisi delivers plenty of flowing cuts in shades of eau de nil, soft pink, brick red and muted gold. Delicate beading traces geometric patterns around necklines and across torsos, occasionally joined by flattering panels of muted gold faux leather. A Grecian gown drapes elegantly on the bias, while a rich, emerald green trouser suit has rich beading around the pockets. The collection is priced from Dh2,650.
With its sharp eye for colour, Beige offers chartreuse, pewter, ivory and blush grey as a classy series of straight-legged culottes, a bishop's sleeve coat, and even a retro 1970s-style bodice dress, complete with bows on the shoulders. A softer side appears as layers of smoky grey tulle cut into a collared swing coat, and a muted grape dress, scattered with endless tiny crystals around the neck. A high-necked blouse in olive green is finished with covered buttons, while miles of glossy black satin is cut into a sheared-sleeved opera swing coat. The collection is priced from Dh1,550.
Of course, no look is complete without some jewellery, and Swarovski’s Ramadan collection is bang on the money. Drop earrings come artfully mismatched with the evil eye and the hand of Fatima hanging from wings, while another pair mixes crystals in orange, pink and even green in a combination that is wonderful and modern. A necklace comes with golden charms that include a love heart, the hand of Fatima, a feather, a star and an evil eye for protection. The collection is priced from Dh140.
This year, Jimmy Choo has teamed up with the United Nations' Children's Fund to create an exclusive capsule collection that not only looks beautiful, but also raises money to help the world’s most vulnerable children. Limited to just five styles, it includes the Love shoe, a pointed toe pump with a 100-millimetre heel, in warm gold snake skin. The Sweetie evening clutch is speckled with tiny glittering stars and moons, while the Madeleine shoulder bag is also gold snake, finished with a crystal-encrusted crescent moon buckle. The collection is priced from Dh1,790.