What to wear in this Ramadan heat.

The holy month of Ramadan is time of self-reflection for many of us. Muslims all around the world fast from sunrise to sunset to help us train our self-restraint and feel with the needy. It is a month dedicated to charity and kindness unto others. I feel that although for most of the year I don’t think about it twice, Ramadan is a month in which I dress a little conservatively- out of respect to others. Most of the Middle East has dealt with quite an early summer, with heat waves reaching as high as 39 degrees in Amman. To those of you living in the Gulf, this might seem normal. However for us living in Jordan, it’s sometimes intolerable. We’re not used to weather like this you see, our bodies do not adapt well to this type of heat. But nonetheless, we’re grateful for the sunny weather because our winters have been blistering cold and icy over the past couple of years.

So in this scorching heat, what do you wear? I’ve opted for blouses over lightweight jeans. Today I wore a maxi dress under a little denim jacket with cropped sleeves. I feel that a white blazer is a Ramadan essential in this heat because it’s casual and it’ll keep you cool enough at the office, and you can also dress it up with heels for a chic iftar outfit. I especially like this Zara one below.

Zara

Zara

Kaftans and abayas are also an option, especially if they’re made out of lightweight silk. They’ll keep you cool and you’ll look like you’re dressing for the occasion, which is always a good thing. Invest in a good quality Kaftan because it will come in handy for a friend’s henna night or Katb Ktab celebration.

Oscar De La Renta

Oscar De La Renta

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What a stud!

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I think this is the most beautiful pair of rockstud Valentinos I’ve ever laid my eyes on. They’re absolutely darling. Seriously though, forget love, I’d rather fall completely into these gorgeous beauties. Butterflies? Heck! These shoes gave me elephants.

Aqua & Azure: Dreams of Summer

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“I fell for her in summer, my lovely summer girl, From summer she is made, my lovely summer girl, I’d love to spend a winter with my lovely summer girl, But I’m never warm enough for my lovely summer girl, It’s summer when she smiles, I’m laughing like a child, It’s the summer of our lives; we’ll contain it for a while She holds the heat, the breeze of summer in the circle of her hand I’d be happy with this summer if it’s all we ever had.” –

Maggie Stiefvater, “Shiver”

Versus

Versus

Happily Strappy

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I am absolutely obsessed with these Gianvito Rossi ankle strap pumps! The reason why strappy pumps don’t suit me is because I don’t have legs for days and I’m quite petite. I always feel that the strap around the ankle cuts off the leg and makes it appear shorter. But it doesn’t mean these heels aren’t fabulous. If you’re a 5’3 and taller, these are the heels for you! Pair them with a tight midi skirt and bring on the sexy.

 

Afternoon Blues

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Today I’m wearing these super cool striped Topshop pants with my Warehouse top and Sandro jacket. My shoes are Gianvito Rossi and my bag is the Vivienne by Louis Vuitton. I’ve grown so found of the name Vivienne since I bought this bag. Maybe for the same reasons I like the names Celine, Zara and Chloe. Who knows. My sunglasses are Cutler and Gross. I Love Cutler and Gross because I can go in and change my mirrored lenses any time to any colour I want! I get compliments about them all the time. You can stop by Opticos Shami in Amman because they stock the collection. If not, then you can go online and check out their website!

Brocade Espadrilles!

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I love these Brocade Espadrilles by Dolce & Gabbana. They’re a refreshing change from the Chanel espadrilles that saturated my instagram home feed last summer. Pair these floral beauties with denim shorts or a little white dress for a walk on the beach!

Striped & Spotted’s Style Resolutions for 2014

Last year, I put together a list of closet resolutions to help organize and revamp your wardrobes. But this year, my list of resolutions will address personal style and ways to refine it. 2014 might be your most stylish year yet!

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1. Wear what you want

I can’t say this enough. Be confident when it comes to your fashion choices and ignore the backlash. You can seek others peoples’ opinions but try not to base your decision entirely on what they think (except for mum, always listen to mum). It’s not what you wear, it’s whether you wear it with confidence or not. Personal style is a matter of self expression; don’t doubt it.

2. Brave the prints

If your closet is monochrome, add a pop of colour. If you always avoided prints, brave an aztec blouse or dress. A breathe of fresh air never hurt anyone. And besides, it’s the new year and that means you get the chance to try new things. It’s the same with fabrics and materials. Dyed leather will add some rock n’ roll chic to your wardrobe. Dramatic tulle will give you a playful edge with a touch of femininity. Don’t go overboard though- leave the glittered ballerinas for your 6 year old niece.

3. New day, new lipstick

You’d be surprised at how many people look amazing with red lipstick, but are too afraid to leave the house with it on! Try a bold lip colour and consult with a beauty technician to pick the perfect shade. I never go anywhere without my favourite lipstick. Somehow, it gives me a boost and brightens up my day. I use Chanel’s Rouge Allure Velvet.

4. Resole your soul
Take your shoes to a cobbler and have them resoled. They’ll feel brand new again. There is nothing worse than a pair of scuffed Louboutins! You can visit www.saveyoursole.co.uk (as seen in Elle, Marie Claire and Cosmopolitan) and buy their gift pack that has everything you need to care and love for your Christian Louboutin shoes. Protect your new shoes or repair your scuffed soles with touch up sole paint – in perfect “Louboutin” red.

5. Vintage dreams.

Keep an eye out for beautiful vintage pieces and try to incorporate them into your look. Vintage pieces add a story to your look and what’s fashion if it doesn’t tell a story? Your grandmother’s pearl earrings will look so chic with a buttoned-up blouse and skirt. And that necklace you bought at Portobello market is always a good conversation starter!

 

 

 

 

The Charlotte Olympia Jukebox

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Pair this Charlotte Olympia jukebox bag with your favourite pair of dancing shoes for a night out on the town. Its big enough to fit your essentials; lipstick, plastic, and your phone. What else do you need when you’re painting the town red?

 

This Jacket.

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If you know me personally at all, you’d know that my wardrobe consists of 90% leather and that leather jackets especially, are my weakness. I’ve been obsessing over this Acne colour-blocked leather jacket and I’m sure it will make the perfect addition to my collection!

I wear my leather jackets all year ’round, because they add that extra effortless edge to any outfit and go perfectly over anything; white crisp shirts, t-shirts, or dresses!

Striped and Spotted in the December issue of Viv Mag!

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Hey guys. Pick up the December issue of Viv mag out now and check out my monthly blogger page for Christmas gift ideas and December outfits! I hope everyone’s looking forward to this month’s warm festivities. xx

 

Winter Whites.

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If you follow my instagram, you’d know of my obsession with winter whites! There is something so incredibly chic about wearing white in winter. I have a white fur bomber jacket that I can’t wait to wear as soon as it gets cold enough. These textured-leather Burberry Prorsum wedge boots are just to die for. I would style them with an over-sized white coat!

LRD: Your fall wardrobe’s MUST-HAVE.

Alexander McQueen

Alexander McQueen

Treat yourself to a sexy red number this Christmas, because nothing says winter rose like a little red dress against a gloomy backdrop. This quilted chanille Alexander McQueen will put you back over a thousand pounds, so keep your eyes peeled next time you’re on the high-street! I found this preppy crystal crown dress by Sister Jane at Topshop. I’m a huge fan of the preppy look, but you can always try something more daring!

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Topshop