For the love of the Poncho Sweater

poncho

poncho

When you hear poncho, do you think of a rain cover that is sold at sporting events or theme parks during the rain? Or the woolen garment that is typically worn is South America that has a slit to slip your head through? These thoughts initially would come to my mind first but this poncho is so much more wearable than those. A poncho is a very loose top with or without sleeves that has a small opening at the neck. If you twirl in a circle, the top would resemble a flower from above because it’s so loose and flowy.

gold buttons on the sleeves

gold buttons on the sleeves

This particular poncho has sleeves and it is a turtleneck and that’s why this is ideal for fall. In addition it has gold buttons on the arms to add a little detail. I love that you can wear this poncho with jeans, or even front pleated casual pants.  It would look great with harem pants as well. A poncho is usually worn casual/ casual chic. I wore mine with heels because the heels worked well with the outfit. The one downside is that it’s very hard to wear a jacket with this because of the dolman like sleeves. A poncho can be worn with another poncho jacket, a very loose jacket with dolman sleeves or a capelike jacket.

poncho

poncho

I realize you have probably never seen a poncho worn with another shirt underneath but this poncho was simply too short for me to wear separately and be comfortable with it. So I wore this poncho with a longer cotton shirt underneath to keep the casual materials in sync. I also wore a crushed georgette hijab to complement the casual look. You always have to wear what you are comfortable with; it doesn’t always have to stick with the norms because at times you wont be comfortable with the norms.

black and white full

black and white full

Outfit of the Day (OOTD) details:

Poncho sweater: Alfani purchased at Macy’s on sale for $47

Booties: Michael Kors

Jeans: Guess

Hijab: www.al-mujalbaba.com

poncho sweater

poncho sweater

After this photoshoot, I had an interview with Arte TV about Muslim Fashionistas and my blog. I will link the clip to my In The News section when it airs. (That is why I chose this touristy location- Long Island City, per their request). All of these pics were taken by: Ismail. You can catch him at: www.calligrafist.com

poncho sweater

poncho sweater

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For the love of the High Waisted Palazzo Pant

high waisted palazzo pants

high waisted palazzo pants

I bought my first pair of high waisted palazzo pants and they are so effortlessly chic and super modest. I have pants that are mid to almost high waist but this is the first pair of pants that I own that are truly high waisted and actually sit on your natural waist. I wore it with a simple cotton top which was too long. I shortened the top to more properly show the full shape of the high waist and the loose flow. The easiest way to shorten a top is by tying a knot on the side and that’s exactly what I did. It did make me reminiscent of the 80’s when girls wore loose tie dyed tops and tied a knot or used a small clip to make the knot. I believe when I wore it for this shoot, it didn’t look quite like the 80’s, or did it? ha.

lake

crossed legs lake

By tying the knot on the side, it created a ruched effect which is great at minimizing the waist and hiding a belly (my stomach has more so become my problem area after pregnancies and it’s OK with me). I also love the slight bell shape of the sleeves. This totally enhances and goes with the look of the pants and adds a great voluminous overall shape. I realize the shirt could have still been a couple of inches shorter but this was the length I was comfortable at wearing it.

 

I match the tree bark

I match the tree bark

Outfit of the day (OOTD) details:

High waisted palazzo pant: Rachel Zoe. Rachel Zoe is a celebrity stylist for the stars and I love her style. It’s super effortless, modest and classy. (I wasn’t such a huge fan when she was going through her whole boho stage) I am kind of in love with her. I met her at a book signing when I was in California last month. After I met her I knew I wanted to do a post on these pants as soon as possible. I was just waiting for the weather to get a little warmer even though I bought the pants about 2 months prior. These pants are 100% silk and that makes the fall of the pants perfection. Added benefit: these pants hardly wrinkle. At the end of the post, I am attaching the pic I have with Rachel Zoe in case you missed it when I uploaded it to my instagram account @sanahrashid.

Simple cotton top: Gap.

Studded platform pumps: Brian Atwood. Well, of course you must pair Rachel Zoe with Brian Atwood. Is this being obnoxious? Perhaps, but I would like to think I styled these pants well.

Fringe bib necklace: Kenneth Jay Lane purchased on sale at ruelala.com

Georgette headscarf in beige

 

palazzo pants

palazzo pants

this pic is awkward but i still like it

this pic is awkward but i still like it

*** All of these pics were taken and edited by the super talented Sameet and you can follow him @autoxposure. 

bench. do you spot my baby loves running in the background? they accompanied me on this shoot :)

bench. do you spot my baby loves running in the background? they accompanied me on this shoot :)

 

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with Rachel Zoe

with Rachel Zoe

I am not embarrassed to admit I had a total fan girl moment when I met Rachel Zoe. I get so much fashion inspiration from her. Here I am with Rachel Zoe and some of my awesome gal pals: Nura and Ibtihaj from our trip to California last month.