Hari Raya celebrations may look a little different this year, but there are some cherished traditions that remain.
We’re talking about being dressed to the nines in your finery, whether you’re following the festivities at home with your family, or greeting your friends over Zoom. Even if visits and gatherings are off the table, the act of donning beautiful clothes is still a significant part of Aidilfitri. What better way to welcome the end of Ramadan, a month dedicated to self-improvement, than to look your best self?
To help you achieve that, we’ve curated the best style offerings you can find in Singapore, ranging from flattering garments in joyful colours and patterns (including those from size-inclusive labels!) to matching ensembles for the whole family.
However you choose to celebrate this May, you can count on these Hari Raya collections to make you shine.
Singapore modest fashion label Zalia has quite an extensive range of Hari Raya designs to choose from, especially if you’re looking for vintage-inspired details. For instance, we’re a big fan of the puff-sleeved blouses, sweeping mermaid dresses and flounce sleeve peplum tops (with matching skirts!) that drape elegantly when worn. Another highlight are the fabrics: Zalia crafts it clothes with pastel-hued florals, intricate lace embroidery and satin in deep, jewel tones, all of which are simply breathtaking.
A homegrown, Muslim-owned fashion label worth supporting is Lúbna, which is contemporary in both style and attitude. You can see the former through their dreamy dresses and kebayas, adorned in florals, smocked details and balloon sleeves that have been trending for a while now. There’s even a kimono-inspired set if you’re looking to mix things up. But by far the most modern thing about Lúbna is that it’s size-inclusive: you’ll find a whole array of plus-sized designs that are thoughtfully crafted.
Keeping in mind that Hari Raya celebrations will be taking place at home, modest fashion brand Petra took a “less is more” approach when designing its holiday collection. But don’t mistake that for minimalism: instead, what you’ll get are contemporary takes on the traditional baju kurung, cut in simple yet striking shapes and featuring unexpected geometric prints. Some of the designs also come with Eastern influences (see the wrapped kmono kurung), nodding to the brand’s founders pre-pandemic travel memories. The collection also doubles as an extravagant loungewear line, given that the clothes are made to be comfortable and breathable.
Baju by Oniatta
Baju by Oniatta’s new collection, Lingkaran, celebrates the Singapore label coming full circle and moving into Kampung Gelam. The collection features a range of handcrafted batik tulis pieces — the brand’s speciality — in cotton and, for the first time, silk. When worn as sarongs, they pair nicely with the brand’s relaxed kebayas, which come in lightweight fabrics like seersucker, or comfortable, kaftan-inspired shapes. The clothes are meant to be a breath of fresh air, even if they’re made with years of batik traditions.
Shop Baju by Oniatta exclusively at Galeri Tokokita, 757A North Bridge Road, Level 2, Singapore 198725.
Maison Q is known for it’s children’s clothing, but for the special occasion, the local brand has unveiled a Hari Raya-themed collection for the whole family. For him, there are elegant cotton shirts with stand collars and Moorish-inspired prints. These also come with matching, adjustable pants. For her, there are feminine blouses in glimmering satin and lightweight jacquard that can be paired with flowing skirts. There are also beautiful jacquard sashes, inspired by the traditional selepang, which can be tucked and knotted over the blouses. (Perhaps you can take styling tips from this Dior Men collection?) As for the little ones, Maison Q offers an array of fuss-free designs in bright colours and playful details.
Header photo credit: Lúbna