Assalamu alaikum everyone!
Today we have a special review for you on one of SHUKR‘s latest new arrivals: The Anjum Top. just say that when I saw this piece coming in I just knew I had to have it, it’s beautiful embroidery, feminine pleats and featuring that oh-so-sweet neck tie was too much to resist. And I wasn’t the only one, three of us in the office chose the same item in exactly the same colour!
With a choice of four cheerful colours, I was really in a dilemma about which one to choose! I was tempted by the freshness of the green “parakeet” but finally settled on the soft pinkish hue of the “topaz”, but I’m sure any one of the colours would have been perfect, having also seen the “Dark Fuschia” on one of my colleagues.
When I finally got it from the warehouse I was excited to try it and see how it looked. Ordering from a picture can often tricky, but SHUKR‘s photos definitely did their job giving an accurate idea of what I could expect.
I am happy to report that SHUKR’s Anjum Top fits fantastically and is by far the best fitting SHUKR item I own. I believe this is due to SHUKR‘s continual efforts to review and improve the sizing of their garments, ensuring that the clothes are modest but also flattering. A great way for SHUKR customers to discern their size is by using the size chart or if you’re still not sure, asking one of our friendly customer service team.
I chose a size medium, and although being fairly tall (171cm) and long limbed it was just the right fit, with the length falling about 3/4 down my thigh.
The chest area, often a problem zone for Muslimas when shopping, fits well – no pulling or gaping but sufficiently covered. The sleeves were very comfortable, by no means tight but at the same time not billowing baggy, but enough looseness for modesty’s sake as well as comfort.
My only slight reservation when ordering this piece was when I saw the light pleating on the stomach area, thinking it might look too much like a maternity piece. In reality however there was nothing to worry about, falling softly and loosely on the body without accentuating the tummy area whilst still remaining modest. I could imagine however that if any mother’s to be were considering this piece it would also work for them just as well.
Having looked at the colour “topaz” on other items on the SHUKR website, I thought that this picture was probably not the best representation of the colour, expecting it to be more like the colour shown on the Pleated Tunic or the Long Flared Top. As I thought (and hoped), the “topaz” colour is more like a dusty rose pink, better represented in the little sample colour square to the right of the product page.
The cording on the Anjum Top although appearing white, is actually a very light pink, perfectly matching the hue of the fabric.
The fabric is 100% cotton, extremely soft to the touch and very light weight. I was particularly impressed by the quality of this fabric – it’s just so luxurious and comfortable! The material has a very slight sheen to it, beautifully reflecting the light and adding to the tops lustre. I’m sure all Anjum Top owners will agree with me – this one’s a keeper!
The soft pinkish hue of this piece is truly a classic, suitable for all kinds of occasions both formal and casual. Similarly this piece with its delicate yet fun embroidery is equally versatile. I love to pair this item with a light dusty pink silk hijab that I’ve had for years, it matches perfectly and looks great. It goes equally well with a simple white hijab or even light cream. Something plain in colour though is a must in order for it not to clash with the embroidery – stay away from prints if possible.
So if you were thinking about investing in this piece, I would say go for it! It truly is a timeless classic that will stay stylish for years to come. Happy shopping!