Even though Saudi Arabia is a very conservative country whereby women cover up with black Abayas, don't be fooled, there are full-on styled outfits underneath. In Lebanon, we tend to have a perception that Saudi women are overly brand-obsessed and because of that, don’t possess unique personal style.
We decided to challenge that perception, and find Saudi women who are stylish by their own merit, and not only because they are wearing high-end brands.
We looked closely at the women who are considered the ultimate style references: the style and fashion bloggers of course. As you will see for yourself, there is a whole new wave of Saudi women who are moving passed high-end-brands-from-head-to-toe looks, and are paving out new and fresh ways to mix brands and create unique outfit ideas.
Here are the top 9 most stylish fashion bloggers to come out of Saudi Arabia (in no particular order). Check them out.
(Some are restricted in terms of displaying their own photographs, but this doesn't hinder their ability to share great style advice).
1 // The Abduls
Sakhaa and Thana created an online space best described as a fierce photo-diary. The sisters are keen on sharing trend alerts, street style, travels, collaborations, in addition to their very own daily outfits. Their style is a constellation of high-street modern fashion, casually blended with Saudi-made traditional items, depending on their whereabouts and moods.
2 // Alaa Balkhy
After creating the most loved pop art character, Fyonka, and incorporating her into cool clothing items and gadgets, Alaa became a renown designer across the Middle East. Through her blog, she showcases her own designs, fashion styling and events around town.
3 // Shoes & Drama
Featuring a team of excited fashion writers led by Marriam Mossalli, this fashion blog is simply specialized in fashion reporting. Their Drama of the Week section is of a particular success, where they share “fashion truths” about the industry.
4 // Fashion Gossip
Alanoud Badr is a Saudi-Lebanese fashion consultant and blogger, who launched her own line of limited edition blazers, that are worn by the likes of Kim Kardashian and Nancy Ajram. The self-confessed fashionista has won several prestigious fashion and style awards, and is now working as a brand ambassador with many noteworthy collaborations under her belt.
5 // Saudi Beauty Blog
A selection of professionals with impressive resumes, teaming up to provide expert advice on the latest fashion, health, beauty and lifestyle issues. Through publishing relevant topics consistently, they have easily claimed the status of Saudi's #1 beauty source.
6 // iGorgeousta
iGorgeousta is the work of Shaima Alabdy, an IT graduate and blogger. Covering fashion, skincare, makeup and lifestyle tips strictly in Arabic, Shaima has drawn quite an interest from the Saudi media, and soon developed a wide followers base.
7 // Dania Ismail
A Saudi-Latina lifestyle blogger residing in Riyadh. She finds joy in sharing her favorite designer finds, product reviews, and reports from events around town, all in an elegantly put blog.
8 // The It Mag
The personal stylist Modi Al Asmi is a Saudi blogger and editor of her own online magazine theitmag.com, the first digital magazine based between Saudi Arabia and USA. She tackles unique trend forecasts and edits in the fields of fashion, beauty, art and culture, and had exclusive interviews with the likes of Beyoncé, Rami Al-Ali, Sylvio Giardina,Gisele Bundchen and Ann-Sofie Johansson.
9 // Ghadeer
Believing that a true fashionable person can create a million-bucks-look for less, Ghadeer is a young blogger who loves sharing the latest international fashion news, beauty reviews, as well as local events. Her style is never static, ranging from feminine to nerdy, but never boyish.
Are there any other noteworthy fashion blogs in Saudi that we might have missed? Share with us your selections in the comments below, and we will include them in our updated list.