From THREAD Guest Writer & Social Influencer, Natalie Hussain (@natalieisasleep)
4pm office departures, extravagant kuih spreads, fabric sprees at Jalan TAR, and specially curated Raya collections fighting for your attention online - the festive season is upon us meaning many of us are high-key conflicted over who and what to wear!
Worrying about Raya get-ups may seem like a #FirstWorldProblem or just plain shallow but in the spirit of self-expression, patriotism and keeping it OG with Raya culture, it’s safe to say that more than ever before, the fashion choices we make this Raya will go down in history.
Whichever side of the dialogue you’re on, it’s undeniable that this is the first Raya we as Malaysians are celebrating under a new government since we got our independence 61 years ago. If that’s not history, I don’t know what is!
It’s the dawn of a new Malaysia and whether we do it intentionally or not, whatever we decide to wear is symbolic and represents so much more than a festive #OOTD - it’s history in the making.
And now to the bit that will hopefully be useful, the part where we acknowledge what a terror it is balancing fashion and function during the holidays. At some point, we’ve faced this conundrum of how to dress: “something flattering but hides five rounds of lontong;insta-worthy but not extra; subtle but a head-turner,” there are just too many determining factors we must consider before selecting Raya outfits. So with the aim of preventing any mental breakdowns at the check-out counter, I’ve selected some outfit options I feel are epicly 2018 Raya-appropriate, to ease this process for you.
Afiq M Tuti Drape Pelikat Kebaya
The kain pelikat holds so much history and culture with its use dating back to the Sultanate of Malacca, all the way to the booming art scene of P.Ramlee’s time and even now. This creation is a great blend of multiple eras all encompassing the culture.
Azka Collection’s English Cotton Baju Kurung
As lovely as those meticulously designed Baju Kurungs are, sometimes going back to basic is enough. Growing up, this was a standard silhouette and pattern back then - it also has win brownie points for the fact that it’s super breathable and affordable!
Butik Sireh Pinang Eshal Modern Kurung
It can be difficult finding designs that don’t overdo the beading. It’s subtle but still eye-catching.
Ezzati Amira Scarf Printed Pareo Kurung
Hands down one of my favourite, this print just speaks to me! It’s not obvious but I do think this design is representative of Malaysian talents getting more experimental and braver with their fashion decisions and to me, that’s more empowering than just wearing a “future is female” shirt. (low-key sad about how this isn’t available in my size)
Khanaan for ZALORA Abaya Naira
An outfit that can survive, a sandstorm, heatwave, and rainstorm all at once. The versatile fabric really catches my eye, as Raya celebrations can be long and sometimes treacherous, being in an outfit that can withstand a lot is ideal.
So what's your favourite pick? Let us know in the comment section below.