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16 School Formal Struggles Only Hijabis Will Relate To

The struggle is extremely real.

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1. First, you spend weeks convincing your parents to let you attend the formal.

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"What is this formal ah?"

"Mama, it's compulsory I swear!"

2. Then you try your best to avoid any kind of dance practice.

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"We can just dance over here, separately. Is that not enough?!"

3. Next, you start thinking about the whole formal dress situation.

Tbh dress shopping for hijabis is never a good time.
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Tbh dress shopping for hijabis is never a good time.

4. Because you've somehow got to find something that covers your arms.

I mean, the bottom half is kinda hijabi-friendly?
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I mean, the bottom half is kinda hijabi-friendly?

5. And your legs.

Why stop the material there?! It was going so well until the thighs.
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Why stop the material there?! It was going so well until the thighs.

6. You have your heart broken by all the dresses that have material in all the right places, but are sadly, still not right.

Why? Why does it always have to be sheer?
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Why? Why does it always have to be sheer?

7. Then you find the perfect dress, only to realise it's completely backless.

Seriously?
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Seriously?

8. So, you consider designing your own dress because nothing seems to be working.

On the plus side, it's good practice for your wedding, right?
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On the plus side, it's good practice for your wedding, right?

9. When you finally do settle on the dress, finding a matching scarf becomes the next issue.

There are just too many options.
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There are just too many options.

10. And then the decision of how you want to tie the scarf for the big day needs to be made.

You really want to mark the occasion. Is bigger always better? Who knows?
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You really want to mark the occasion. Is bigger always better? Who knows?

11. You take a fire pre-formal selfie, before you've got your hijab on.

And you improvise with what you have.
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And you improvise with what you have.

12. And before you leave the house, you double and triple check you have the most important formal necessities packed.

Spare pins on pins on pins.
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Spare pins on pins on pins.

13. You embellish with a little too much bling and realise once you're on your way to the formal that your hijab is way heavier than normal.

Daily neck-strengthening exercises are honestly the only answer.
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Daily neck-strengthening exercises are honestly the only answer.

14. When you arrive, you make an extremely cautious exit from the car.

Skirts should really come with their own hazard warnings.
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Skirts should really come with their own hazard warnings.

15. And then low-key struggle through the outdoor photographs.

Why today, wind?
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Why today, wind?

16. But despite everything, you end up looking fly, and have the time of your life.

The noor of Jannah and all, ya know? #Inshallah!
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The noor of Jannah and all, ya know? #Inshallah!

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