Hanifah Ashry is the author of “Wear What When,” the ultimate fashion rule book and guide for those of you struggling to find your own personal style. It is especially targeted toward hijabi fashion and modest attire. Let’s find out about this author and her book:
R.”Wear What When” appears to be the ultimate fashion guide for avid readers and fashion enthusiasts or fashionistas! Tell us about your book.
H. “Wear What When” is a friendly guide of what to wear, when to wear and how- 8 chapters offering advice and information about fashion rules, navigating trends, dressing up, hijabi-specific fashion tips and how to be a stylish Mom.
R.You obviously combine your love for writing with your love for fashion. Tell us about your personal style of writing and your personal style of fashion. How did you discover each one and how did you come to combine these two loves of yours?
H. My personal style of writing (for fashion purposes) tends to be friendly and informative. I like to teach people about fashion in a more casual way so that they feel like they are talking to a friend that is going to be honest with them, but also can make them laugh, sometimes. I would describe my personal style as a “Style Chameleon” because I like to wear basically all styles from classic to edgy or boho to urban- it just depends on what I’m feeling and doing that day. I have loved writing since elementary school. I loved journaling, writing stories, poems and then papers as I got older. It was and is how I express my creativity, connect to others as well as release for stress relief. I have also loved fashion since childhood. I used to love playing dress-up, putting outfits together and giving friends and family full makeovers. Later, I started studying fashion and styling on my own with books, research, workshops and by watching shows like “What Not To Wear.”
In 2010, I started blogging about fashion and doing fashion consulting, professionally and then last year, I published my book. As I got older and my son got older, I wanted to focus more on writing because it was easier to manage as far as my schedule than doing photoshoots etc. I write mostly about fashion these days, but that could change. Stay tuned!
R.What are the advantages or additional advantages of having a book guiding us through discovering our own personal styles as opposed to social media or youtube?
H. I think having a book (the paperback or Kindle version) is helpful because it is something that you can have handy while shopping, so you don’t have to worry about it disappearing on the internet and you can read it at your own pace. Everyone learns differently, so a physical book with print on the larger side, pictures and visual explanations may work better for some as opposed to social media or Youtube although both forms can be excellent for learning.
R.Where can we get “Wear What When?”
H. You can get “Wear What When” on Amazon. There are paperback and Kindle versions of the book available.
R.How can we follow your journey (links, blog)?
H. You can follow my fashion Facebook page if you search “Hanifah Ashry”, my public fashion/writing Instagram @hanifahashrywrites and keep up with my blog via my website: www.hanifahashry.com/blog