Baju Melayu Trend 2021: Raya Styling Tips & Colours
Throughout Malaysian history, the styles of Malay traditional costumes for men, also known as “Baju Melayu”, have evolved gradually from top to bottom. Modest fashion industries and young Malaysian designers have taken their own spin with a touch of fashion without losing the traditional elements in Baju Melayu. This heritage wear is reinvented continuously in one of the world’s biggest modest fashion markets. Malay traditional clothes brands are hybrid-ing Malay heritage and practicality, such as smartphone-sized pockets and stretchable waistbands.
With Hari Raya Aidilfitri fast approaching, it is not too late to get some tips up your sleeves before you get your hands on some new festive Baju Raya while supporting the local businesses. Before we dive deep into some of the best ways to style Baju Melayu, hold on to that excitement of Eid, and let’s prep for this joyous occasion by looking into some chic colours trends as well as styling accessories.
Keep Up with the 2021 Colours for Baju Raya
Keep an eye on these Pantone top 10 New York colours and top 5 core classics this season, where most fashion designers infuse these colours in their up and coming new collections. According to this Pantone Spring / Summer 2021 Colour Palettes, it covers a series of shades that are inspired by the beauty of nature BFF with flexibility and reinvention.
With some of these colours 2021 to life. See the magic works in these exquisite pieces that incorporate the TRENDIEST colours ever. It’s so good you don’t wanna miss it!
The Spring/Summer 2021 New York Colour Palettes:
“Shades illustrative of nature coupled with new core classics come together to create a palette inspiring ingenuity and inventiveness.”
Marigold – “A comforting golden orange infused yellow lends a warming presence.”
Cerulean – “The color of the sky on a serene, crystal clear day.”
Rust – “An earth inspired brown emblematic of Autumn leaves uncharacteristic of a spring palette.”
Illuminating – “Friendly and joyful, an optimistic yellow offering the promise of a sunny day.”
French Blue – “A stirring blue hue that awakens a vision of Paris in the springtime.”
The Spring/Summer 2021 Core Classics:
“Core hues whose versatility transcends the seasons and allows for more freedom of choice.”
Inkwell – “A deep and intense blackened blue.”
Ultimate Gray – “Quietly assuring and reliable gray encouraging composure.”
Matchy-matchy with Friends & Families
All for one and one for all! It’s time to plan ahead and show off some “” Raya outfits or the good-ol coordinated Baju Raya.
Take advantage of this Hari Raya Aidilfitri as it is a day for everyone, and this similar theme family fashion show will definitely bring your loved ones closer than ever. Moreover, without a doubt, BFFs or BROs can slay and pose for Instagram OOTDs in this matchy trend easily, looking good and feeling right as ever.
8 Baju Melayu Trends to Step Up the Raya Game
Calling all men out there, it’s your time to shine cause there is no such thing as “only women are allowed to look good”. We urge you to feel your best self in the best outfit, spread the Raya joy and get ahead in the game of Raya fashion.
Here are some fool proof and dependable tips on styling your Baju Melayu effortlessly. We will explore types of Baju Melayu with different kinds of fabrics, buttons and cuttings. Besides, you will find it quite easy to accessorize your Raya outfits as you can spot them online and come in sets more and more.
Expand and customize your wardrobe to your likings, and take your modest pieces to a whole new level of style.
- Baju Melayu Cekak Musang vs Baju Johor Teluk Belanga
|Baju Melayu Cekak Musang|
Baju Johor Teluk Belanga
|Standing collar with 5 button holes||No collar|
|3 pockets||3 pockets|
|Opened at the front from the neck up to the middle of the chest||Neckline is stitched in the style, known as “tulang belut”|
|5 buttons||1 button, also known “kancing”|
Both of these Baju Melayu has their own charms, thus it is up to your preferences and how you wished to accessorize these Baju Melayu. Well, there is always room for more clothes, so why not get BOTH if you found yourself in dilemma! The classic design of Baju Melayu Cekak Musang is definitely a go-to for any occasions. Its characteristic stand-up collar top is neatly tucked under a “kain sampin” around your waistline. On the other hand, the Baju Johor Teluk Belanga is worn with the “kain sampin” under the blouse, without any tucking at all.
- Face Mask Twinning with Baju Raya
Celebrate this upcoming Hari Raya Aidilfitri in this ‘new normal’ with a must-have face mask. Since you might be matching your outfits with your friends and family, why not invest in matching face masks too? Match the colour of your face masks with your Baju Melayu and look stylish whilst combatting pandemic in this Hari Raya. It’s a WIN-WIN guys!
- Array of Fabrics
The fabric material of your Baju Melayu top and trousers should be in the same material, such as cotton, linen, satin, crepe, jacquard, polyester, silk, viscose, and others. For those who wished to wear a more comfortable fabric but still want to look more classy, fancy or swanky, you can choose Baju Melayu in crepe fabric because it is thin, soft and not easily crumpled.
However, there is no official rule saying that it is a must. Some men can get away with it by substituting their Baju Melayu trousers with a good pair of full black trousers. If so, you can take advantage of this and highlight your modish colour top easily yet elegantly for any other casual events.
- Songkok & Kain Sampin
This top headgear of songkok and Baju Melayu goes hand-in-hand like BFF. They are like cookies and milk, which you can’t go wrong with. As time passed by, the classic black songkok goes online as more and more local modest fashion industries try to reach a new community online. In addition, customers may also sew their names on their songkok for an additional fee to add on some personal extra details on it.
Many men consider “kain sampin” or “songket” as an investment for their Baju Melayu. It is not a must to go to an extent of spending between RM5,000 to RM150,000 as other Malaysians did. This is because we think that it is more FUN to shop during the Raya season without burning a hole in your wallet. Malaysians can enjoy buying the whole Baju Raya with sampin as a set conveniently online, without the hassle of finding the right ‘kain sampin” to match with your Baju Melayu.
- Rock some Beaded Bracelets
Ditch your boring watch and make a change to chic beaded bracelets. Accessorize with some masculine beaded bracelets with a touch of Earth’s natural stone and signature matte stainless-steel hardware. You can try to layer with some other types of bracelets as well, such as a trusty leather bracelet that will definitely spice up the whole look.
- Humble Buttons Become Jewellery
Out with the old and in with the new. You may be wondering – How to bring modern aesthetics to traditional designs on your Baju Melayu? Well, the Baju Melayu fashion industries have made it easy for every male shopper by replacing traditional humble buttons with gem-like buttons. A set of luxurious reimagined buttons is one of the ways to elevate your Baju Melayu during the Raya season. Bringing some bling-bling to your Raya outfit complements your whole look into something extraordinary.
Likewise, you can DIY and try to replace the original buttons with jewellery-kinda buttons that you bought separately will bring an air of luxury to your Baju Raya outfits. Display elegance through your Baju Melayu buttons that caught all eyes by their minimalist geometric patterns with a touch of lavishness. These sophisticated yet affordable gem-like buttons is a must-have accessory for modern Malaysian men. It’s time to shine!
- Slim Cut but Comfy Fit
A typical Baju Melayu top has an oversized loose fit that lets you move your arms comfortably. With slim fit booming in the fashion market, should you opt for a slim fit “shirt cut” Baju Melayu? Well, it is totally up to you. Fashion is about being in your best self and being comfortable too. As long as your Baju Melayu is not super tight to constrict any activities, then you should put slim-comfy Baju Raya in your shopping cart now and check out!
- The Perfect Sandals to Match
A pair of “capal” sandals will certainly bring out the casual side of your Baju Raya, whilst keeping you comfy on this joyous occasion. For instance, if you wished to amp up your Baju Melayu outfit without going all the way up to full formal or traditional, a pair of revolutionized synthetic leather sandals that feature wide straps are your ultimate choice to assemble the whole Raya outfit.
So, What’s Next?
Spread the Raya cheer, not the virus!
The coronavirus may have dampened the spirits of this festive season a little, but we really do hope that everyone can get the best out of this Hari Raya season. There may be nothing new about Raya online shopping, nonetheless it is the safest way to purchase your Baju Melayu and accessories in local fashion online store with fast delivery services, allowing you to shop-till-you-drop online safely, from the comfort of your own home.
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