Dubai-based Aussie, Kat Lebrasse is a style influencer whose style caught our attention.
A modest dresser by nature, Kat shares her views on how to dress during Ramadan, her Eid outfit ideas and her thoughts on what to do and how to celebrate Eid 2017 in Dubai.
1. Will you be taking part in any Ramadan events or festivities this year?
As an Aussie living in Dubai for 12 years now, I’ve come to embrace the traditions, cultures and religious celebrations of the country I call home. So, each year during Ramadan, although I am not Muslim, and do not fast, I like to celebrate iftar with those of my friends who do. Especially when they prepare iftar at their homes with their immediate and extended families! The familial environment is always so warm and ambient. It really makes me love the concept of iftar and how it brings everyone together to break their fast.
2. Will you be watching the fireworks or going to any special Eid events?
I’m truly quite a big sucker for a fireworks display, and honestly, Dubai puts on such a great show, it’s impossible to resist! During Eid, generally speaking, the malls are packed, cinema seats are hard to come by and restaurant queues are undoubtedly longer than usual. But the city comes alive with fireworks displays, parades and traditional dance performances in all major public spaces across Dubai and the atmosphere is electric.
3. As an ex-pat living in Dubai, what do you normally wear during the Ramadan period?
In general, I feel that I dress reasonably modestly, as I think it’s important to show respect to the religious culture of Dubai. And during Ramadan, I’m even more adamant of this. That being said, it’s not always easy to be stylishly covered in 40-degree heat! So I try to keep fabrics light and silhouettes airy. My daily Ramadan style go-to would have to be a sheer silk, full sleeve maxi dress or a light cotton kaftan. I feel like I can get by most days wearing either one of these, either with some flat sandals or a chunky heel if I need to take them into the evening.
4. When you join in the Eid celebrations, how do you usually style your Eid outfits?
I see Eid as somewhat of an extension of Ramadan, so I still feel the need to dress moderately conservatively, however, I like to up the glam factor a little. It is a celebration after all! I look for garments that have a touch of sparkle, are embellished, or are even metallic, but always modest. If I’m not glamming my outfit up with the clothes I’ve chosen, you’ll normally find me in a statement necklace or earrings. Where possible I try to wear clothing that covers my shoulders and comes down past my knees at the very least.
5. For our audience, some of whom are also ex-pats living in the U.A.E., do you have any style tips of must-buy items they should consider so they can achieve a similar look?
To make the most out of your wardrobe purchases, I always think it’s best to stick with a safe and simple colour palette and splurge on your accessories. Every woman should have a comfortable, stylish maxi dress that can be styled in several ways to get you through the warm Ramadan month. This Stella McCartney striped dot maxi dress is a great example of that. Similar in style to the Michael Kors dress I'm wearing above, it’s classic monochrome palette and floaty lines mean it can be worn a myriad of ways. I also love throwing a full-length kimono or light duster over the top of a simple outfit, like loose pants and a tank top to achieve a modest style statement. It’s a great way to continue using what’s already in your wardrobe and adding only one piece to adapt it suit. This Fausto Puglisi kimono is bright and colorful and would make any outfit stylish.
6. What would be your most coveted item from Farfetch to wear for Eid celebrations?
I always like to buy pieces that I can, not only wear for an occasion, but that will be new favorites in my wardrobe from then on in. I adore this long shirtdress by Ellery. It ticks all the right boxes. It can be worn for daytime celebrations with a strappy sandal and for evening celebrations with a statement pump. It’s modest and conservative, yet ultimately chic. It’s lightweight fabric and loose silhouette will lend itself well to the warm climate and it will also bode well when the weather cools down as a great layering piece. As you can see from my style inspiration shots, I love layering.
Thank you to Kat for taking part in our interview. If you'd like to shop the looks and styles mentioned in this interview or browse the specially curated Ramadan and Eid outfit edits, click below.