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Modest, feminine, making a statement

Nesreen Yaman chooses to be visibly Muslim and wear modest clothing but at the same time, modern and edgy.

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Nesreen Mughrabi-Jenad Tuesday, Oct. 26, 2021, in Rochester. Joe Ahlquist / Post Bulletin
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Nesreen Yaman spent a large chunk of her childhood in Syria and traveled back and forth to her birthplace of Tulsa, Okla., each summer.

She moved to Minnesota in 2009 after meeting her husband and later earned a Doctor of Pharmacy degree from the University of Minnesota.

“I worked as a retail pharmacist, but am currently a stay-at-home mom to our five children,” she said.

Nesreen says her interests include fitness, photography, interior design, and being her family’s photo shoot fashion stylist.

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Nesreen Mughrabi-Jenad Tuesday, Oct. 26, 2021, in Rochester. Joe Ahlquist / Post Bulletin
Joe Ahlquist

How do you describe your style?

Modest, feminine and statement-making.

How does being a stay-at-home mom impact your style?

Being a busy mom has me gravitating towards more functional and effortless pieces on a day-to-day basis while still looking put-together. Being comfortable and confident helps me feel ready to tackle the day.

Describe and outfit you recently wore that gave you a boost of confidence.

A pair of flattering skinny jeans, ruffled sleeve sweater, and suede ankle booties.

How has your style evolved over the years?

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I would say my style went from being more trend-driven to now centered around classic investment pieces.

What are some current trends you’re ready to see retired?

Super oversized coats, chunky-heel boots, and leggings with busy patterns are not my cup of tea.

What cultural influences are evident in your wardrobe?

I grew up Muslim between two very different cultures — the Middle East and the West. This experience has shaped my unique individual style. I choose to be visibly Muslim and wear modest clothing while being modern and edgy. In my opinion, it’s the best of both worlds!

Top items you find yourself reaching for most often?

Solid bottoms, patterned tops, and of course a matching hijab.

How does makeup and hair play a role in your style?

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One of the perks to wearing hijab is not having to worry about styling my hair before going out the door. However, I do carefully select the color of hijab that will complete my outfit. My makeup is influenced by the occasion, the outfit, and the season. It all has to come together to complete the look.

In your opinion, what is worth splurging on?

Investing in well-fitted, no-show undergarments is essential because they are the foundation an outfit is built on. I also think a classic pair of black trousers and a blazer with a flattering cut are worth the splurge because the options are endless.

Best purchase you’ve ever made?

I have been investing in clothing items that are made with innovative recycled fabrics and shoes/bags that are washable and sustainable. A large portion of my current collection is made from plastic water bottles.

Most sentimental item you own?

I have a few gold jewelry pieces from Syria that my grandmother had custom-made for me as a child. I will always cherish them as they bring back heartwarming memories of my childhood in Damascus.

What are your fall staples?

A pair of well-fitted denim, high quality black leggings, a crisp white top, nude pumps, and a comfortable pair of flats.

What should every Minnesotan should have in their wardrobe?

A timeless trench coat is perfect for transitioning between seasons, and a pair of polarized sunnies are valuable during those bright winters.

Parting advice/thoughts?

Whatever your style might be, wear what makes you feel your best, empowered, and most importantly, happy.

Do you know someone who has unique style? Send nominations to life@postbulletin.com with "Your Style" in the subject line.

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Nesreen Mughrabi-Jenad Tuesday, Oct. 26, 2021, in Rochester. Joe Ahlquist / Post Bulletin
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