Modest Girl Style Hacks

A millennial influencer with inherently chic taste, Maria Alia shares her go-to style hacks for covering up without losing your cool

Photography Anna Ottum • Words Maria Alia • As told to Shannon-Paris Cross

Dress by Marques’ Almeida. Trousers by Marques’ Almedia. Turban and earrings, Maria’s own.

“This Marques’ Almeida trouser and dress/coat combination is a modest style hack within itself with no further styling required. The pieces can be worn separately, but together they strike the perfect balance between effortless modesty and great style, without any compromise. Maxi-length pieces are a great way to make a statement but wearing such a modern print on a demure silhouette makes me feel regal and totally badass all at the same time.”

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Dress by Marques’ Almeida.

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Dress by Cédric Charlier. Turban, Maria’s own.

Wearing this I feel powerful but extremely comfortable – the dream combination!

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Dress by Cédric Charlier. Blazer by MSGM. Trainers and turban, Maria’s own.

“Living in the city means I often head straight to evening events after a day of running around for meetings without having a chance to change, but this MSGM blazer does it all. By swapping my sneakers for heels, this look takes me straight to dinner and I don’t even have to think about what I’m wearing. Throwing it on over a fluid dress gives me extra coverage and adds an androgynous element to an otherwise very feminine dress, which I am a huge fan of. Wearing this I feel powerful but extremely comfortable – the dream combination!”

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“I absolutely cannot get enough of high glam, so these earrings are the perfect FW19 piece for when I want to add glitz to my outfits. Mixing things up for fashion or beauty events is something I love to do, so the juxtaposition of such a dressy top with casual denim feels just perfect for those type of gatherings. When it comes to tricky pieces, don’t be afraid to try transforming necklines by adding a long-sleeved top underneath. Here, I think the white offers a fresh pop of colour while the longer-length balances out the skinny-fit denim.”

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Blouse by Solace London. Jeans by RE/DONE. Bag by Proenza Schouler. Earrings by Alessandra Rich. T-shirt, scarf and shoes, Maria’s own.

Dress by Ganni. T-shirt by Ganni. Boots and bag, Maria’s own.

“This dress is just everything! The print and fluidity are perfect for a lazy Sunday in the city, but the fit is definitely my favourite thing about it. Wrap dresses are beyond flattering and when layered, offer a balance between femininity and cool. When a midi dress isn’t quite as long as I’d like, my go-to styling trick is adding tall boots for extra modesty because it keeps things totally effortless.”

Dress by Ganni. T-shirt by Ganni. Sunglasses and scarf, Maria’s own.

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Dress by Ganni. Boots, Maria’s own.

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