If you've been visiting Affordorable for a while, you might know my affinity for loose abayas and caftan dresses for celebrating Eids as well as for attending weddings here in Malaysia, but the traditional baju kurung will always have a special place in my heart — especially the ones tailored especially for me.

I have fond memories of the time when my mom used to send out metres of materials to her tailor every year during Ramadhan to get baju kurung made for her and us three little daughters — usually the same exact material, same exact colour and prints and all, just so that we all matched.

As we all grew older and developed our own taste in style, the tradition was no longer carried out, and most of us found buying ready-made baju kurung/ baju kebaya, abayas and caftan dress to be easier.

See: My last tailored modern baju kurung

    When the recent Eid rolled around, I was very glad to have an old red caftan-abaya to wear as I had no time to shop for a new outfit, but as open house invitations came my way I found myself longing for a good old beautiful pair of baju kurung. Not even the more shapely, more fitted modern versions, but the loose shapeless traditional kind.

    See: The electric blue traditional baju kurung I "stole" from my mom and learn about the difference between the classic shape of traditional baju kurung and the standard modern baju kurung

    Since I wasn't "feeling" any of the existing baju kurung in my collection (and some old ones didn't even fit me anymore!), I decided to wear a "makeshift" pair last weekend for a day of open houses. It really can be as easy-peasy as combining two separate items to form something resembling a baju kurung. The easiest is to opt for a demure-looking top and pair it with a fitted maxi skirt in a matching hue!

      I chose a tiered sleeved black top (last seen with cutout boots!) and a black-grey-red songket-print "skirt", with a gunmetal grey scarf as my hijab. I'm pretty pleased with the result, so hope you guys like it too 

      PS: Curious to know more about baju kurung? Wiki can help.

      Wearing: Tiered sleeve top  |  Songket-print skirt from Berjaya Times Square  |  Mango heels  |  Kate Spade "Piano" clutch  |  Lovisa hoop earrings

        Just click on each image to see previous "makeshift" baju kurung on Affordorable:

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