Since the start of the pandemic, it has certainly been a whirlwind of emotions and experiences for many of us, and it feels rather surreal that we get to finally physically balik kampung this year. Whether you and your tribe are team sedondon, team mix-and-match, or team bespoke fits — here is a list for you and your family as you shop and support local this Raya!
For the fashion-forward mama
Here’s a gem of a label that carries the classic baju kurung, along with a variety of other kurungs, such as the kurung Kedah, kurung modern, and premium soft cotton kaftan tops with matching skirts. Fall in love with KurungLab’s different designs under their ‘Klasik Raya 2022’ collection, with ensembles that are 100% hand-painted batik (and reasonably priced, too!). The ‘Laura Kurung’ is a hot favourite, as it can fit a size XXS through XXL.
Price range: Starting from RM70
If you like to keep things modest yet fresh, head over to Lubna. In collaboration with Zalora, Lubna’s collection is filled with dreamy colours, feminine cuts, smocking, scalloped hems, and puffed and flared sleeves. Other than having selections for plus size, the line also introduced a mini-me collection, so you can don the same set and make it an even more meaningful Raya together.
Price range: Starting from RM137.02
From the classic sarong ikat, to the effortless chic of the textured kebaya labuh (long kebaya), Maslea’s collection for #ZaloraRaya2022 is both functional and fashionable. With relaxed fits, v-necklines, and pockets (yes, pockets!) — the pieces are also great easy-access options for nursing mamas.
Price range: RM99 to RM249
As a homegrown brand, Nuria delivers quality, charming pieces at affordable prices. Showcasing their ‘Bayu’ collection for Raya, contemporary prints are cleverly mixed with silky-soft fabric in statement colours, such as bronze and blue grey, and delicate eyelet cloth for their key pieces.
Price range:RM129 to RM279
5. Petit Moi
Details matter – and in this case, Petit Moi‘s gorgeous prints and silhouettes absolutely stand out! Who knew it was even possible to mix dainty florals, smocking and high necked collars with a baju kurung cutting? Be bold, and try something whimsical and fun this Raya. Options for your little ones are also available for that perfectly matching mama and daughter moment. Get that camera ready!
Price range: RM169 to RM359
Dress up with a bit of romantic lace, and flattering jewel-toned colours in hues of lime, honey, and raspberry, matched with neutral mules or heels at your next gathering. White lace is timeless, and this current runway trend has been tastefully incorporated by Hanya. Their Eid ’22 collection, She Was Once, hearkens back to nostalgic memories of our mamas, inspired by mothers as they were once before, with soft, romantic designs and classic silhouettes.
Price range: RM179 to RM439
7. Thea KL
Operating as a fully online store, Thea KL has a loyal following, thanks to its regular updates on social media, great customer service, and youthful yet demure styles for the traditional kurung. Their ‘Sulam Series’ (Embroidery Series), made from premium voile fabric and lightweight material made from cotton (or cotton blend) goes well as a kurung top, or even as a throw-over, worn with tailored pants, a silk pareo, or jeans for casual wear, post-festivities.
Price range: RM190 to RM469
Inspired by all things sisterhood, Mimpikita presents, ‘Tentang Kita 2022’ for Mimpikita fans! The collection reveals garments oozing demure, sweet, and girlie looks. The versatility of the ‘Alyssa Long Dress’ makes it a steal of a buy – you can wear it buttoned down as a long dress, or unbuttoned as a flowy dress when you sashay through a room. Bonus: The looks come in junior girl sizes too!
Price range: RM199 to RM580
Personifying ‘the everyday girl’, Whimsigirl shares a wearable collection filled with darling choices in ‘Eid Girl: Nikmat’. It’s easy to want every single set from them, if you’re a lover of keeping things simple with a sprinkle of chic! Think: tassel ties, puffed sleeves, and knotted skirts. The looks epitomise a wonderful time at home, as you celebrate the festivities with your loved ones – happy, at ease, and harmonious. Their ‘Favourite Linen (Baju Kedah) Set’ is also a good choice for Raya!
Price range: Starting from RM270
10. Nala Designs
Kebayas have an allure of timeless sophistication when worn, and Nala Designs is giving it a breath of fresh, fashionable air for Raya. The brand’s signature tones and style is used for the embroidered kebaya tops, matched with a vintage sarong. Hands down, you will need nothing more than simple accessories and footwear to complete your classic kebaya sweetheart look. Get ready to nab your one-of-a-kind ‘Copakebaya’, newly launched this April!
Price: Contact boutique to request for details
Created exclusively for #ZaloraRaya2022, Yadotsa’s ‘L’espoir Raya RTW 2022’ plays with rich and bright hues, like rose, mauve, crimson, and cerulean, across three different hand-drawn floral prints in its collection. Staying true to its brand essence, the key pieces showcase the use of lace and detailing around sophisticated silhouettes. Ooh, la la!
Price range: RM319 to RM595
Here are some of our top luxe picks this Raya season:
12. Innai Red
Stand out in opulence and look regal wearing something from the Innai Red ‘Majestic Raya Luxe’ 2022 collection this festive season. Filled with embellishments, sleek folds and cuts, volume, and textures married with sweet pastels, mid-tones, and jewel-tones, you will surely be the belle of the ball at the next open house gathering.
Price range: Contact boutique to request for details
Can’t get enough of dramatic sleeves or a fun silhouette? You’ll love FERN’s batik kimono-inspired dress, matched with an obi belt in a luxurious cotton-silk blend. The Malaysian luxury resortwear gives the wearer a carefree yet stylish vibe – perfect for mingling with friends and family over the Raya holidays.
Price range: RM195 to RM1,895
14. Alia Bastamam
Count on Alia Bastamam’s stunning creations to turn heads, and make you feel and look glamorous. From sexy pleats, lush fabrics, and elegant silhouettes, what’s not to love? Unconventional but oh-so-chic, opt for the Afzan liquid satin pant suit from their ready-to-wear collection. Pair this with strappy heels for a dramatic look, or play it down with some rhinestone sandals.
Price range: Starting from RM980
‘Fits for the Family
We adore these brands for serving up awesome looks for the entire clan!
‘Kembali’ by Annabu for adults and children is a collection filled with favourite looks from the past that absolutely deserve a mention in the present. Fashionable mamas can achieve a flattering silhouette with the label’s wrapped sarung skirts, paired with a stitched kebaya top, or long sleeved turtleneck. As for the children’s range, you can opt to mix and match to keep the matchy-matchy vibe going.
Price range: Starting from RM59
16. Umbi Kids
Be joyful, excited, and ready for Raya, decked out in bold colours and playful prints from Umbi Kids. Their top-quality garments are made with breathable and cooling fabrics, such as linen and cotton blend, making it perfect for the little ones’ skin. The family set will definitely take your sedondon game up a notch!
Price range: RM92 to RM139
17. Pokoks Kids
There’s a little something here for everyone in the family! Pick a crisp printed or tonal coloured baju melayu, including samping, for your beau and son, or a dandelion-inspired printed kurung top for you and your mini-mes. Pokoks Kids always keeps the family matching game classy and tasteful.
Price range: RM89 to RM139
18. Kenit Kid
Started by a mother of five, Kenit Kid is designed with love and appreciation for comfortable wear that looks good for the entire family. Pick from family sets in neutral tones, like cocoa and olive, or try a modern take with checkered prints. For expecting or nursing mamas, some of the kebarung tops are loose enough to be worn during pregnancy, and are nursing-friendly, thanks to the easy-access front buttons.
Price range: RM130 to RM345
This label started back in 2017, creating reversible pieces for children. Since then, the brand has expanded to make beautiful and adaptive clothing designs for children with disabilities. This Raya, Three Little Ahmads presents ‘Nostalgia 2022’ – a classic collection for the whole family, inspired by the warm feeling of being able to balik kampung and be with your loved ones.
Price range: RM189 to RM250
20. Kissahh Labels
Kissahh Labels brings to the table modern, contemporary and practical designs, which can double up as separates or work wear. Their ‘Sayang 2-Ways Modern Kurung’, is a charming two-piece set with a peplum top, adjustable belt, and zippered mermaid cut skirt – perfect for the classy minimalist at heart. Junior looks are also available, and are just as versatile and comfy.
Price range: RM189 to RM329
By Amanda Sura
Amanda is a freelance writer, aspiring businesswoman, and mother of two. She’s a proud Sarawakian who hails from Kuching. Apart from writing, she loves mixing natural body scrubs and foot soaks with her business partner for their small business, Suravont.
Photos are taken from the respective brands’ websites and social media pages. For more details and prices, please contact the online stores and boutiques.
Do tag us in your Raya OOTD snaps at #makchicRaya2022 – we’d love to see your outfits! Selamat Hari Raya, #makchicmumtribe!