I live in Dubai where the Emirati women wears abaya’s. It is their traditional ensemble and the abayas comes in multiple cuts and designs. The majority are decorated with lace, ribbons or with very expensive Swarovski stones for evening wear but you can also find very simple black open abayas for everyday wear.
I’m not going to write a blog post about traditional abayas but instead how I got inspired by these beautiful women wear their abaya’s with elegance and pride. I wanted to wear one myself with a few modifications and since I adore simplicity and the colour black I couldn’t see why not.
The abaya I’m wearing has only 4 press buttons from neck down to under the bust and it is called a front open abaya. I’ve added shoulder pads for a more define sharp look and shorten the length a little. The normal length of an abaya is all the way down to your toes but I’ve shortened it about 40 cm so it goes to the middle of my calves. The traditional material for making an abaya is a light crepe and I will call it wrinkle free. I have not seen a single wrinkle as of yet. What a bonus 🙂
I don’t want to offend anyone so I checked if non-Emirati women can wear abayas and it is absolutely fine.
So if you meet me on the street wearing an abaya you know I’m still the same girl living in Dubai and still loving it.
What I wear:
White T-shirt by Hollister similar here
Jeans by Benetton
Shoes by Steve Madden
Scarf by millerostock
Black Abaya doesn’t have a name tag
Until next time