How to wear an open abaya

Black open abaya

Black open abaya with oblong scarf

open fron abaya

Monochrome look with open abaya

reversible scarf

Reversible oblong scarf

open front abaya

Simple and understated

open front black abaya

Also called modest fashion

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

Mille xx


4 Responses
  • Holly DXB
    October 22, 2014

    Wow! I love your scarf, your abaya, your photos. I love it all!! Looking forward to following your blog, Mille … Meanwhile, Where can I buy that scarf ? 😉

  • Adiba Khan
    May 25, 2015

    The styles are great. Loved the designs of the scarves and the abayas. Looking forward to see more amazing designs.

    • Mille Rostock
      May 25, 2015

      Thank you Adiba. I’ve been super busy with new designs so the blog posts has been quiet lately. Stay tune for more very soon 🙂

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