Chances are some of you think of an abaya as a traditional Middle Eastern garment, a piece of clothing that is most often black, basic, and kind of boring. Those abayas were the abayas of the past. The abaya of today is so much more than that!
The new abaya is sleek and it’s modern. It can be black, brown, colour-blocked, or a whole host of colours under the sun. It can be fitted on top, with a flared bottom or can be a batwing style or have pleats.
It can be fitted or an A-line, like a dress. It can be straight, like a column, or completely loose from top to bottom. It can have tassels or sequins or lace or gems or embroidery. The sleeves can be fitted or flared.
The new abaya can be like a romantic ball gown or a purposeful cape. It can be worn over clothes or it can be your outfit on its own. It can be accessorized with belts, heels, or bags.
It can be worn to the mall, to the masjid, or going out to eat a meal. It’s versatile and can be made to fit your lifestyle
The new abaya is the exact opposite of what you imagine an abaya should be.