“Style is a way to say who you are without having to speak.”Rachel Zoe, AMERICAN FASHION DESIGNER
Abayas are a timeless staple in the Muslim woman’s wardrobe, whether it’s to throw over casual jeans and a top or something glamorous for a more formal affair.
With changing fashion trends, we know the struggle of staying fashionable all the time which is why we’ve made a list of the best ways to style an abaya.
1. BLACK ABAYA
The first way to style an abaya effortlessly is the classic plain black abaya style, which is a timeless wardrobe staple that can be dressed up or down depending on the occasion. A perfect example of this is the Leila Frill Sleeve Abaya by BIAH. The block colour shows simplicity, yet the frill sleeves add sophistication, giving it a sense of elegance. It is modest, subtle and feminine- perfect for events that are not too glamorous but still fairly dressy.
2. CASUAL ABAYA
An easy way to do errands around town such as shopping or picking children up from school is throwing an abaya over your clothes, whether that be jeans… or even your pajamas! The Sky Abaya by Hiba Hourani is perfect for this, being flowy and comfy so that you can go about your tasks effortlessly. The colour is a beautiful spring blue, allowing you to stay in style even in your casual wear and embrace the cheerful spring mood. To give you inspiration, we’ve made a collage of the perfect accessories to pair with this look!
3. BUTTERFLY ABAYA
Butterfly abayas are a perfect type of abaya for more formal events. The flowy style allows for a modest fitting, yet the drape remains beautiful and stylish. A gorgeous example of this is the Mustard Abaya by Hiba Hourani, with the rich colour being bold and impactful- perfect for the woman who wants to create a statement through her clothes. The satin high fabric has handmade lace added all around, completing the look and projecting glamour and luxury.
4. FRONT OPEN ABAYA
Front open abayas are a perfect fit for those who don’t want to commit to the full abaya look, yet want to remain modest and sophisticated. This type of abaya is perfect to wear with trousers or jeans, depending on whether you want to dress it up or down. A stunning front open abaya is the Raw Silk Gold Abaya by Thread Palette London, which is created by the purest raw silk in dull gold and black. It is perfect for high class events where you want to feel luxurious yet still remain modest.
No matter the abaya you choose, the quickest way to style an abaya is through the accessories you pair it with. Through the right jewellery, a very simple outfit can be made luxurious in seconds! We suggest the Penrosette Pinclace by Ayesha Safa Jewelry, which is a combination of a brooch and chains, allowing you to accessorise a plain simple abaya effortlessly. If you prefer more casual jewellery, we recommend the 14k Gold Plated Geometric Necklace by Munira for a day out with friends. It is the perfect way to make a statement, inspired by Islamic geometric designs. If ever in doubt, layering and pairing up different jewellery is the perfect way to add glamour to any abaya outfit.