Abaya: The Muslim Maxi Dress

A good Abaya can be your best friend, especially in the heat of the summer sun. However the Abaya fulfills many other purposes than being just a staple fashion piece.

Although Abayas come in an array of different colors and are available around the world, original abayas were all black Abayas, and in the Emirates and Saudi Arabia, they are mostly still black in color. The Abaya was originally a one piece garment that allowed the wearer to maintain complete modesty and respect for their body, however it also served a different purpose. Among communities, the uniformity of the Abaya allowed for class division to be ignored. With all women wearing the same style of clothes, there was very little to differentiate rich from poor; bringing more people together through their shared faith rather than driving them apart with hierarchy.

Nowadays, and especially in Western countries, the Abaya dress is a fashion symbol that blends culture and religion across many spaces. The Abaya and Jilbab (traditionally covering the head and hands also) are comfortable, breathable and fashionable, making for excellent summer wear and so many different styles means you can find one that’s perfect for any occasion.

Here are some of our stylish Abayas for sale now!

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The Merve embroidered formal abaya dress is the perfect formal Abaya for an evening occasion. Whether it’s a family dinner or a night out with friends, the Merve is stylish, modest and simple, and easy to accessorize with anything. With dramatic embroidery inspired by 10th century Persian art, the Merve will become an essential part of your modest evening outfit repertoire.

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The Olivia on the other hand is a fantastic, casual maxi dress made from a super soft comfortable material with soft pleats at the waistline for a nipped in look. Lightweight and easy to wear, this Abaya is the same as throwing on your favorite jeans and t shirt. Accessorize with a cute print Hijab for a stylish and streamlined look, ideal for chilling out this summer to fall.

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Last but not least, take a look at the Kulus, a gorgeous chiffon Abaya in a modernist abstract print to make you stand out from the crowd. Light and airy, this dress features cross over pleats and an included coordinating scarf for a put together look. This dress is a perfect all-rounder; whether at work, at dinner or just walking about town, the Kulus will make you feel feminine and romantic wherever you go.

For all these and more check out our range of stylish Abayas online now!