Modest clothing is a preference that a significant number of women have. Although some current fashion trends tend to be sexy, a lot of the ladies still swear by this kind of dressing-up not just because it is their tradition, but because they feel more confident in it. Abaya and Kaftan can be stylish even if no skin is shown.
Abaya is a cloak-like clothing that is largely associated with the Arabs and those who practice Islam. The entire body is covered except for the face, hands and feet. This is often worn with the head veil called Hijab, or the more ‘enclosed’ Niqab which covers the entire head and face except the eyes.
You do not have to come from the Middle East or to convert to their religion just to wear the abaya. However, you have to understand and respect the cultural and religious implications of the clothing when donning it. It would be prudent to behave yourself when you are in this type of apparel.
It may seem as though the coverage is a little over the top. However, the Abaya is actually comfortable to wear. There are advantages with this type of clothing too.
- The skin is protected from dust, pollution and sun rays which can cause burning and skin cancer.
- During cold seasons and chilly times, the Abaya can provide warmth.
- Although men should respect women regardless of what they wear, the chances of being catcalled or harassed is significantly lower when you wear an Abaya.
- For those who may be conscious about certain body parts, wearing an Abaya is a great way to conceal them.
There is an appropriate fabric for each season so you do not have to worry about feeling too cold or too hot when wearing an Abaya.