would not be inspired by princess of the Arabian Nights? Sensual and bewitching,
her clothing style gets the perfect amount of eye candy. All the ancient
history and culture provides a true inspiration for modern designers till
today. The inspirational beauty of Arabian fashion styles are adopted all
across the world even today, bringing out the princess in every woman.
Islamic clothing reflects their cultural values calling for modesty and
humility, though styles and shades vary throughout. Religious customs of Arabia
dictates conservative costume for both men and women. Men wear long dresses
covering their whole body. Despite their social status, men wear the 'thobe'. This
is believed to express equality and also goes with the hot weather of the
country. Sometimes a white bisht or mishlah, which is usually long and in
white, black or brown hues, trimmed in gold is also worn over the thobe.
wear Abaya, a long black dress with long sleeves covering their clothes. Origin
of this garment dates back to 4000 years ago when Islam rose and the religion
absorbed local veiling practice into its culture. With the passing trend,
Abayas have become more colorful and fashionable. Arabian women wear a salwar
kameez consisting of long and loose trousers worn with a long tunic.
is a square or rectangular fabric folded and is used to cover the head as a scarf.
Delicate, sophisticated and gorgeous, hijabs are available adorned with
beautiful beadings, and shiny filaments. Jilbab is a cloak worn by Muslim
women when out in public. Much similar to an abaya, jilbab is more form fitting
and is available in a wide range of colors. They wear a niqab to cover the face
leaving eyes uncovered. The Arabic jalabiya give a true feminine and modest
feeling to the wearer.
has set standards of modesty that reflects in their clothing styles. They are
interpreted by modern fashion designers to create their dream collection. The
Arabian vintage look of 20s and 30s speak of feminine elegance, and glamour
without figure hugging silhouettes. Long robes wrapped around the waist, share
their similarities with the iconic flapper dress of the 20s. Current trends of
tunics and tops with waist belts for the perfect hourglass figure were sported
by ancient Arabians. Loose dropped waist makes a perfect style for hijab's.