Arab style dresses and modest fashion is continually evolving and changing with the times, with Generation M leading the way in Arab women’s fashion. Arab clothing for women are some of the most elegant garments in the industry and have inspired the modest styling trends that we see in contemporary mainstream fashion today. We think now is the perfect time of year to review your existing wardrobe and to get some new outfit inspiration. To help with your wardrobe refresh, we’ve rounded up the current trends in Arab women’s clothing and in the modest fashion niche.
Athleisure Modest Fashion
The athleisure trend has universal appeal as the ultimate comfort clothes that can be styled for every day. As we are all spending more time at home, this trend is adaptable to wear as loungewear or as the perfect on-the-go outfit to wear while running errands. We’ve given the Arab abaya a modern athleisure twist with our sports-inspired hooded casual Abaya dress.
It’s a great working from home essential to add to your wardrobe and is ideal for layering during winter, with an elastic waist that works for any figure. Add a pair of your favourite sneakers to fully embrace the athleisure trend.
In modern Arab women’s fashion, the hijab is becoming the focal point of every outfit. A beautiful hijab can be the perfect companion to a classic outfit or can add a little splash of colour to a monochrome look. While a black hijab may be a go-to for many women, don’t be afraid to experiment with colour or fabric choices. Our embroidered hijab elevates any outfit and is perfect for special occasions, adding a feminine touch with its gold beading and floral-inspired embroidery. Your hijab can be styled a dozen different ways, and changing the way you wear a hijab can reinvent even your most trusty go-to outfit.
Layering Your Abaya
The key to giving any abaya a modern twist is to use layering. This styling technique can let you create a contrast between the layers, by incorporating both earth tones and monochrome colours. While the Arab abaya is traditionally a black garment, they now come in every colour of the rainbow. They’re a simple way to add a touch of your personality to your modest fashion choices. The best length for an Arab abaya is for it to sit just below your ankles so that it can be worn with both heels and flats. For a tailored look, you can alter the hem to make it look as though your Arab abaya was made just for you.
Our floral open abaya is the perfect piece to layer over a dress or even jeans and a t-shirt. It’s ultra-feminine with its embroidered floral detailing and has a matching belt to pull your look together. Available in three colours, the black is perfect for any special occasion while the grey and pink are the perfect choices to wear for brunch at the weekend. For the minimalist who likes to keep their style classic and timeless, we also offer the Arab abaya in solid colours that are a staple for every woman’s wardrobe.
Experiment With Abaya Dress Prints and Detailing
Choosing an Arab abaya with a unique print is a simple way to stand out from the crowd. Our geometric pattern abaya dress takes classic signature colours that flatter every complexion and gives them a vintage twist with this 70s inspired pattern. This dress features gold and pearl buttons on the cuff to give this dress an elegant feel. The key to rocking this trend is to let the abaya be the centrepiece of your outfit by choosing a neutral tone hijab and keeping the rest of your accessories more muted and within the same colour family.
If you prefer to keep your abaya minimalistic in colour, then you can still experiment with detailing. Our Dubai chiffon abaya features a high empire waist with four delicate buttons lining the front and complete with a cuff sleeve. This abaya is crafted using chiffon material which is breathable and can be worn all year round and in any climate. This dress incorporates all the classic hallmarks of an elegant abaya that looks fit for royalty.
The Moroccan Kaftan
The kaftan is one of the most famous Arab style dresses and contemporary kaftans are an excellent fashion choice for special occasions such as weddings. The Moroccan kaftan has been in vogue since the 16th century and has evolved into a piece of fashion that can express your personality and unique style. Her Royal Highness Princess Lalla Salma of Morocco frequently wears a kaftan to formal functions. Her Highness gave the kaftan a moment of international fame during the British Royal Wedding in 2011 when her blush pink and gold kaftan landed her on several of the best dress lists.
Add Jewellery That Tells A Story
While modest fashion has its restriction, there is a world of accessories at your fingertips. Investing in a collection of statement jewellery can allow you to transform any Arab abaya or kaftan to suit any occasion. Gold jewellery is one of the most popular accessories for Arab women and has a rich heritage in the Middle East for creating 18 and 21 karat gold.
If your aesthetic is a more classic and vintage-inspired look, keep an eye out for delicate gold chains that you can layer together. Gemstones and crystals are increasing in popularity and can add a dash of colour to any outfit. If you want to experiment with crystals and gemstones, consider starting with rings that can be layered or worn individually to create a glamorous set of jewels.
Each piece of jewellery can tell a story and allows you to incorporate a little piece of your personality into every outfit. Jewellery can symbolise a great many things and can be passed down from one generation to the next.