By: Aminat O. OdunEwu-Seese/ @Lady_Meansie
Closed Abayas. Farasha Abayas. Open Abayas. Shoulder Abayas. Overheads.
So many different options! What do they all mean? Well that’s what I’m here to teach you-
Depending on where you live, you’ll find that what’s considered a “standard” abaya will be completely different. For instance, in the Gulf, open abayas are definitely the most popular and what many think of when it comes to an abaya. However, in the early 2000s, Farasha abayas were the must-have style all over the UAE, Qatar, Saudi Arabia, Oman and the other Gulf countries. If you’re in West Africa( where it’s called “jalabiya”) or South Asia though, the classic shoulder abaya with elaborate embroidery on the front is what you’ll see Muslimahs wearing. In the US and most Western countries, all of these abayas are popular. Depending on the day and occasion, you’ll see sisters in farasha abayas, closed abayas, open abayas and overhead abayas.
Farasha(FA-RAH-SHA): The popular butterfly/bat wing abaya. These are generally made from stretchy fabric, one size fits all with an inner rope to make it fitted and a design on the top half. Farasha abayas are my favorite for date nights with #themister or when I’m really feeling myself.
Closed Abayas: These generally have the same look as open abayas, except they’ll only have one or two buttons at the top. Closed Abayas are perfect for breastfeeding Muslimahs. They provide optimal modesty with easy access to your breast.
SFM PRO TIP: These SFM Abayas are available in Closed and Open styles- Queen, Lotus, Elegance
Shoulder Abayas and Overheads: These are exactly as their name implies. A shoulder abaya starts at your shoulders and an overhead starts from the top of your head. An overhead is sometimes referred to as a full length khimar or overhead jilbab. Some Muslimahs only wear overheads while some, like myself, wear a mix of shoulder abayas and overheads, depending on the day.
What’s your preferred abaya style?
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