Different Styles Of Abayas
Abaya, traditionally, was used to cover up one's body in the most modest and rightful way. But since everything was revolutionized over time, people somehow found it necessary to have the Abaya come out and be worn in a lot different styles.
Abayas were no longer for modesty or anything like that, they were more of a fashion statement. This started in the late 2000’s. Embellished beautiful Abayas were introduced and they were obviously tight fitted and sometimes in cuts that were harder to walk in.
Abayas with flair are loved all over the world, specifically in areas where Muslims live in majority. You may not find the traditional abayas anywhere but you would surely be able to find these regardless of where you go. The thing about these abayas was that even if they looked beautiful to be worn, it was necessary for people to have a flat stomach as they were mostly tight till the waist. Heavier women, with curves or without curves, could not possibly wear these and flaunt the material or the fabric or even the cut.
Turkish Style Abayas
As the Turkish styles of dresses spread out into the world, a lot more styles of abayas were in fashion. These were the loose stylish kinds of dresses that are worn by Turkish women out in the open. So the abayas that came with the Turkish styles were almost the kind of modest and traditional abayas that women were supposed to wear. These were not the cocktail dresses and had more room for women who had curves, and those who did not have a flat stomach. They looked nice and were preferred by most women.
Umbrella Cut Abayas
The abayas in the cut of the umbrella or peplum frocks were also a problem for all except those who were extremely thin and kind of flat. They were the only ones who could possibly wear these kinds of abayas and look good. Yet again there was nothing for the women of size.
Coat Style Abayas
Coat style abayas were introduced to be worn in a more formal office kind of setting and it was more or less a convenience for the women as these were not tight fitted, they came with buttons and pockets and were stylish as well. These were for all and no one was left behind. They came in all sorts of prints and stripes so women could pick whatever they preferred.
Kaftans and Butterfly Styles
Next are the butterfly or tunic cuts in Abayas. These were preferred by rich Arab women who had to wear these and just sit instead of walking around doing stuff. These were again hard for women to wear as these were not the practical kind of cuts to be worn all day long.
Same was the case with the kaftan style abayas. They were not for a formal setting and were simply impractical and hard to wear. You could not possibly wear these and work even though, being quite loose, these could be worn by all women, irrespective of size.