How the Abaya combines Fashion and Modesty

Fashion and modesty have been a topic up for consistent discussions in the fashion world for the past couple of years. While there have been several meeting and diverging points and interpretations, all entirely agree on the idea that modest fashion refers to loose clothing, comfortable dressing and covering of the body according to person's own comfort.

According to Pinterest UK, searches for "modest fashion" on the platform have increased by 500% since the start of 2018.  The reported worth of the global modest fashion market has been set at hundreds of billions, and the same is set for an exponential increase over the next five years.  With each day that goes by, popular brands are launching a line of the "modest fashion."  The Modist - a specialist online store - has just launched, full of suitably modest outfits that has every girl shopping from there. Likewise, the likes of Dolce & Gabbana, DKNY, Oscar de la Renta, Tommy Hilfiger and Mango amongst other top fashion labels have launched a range of collections featuring luxury hijabs and abayas, flowing gowns and wide-leg trousers, which have elicited praise from many, as well as criticism from few.

All these occurrences point to the singular fact that the modesty fashion part of the industry now has arguably the most substantial presence since its inception.  Both designers and consumers now see the need, and more importantly, the possibility of being fashionable without losing modesty.  Though, some impressions still linger on the controversial nature of the modern modesty fashion due to its publicity.  However, being modest and fashionable has changed over time to fix such lingering issues, with innovative clothing and pieces that are both suitably modest and also trendy.  One of such is the abaya.

Although the abaya is an example of conservative clothing, it is definitely not lacklustre. Abayas, over time, have evolved from limited designs and styles into a class of items of clothing with unlimited designs and styles.   Modern designs and styles have ensured the possibility of women showcasing their individuality and modesty through styles without showing any disregard for their beliefs and religion. From closed to opened, practical, open jacket, and kimono abayas; today's fashion world is filled with decent and classy modest options of fashionable and designer abayas.

Also called 'Burqa' in South Asia and ‘Chador’ in Iran, abayas does not only offer varieties, but it also gives users customisation options.  Abayas are now available in an array of colours, as opposed to the traditional black fabrics.  These largely earthy colour ranges have been carefully selected to ensure the outfits attract no unnecessary attention while leaving room for experimenting and comfort.  While not much can be done about the length of an abaya, new designs now make sleeves of different shapes, and in a range of basic and luxurious designs, with irregularly fitted, straight, high collars or flare fit finishings.

Another exciting option offered by modern designer abayas is the difference in fabrics.  A variety of light fabrics such as cotton, crepe, georgette silk, chiffon and rayon are now being used to ensure consumers have the highest level of comfort.  In addition to this, embellishments and embroideries has added a touch of style to abayas, setting them apart from traditional gown designs.  Either simple, jewelled or lace embellishments, the 'extra' offered by these features have increased its prominence and acceptability.


The industry for abaya fashions has indeed matured over the years. There are now haute couture abaya designs too available exclusively at online modest fashion stores.  Interestingly, abayas offer its users the option to customise extensively.  By playing with the style and design of hijabs, you can spice up your abaya outfits without deviating from modesty.  You can stylishly pair a wide range of hijabs in solid colours and printed fabrics with your abaya. Also, you can add some bling with a jewelled pin or a broche, in addition to tying the hijab in various styles.

Thinking of where to get your nice abayas and Hijabs? Arabesque is the answer.  As a reputable UK-based online modest fashion store, Arabesque offers you the best of designer Abayas, Hijabs, Jilbabs, Kaftans and other modest items of clothing. Our understanding of every woman's unique style and taste has informed our goal to cater for all irrespective of class or belief. Our products, except for the Turkish Hijabs, are all made in Dubai and are set to provide you with impressive options of modest clothing.

We offer top-quality Dubai-made modest and new abayas, including kimono abayas, open jacket abayas, practical abayas and other abaya dresses. In addition to this, you can shop from us, as a standard Online Hijab Store, the latest and trendy hijabs of all types to complement your modest dressings for all purposes and occasions.

Check us out at today and enjoy a first class experience shopping here at Arabesque. Learn more about how to style and check out Hijabs by Hanan featuring the Jasmine Abaya