I haven't purchased alot of new abayas since 2010. So the following two, my current faves, were gifts from my super sweet Sister-in-law KH.
|A-line abaya with crepe balloon sleeves|
|detail of the design on the shayla. Note: when I wear makeup on my eyes I usually cover with sunglasses rather than niqab. Sometimes I wear oversize sunglasses instead of niqab.|
|A-line closed-front abaya with kimono sleeves.|
|A-line balloon top abaya style.|
|A-line abaya with pleated in-seam 'wings'|
|A-line closed front abaya with balloon sleeves.|
|A-line front-open abaya with snap closure and wide sleeves|
|"Islamiyia" cut abaya|
|detail of the handwork on the abaya sleeve|
|A-line front open abaya with french-cut sleeves|
|Gulf-style abaya ras with Bisht style embroidery-fastening|
|No, lol, I am not wearing Gamboo3a, this is just a really interesting shayla I picked up practically as a steal from the shopping exhibition in Seeb (best abaya and shayla prices ANYWHERE in Oman, but only at certain times a year)|
|style of abaya sleeve. if I were to tailor this abaya I would get the winged sleeve made of the same chiffon as the shaylas are made out of but since it was a gift, who am I to complain right?|
|Emirati chiffon overlay attached to narrow sleeves of a front open abaya.|
1.) The fishtail cut abaya in a high quality plain black fabric with a balloon top. It is just the cutest design.
2.) In style more for 30-40 year old women but I love it anyway, the belted and draped bisht. I want a yellow silk-satin belt.
3.) Absolutely in style but usally immodestly worn, the open-style "diamond" cut cocoon abaya. I want it in Bahraini silk, plain black, for special occasions. It functions like a more modern abaya ras over jalabyias and floor length evening gowns though hijab don't is to pair it flapping open with leggings or jeans.
4.) Not in style AT ALL, but I want a traditionally embriodered Bahraini bisht. Just cuz I like it.
5.) A drop-waisted stretch abaya. The drop waist prevents it from clinging. Plain black I think. Am not sure yet. People keep doing a-line stretch abayas. That's a hijab don't. If you can see your thong, or the brand of jean from the embroidery on its pocket caressed by the stretch of your-aline abaya back, honey, it ain't abaya any longer.
So those are the in styles (and the ones I want just because). The Grecian style is also in (and if I do that I'll buy from D.A.S in UAE or my friend Buthaiyna, and shoulder pads (but I can't do that look).