When it comes to business---or what a girl's allowed to wear in terms of abaya fashion--- Khaleejis(Omanis for sure, and I say that with love) just aren't creative.
Now of course, I am generalizing. There are some creative (brave) artistic souls out there but I meet them rarely.
Contemplating business, there are so few brave (Omani) investors. Everyone has to do what has already been done to feel safe (which is why one can buy a chai karak basically anywhere in the country but try finding anything but Pizza hut and chicken tikka in Nizwa, I dare you). Salalah has been worse.
Anyways, this stems even to abayas (which I'd contemplated as a business for a while). What gets an ok from relatives is what other girls are already wearing in the neighborhood.
A style starts by being worn by the slutty ***I don't judge them--I am basing my rant on other people's opinions*** girls. To my region of Oman filled with its own section of highly judgemental people this mean the girls who
a. wear a lot of make-up
b. wear their abaya totally open with scandalously tight or see-through clothes underneath
c. have their hair out
d. probably have high heels or runners (chic ones) on their perfectly pedicured feet
Note again: I don't judge them. I know exactly three women who dres this way who are better Muslims than me and sooooooooooo not slutty.
Then its adopted by the trendy but not religious girls. These girls cover but maybe have some hair out and make up.
Then it is adopted by the girls who cover with no hair out but some (not over-the-top) makeup. They are still not considered relgious (even if they are or consider themselves to be that). I consider myself in here while I am supposed to be here...
...according to relatives and an Omani husband.
These girls cover, where minimal makeup, and still wear new styles (which are, by now, sadly, over 1-2 years out of date).
Then when they are wearing it, it's ok for pretty much anybody else who may not care about fashion or ever wear makeup (or colour).
Creative right?: not.
Anyways, end of that rant for today.