Tuesday, March 17, 2015
OOTD , in abaya: Houndstooth, and why I love wearing abaya
I just got the abaya pictured above (houndstooth) for 8 OMR. Yes, you heard me, 8 OMR. Why? Because it is an exhibition ready-made abaya made in bulk in Dubai. Yes, the snaps will all fall off, I know, however, for a short season it is awesome. I love houndstooth. And 8 omr? I dare the escalator to eat it. I can afford it;) [say alhamdulilah, mashaAllah, right, because there are starving naked struggling people in the world and I just said that, which I should be ashamed of, but in Oman, 8 omr is like, I don't know, not much at all for an abaya].
Coloured and patterns, at least according to the fashion of the just 20 somethings who prance around my work in more elaborate and stylin' looks than I would dare, are the thing. Even the conservative girls are giving it a go (navy blue and brown subdued stretch prints instead of screaming electric blue or bold geometric brights). Take that Islamic extremists, because you know, as much as I love black, I hate people telling me what I have to wear. I believe Allah already did that, in the Qur'an, and ya know, He, the Almighty to us Muslims, said nothing about "let it be black". He told the Prophet Mohammed (peace and blessed be) that "it should be loose" "not so expensive that the poor could never buy it" or so gross that the people would think one was in need of help or a wannabe pious sufferer. It shouldn't be see-through (and if it is, the clothing underneath has to follow the same conditions). That's about it. No colour guidance. The Prophet's wife Aisha wore a brownish yellow colour. Anothe rof his wives often wore a dark blue. He told one man to give his wife or sister a piece of red clothing that man had burned. The Prophet Mohammed even complimented once, the simple design trimming one woman's clothing.
So I like me my houndstooth. It is loose, it is baggy, you could fit three of me inside, its just that wide. But it is an abaya, and isn't it fab?