The abaya (pronounciation a-buy-a) is a garment worn by women in some parts of the Middle East, particularly Saudi Arabia and is increasingly worn all over the world. It is usually long-sleeved, floor-length, and is worn from either the shoulder or the top of the head. Although it can come in a variety of colors and styles it is most often associated with the color black. The abaya can be plain, can be blinged-out with crystals or seqins Emirati style, or it can be heavily embroidered with colorful thread.
Many women wear the abaya as a convient go-to for religious occasions, prayer or everyday use. Here are three style options.
For the office a slimmer abaya is matched with a longer colorful cardigan.