A specific culture is sometimes recognized by its dress code. World of apparels is unique, trendy, and glamorous.  Dress is usually categorized based on occasions such as casual wears, formal wears, and special occasion wears. In liberal cultures, people have their own choice to decide their apparels, but dress code is often established by religious leaders in orthodox cultures. One main example of this culture is Islam where specific dress code has been fixed for men and women. Women are more bound to follow dress code. The basic purpose is to cover whole body so that body parts are not exposed to unknown men. Muslim women wear a kind of cloak to conceal their body parts. This dress is worn on all occasions and has different forms, known by different names, in different Muslim countries.

Abayas – full-bodied cloak for women

Women in Arabian countries and in North African region of the globe wear a full-bodied cloak, called abaya which is a kind of black color sleeveless outer garment that covers woman’s body from shoulders to legs.

Open abaya

Face and feet are exposed and that’s why it is different from burqa which is worn by women in Asian continent, specifically in Pakistan and India. Traditional abayas have no color choice except black and that’s why they are sometimes referred to as black abaya. However, this Arabian women’s apparel has metamorphized in modern days.

Modern trend in abayas

The trend has changed and abayas are now available in different forms and colors. Open abaya is the modern version of traditional black abayas that can be matched and worn with other dresses. For instance, women wear this dress with jeans. This open form of abayas is open to style and it is used as formal wear and as dress for special occasions. Abayas have acquired a new modern look and it can’t now be considered as a dress code of an orthodox culture.