Abayas are now very varied, from the usual, plain black or with modern abayas that have details and knick-knacks that adorn the black abaya. Even now many are already colored in addition to black, like blue, brown, beige, and also patterned. Some time ago, I also once wrote why black abaya? Now, what’s behind the black abaya? Of course, what is meant is the clothes worn behind the black abaya. The story is not far from black abaya again anyway? The reason is that in addition to the black women abaya it is comfortable, practical to wear on a daily basis, can be worn to various events, and can be worn as a beautiful outer garment/robe in accordance with Muslim dress codes and local customs in Saudi Arabia.
By wearing an abaya, we do not have to think about the clothes worn behind the abaya. Make no mistake, sometimes we wear negligee, house clothes, trousers or robe, no one knows because it is covered in a black abaya. However, it can also be behind that worn abaya is a very elegant party dress or even an open model- open you know.
Many think that if Saudi Arabia’s everyday clothes are ‘only’ black abaya, then what clothes are on display at the market or what shopping mall does anyone buy? When do you wear branded or branded clothes, fancy party clothes that you see in a shop window in various malls in Jeddah or other cities in Saudi Arabia? That means they understand fashion too. Cool and fancy party clothes.
Just look at the mall, let alone the “sale” season, including expatriate mothers, will be busy shopping for a variety of branded clothes, branded bags, shoes and so forth. The question is, when will they wear branded non-abaya clothes?
Women’s lives in Saudi Arabia, especially Jeddah, because what I observed in the city of Jeddah where I live, they rarely leave the house in the morning except for those who work like teachers, lecturers, doctors, nurses, or work in companies or banks. Gatherings of fellow female friends including weddings (Juwaz) or other parties (Sahra) are usually done at night, after evening and holiday nights (weekend).