The Evolution Of The Abaya Over Decades In Saudi


Living in Saudi gives you a chance to participate in the most competitive Arab fashion industry… and the abaya is the Kingdom’s official OOTD. Let’s take a look at a timeline of the abayas evolution, in terms of design.. 

P.S. Major nostalgia might be felt.

What once started as a long black voluminous robe has come a long way…

Black on Black (1990 – 2000s)

Experimenting began in the late ‘90s where you’d start seeing more lace and rhinestones (usually all black)

The era of heavy embroidery (2004 – 2007)

A little tough to handle unless you were a weightlifter, probably…

The Butterfly / Bats / Anything With Wings Look (2007 – 2010)

Were you even a somebody unless you owned at least one of these?

The Dementors (2010-2013)

The butterfly evolved into something a little less…sleevey.

Colored Abayas (2013 – present)

The latest trend is all about expressing individuality (and practical sleeves) and we are living for them.


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