Which Abaya Styles Are Right for You? A Guide to Shopping Abayas in the UK

When selecting the ideal abaya style for you, there are a few things that need to be taken into account. Your body measurements, fabric type and length must all be taken into account when making your selection.

For round body types, an abaya style that emphasizes your shoulders and adds fullness at the bottom of the dress is ideal.


Size

When selecting an abaya, fit is key. You don't want to look or feel awkward; rather, pick a style that flatters your body type and emphasizes its features. For instance, if you have a pear-shaped figure, go for an A-Cut style that has wide at the bottom and tighter sleeves.

To determine the appropriate size for your abaya, start by measuring yourself with a tape measure. Make sure it's firm and level but not too tight. Then compare your measurements to those listed on the sizing chart of your abaya to ensure the ideal fit.

For optimal comfort and modesty, an appropriate abaya should be three to four inches larger than your actual body measurements around the bust and hips.

Unfortunately, you may not always have access to the proper measuring tape or a professional who can assist you. In such cases, we suggest measuring yourself according to this guide:

1. To determine your height: Stand with both feet together. If you are tall, choose an abaya that is closest to your height (not necessarily longer).

2. To determine your bust and hip sizes - Wrap the measuring tape around your fullest part under your arms. If you are not wearing a bra, measure around your natural waist.

3. To determine your sleeve length - Measure from the top of your shoulder down to your wrists. Unless specifically stated otherwise, an ideal-fitting abaya will have sleeves that fall at or just below wrist length.

4. To determine the correct length - The average abaya is 7.8" shorter than your height when measured from mid back bottom of neck level to heel.

It is essential to know your size when purchasing an abaya, as there is a standard measurement. Our size chart on our site helps you find your best fit; if custom fitting is required, contact us before placing your order and we'll be more than happy to assist!


Length

Selecting the ideal length abaya is like finding the ideal shoes - they're both essential. Make sure you find a style that flatters your height and body type so you can be comfortable wearing it while out and about.

Thankfully, many abaya manufacturers provide size charts to make your shopping experience simpler. Some brands such as Habeebat and Jade even provide free fit and hem services which are both convenient and accurate!

As a general guideline, an abaya should reach at least knee length and not shorter than several centimetres from your ankle. A short abaya will feel tight and uncomfortable, while one that is too long may look and feel out of place.

When it comes to abayas, there are plenty of styles to choose from - from the standard kaftan style to thigh-high leggings abaya. Furthermore, you have your pick of fabrics such as nidha (spray dyed cotton) or chiffon available.

Finding the ideal abaya for you is effortless with Habeebat's carefully curated selection. Choose from various sizes and styles to suit any need, or shop by price to find some of the most budget-friendly abayas available. Just remember - an abaya is a lifetime investment, so make sure you get value for your money!


Fabric

Fabric selection for an abaya is essential when styling it. Not only will it affect how it looks and feels on you, but it can also contribute to the style of your outfit as a whole. Opt for fabrics that offer comfort such as cotton or linen to ensure maximum enjoyment from wearing it.

In humid or warm climates, the fabric you wear plays an important role in maintaining comfort. Light fabrics like nida, linen and crepe are ideal for summertime as they allow skin to breathe and reduce heat buildup.

In cold climates, opt for fabrics that keep you warm - such as wool or cashmere. This will guarantee comfortable and cozy comfort throughout the day, allowing you to make the most of outdoor activities.

When selecting fabric, texture is another important factor to consider. A fabric that is woven will be more durable and cost-effective than one knitted. This is because a woven fabric tends to resist tears and rips better than its knitted counterpart.

Fabrics for abayas come in many varieties, such as nida, silk, satin and brocade. Some of these materials are more luxurious than others - for instance, silk is created by spinning cocoons of the silkworm; it's soft and beautiful - often used for luxury abayas.

Chiffon is another fantastic fabric option; it's lightweight and airy, available in an array of colors and designs to suit any taste. Chiffon abayas are easy to maintain due to their delicate nature, so they make perfect summer wear!

Some abayas feature delicate lace or embroidery on them, which can be extremely flattering and elegant. These are especially great in hot weather when you want to add a feminine touch to your ensemble.

When searching for an abaya, there are plenty of styles to choose from online. Take your time and try on several models to see which ones suit you best, keeping in mind that these garments should be worn outside so ensure the style fits both your body type and climate.


Style

Abayas are an essential part of any modest wardrobe, yet they may be difficult to locate if you live somewhere where the style is not widely popular. Fortunately, in the UK there are a variety of online stores where you can find abayas in all shapes and sizes.

One of the most sought-after abaya styles is an open abaya. These garments combine style and modesty, making them ideal for those who want to express themselves while adhering to their religious beliefs.

These abayas come in an array of colors, so you can pick one that best reflects your personal style. Blue abayas are great for creating a fashionably relaxed yet polished ensemble while brightly-colored abayas like red, green, and pink will turn heads and get people talking.

To guarantee you find the ideal abaya, take the time to measure your body accurately with a measuring tape. Accurate measurements will guarantee you find the perfect fit.

When ordering an abaya, the size can vary by style. To ensure the perfect fit for your frame, please compare measurements against the sizing chart below. If your height falls below that of the average size for your height, it is suggested that you order a size smaller than what would normally fit.

Selecting the ideal abaya can be daunting, but it's well worth the effort. If you're ready to invest in a new garment, take a look at all of our latest styles available for women of all sizes and if unsure which style to buy, use reviews to help determine what works best for your needs.