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Abaya’s in Oman

Alright, the image everyone has about the Middle East and mainly the Gulf area is that an Abaya is very essential and women HAVE to wear it. Then, they open one of those “Before & After 1970” books for Oman and realize that women in those pictures are not wearing black. Shocked and confused, they start wondering… “Black? Why? They used to look very beautiful in those colorful clothes?

Well, let me give you the whole story.

A very long long time ago (25 yrs ago), Oman started to open up to other countries. Television came along and people started seeing all the good civilization stuff. People started seeing that Women in Saudi Arabia and Iran wear black, “not sure which started it first”. As anything else that seemed new and “cool”, women started importing Abayas. I remember when I was 16, my first Abaya was from Bahrain. It was cool and hip. Now, of course people would tell you that the main reason in wearing black is because it does not attract attention from guys – as usual, its about guys. Of course that is not the case anymore. Now, black attracts more attention than any other color since it symbolizes a human being with female parts…

So, what is an Abaya in the 21st century?

Well, there are two types of Abayas. Some that are for conservative women that truly believe in it, and others (majority) that view it as fashion. Every season we have a new design, the main purpose is to look elegant and “very” attractive.

Many women hate it, but wear it because it is so very convenient. As far as people are concerned, you can look very elegant no matter what you are wearing inside. Even if it was your pajamas or just your underwear!

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Today I want to talk about fashion and women in Oman. I was with a friend in City Center a couple of days ago and saw one of the new make up shops. We went in and looked at the different colors they had. I suggested some neutral colors to her, and not being in Oman for that long, I didn’t realize that it’s a no-no to buy neutral colors. Everything has to be OUT THERE! You should only wear the colors that are BRIGHT.. not calm… BRIGHT!

Also, who said that an Abaya is used only for religious purposes. It is not.. I mean, look at all the crystals in those Abaya’s! It is a fashion statement among other things. For those who come to Oman and discover that not ALL Omani girls wear Abayas is because it is not required by religion and some parents don’t care. Even then, look at those Abaya’s.. each cost over 40 rials ($100) and many go over R.O. 100 ($250). They are very expensive..

Also, the more bling those Abaya’s have the better and the woman would have a better chance of making all others jealous!

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