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My first abaya

by Kristie
(Ottawa, Ontario, Canada)

Hi, I'm considering a job in Abu Dhabi and it has come to my attention that I will need to wear an abaya because my job will require me to cover my tattoos. I know that I'll be able to shop once I've arrived, however I would prefer to travel with a few appropriate outfits.

I have no idea what size I would be? Naturally, I would prefer to try on clothing before purchasing, but your online prices seem very reasonable. Do you have any tips?

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Jul 31, 2011
Size for abaya
by: Umm Aqib

Hi Kristie,

Thank you for posting the query.

Please be informed that our affiliate in this website East Essence offers you the option of customizing the abaya to your specific measurements, for a nominal fee of $14.99.

If it is only customizing the length on your abayas the fee is $3.99.

In this instance you need to provide your best fitting garment measurements and NOT your body measurements.

Islamic Boutique abaya range comes in tailored made as well. It has a drop down menu for you to choose the size chart on how to select the correct abaya size and length in the abaya detailed description. The fee for this service is only chargeable for exceptionally larger or longer size, ranges from $2-$5.

Depending on the style of abaya, the fitting may vary slightly. For traditional abaya, which is loose fitting style of abaya, the most important measurements are the length of abaya and the sleeves. For contemporary abaya or jilbab-like-abaya, in addition to sleeve and length of abaya, the bust and hip measurements need to be considered too for better fitting and style.

Using a tape measure, measure your bust, hip, and height. The bust and hip measurement is taken at the widest part of the chest and hip respectively.

To find the right length of abaya for you, measure from the top of the shoulder to the bottom of the heel of your foot.

For ready-made abaya, the online shop normally has the size chart. The size chart is quite often the exact measurements of the abaya. Please add at least two inches to your bust and hip measurements when deciding which size garment to purchase. For example, if you have a bust of 42 inches you will want a size with a bust of at least 44 inches.

Reflections of Iman website has provided comprehensive information regarding abaya size charts that might be useful to you too. Please look up its page on

Hope this information will help you in choosing the correct fitting of abaya for your new job in Abu Dhabi.

Wishing you the best of luck in your new venture!

Do keep in touch with us and let us know about your newly purchased abaya. It would be great if you could upload photos of your new abaya with your comments. We love to hear from you.

Best regards,

Umm Aqib

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