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Wearing an Abaya? Make Sure You Avoid These 10 Fashion Mistakes

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Whether abayas are part of your daily wardrobe or you just enjoy spicing up your outfit with a fabulous overlay from time to time, there are certain abaya fashion mistakes that you should avoid. From hem length to size to choosing the right materials, we’ve rounded up 10 abaya styling tips for you to always keep in mind.

1.Sweeping Beauty

An abaya sweeping the ground is never glamorous and the same goes for when it looks too short. When buying an abaya, always try it on with both heels and flats, and aim for a length that is just a couple of centimeters below your ankle.

2.An Arm’s Length

The length of the sleeve is just as important as that of the hem. If too long or short, the sleeves can ruin a great look and get in the way of your daily routine. Make sure the sleeves end right at your wrists (unless you’re aiming for the ¾ sleeve length).

3.Main Squeeze

This is a crucial style mistake that ruins your overall look from the get-go. Squeezing into a body-skimming abaya that’s two sizes too small is never a good idea. If you’re struggling to make the two sides meet or you can’t slip it on with ease, then you need to rethink your size.

4.Endless Layers of Fabric

Swimming in fabric will create an overwhelming effect, especially if you have a petite frame. Make sure your abaya fits well on your shoulders and that the loose fit doesn’t overpower you. Belted abayas are very form flattering and emphasize a slim waist.

5.Make it Slick, Not Thick

Excessive layering under your overlay can ruin a streamlined look. Stick to a foundation outfit that consists of lightweight materials. In winter, when you’re trying to stay warm but don’t want to look puffy, keep in mind the following tip.

6.Changing Seasons

Like most clothes in your closet, abayas are seasonal. During summer, choose overlays made from linen, silk and cotton. In winter, a wool abaya or bisht will keep you warm and cozy so you don’t have to worry about thick layering.

7.Classy, Not Crafty

Embellishments and embroideries are beautiful and add opulence and richness to your overlay—but only when created with precision. When shopping for an abaya, keep an eye out for how well the embellishments have been crafted. After all, poorly placed crystals, frayed embroidery, and unraveling sequins are never in style.

8.Not Ecstatic About Static

Abayas are prone to static clinging. You can avoid this by steering clear of designs made from synthetic materials, like polyester. Instead, go for overlays made from natural fibers, like silk and cotton, to always achieve that natural loose fall.

9.Know the Occasion

Wear the right abaya on the right occasion. Casual overlays look great when paired with daywear while investment stunners should be kept for those special events.

10.Back to Black

With excessive wear, black abayas tend to fade and lose their color. When you notice this happening, it’s time to switch your black abaya with a new one. Also, if you follow these helpful care practices, you can prolong the life span of your overlay.

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