Many people have their own opinion about abayas, some think its just a black material that is used to demean women, for me I look at it as an outfit that highlights the womens inner beauty, from growing up in the UK, people would judge people based on their apperance rather than their personalities however with an abaya you are able to really understand the person and know who they are, when I came here I never knew what an abaya was and had the stereotypical mind set, however, with the abaya being a cultural and religious symbol they are such beautiful, yet graceful peices of clothing, as I have spent almost 2 years of my teenhood in the middle east I have been able to embrace and express the middle easten culture, the abaya is a cultural and religious symbol however anyone is allowed to wear it.
Within my friendship group it is fairly diverse I have the abilty to become flexible with my growth in society, my group of girl-friends consists of Qataris & Qatari/Mexican, Syrian, African, Lebanese/Palestinian, Persian, with that I have grown to love and become more open minded about different races and cultures.
I have Literally fallen in love with the abaya which provides me with a sense of security and peace, the abaya is a traditional peice of clothing which allows the women to cover up their body in a 'dress like' garment which you wear ontop of the clothing, the abaya has evolved from a black garment to and haute couture garment the different styles, colors, shapes and sizes have had an impact on the evolution of the abaya, whats even more mind blowing is the outfits that are worn beneath the abays, the girls and women here really know how to dress, classy yet fashionable
I have taken it upon me to really embrace my freinds cultures wether it be, ty their foods, learn the language or dress in the national dress, to occaions I have been invited to, I recently purchased one with my Grandmother and sister, we have definitley fallen head over heels for the abaya.
I hope if you are to ever travel to the middle east, to embrace their culture and definitely try on an abaya/ or if your a guy a thobe.