So with my husbands complete support I wore a long light blue “Badia” tunic from Shukr with a black skirt and big black rayon shaylah. The look was rather subtle but definitely different, extremely modest and probably stood out bit (in a good way, en’shallah). I felt comfortable in it and although I did get some looks and staring, they were more curious, nothing hostile. Maybe I got 1-2 looks of “surprise” from some older, well covered Saudi ladies but since I can’t understand Arabic, I wasn’t too worried.
The mutawween didn’t care either, I passed by like five of them and even although the first few times my heart would palpate and I’d break out in a sweat when around one-WAITING-for them to say something, they dint, they just looked and then looked elsewhere.
I think because I obviously look like an expat they really don’t care, as long as I’m well covered. I know Saudi women have societal pressure on them to conform to the black ensemble (it’s considered ‘ayb/shameful to be too colorful in public or to dress from the norm!). I cant wait for my light grey abaya to be finished and I think tonight I’ll wear a long tunic with a denim skirt.
I don’t think I’m doing anything wrong, it’s good for ones psychology to have some color in their lives AND i’m *hopefully* showing that one can be just as modestly dressed in a colored abaya or tunic and skirt! A black abaya isnt the only modest form of dress out there.