There are a few new abaya designs which are currently extremely trendy here in KSA! When I arrived in September there 2 layer abaya was really trendy as was abayaat with layered sleeves along with sleeves edged with crochet or lace. Well, i’ve started to see a bit less those those designs-AND incredibly enough, those ones which used to be extremely expensive in the shops are now almost all on sale for 1/3rd or 1/2 the previous price! The abayaat with “tribal/bedu” inspired embroidery are still around but even those-I think-are starting to go out.
Now, what i’m starting to see are abayaat like these ones. (these pictures are from a designs website-Nawal, check my post about her a few pages back).
As far as fabrics go, ive started to see a LOT of abayaat in this airy stretchy crepe material-its like spandex but its crepe and because its worn loose is incredibyl swishy and covers the curves well! Its also extremely lightweight. Ofcourse summery saloona is everywhere too!
Many shops have abayaat just like those modeled above. The first one Ive seen in a nice lightweight black stretchy crepe and also in stretchy navy crepe. Some also come with colored sleeves (like in the second picture) and one shop had polka-dot sleeves! LOL. Another place had the cuffs in colored stretchy crepe and matching stretchy crepe piping down the front. Very cute! I tried on one of the black ones at one shop tonight and really, it struck me how I remember having a similar abaya from KSA about 10 years ago! Only difference was the material used then was incredibly hot and heavy polyester AND it had pleats EVERYWHERE not just sleeves!
Ive also seen a few with a slightly less “intense” sleeve…similar to the 2nd design-both in plain black stretchy crepe and colored strechy crepe. Ive also seen a few of the “kimono” style abayaat (where you hold it closed) entirely made in the stretchy crepe…they are gorg and ive also seen some plain crepe abayaat with the stretchy crepe cuffs and stretchy crepe accents on shaylahs.
So just know…stretchy crepe is where it be at!
**and just for the record…Ive seen those above styles for between $70 (crepe body/stretchy black crepe sleeves) up to about $150 (all stretchy crepe with colorful sleeves from boutique shop, ladies suq ones are a bit less)**