**I deleted the beginning of this post and the comments about it. I just felt it was for the best.**
I found this random-ish picture of a Saudi couple in Canada up on flickr. I got a chuckle out of the comment and wanted to explain the womans attire a bit.
my reply; Just to clarify, yes I bet ‘cha bottom dollar they are indeed Saudi. Not least because the husband (I assume) looked quintessentially Saudi but also because its the norm for Saudi women when they go abroad-if they wear abaya abroad to only wear colored abayaat. Also the cut of the abaya complete with the stitched on snaps is quite Saudi in design.
Additionally, its very easy to get colored abaya crepes in Saudi and have colored abayaat made and several chain boutiques sell them off the rack as well. We have a rather huge Saudi student community in my city and you never-ever-ever see the Saudi women (the ones who continue with abaya here) wearing black ones. They solely wear them in colored crepe materials. When I was in Saudi I asked some friends why this is the case, why dont they wear the black abayaat here and they all said they felt uncomfortable doing that here, they dont want to be targeted or something like that. Also many are also so tired of having zero fashion/abaya/color options that its natural they would want to wear colorful ones here. I’m sure you all remember my own posts where I suddenly felt very fed up with the all black-all the time options, LOL and how I dreampt of wearing bright colors in public. The few times I got into discussions about this stuff with friends or even just women in a Saudi family that invited us over for lunch or whatever, most couldnt believe I wore abaya here and most of all that I often favored black abayaat as well. They were surprised and didnt think we could do that here.