While I like to wear a variety of different over-garment styles, the Jelbab style (Algerian overhead overgarment) is one which I really adore as its so easy and breezy, literally pop on and go with no fuss or hassle with insta-style and elegance.
Anyway, the upcoming summer season signals a change of jelbab designs in the French market and I am really, really liking these new summery styles from Al-Moultazimoun. Al-Moultazimoun has some of the freshest and uniquest jelbab styles Ive seen and many have interesting little touches like contrasting piping, jersey cuffs, flounces or straight sleeves.
Here are some which I think are quite nice;
This design is “Khaleeji overhead” style but with a jelbab shape/cut. It features a zipper up the front. Pretty innovative and definetly a new look. I sooo want one!
Jelbab Marwa actually is composed of a long *sleeveless* summer abaya with a very angular cut demi-jelbab with straight cuffs and nice contrasting piping down the top seam. I like how the demi-jelbab piece is cut straight, it gives it a fresher look and doesnt have the bulky look that the curved edge ones have.
They also have some *very* unique jelbabs for a bride. Actually…I do love these, they are perhaps a bit gaudy, but still, I like their unique design and well, they are definetly something quite unique. A bride could definetly wear one knowing shes wearing a very stylish design which pretty much no one else will have!
Anyway. Another source for these lovely summery jelbabs is Bismillah Boutique. They carry the standard El Bassira brand…sturdy, basic…dependable. Like a good quality, black abaya. Every sisters best friend. Sorta thing.
El Bassira has their summer fabrics lines out. There are the pretty standard fare of the plain one piece jelbab, two piece jelbab and butterfly two-piece jelbab.
The best fabrics for the summer heat is either “microfiber tres leger”, “Crepe legere” or the “nouveau caviary”. All are very light and airy. I personally recommend the Caviary as its an incredibly high quality, buttery soft, airy crepe material. I suggest that for now staying away from the regular microfiber material as its medium weight and while perfect for fall, winter and spring…for the intense heat of summer, it may be a bit toasty.
May I mention that ordering from a French site, if you dont know French shouldent put you off as its easy to translate (roughly) the descriptions when using Google Translate (Google it!) and Al-Moultazimoun has customer service reps that speak English. Bismillah Boutique is a French only site, but again, its very easy to order when using the translator side-by-side and the woman who runs it is very helpful (again, use Translator!)