asalaamu alaikum wr wb sisters,
I wanted to ask you all a question, something which my husband and I have been discussing.
So here it is…I think the French/Algerian overhead jilbabs are rockin’ awesome and have many perks…like comfort, ease of wearing and no need for a scarf and plus they are easy to style-and they have style…and if you want, you can wear a cardigan or a hoodie or even just layer a few headbands and that since they are popular amongst European sisters in France and elsewhere and that not every French sister wearing one is of North African descent that I believe these will en’shallah become popular here, on this side of the Atlantic.
My husband, although he finds the style extremely nice and he actually says the 2-piece ones are quite stylish and…look good and modest all at the same time —and this is coming from a guy who dislikes anything too exotic or excessively baggy-LOL —-that they should become popular here en’shallah, yet he also wonders if maybe they are something which is more suited to Europe or to North African sensibilities and style and that they wont really catch on as a mainstreamy sort of thing here, mainly because there is’nt enough out there about them, or that they are just too new for sisters here to get into… This is coming up because we want to order more items from the manufacturer en’shallah soon and are discussing what to get! LOL
Hence I turn to you all…what do you think?
Please share your opinions!
1) Do you think the term “overhead jilbab” is a suitable name for the French/Algerian overhead garments? I had considered overhead abaya since thats a more popular term, but they arent from the Gulf and dont “look” like an overhead abaya anyway. I felt overhead jilbab was a better term since in the Quranic sense and scholarly sense…they are indeed “jilbabs”.
2) Do you think they are nice looking, interesting, wearable? If you had one, would you actually wear it? Do you think they are suitable for Western (American) sisters? Does the fact they come in colors and different materials appeal to you? What about convenience since they are both the 1 piece and 2 pieces with a skirt?
3) Do you think they would appeal to a wide range of Muslim women or just women who already wear overhead overgarments?
4) What do you think of the prices we listed?
Okay sister, en’shallah I appreciate your responses! I really…really…really want these to become popular on this side of the Atlantic too! en’shallah