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OK, maybe I like to procrastinat too much, but I was reentry going through my fall/winter clothing which is in storage in the basement and pulled out like 10 long skirts of various kinds of fabric and designs which I had purchased in Saudi before coming back. Many of the shops I frequented in Saudi carried such a wide array of long skirts that women who solely wore skirts would be green with envy! They were very cheap too…ok, maybe not that cheap. You could get very very cheap ones or get better quality ones…anyway, I digress. I have quite the skirt collection going yet I never-ever-ever-ever wear them. I purchased them because I figured…they maybe useful someday…why not, after all, you can’t easily get long skirts which are slit-less and modest here without them costing an arm and a leg!
So I was thinking, as I was going through them…why don’t I ever wear them?
Okay, my biggest reason…and I think I’ve mentioned it like a thousand times previously here is that I do not find them comfortable. Mostly because I walk a lot, go up and down stairs and am always on the move, I get paranoid that the skirt I am wearing will blow up or if I sit and sit like how I prefer to sit, that my ankles may show and well..I figure, with pants, even very wide-legged pants or regular jeans under a long jilbab or abaya…you don’t need to worry about that! You can walk how-ever, sit however (not unladylike, mind you, obviously…I have hayah, mash’Allah), and know everything is covered…right down to your ankles! So thats my biggest reason and along with that, anytime I do wear a skirt I usually have on my jeans under them! LOL, this isn’t a problem if the skirt is a elastic waisted, basic A-line thing which is easy to make…they fit over anything…but I ant do that with a nicer skirt with a regular waistband, zipper and buttons! Then…if I wear leggings or whatever else under a nicer skirt, I still feel like its binding around my waist…and forget tights and hose!!! Those things are straight from hell I think…how uncomfortable! I’m only ever OK with the elastic waisted skirts over jeans or occasionally in summer a draw-string waisted “peasant” style skirt over knee length leggings…yet I still get paranoid about my ankles and the skirt blowing around.
Aren’t I weird! LOL Now, I know some sisters wear skirts saying they are required of Muslim women who cover or because of reasons of cultural modesty. The first one, I don’t buy-generally- as most scholars have ruled pants are OK as long as they are obviously feminine and ARE made for women and only worn BY women and the rest of the ensemble is modest and fulfills the criteria for hejab-i.e. an overgarment or an overgarment-like outfit is worn (some scholars have ruled that this is NOT OK, but I’m going by the scholars I follow! If you have any concerns, do inquire with the scholars you follow), now the cultural reasoning…I can say…OK that makes sense…in your culture both men and women wear robes or in your culture ALL (or most) women wear skirts…but as i’ve mentioned before…some cultures…like traditional Persian culture…women have always worn pants for practicality reasons and skirts without pants obviously worn under them, are considered vulgar…or Pakistani culture where pants are also the norm. Also, may I add that skirts are not necessarily the most modest thing ever…they can be..but, Ive seen plenty of sisters in very snug-fitting skirts which show everything and waist length shirts…so really, nothing is left to the imagination.
Anyway…i digress. So I jumped onto Google and decided to see if I could find something which was like leggings-full length, to the ankles…but very lightweight, not staticy and not confining to wear under a nicer-looking skirt. I found these…
They are a pants-liner but are suitable for wearing under skirts and have a legging-like style, but lack the confining feel and wont cause a skirt to cling! Unlike most regular leggings which can get some static going with them…I ordered a pair off of Ebay and am excited to try them! Apparently you can remove the lower lace edging so they have the length you like. I saw these mentioned one several blogs run by Christian women who solely wear skirts and they swear by the. They may indeed stop the hassle of ankles showing, a confining feeling in the waist/hips and no static cling. woohooo! I can’t wait. I would like to try some of the skirts I bought what seems like ages ago. They will look very cute with some of the knee-length manteau I have and some of the longer length tunics.
Also, I recently saw a friend of mine in the most interesting denim skirt and asked her where she got it, assuming shed say…Egypt or Turkey…but no, she actually got it from a US based company which solely sells skirts…and most are long and modest called StyleJ…anyone ever heard of them before? They have some nice looking stuff…for some reason these ones caught me eye. Doubt I’ll be buying any as I need to wear the ones I have first…but they are cute never the less and would look nice with a knee length manteau or tunic.
So, i’d en’sha’Allah like some input…for those of you who wear skirts regularly…why do you do so, what styles do you generally wear and have you ever tried pant slips under them? Since I generally wear overgarments I think its sort of redundant to wear a skirt UNDER your abaya or jilbab, although I could see doing so with a knee length manteau or jilbab…what do you all do in that regard?