Monday, 31 March 2008

Get the Gulf Look

Forget London, Paris or New York, the Arab Gulf is where glamorous hijab is at. And boy do those Khaleeji girls know how to rock their shaylas:

The Khaleeji style is fairly easy to achieve. First, tie hair back in a high pony-tail/bun and secure with a large flower claw clip to get the voluminous look at the back. I would suggest wearing a black underscarf/bonnet cap to avoid having hair falling out of your hijab. Place the shayla on you head with one side longer than the other, and secure with a safety pin at the neck. Then depending on the length and opacity of the shayla, wrap it around once or twice loosely, arranging it so that any designs are showing. Using a discreet straight pin on top of your head can also help to keep it in place.

Add some interest to a plain black abaya using a decorated shayla. Saif Clothing are selling 4 beautiful chiffon shaylas for a mere £5 each (and delivery is free). My favourite is the third one; I think it goes quite well with this abaya from Imaan Collections.

But detail doesn't have to stop at your scarf. You can find beautiful made-to-measure abayas with matching shaylas at Hibah. The only downside is, it is rather expensive, with some of their abayas priced at £100-£250. A shayla on it's own will set you back £30-£50. If you're in London, check out La Veil, where the sisters make Dubai-style abayas to your measurements.

Lebaas also offers Gulf-style abayas with matching shaylas. Their prices are a lot more affordable too, with prices starting from £27.99. They too offer a made-to-measure service:

Eastern Vogue is a company based in Dubai - they ship all over the world, and their website quotes prices in Pounds Sterling. They are also very affordable, and have some gorgeous designs. You can get all their abayas tailored to fit, however they only accept orders of 5 abayas or more (all come with matching shaylas). So if you don't want to spoil yourself so much (you know you want to :P), you could get together with friends or relatives and all place an order at once. Alternative they do have a clearance section, where you can buy single abayas, however the measurements are already limited.

Of course, it goes without saying that the Gulf look is not complete without gorgeous shoes and a handbag!

Is this a look you'll be trying out?


Alixianna said...

Masha'Allah so complete Hayah! Thanks for linking to Beautiful Muslimah for me. You beat me to my favourite one of Sophia's Imaan abayas. Did you know she has a fashion show each year in London showcasing her collections and the profits go to charity? If you write her and tell her you've advertised for her on your blog I'm sure she'll invite you to next years preview LOL.

Anonymous said...

salaams. you r links are fantastic, please keep posting. my sister and i were on the phone for an hour yesterday going through all your posts from the frst to the last! i swear its the most useful website iv found in ages - NOT just a simple blog!

Anonymous said...

imaan collections is based in leicester and the charity event is held yearly and it features other boutiques too this years event was awesome we had 600 guests and i was the host!! you have a great blog take care as salaams

Anonymous said...

the event is held in leicester not london none of us would ever travel that far!!!! all proceeds of the money goes to ansar a leicester based charity, the tickets were reasonable at £20.00 each which included the meal and fashion show the next one is going to be held again next year will let you know when and where take care

Hayah said...

Alix, Thanks :D

Anon 1, aww thank you, I'm glad you find it useful!

Anon 2 and 3, shame it's in Leicester, that's a bit far for me to travel! But I would love to hear more, and see pictures if possible..

Anonymous said...

photos were taken i will see if i can get some for you it was such an awesome show so well choreographed and the abayas and the way the models had their hijabs was so cool love ur blog thinking of getting one myself but too scared!!!

Anonymous said...

The hijab here, is it supposed to look loose but actually pinned to the bonnet cap hold it in place?

Hayah said...

Anon, thanks I'd be really grateful!! Go for it, blogs are great (but very addictive!).

Anon, yes the hijab is loose, but if you use a small straight pin, at the side or on top (but not at the edge of the scarf), it'll help stop it from slipping off.

Vanessa Fatima said...

I love the Khaleeji style! (:

Anonymous said...

one word: GLAMOUROUS!! .. actually make that "glamourous hijabi's"
or actually.. glamourous abaya wearing hijabi's :P. oh god whatever has to do with the word glamourous..
anyways, love it =]]]..

Alixianna said...

Anon: to hold the looser hijab styles in place (I always wear a cottony stretch black amira underneath) I pin the shayla with safety pins INSISIDE my hijab at both sides of the temples, and then use a plain black stick pin at the outside crown of my head to secure it. If you want a tip on how to make the perfect shayla pins, visit me at beautiful muslimah all, and Hayah, when you use the cartoons, like when you did thispost, you will do it more organized and in better detail than I, LOL.

Jasmine said...

salaams! Wow! I love this style!! Thank you!!!!!!!!

Anonymous said...

Totally impressed.. :)

I have a quick question, to you or anyone who knows how the gulf style is done.

If the shayla is pinned under the neck (a bonnet/cap sits underneath it) and then loosely tied around the head, there'll be a visible line wouldn't there, of cloth running from under the chin and moving upward to the top of the head (which somewhat resembles the number 6)? But I've seen on some girls there's a seamless way to do it, and their necks aren't exposed. And it almost looks like they're just putting a SQUARE hijab to rest on top of their heads and leave it to lie there. I think you'd see that with some of the pics here too.

Just HOW is that done, anyone ??

Would greatly appreciate a tip !

Anonymous said...

Hi Jana,
I think the ladies in the Gulf have incredible style when it comes to their shayla. It looks young, chic and comfortable.
But I've been told that the way they wear it is haram, for example, tying the hair so it makes a raised "hump" on the head. Where can I get some more guidance on this?

Anonymous said...


Sis, I luv, luv, luv the khaleeji look! I'm still a little confused, but any 'low' hairstyle seems OK!?!

Anyone... PLEASE TELL ME WHERE I CAN BUY SHEILAS! I can only seem to find ones with thicker material!

dinavienna said...

the Libaas abaya option cannot be found via the link? thanks ;)

Anonymous said...

I really like this khaleeji style aswell.. but it would have been more easier to follow if it was a video.. anyway i dont use them slippy sheilas i use black pashminas.. however i try really hard but i can never get ot to look like this..


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