The Gold Dust abaya is made from a beautiful black silk with a patterned fabric on the bodice and cuffs. It is very lightweight and sheer, so comes with a full length, sleeveless black slip to wear underneath. The abaya is very loose from the shoulders downwards, but the sleeves are quite tight, particularly around the elbow and forearms. The neckline opens quite low down, and since you already need to wear a slip, this does make it difficult to wear another layer such as a t-shirt underneath. For an occasion abaya, the design is very elegant but subtle, and you can easily dress this up with gold or silver accessories. My favourite thing about the abaya is definitely the fabric, it's incredibly smooth and lightweight, and would probably be quite comfortable in hotter weather.
|Gold Dust Abaya|
|Close up of the Gold Dust Abaya|
Winter Warmers is a deep brown, cotton jersey abaya with a quilted collar and cuffs. The abaya has a flattering fit when worn, and flares out at the waist. The neckline is again quite open. It's also really comfortable to wear and easy to move around in. I did find however that the sleeves and top half were very tight, as if you were wearing a long sleeved top for layering. You can't really wear anything more than a short-sleeved t-shirt underneath the abaya without it bunching up. For a winter abaya this is a bit strange, since you may want to wear a jacket or cardigan over the top, which isn't easy as the quilted cuffs are quite thick. Winter Warmers makes a great everyday abaya and I'd pair it with brown or tan boots and and patterned scarf like the Autumn Falls hijab below. All the abayas now come in a range of lengths, saving you the trouble of getting things adjusted.
|Winter Warmers Abaya|
|Quilted cuffs on the Winter Warmers Abaya|
The Burning Embers Chiffon Silk Hijab is part of a range of hand-dyed chiffon hijabs. The fabric is very sheer so needs to be worn folded over, but you can do this easily as the hijab measures approximately 200cm x 125cm. The fabric has a slightly rough texture, so the hijab won't slip around when worn. Personally I found the print too dark for my liking, but it does go well with plain black abayas.
|Burning Embers Chiffon Silk Hijab|
Finally, the Pearl Drops hijab pin a simple gold plated stick pin with a flower design and pearl at the centre. It's very small and elegant and is perfect to use on an everyday basis.
Overall I think the abayas are well-made and different from the usual offerings on the market. However I think the cuts need to be improved to include looser sleeves to make allowances for women who want to wear long sleeve tops underneath their abayas, especially in the winter.