If you are choosing a long hijab for yourself, decide whether you want a one- or two-piece hijab as well as the fabric types and colors that you prefer. Although it is possible to purchase a long hijab online, you may decide that it is better to try hijabs on in person so as to be sure of their proportions, particularly if you are purchasing hijabs because of a desire for additional coverage. Other things to think about include the pattern and design of the hijab, as you will want something that is both flattering but also appropriate in the community in which you live and worship.
Some women prefer a long hijab because it provides an additional layer of coverage over their shoulders, chest, and even torso. Some women may also find that a long hijab provides convenient coverage during breastfeeding. Another advantage is that a woman could choose to wear an open-necked shirt or blouse under her long hijab and would not have to worry about inappropriate exposure. You may wish to think about your current wardrobe and needs when deciding how many hijabs you wish to purchase.
There are a couple of different styles of long hijabs available. One common option is the khimar, which is a long hood with a space cut out for the face. Depending on the size of the khimar as well as your own size, you may find that this type of hijab covers most of your upper body. Another option is to purchase a very large headscarf, which you can then drape over your shoulders and chest.
As a long hijab provides so much coverage, it is generally a good idea to make sure that the fabric from which it is made is comfortable for you to wear. In the wintertime, you will probably appreciate the extra warmth, but it may prove to be too much in hot weather. In such cases, you may wish to choose a hijab made from a breathable fabric, such as cotton.
To avoid disappointment in your choice of a long hijab, be careful when shopping online. Many retailers of Islamic clothing will include the dimensions of a head covering in the description. Make sure that the item that you choose is actually large enough to give you the coverage that you want. If you have broad shoulders or are apple shaped, you may find that you need a larger hijab than what is normally available. In such cases, you may wish to make your own covering or commission a seamstress to make one for you.