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How Do I Choose the Best Modern Jilbab?

Lainie Petersen
Lainie Petersen

Many companies that specialize in selling Islamic clothing now offer customers a choice of garments in both traditional and contemporary styles. While seeking to offer garments that reflect the modesty standards of the Muslim community, these retailers also recognize that many Muslim women are active in different spheres and in non-Muslim workplaces and communities. If you are shopping for a modern jilbab, first seek out retailers that offer a good selection of contemporary designs so that you can maximize your choices. You'll also want to think about the context in which you will be wearing your modern jilbab as well as the styles and fabrics that suit you and your lifestyle best. Finally, pay particular attention to product descriptions if you are purchasing a jilbab online, as you will want to make sure that the garment fits you properly.

The jilbab is a long over-garment similar to a coat-dress. It is worn by many Muslim women in accordance with religious teachings that instruct women to wear clothing that covers and conceals their bodies from public view. While a jilbab is typically long sleeved and long in length, sometimes coming down to the ankles, these garments can be made in a variety of styles and from many different types of fabric.

Jilbabs come in a variety of styles and fabrics.
Jilbabs come in a variety of styles and fabrics.

If you have an office job that demands that you dress both professionally and conservatively, you may wish to opt for a modern jilbab that is made from dark, neutral colors or even pinstriped fabric. You will also want to choose a fabric that is suitable to the climate that you live in as well as your professional context. Some jilbabs are made from light, breathable fabrics that can prevent you from becoming overheated in hot weather, while others are made from suit-quality wool that can add to the formality of your appearance.

Manufacturers and designers of Islamic clothing also recognize that many women, particularly younger women, may want options for casual clothing as well. More than a few companies sell a modern jilbab made from denim, and there are also several different types of jilbabs that are suitable for wear during athletic activities. Other variations on the modern jilbab include colorful, color-blocked designs that have a distinctly modern look while keeping the wearer covered.

If you live in an area that does not have brick-and-mortar retailers of Islamic clothing, you may need to make your purchases online. Since a jilbab is a long garment, it is important that you find one that is sized properly so that you are covered appropriately but not risking injury after tripping over the jilbab's hem. If a product description does not include measurements, contact the retailer and ask for this information. You may also want to find a good tailor or seamstress in your area who can alter a jilbab to fit you.

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