There are several different types of under hijab accessories available. These accessories include items to wear on the head, neck, and chest as well as products that provide additional coverage to the arms and legs. For example, women who wear the headscarf may choose to wear a cap or underscarf to provide additional coverage, to keep their hair in order, or to add color and style to their outfits. Items such as stand-alone collars, opaque socks, or arm gauntlets can expand a woman's clothing choices by providing coverage under garments that may be sheer or that may reveal more of her body than she wishes.
The term "hijab" describes the modesty codes of Islam that address the ways in which both men and women should dress and adorn themselves. The term is also used to refer to the headscarf or head covering worn by many Muslim women. It it is important to understand that, within the Muslim community and the Islamic world, there are many differing opinions as to the nature of hijab and the extent to which both women and men are expected to cover themselves or choose distinctive dress. As such, not all women choose to wear under hijab accessories, and those who do wear them may do so for many different reasons.
Many Muslim women wish to completely conceal their hair for reasons of religious piety, personal preference, or cultural and legal requirements. These women can contain their hair in an underscarf or cap so as to fully conceal their hair and to provide a fabric base for the hijab to cling to. Women may also use hijab pins both over and under their hijab to pin their headscarf in place and preserve its drape. Women may own under hijab caps and scarves in many different colors to coordinate them with other scarves and garments.
Some women who practice hijab wear collars, or dickies, that provide coverage to the neck and chest while not adding another layer of clothing. These collars can be very useful to women living in hot climates as well as women who would like to wear blouses and shirts that have open necklines. These, along with thick socks or tights, arm gauntlets, and other under hijab accessories can allow a woman a great deal of flexibility in her wardrobe choices, as she can easily modify outfits to be appropriate for times when she does not have to cover herself as well as when coverage is required.