The Abaya: A Style Statement

For Flattering Drape, Graceful Movement, and Delicate Swarovski Sparkle, these Abayas are Among the Most Beautiful We Have Seen.

There’s a reason why Gulf women are among the best-dressed in the world. With a well-developed appreciation of meticulous cut, fine fabrics, and beautiful embellishment, they have excellent dress sense. So, we’ve curated a selection of outfits designed by eight extraordinarily creative brands that not just Emiratis, but women all over the world, will adore.

Abaya Al Qattan
Design by Al Qattan, Made with Crystals from Swarovski

Dubai-based Maha Al Qattan has been leading the evolution of the abaya for a long time with designs that are feminine, free-flowing and on-trend. The signature meticulous simplicity of the Al Qattan brand is showcased in the balance of this garment: the subtle shade of pink embellished with Swarovski pearls and crystals epitomizes well-dressed charm. An elegant update on tradition.

Bait Hanayen
Design by Bait Hanayen, Made with Crystals from Swarovski

Delicate sunray knife pleats have their own movement: they cascade from the neckline to unfurl and swish at the ankle. This is clever fashion best left in the hands of the experts, which is why this exquisite outfit from Kuwaiti modest-wear brand Bait Hanayen works so well: with its fluid drape, crystal pearl embellishment and flowing elegance, it represents a sophisticated combination of easy comfort and beautifully cut couture.

Beige Scarves
Design by Beige Scarves, Made with Crystals from Swarovski

Translated from Arabic, “hijab” means “cover”, but who says headscarves can’t be hip? The aptly-named fashion brand Beige Scarves not only creates sumptuous designs beautifully decorated with crystals in subtle color combinations, it also provides useful advice on how to wear them. Because there’s more than one way to finish off your look with a flourish – it just depends on the cut and style of each product.

A byword throughout the UAE, Hanayen has a reputation for being the go-to brand for abayas of astounding fluidity, grace and beauty. The brand’s signature style is a silhouette of striking simplicity, all the better to show off the luxurious fabrics, embroideries and appliqués studded with opulent crystals. These are wearable works of art that are a pleasure to wear.

Rizwan’s traditional wear has a distinctly modern twist, making spectacular use of light-catching crystals interwoven with richly colored embroidery. From the extravagantly bejeweled statement floral panel on a pure white background to the golden baroque curlicues adorning the front of the jilbab, this Abu Dhabi-based brand is a master of the subtle yet show-stopping statement.

Design by Shadow, Made with Crystals from Swarovski

Kuwaiti fashion brand Shadow was founded 12 years ago by Meshaal Al Shatti, during which time it has gained a reputation for luxurious abaya designs characterized by exquisite fabrics, a contemporary cut, and highly original decoration. The sheer complexity of the crystal-embellished detailing on the sleeves and front of this understated yet unmistakably high-end jilbab is simply breathtaking.

Design by Sharqiaa, Made with Crystals from Swarovski

Located in the Saudi Arabian city of Medina, Sharqiaa has been creating abayas for over 30 years. The brand’s embroidery expertise is unrivaled, as can be seen on this fabulous abaya. Nothing beats the punch of harmonious color created by ornate embroidery and coordinating crystals against a background as black as the night sky. This is fabulous craftsmanship that will withstand the test of time – a modern heirloom.

Design by Zumurrod, Made with Crystals from Swarovski

Amal Monsour, the owner and driving creative force behind the Bahrain-based Zumurrod brand has a keen eye for a contemporary twist, creating striking kaftans that are notable for their blend of modernity and opulence. This garment draws the eye with its subtly elaborate combination of creamy appliqué intricately stitched with self-colored embroidery, the discreet sparkle provided by carefully placed crystals. Once seen, never forgotten.