Monday, 6 June 2016

Me and my Abaya. Ramadan Mubarak.

For work it is a requirement I wear loose fitting clothing that cover me from neck, to wrists, to ankles.

I teach in an Arabic school.

I'm struggling to keep cool.

I have a 30 minute drive from home, followed by a 5 minute walk outside, then by the time I return to the car at 3.30pm the temperatures inside are 40c+.

I tend to wear loose fitting trousers from Animal and Pull and Bear are among my favourites and I've bought a couple of light weight cardigans from Cotton On, to cover my arms as I wear vest tops from New Look to avoid too many layers of clothing on my skin.

I own a couple of maxi dresses that I can wear with a cardigan, but for some reason I haven't done so yet.

With the temperatures being in the high 30s and due to get hotter over the coming months, I have to avoid wearing restrictive clothing, tight waistbands and the bane of my life are bra straps.

One of my students gave me my first Abaya today, it is gorgeous. Her Mother had her tailor in Jordan make it for me and had it sent to Dubai. I've considered buying an Abaya, but I didn't feel comfortable choosing one on my own without advise, I didn't want to make a faux par with so many designs and styles to choose from.


It's not the most flattering shape wise, but it's cool and allows me to wear only shorts and t shirt with a sports bra, underneath it. The only problem is I would then be under dressed if I decided to stop off at a mall on the way home, so I've stuck a cardigan and a pair of trousers in the boot of my car, should I need to get changed.


14 comments:

  1. How lovely of your student! Looks great....I have never actually worn one myself yet but yes they can certainly be cool....

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    1. i've been struggling wearing it, especially when it comes to walking up and down stairs

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  2. What a lovely thought for your student and her mother to have the Abaya made for you, and it looks fab on you too. I don't know how you cope with working in such heat though!

    Thanks so much for linking up to #PoCoLo x

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    1. just about managing the heat, but it does get me down

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  3. Oooh it's so pretty. I am such a clumsy stumbler though and I bet I'd get it caught somehow and trip over. It's been about 27 degrees at its highest here this week and feels so hot!

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    1. oh yes there have been a few tripping incidents

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  4. What a lovely gift! How nice of them and handy and cool for you! #pocolo

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  5. Aww! What a lovely student you have. Such a thoughtful gift.
    I can't imagine living in that heat. Eek!

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    1. i really don't like the heat, but there's not a lot i can do about it

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  6. The design is so pretty! Really practical to wear too in warm weather! #pocolo

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    1. my only problem was going up and down stairs, i kept tripping

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  7. What a lovely gift! I think it looks great, love the design.

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    1. I was really surprised to receive something so beautiful

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