Islamic clothing for women | A list of Islamic clothing

Islamic clothing for women

Islam gives counseling about all forms of life, including matters of public civility. Islam has no steady standard as to the style of dress or types of Islamic clothing for women, but some least necessities must be met. It has two sources for direction and rulings: the Quran, which is known to be the disclosed word of Allah the almighty, and the Hadith—the traditions of the Prophet Muhammad, who is our human role model and guide.

Keep in mind, that codes for conduct when it comes to dressing are extremely flexible when individuals are home and with their families. The following requirements are followed by Muslim women when they appear in public.

A list of Islamic clothing for women

Muslim woman usually observes modest dress, but the variety of styles and colors of modest Muslim clothing have various names depending on the country.


The word “hijab” means “cover.” This word describes the act of dressing up generally but several times it is used to describe the headscarves worn by Muslim women. They have many styles and colors. There are two common types: the “Shayla” keeps a woman’s face and neck exposed, while the “khimar” wraps the neck and shoulders.


Al-Amira is a two-piece veil that usually doesn’t cover the face. It contains a tight cap and a tube-like scarf worn over it, which also covers the neck. It’s largely worn in Southeast Asia.


Khimar looks similar to the al-amira and is a veil with a hole cut out for the face. The dress covers the hair, neck, and shoulders completely. Khimar comes with a variety of lengths; while it generally hangs down to the waist, some women like longer lengths that reach the knees. It is famous among Egyptian women.

Chador or Chadar

These are worn by many Iranian women when outside the house, works as a full-body cloak. A smaller headscarf underneath is often escorted with it. You can call it a cloak that falls to a woman’s feet and includes the head covering. Below the chador is usually a dress, blouse, and skirt, or blouse and pants.

Shayla or Shawal

Shayla is a long, rectangular scarf wrapped around the head, worn by women in the Gulf states. Depending on preference, it can also be worn with an abaya or other clothing. It is similar to the standard hijab but, in the Gulf, ‘Shayla’ is the specific term for a headscarf that leaves the face bare.


Niqab is a veil for the face that allows the area around the eyes covered. The niqab shows a woman’s eyes but wraps her mouth and nose. Women usually wear a head covering like a khimar with it.


Burka also spells burqa; it is the most disguising of all Islamic veils. It has a one-piece veil that covers the face and body. The woman can see through the mesh panel it contains.


This is a modest swimwear that covers the entire body of woman, the suit wraps the whole body except the face, the hands, and the feet while being light and relaxing enough for swimming.


Abaya is a cloak for women that is worn over other clothing when in public. It is usually made of black synthetic fiber. You can wear a headscarf or face veil with it.

Last but not least, clothing styles and fashion trends are one of the most primal elements of a person’s life and Islamic clothing just seems to be a cherry on the top.

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