Today I have a product review I know you are all going to love!
I usually do not wear abayas, but when I first laid my eyes on the Aab storefront, I knew I was in love. The cuts and colors of Aab abayas definitely make the company stand out.But as much as I have always desired one, I was very turned off from making a purchase because of the price. Aab abayas seem to average over $100 dollars normally, but the shipping to the states is an extra 30 bucks!
A few months back I kept squealing about the most amazing thing I had ever seen, a pink abaya! I told my friends, showed them pictures and sighed. I took a lot of encouraging and self-talk to finally commit and I did it! Unfortunately I later received a call from the company themselves saying that they ran out of stock for my size. AHhhhhh!
Then the day came where they reordered new stock and I finally bought the baby. I purchased the Mulberry Pinky Beige abaya.
The packaging was standard. It still maintained the very minimal look portrayed in the website, although I had hoped for more.
The first thing I noticed about the abaya was the color. It was not PINK...or anything close to or reminiscent of pink. The website did describe the color as "pinky beige," but the picture showed a whole different color that can easily be described as a dusty rose. When I asked for reactions from friends, one said taupe, and the other said beige!
I am very disappointed because for me, color was the most important factor in purchasing this item.
The material was a light medium weight cotton jersey. The cut was beautiful and somewhat flattering, however it was a little bit sheer in some areas. I could see the outline of my clothing underneath and some details. I do not like to put on a tons of layers if I can help it, so it would have been nice had they also mentioned this on their site.
I paired it with my chunky butt pearl necklace and my two toned thrift-store-bought scarf (5 bucks baby!). The bottom hem just skimmed the ends of my ankles which makes me wish I purchased it in a size 58 inches instead of 56. Also the shape was like a trapeze. the sides were stitched that they hung rather then hugged your top half which made the item modestly cut. The real beauty of the garment came after walking around and see how voluminous the bottom half of the skirt could flare out.
It took awhile, and a little posing! to appreciate the garment. The cut was beautiful and chic but I would have preferred the color I thought I was getting.
If I buy another abaya I would like it to be the along the same style as this one. However, in my honest opinion, it was not worth the 170.00 dollars for me because it did not meet nor exceed my expectations. There are plenty of long sleeve maxi dresses being sold in stores. If you order a size up or add a cardi, it would be hard to tell the difference. I still will watch aab in the future but will make sure I ask and ask again so as not to be surprised. I think it is important that we encourage our Islamic businesses and support them. So I hope they take this review into account and include more detailed item descriptions in the future.
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