Ok y’all, so I wrote around a month ago (well actually I wrote that quite a few months ago and just got around to posting it a month ago…) about a bit of a decision I have been facing lately, and I wanted to write a quick post to share how things have changed since then, and the answer I came up with to my own question.
As you may remember, I was looking to upgrade my modesty a bit, feeling like I was ready to take the next step on my hijab journey, though not quite sure about which direction to head in.
Well, one day while I was out and about with my husband, it dawned on me…
We were sitting on a bench by the beach, and I kept seeing these women walking past us, and getting a little jealous as to what they were wearing. They all looked so beautiful, and so modest, and also so comfortable.Then I realised, that is the perfect next step!
So a couple days later I brought it up with my husband, and he was totally behind the idea of a changeover for me. I think his exact words were “I will stop you about something nakey-shakey, but I will never stop you about something that covers more.” So we headed out to the city centre and bought a couple of what I call Algerian khimars.
I don’t know what you would actually call them, but this particular style is pretty common here so I just call them Algerian (update: I have recently learned that they are technically, I think, called two piece jilbabs. I think…)!
At any rate, they are two piece sets: you can get them with a skirt and khimar like the ones I have, or you can get them with loose, harem like trousers (sometimes called salwaar) and the khimar on top (which I am considering getting for things like sports, jogging and swimming!).
If you remember anything about how I used to feel about abayas, I used to feel the same about khimars. My main issue is that when you wear a long khimar, arm movement seems to become a bit of an issue. And for someone who enjoys being out and about and doing active things, that is a problem.
But the ones here in Algeria, though they go down past my knees, have awesome little armhole/sleeve bits that simultaneously cover my arms and allow me to use them!
The fabric is also great: it is breathable but not see-through, and light but not light enough to show off all the curves. They are super-loose and comfy, but not so loose that you will get bogged down in billowy fabric. They tie behind the head, so I never have to worry about them slipping off or wearing an under-scarf…heck, I don’t even have to put my hair up any more if I don’t feel like it.
Plus, the waistband is elastic and stretchy enough that I can sit the skirt low enough on my waist for the skirt to be exactly the right length!
Now if only I had my sewing machine to put pockets in them they would be absolutely perfect…
But yeah. I am really happy that I have found something that can take my modesty to the next level were I was feeling I was ready to go, but are also super comfy, and come in lots of pretty colours. I will be working on this wardrobe update for a little while, and I can’t wait to see where the journey will go next!
I would, as always, love to hear any thoughts you may have!