Many Muslim women wear abayas as part of their day-to-day outfits, especially in the Middle East. And why wouldn’t they? Aside from being stylish, abayas are also comfortable and convenient—in fact, one of the most popular abaya styles in the UK is an open abaya.

Similar to a kimono and just as fab and stylish, open abayas are as versatile as can be. You can pair them with almost any kind of inner outfit whether you’re out running errands or simply lounging around with your friends. Wearing an open front abaya adds a certain air of classiness and elegance no matter where you go, and with so many ways to wear the front open abaya, getting inspiration for your next outfit is as easy as 1-2-3 (HINT: for modern abayas, check out!

With the right fashion combo of versatile pieces in your wardrobe, you can totally rock the latest open abaya trend in the UK today—and here are just six ways you can do it! 

  1. Simple & Elegant Open Abaya for UK Women

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One of the best and easiest ways to wear the open abaya style here in the UK is to keep it simple. Neutral colours like blacks, greys, beiges, and browns allow you to use your abayas in plenty of mix-and-match combinations, and most of the time, less is more (especially in modest fashion)! Abayas with versatile colours can be used for any type of occasion, from casual Fridays to formal evening events.

Shop the Look: Princess Abaya, £75.00 GBP (was £110.00) | Shop other Abaya

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Plus, investing in abayas in everyday shades can help you stick to your budget since you can always rock ‘em again and again! Who says there’s a strict rule on wearing your outfits twice? After all, reusing is not only good for the environment—it’s also certainly good for your wallet. So go ahead, don’t be afraid to wear those outfits multiple times—your budget will thank you for it!

  1. Style your Casual Open Abaya with Matching Belt 

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All over the world and in the UK, an abaya fashion trend that many Muslim women are getting into is pairing your open abaya with its matching belt. Sleek, casual, and totally timeless, styling it with a plain white shirt and relaxed denim jeans is a classic—and when you pair that elegant ensemble with an open abaya with sash as an added outer layer, you can instantly class up any event and turn heads the right way no matter where you go!

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Open abayas in the UK look quite similar to the modern rendition of a Japanese kimono. The front open abaya with a belt or sash is as much of a fan favourite as the breezy kimono, and when paired with your everyday jeans, you can totally look effortlessly chic all while staying true to your modest style.

  1. Open Abaya Trend in the UK with Pops of Colour

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For days when you want to inject a little bit more excitement and colour into your life, you can amp up your abaya fashion trend in the UK with vibrant shades that stand out from the crowd. Don’t worry—standing out doesn’t necessarily mean seeking unwanted attention for yourself. It just means that you look a cut above the ordinary (which isn’t a bad thing!).

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Rocking abayas in different colours can vary the outfits you wear on a regular basis. It helps keep you from getting bored too quickly with the clothes you already have in your closet, because mixing and matching different colour combinations is a fun styling activity that just might inspire you to get up even earlier in the morning! 

  1. Style Open Front Abaya with Pants or Jeans

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We’ve covered wearing the open abaya style with a sash with jeans, but denim isn’t the only type of pants you can rock with this Muslim garb. Aside from casual open abaya designs, you can also wear this long, flowy robe with wide-leg pants and culottes. Aren’t smart-looking trousers the perfect confident boosters?

Shop the Look: Charlotte Abaya Royal Blue, £89.00 GBP (was £119.00) 
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Instead of treating the open abaya trend in the UK as a laid-back style, you can also incorporate it in your business and formal outfits. Match your abayas with loose, long pants for days when you want to own that business meeting, or when you need to make a killer presentation to lock down that deal with a big-shot client. Confidence in what you wear is a big step up to projecting a more empowered vibe!

  1. Show Off Dresses with Your Open Abaya Style

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Classy, sleek, and at the height of ultimate femininity, long, flowy dresses look undeniably good when paired with a front open abaya. Be it for casual open abaya designs or for more formal occasions, pairing an abaya with a dress gives you the opportunity to look even more conservative when the occasion calls for it.

Shop the Look: Loose Cut Feathered Silver Kaftan Abaya, £95.00 GBP (was £110.00) | Shop other Abaya

Let's say you really like how a particular dress looks on you, but you find it a tiny bit too tight, or it doesn't have the kind of sleeves that you want. Fret not! You can still grab that to-die-for piece because you can easily match it with your open abaya for the cold UK days. With this nifty little fashion trick, you get the coverage you want, are kept nice and warm, and still, have stylish flair! 

  1. Front Open Abaya Outfits Paired with Accessories

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Even the simplest outfits can be revamped and upgraded with the right accessories (like a waist bag!), and your front open abaya is no exception. What accessories you pair with your get-up can drastically change your look! Case in point: a plain shirt, jeans, and abaya ensemble can go both ways—ultimately laid-back with sneakers or effortlessly chic with block heels.

Shop the Look: Royal Abaya Black, £59.00 GBP (was £99.00) | Shop other Abaya  
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The same goes for other accessories like your sunnies and your bags—think aviators versus cat-eyed, or clutch versus a mini backpack. There are countless renditions to pair with the same UK-based open abaya look. The open abaya style in the UK is just so fabulously versatile that you can wear almost any accessory with it and be at your most stylish any time of the day! 

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