While we've been experimenting with relaxed wear for a long time, athleisure(sportwear clothing not really used to do a sport, but for everyday wear) has highly spread around the world in the last couple years. It hasn't just influenced dressing style, but also influenced a level of garment transformation. Now, athleisure may have meant something else in the late 1800's(a long skirt and a suit jacket, at least in New York), presently and more commonly, it means leggings and bomber jackets, but not limited to. According to Anna Wintour, a heavy weight representative of the fashion world(a little redundant, but just in case you never heard of her), stated during NYFW Fall 2016 that we're going to be seeing a lot more of athleisure influence in clothing. And, indeed we have! So, like a good fashion trend behavior, athleisure hasn't just infiltrated styles around the world, but also design--like that of the abaya.
Generally when we think of an abaya, we think silk(one of many fabrics used) and black. We think a beautiful, demure, sensible, and minimalist piece of garment. And while, yes, there are other forms of sports abayas, also in its more relaxed sense of being, we can find the abaya in linen and cotton. Well, the abaya too has gone through design, textile experimentations and joins in on trends--one being athleisure. Qabeela, a Dubai based online boutique is doing a sporty take on the traditional abaya with their SportLux Collection. From afar it looks like a maxi bomber jacket, we'll take that too! The sporty abayas are made out of neoprene material. Now before you go thinking 'scuba diving', think of its other qualities: keeps form, doesn't wrinkle, durable, light-weight, and has insulation properties. And of course we also have to mention that the fabric material has good conservative wear components because it works away from the body, unless of course it's made to be fitting. Neoprene is still experimenting in everyday wear, but has been picking-up popularity speed in the last couple of years. Qabeela makes their sporty luxe abaya in different designs and colors, which also includes customization. Shop at www.qabeela.biz
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Written by Mariana Aguilera