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What is fast fashion doing to the environment?

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We are becoming increasingly more aware of the damage that we are doing to the environment. We know that the sea levels are rising and we know that we need to work on our carbon footprint. But, do we know the damage that our clothes are causing the environment?

  • What is fast fashion?
  • What happens to our clothes in landfill sites?
  • How do our clothes pollute water?
  • What effect are our clothes having on the carbon footprint?
  • What are our clothes doing to natural habitats?
  • How can we help our planet?

What is fast fashion?

Fast fashion is the process of designing, making, and selling clothing as quickly and cheaply as possible. When there was once a new fashion range to reflect the four seasons of the year, there are now 52 ranges to reflect every week of the year. Fast fashion is cheap to buy, but comes at the price of being made from cheap materials that only last a few wears, and, more importantly, the deterioration of our environment. 

What happens to our clothes in landfill sites? 

A western family, on average, throws away 30 kg of clothing every year. 15% of that clothing is recycled or donated and the other 85% is taken to a landfill. 72% of fast fashion clothing is made from synthetic fibres, which are non-biodegradable. It can take up to 200 years for these fibres to decompose. As our clothing decomposes methane, a greenhouse gas, is emitted into the atmosphere. The rapid pace that we are throwing away clothing, coupled with the slow rate that clothes decompose, has resulted in landfills being inundated with clothing, emitting a greenhouse gas more potent than carbon. 

How do our clothes pollute the water?

The Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change has calculated that the fashion industry uses 1.5 trillion litres of water every year. A 2017 report stated that the average water footprint for a kilo of cotton, equivalent to one pair of jeans and a t-shirt, was 10,000-20,000 litres. This water becomes wastewater, which contains toxic substances, such as lead, mercury and arsenic. It is extremely dangerous to aquatic life and has the potential to travel to the ocean, therefore polluting the water across the globe. 

Even washing our clothes is polluting the water. One washload of polyester can release 700,000 micro-plastic fibres into the environment, and an estimated 500,000 of those fibres end up in the ocean. Although small, micro-plastic fibres are a major contributor to the micro-plastic pollution in our seas and pose a threat to the livelihoods of aquatic animals. 

What effect do our clothes have on the carbon footprint?

The UN has stated that the fashion industry consumes more energy than the aviation and shipping industries combined. In addition, The Pulse report has predicted that fashion emissions will grow by 63% by 2030. 

Fast fashion monopolises on designing, producing and selling clothing at a rapid pace. As a result of this, the industry produces 10% of the worlds carbon dioxide emissions a year amongst other greenhouse gases. Synthetic fibres, made from fossil fuels, are constantly being used in fast fashion because they are cheaper than natural fibres. This makes the production of fast fashion clothing a lot more energy-intensive. In addition, a lot of our clothing is made in countries such as China, Bangladesh and India. These countries are mostly powered by coal, the dirtiest energy in terms of carbon emissions. Buying our clothing at the rate that we currently are is heightening the use of fossil fuels and increasing global warming through intense greenhouse gas emission.

What are our clothes doing to natural habitats? 

The fast fashion industry is a massive contributor to deforestation. In fact, 70 million trees are cut down a year to make clothes. Every year, thousands of hectares of endangered forestry is cut down and replaced by plantations of trees that are grown to make wood-based fabrics such as rayon. This loss of forest is threatening ecosystems, as well as the lives of indigenous people.

As well as deforestation, the fashion industry plays a major role in the degradation of soil. Cashmere goats and sheep are specifically mass-produced for their wool, leading to over pasteurisation. In addition, cotton is sprayed with chemicals to help it to grow, which leads to soil pollution and loss of land.

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How can we help our planet?

Despite the damage that has already been done to our planet, we can prevent further damage from happening. Begin by using conscious fashion brands. These are brands that use environmentally friendly processes to design, produce and manufacturer their clothing. These brands tend to be more expensive to buy from, however, use higher quality materials to create long lasting clothing. Other than this, try to buy second-hand and recycle any of your unwanted clothing.

To prevent endorsing in fast fashion, make sure that you are looking after your clothing. Book your dry cleaning slot by visiting the Laundryheap website or by downloading our free app.


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Make your clothes look new again

It’s infuriating when your favourite white shirt fades in the wash or your hem begins to unravel from your jeans. It’s expensive, and very environmentally unfriendly, to constantly buy new clothes. Instead of indulging in fast fashion, here are 10 ways that you can make your clothes look new again. 

  • Use dye 
  • Spray with starch 
  • Invest in a precision tool 
  • Remove stains with what’s in your kitchen cupboard 
  • Cover it up with a patch
  • See to those seams 
  • Razor away piling 
  • Rotate your clothing 
  • Get a mesh laundry bag 
  • Experiment with buttons

Use dye 

If your whites are looking grey, transform them from dull to dynamic using clothing dye. Clothing dye comes in a range of colours, so be adventurous. If you’re looking for something more subtle, black dye is available.

Spray with starch

Starch can make your clothing look brand new by binding the fabric’s fibres together to give clothes a crisp finish. Additionally, adding starch to your ironing routine can reduce fraying and act as a barrier against dirt and stains. You can add starch to your laundry routine by adding 1-2 tablespoons of starch to a cup of water and dispensing the solution into your washing machine. Alternatively, spray starch is available and can be sprayed straight onto clothing. 

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Invest in a precision tool 

Loose threads can make clothes look untidy and unkempt. A precision tool is an easy fix for this problem. Simply insert the instrument where the loose thread is from the exterior side. Pull the tool through the fabric, allowing the hook to pull the loose thread, and watch the thread disappear. Precision tools are cheap to buy and a useful instrument.

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Remove underarm stains with what’s in your kitchen

Underarm stains are inevitable yet can’t be removed by normal washing. There are 3 ways to remove underarm stains and the main ingredient for each method can be found in your kitchen. 

  1. Pour white vinegar directly onto the stain and gently rub. Leave it for 5 minutes before putting the item of clothing into the washing machine and washing as normal.
  2. Create a paste of 3 parts baking soda and 1 part water. Use a toothbrush to apply the paste directly onto the stain in a scrubbing motion. Leave for up to 2 hours depending on how severe the stain is before washing the clothing as normal. 
  3. Mix equal parts lemon juice as water and scrub the mixture onto the stain. Alternatively, leave the stain to soak in the solution for up to 10 minutes depending on how severe it is. 
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Cover it up with a patch

Patches have made a re-entrance into the world of fashion recently and provide an easy solution to covering up small stains and rips in clothing. Simply buy a patch, or cut a patch out from some old fabric, and sew it directly on top of the stain or rip. They work most effectively on denim items of clothing. 

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See to those seams

Unravelling seams shouldn’t be the reason for throwing out your favourite clothing. If you see that a seam is unravelling, fold up the seam and squeeze a small amount of seam sealant on the folded material. Leave it to dry for a few minutes before getting on with your day, completely worry-free about the potential of your seam coming undone. 

Razor away piling 

Piling on clothing is incredibly irritating and can ruin a whole look. Piling occurs when groups of broken fibres tangle together in a knot on the surface of clothing due to rubbing whilst worn. It’s inevitable BUT has a simple solution. Use a standard razor and gently shave away the piling. Be careful not to be too harsh on your clothes or you could cause snags or tears.

Rotate your clothing 

We all have our favourite outfits, but it’s important that we rotate our clothing, especially when it comes to stiffer items, such as jackets. The more times you wear the same items of clothing the more worn they will become. This can lead to certain items losing their shape and structure and therefore not fitting as well as they did before. To avoid this, rotate your clothing and give your fabric time to rest and reshape itself. This will lead to your clothes lasting longer and you getting the optimum amount of wears from your favourite looks. 

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Get a mesh laundry bag

Rips and snags can occur when using a washing machine, but can also be easily prevented by using a laundry bag. You may already have a laundry bag for your more delicate items, such as underwear, however, they are also available for normal items of clothing. Simply place your clothing into the mesh bag and place it into the washing machine. Remember not to overload the bags as this could lead to your clothing getting tangled, which could lead to damage. 

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Experiment with buttons 

Buttons can fall off very easily. To keep your clothes looking fresh always try and sew buttons back on as soon as they fall off. Alternatively, you can buy different types of buttons and sew them on to a garment to heighten the look. For example, try gold or pearl buttons on a simple work shirt. This adds a stylish quality to your look and will make your outfit a complete original. 

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To maintain the standard of your clothing it’s always best to get your clothes dry cleaned. Book your slot by visiting the Laundryheap website or by downloading the app.


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Spring Fashion 2020

It’s time to pack away the jumpers and make room for clothing of a lighter kind as we welcome spring 2020 to our wardrobes. This new season brings with it the possibility of a brand new wardrobe of vibrant colours and lighter fabrics. Here’s what you can expect from spring fashion 2020. 

  • The disco collar 
  • Shorts of all lengths
  • Highlighter colours
  • The return of the waistcoat 
  • A new look for leather

The disco collar 

We’re heading back to the ’70s this spring with the disco collar. This pronounced collar will be seen on coats, jackets, and shirts both on and off the dancefloor. If you’re feeling brave, choose a collar in a contrasting colour, guaranteed to leave you with that Saturday night fever. 

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Shorts of all lengths 

Short shorts are making a return this season, so bring your legs out of hiding and show them off to the world. Pair your shorts with a long-sleeved top or light jacket, and finish off the look with knee-high boots to stop your legs from getting cold during those April showers. 

If short shorts aren’t for you, Bermuda shorts are the way forward. Jazz up your usual office attire with a classy Bermuda short suit- perfect for keeping cool in the office.

Highlighter colours 

We’ve been back to the ’70s, but now we’re re-winding to the ’80s for the return of neon. This spring, highlighter neons will be bringing us sunshine on even the cloudiest of days. To tone down your look, pair your neons with black, white and tan items of clothing. Alternatively, if you aren’t quite ready to embrace the colour intensity, add some neon to your wardrobe with a subtle accessory. 

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The return of the waistcoat 

Back in 2005, supermodel Kate Moss made waistcoats a fashion staple when she paired hers with a pair of denim shorts at Glastonbury. Now, the waistcoat is making its return. Whether you want to wear it on its own, with a flowing shirt or as part of a three-piece-suite, this fashion classic will definitely be found somewhere in your wardrobe this spring. 

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A new look for leather 

Say goodbye to the monotony of black and brown leather because, this spring, leather has been reinvented in technicolour. This season it’s all about being bright, bold and colourful, and leather is no exception. We’ll soon be seeing hot pink leather skirts paired with electric blue leather jackets- nothing is being done subtly this season. 

We want to make sure that your spring wardrobe stays in peak condition, which is why we pick up, launder and deliver your clothes back to you within 25 hours. Head to the Laundryheap app now to book your slot. 


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How To Prevent Clothes From Fading In The Wash

No one likes wearing worn-out clothing where the colour has faded; that’s why it’s essential to look after our clothes for it to remain in good condition. Prevent your dark coloured clothes from fading in the wash with these tips.

How To Prevent Clothes From Fading In The Wash

  • Wash in cold water
  • Wash inside out
  • Use vinegar or salt
  • Don’t wash too often
  • Dry naturally

Wash In Cold Water

When it comes to washing your dark clothes, always run them through a cold wash with a temperature of 30/40°c to help preserve the fabric’s dye and fibres. Avoid washing at warmer temperatures as the heat will cause the colour to bleed out.

Wash Inside Out

Before washing your dark clothes, turn them inside out. It will help to reduce the friction from rubbing against other clothing which causes fabric fibres to break and will prevent colour fading colour on the outside layer.

Use Vinegar Or Salt

These ingredients come in handy when it comes to protecting the colours of your clothes. Add a cup of vinegar to the rinse cycle or half a cup of salt to the wash cycle.

Don’t Wash Too Often

If your clothes aren’t visibly dirty or smelly, there’s no need to wash them. Most clothing pieces can be worn a few times before washing anyway. Check out how often you should be washing your clothes. For clothes that don’t need frequent washing, spot clean them if you notice a bit of dirt after 1-2 wears.

Dry Naturally

To preserve the colour after washing, it’s best to naturally air dry your clothes by hang dry or dry flat, away from direct contact of the sun. 

By following these tips, you can be sure to keep the colours on your clothes from fading in the wash and lasting years to come. If you require a professional laundry or dry cleaning service that collects and delivers to your door, book a collection with Laundryheap


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10 Basic Wardrobe Essentials For Men

Every stylish man needs a few good ‘basic’ wardrobe essentials that work for any occasion and every season.

10 Basic Wardrobe Essentials For Men

  1. Plain Tees: The most basic of basics are plain t-shirts- black, white and grey. They’re a perfect staple item for casual and formal occasions that can either make your look subtle or bold.
  2. Slim Fit Jeans: Jeans are a versatile piece of clothing. Slim fit jeans, however, will give your style edge and will work with any look.
  3. Slim fit Chinos: Just like jeans, slim fit chinos work with all styles and is a perfect alternative to jeans. 
  4. Button Down Shirt: Patterned or plain, button down shirts are easy to style and can create class to the most causal of outfits.
  5. Bomber Jacket: This wardrobe staple can help make a statement to any outfit-formal or causal.
  6. Denim Jacket: These jackets can be worn all year round and go with with literally everything, even over a hoodies.
  7. Sweatshirt: Wear on it’s own for a casual style or over a button down shirt for those special occasions. Choose muted colours like black, grey or navy as these colours can be paired with anything.
  8. Tailored Suit: Every man needs a tailored suit to look daper for those special events. What’s great is, you can take the suit’s blazer and create a whole new style like wearing it over a plain tee and jeans.
  9. Crewneck Jumper: Navy, black or grey crewneck jumpers can be worn with any style and is great for both cold and warm weather.
  10. Belt: A belt is a great accessory that can enhance your overall look.

Keep your clothes looking fresh all year round by giving your clothes the proper care needed when you wash them. For professional laundry and dry cleaning, schedule a collection with Laundryheap.


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How To Colour Coordinate Your Clothes

Do you always wear the same colours and want to spice up your style but struggle to colour coordinate? Fortunately, I’ve put together a simple guide that can make colour coordinating your clothes easy. For the most part, you’ll need to have a basic understanding of the primary, secondary and tertiary colours on the colour wheel.

How To Colour Coordinate Your Clothes

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  • Complementary Colours

Colours that are directly opposite the traditional colour wheel are complementary colours, like red and green, or orange-yellow and green-blue. Bold as you think they may be, when put together, these colours compliment each other well. Follow this colour coordination for a bold style.

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  • Split Complementary Colours

This colour coordination look is all about choosing one colour, plus two bordering colours opposite the colour you have chosen. For example, choosing yellow and pairing it with blue-purple and purple-red. You can choose softer or more vibrant contrasts of the colours, like a darker yellow instead of a vibrant one.

 

  • Analogous Colours

Analogue colours are colours that are sitting next to each other on the colour wheel. Choose 2-3 colours on the colour wheel that are right next to each other like red, red-orange and orange, and focus on those colours to create your outfit. 

  • Triadic

This colour combination consists of three colours that are evenly divided in the colour wheel. For example, pairing purple, green and orange together. You can choose to style these colours in muted shades if you don’t want a bold coloured look.

  • Monochromatic

Choose one colour and stick with that colour and it’s different gradients only. If, for example, you’ve chosen the colour blue, you can pair blue tones such as denim, teal or stone together.

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  • Neutral Colours

Neutral coloured clothing combinations are one of the most popular style choices that people go for as they work together to create a chic and classy look. Colours such as white, black, ivory, beige, nude, grey, navy, cream etc. fall into this category.

 

  • Match with skin tone

In case you weren’t aware, the colour wheel has two categories: warm (earthy shades) and cool tones. Choosing colours that suit your skin tone will enhance your features as well as complexion, and will look pleasing to the eye. 

For blue/cool undertones, go for the colder side of the palette, which includes colours such shades of blue, green, burgundy and purple. For yellow/warm undertones, go for warmer colours such as red, coral, amber, or brown.

 

Keep your style fresh, season after season, by making sure your clothes are well looked after. If you require a professional laundry or dry cleaning service Laundryheap will collect, clean and have your clothes returned to you in less than 24 hours.


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Traditional Emirati Clothing

The history of traditional Emirati Clothing originates from Bedouins and reigns supreme on modesty for both men and women. It represents the culture and religion of the region, and also happens to be suitable for the high-temperature climate.

A majority of Emirati’s still wear the traditional clothing, especially when and where it is required, despite the western influence.

Here are the basics of what you need to know about traditional Emirati clothing.

Traditional Emirati Men’s Clothing

  • Kandura / Dishdasha: The traditional Emirati male clothing is a long robe called the kandura or dishdasha. It is traditionally in the colour white, but there are other colours, like grey and brown, which are more likely to be worn during the winter months. The length of the kandura is typically ankle length, however, those who have a royal or wealthy status wear longer robes.
  • Ghutra/Keffiyeh: The kandura is traditionally worn with a white or red and white checked cloth draped over the head called the ghutra or keffiyeh, which is held in place by a headband the agal. These headdresses are typically worn to protect the face from blowing dust and the harsh rays of the sun.
  • Bisht: The Bisht is a jacket-like garment worn over the Kandura. It is often worn by wealthy or royal figures and also on special occasions like weddings or festivals.

Traditional Emirati Women’s Clothing

  • Abaya: Abayas are long, black flowing dresses that cover the body except for the face, feet and hands. Tradition considers black abayas to be socially conservative. However, there are now various designs and colours that include embroideries and embellishments. It is common for women to wear western outfits underneath their abaya.
  • Shela (Shayla): Women who follow the traditional dress standards usually wear a headscarf called Shela, also known as Shayla, to cover the hair. It is a lightweight material that is commonly black and worn with the abaya. A majority of women choose to wear designer scarves, like Dior, as an alternative.
  • Gishwa: For more traditional women, a gishwa is a more modest option that acts as a veil to cover the entire face, with a thin enough fabric to still be able to see through it. This is more popular among older women.
  • Burqa: Another traditional piece of Emirati clothing that is more modest is called the burqa. This type of headscarf or hijab covers the entire face and body, only revealing the eyes. It is worn over the abaya and is also common among older women.

Traditional Emirati clothing needs to be well taken care of to remain neat and presentable. Clothing can be cleaned carefully at home or taken to a Laundryheap for professional laundry and dry cleaning service.


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How To Instantly Look More Stylish

Want a simple way to spice up your style? Buying the trendiest and most expensive clothes is not the only way to look stylish. Sometimes, all it takes is adding a pop of colour, an accessory or wearing a piece of clothing differently.

How To Instantly Look More Stylish

  • Colour combination

Colour combination is one of the main factors that can make or break your style. If you want to look more stylish without even trying, wear colours that compliment or match each other. 

For example, if your outfit is black, style it with a bold red coloured jacket or red shoes, or both, if they match.  If you’re not big on bold, bright colours, stick to neutral colours such as black, white, nude, beige, ivory, khaki or grey. These colours do not take much effort to style and are very classy.

  • Patterns

Whether it’s leopard print, stripes or floral, clothing with a pattern will help boost your style. Make sure not to go all out on the prints though. A patterned shirt with plain bottoms or vice versa goes a long way.

  • Accessories

Adding a few accessory pieces to even the dullest looking outfits will help liven it up. Wear a belt, a watch, a pair of sunglasses or a few pieces of jewellery to give your outfit the ‘wow’ factor. Remember your bag is also your accessory, so make sure it compliments your outfit.

It’s important to note that you shouldn’t overcrowd your outfit with too many accessories. Choose the right amount of accessories as well as pieces that go well with your outfit. Also, don’t forget to keep the weather in mind.

  • Wear it differently

Experiment with your clothing pieces. Wear your jacket over your shoulders, do a half tuck in with your shirt or roll up the bottom of your jeans. You can also experiment with footwear for your outfits, like wearing sneakers with a dress or pumps with jeans. These little adjustments will make your outfit more stylish.

 

A good style starts with fresh looking clothing. It’s important that you take good care of your clothes and keep them in good shape. This starts with washing and storing them well. To get your clothes professionally cleaned, book a collection with Laundryheap.


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10 Basic Wardrobe Essentials For Women

Every woman needs a few good ‘basic’ wardrobe essentials. The simple pieces of clothing that you can repeatedly wear on any occasion and style in different ways. Whilst fashion trends constantly change, these basic clothing pieces will stick around for a long time.

10 Basic Wardrobe Essentials For Women

  1. Plain white Tee: A classic white shirt, whether it’s a crew or v-neck, is a perfect staple item that you should have in your wardrobe. This versatile item can be paired with anything and can be worn in any season.
  2. Button-down Shirt: Spice up simplicity with a printed or coloured button-down shirt. This piece is great for giving you a polished look. Great for any occasion, paired with jeans or a skirt.
  3. Denim Jacket: Oversized, distressed or cropped, denim jackets have been in style for a very, very long time and are still trendy today. A classic blue mid wash denim jacket is a perfect versatile option.
  4. Leather Jacket: A great piece for adding edge to any outfit, leather jackets have been around for quite some time too and is still a stylish statement piece today. 
  5. Striped shirt: For a minimalist but chic pattern, striped shirts always do the trick. Black and white stripes are more versatile and can be paired with almost anything and any colour.
  6. Black pants: For formal and work occasions, black pants are another foundation piece to have in your wardrobe. It’s okay to invest in a good pair of black pants as they will always be a formal trend.
  7. Blazer: Much like black pants, a blazer is a must have piece to finish off a formal or work outfit. For a versatile blazer, opt for choosing plain colours or neutral plaid colours.
  8. Dark washed denim: For a pair of jeans that won’t go out of style? Dark washed denim jeans are the one. This wardrobe essential is great for any occasion and any season. Pair with sneakers for a casual look, and pair with heels for an evening look.
  9. Neutral jumper: For when you’re always on the go, a good quality neutral-coloured jumper will give you a chic look that you can pair with absolutely anything. 
  10. Black dress: Whether it’s a little black dress or a midi, this wardrobe staple can be styled for both casual and formal occasions, and can be used all year round.

It’s important to take care of basic wardrobe essentials so you can wear them again and again for years to come. Make sure to give your clothes the proper care needed when you wash them. For professional laundry and dry cleaning, schedule a collection with Laundryheap.


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Choosing The Right Abaya For You

Gone are the days when abayas were just a plain black, traditional design. Now, with the developments of abayas becoming a fashion statement whilst also keeping the modesty, you can find all sort of styles with different colours, embellishments and designs.

Whether you’re choosing an abaya for everyday wear or a special occasion, choosing the right one will compliment your look and figure. Make a simple misjudgement and you can find yourself looking dull and feeling uncomfortable.

Choosing The Right Abaya For You

  • Length

The first thing to consider when choosing an abaya is your height. Whether you’re tall or short, abaya’s should reach the full length of your body and shouldn’t be any shorter than a few centimetres below your ankle. When trying on an abaya, test to see what it will look like with and without heels (tiptoe if you can’t test with heels). 

  • Fit

You definitely want to look for an abaya that compliments your body and enhances your features. That’s not to say that your abaya should have a tight body fit, but should fit well enough so that you can comfortably wear your own clothes underneath. If you have more of a pear-shaped figure, choose an abaya that is wide at the bottom and tighter on the sleeves. For a slimmer or skinny figure, opt for an abaya that has more layers to accentuate your figure. 

  • Sleeve length

No one likes sleeves that are too short or too long, especially when they weren’t designed to fit that way. When choosing the right abaya, make sure the sleeves are at wrist length unless the design states otherwise. 

  • Fabric

When it comes to choosing an abaya, make sure it matches the season. You wouldn’t want to wear a silk abaya in the winter or a wool abaya in the summer. Make sure to choose abayas with light fabric for the summer and leave the heavy and layered abayas for the winter. Most importantly, make sure you feel comfortable!

If you’re purchasing your abaya online, check the size guides carefully and read the product descriptions for the fabric types.

For professional abaya cleaning, you can schedule a free collection with laundryheap and have your abayas returned to you in less than 24 hours.