Fashion and beauty standards in Arabian countries

The culture of Arabian countries comes from Arab and Islamic cultures. The society is deeply religious, conservative, traditional in its way, and family-oriented. Many attitudes and traditions are centuries-old. And are fully respected and followed, derived from Arab civilization and Islamic heritage. Fashion and beauty standards in Arabian countries are entirely different from eastern culture.

All Arab countries follow culture and Islamic faith by heart. While Islam is the predominant religion here. All religious groups are equal and have same rights. According to Arabs people God(Allah) controls and orchestrate most of the life’s events.

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Fashion in Arabian countries

The fashion and clothing of the Middle East countries represent a huge evolution of historical and social change. Also a mixture of influences that have enriched and modernized its diverse cultures as well as fashion and produced a custom of dress both progressive and competing population and yet true to its traditional design identities for the people living and following their culture. The overall effect is a vast and unique collection of clothing traditions adapted and adjusted to new social orders, local climates, and activities and events 

Traditional Islamic clothing reflects their cultural values calling for modesty and humility and safety, though styles and shades vary throughout the times which has passed. Religious customs of Arabia demands conservative costume for both men and women individually. Men wear long dresses covering their whole body. Despite their social status and power, here men wear the ‘thobe’. Fashion and beauty standards in Arabian countries are different in terms of looks.

 It is Etymology. The word thawb is the classical Arabic word for “garment”. It is also know as thobe or thaub .It is a tunic, generally long and usually white in color.

Islamic codes of conduct and behavior and dress are very strict. In public places, women needs to cover their heads with a headscarf and wear a long skirt or loose trousers, along with a long-sleeved tunic or coat that reaches to the knee.


The word Hijab generally describe a Muslim women’s modest dress. It refers to a square or rectangular piece of fabric. It is folded, placed over the head, and fastened under the chin as a headscarf and is present in various colors and prints.

For Saudi Arabian men, clothing is also an important aspect of Arab identity. It distinguish the wearer’s profession and social status. Prior to unification, the r merchants of Hejaz in Saudi Arabia used to dress in contrast to the ulema (religious teachers) and the mutawwifin who served as guides to various pilgrims. The tujjar merchants wore long toe length, loose-flowing coats of plain or printed comfortable white fabric with bright turbans or caps which is called the ulema, whose role was to elect the king along with all members of the royal family, wore ample gowns, and the mutawwifin, who guided the pilgrims both in prayer and in direction of life, usually wore a less-elaborate local dress.

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