Oppressed or Overdressed: Fashionable abayas

Saudi Arabia in the past was a very common place to see women dressed in all black everything, from head to toe, revealing only their eyes. Some places of Saudi Arabia still have strict cultural norms requiring women to wear the niqab (think piece of fabric covering the face) to feel comfortable. However, now that…

Gold Market

Downtown in the heart of Buraidah there is a bazaar type setup. It’s a bustling area with many different shops, both indoors and outdoors. Some of my co-workers and I heard that there was a gold souk, so we set out to find it, after making a quick stop at the bakery to sample some…

There are two main types of clothing here- There’s the mainstream western apparel (like HM, Zara, Steve Madden, and so on.) Then there is a more traditional eastern apparel, which mixes fun prints and colors with gorgeous embroidery. Most of the dresses are long and flowy, and they have a bohemian vibe to them. Even…

Fashion sense

Saudi Arabia is considered as one of the most conservative countries in the world. There is a dress code, and women wear black abayas, hijabs, and niqabs. The only thing visible on most Saudi Women when they are in public is their eyes. ¬†When they are with other women, however, they are able to wear…