Part 1 : Sizes/Measurements – How to choose the right Jilbab ( or Niqab, Khimar and Abaya)

Part 1 : Sizes/Measurements – How to choose the right Jilbab ( or Niqab, Khimar and Abaya)

It’s ok to not feel comfortable in your Jilbab

Too big or too tight, too heavy or too light, too long or too short – there are solutions and tips to help you making the right choices when buying modest clothing and to make you feel comfortable wearing them.

We will give you some advices in a serie of articles, aiding you to choose the right item, and how to deal with some issues.

You are welcome to share your tips in the comment section.

Part 1 : Sizes/Measurements

How to know the measurements?

We know buying some clothes, online or at a store, can be difficult when you can’t try them or haven’t had the experience of wearing them daily.

We recommend you to make your choice based on the the size guide, and if there is no size guide, you should contact the shop to ask for it.

The size chart can be very simple with two sizes, based on height, for example, smaller than 5ft5 or taller than 5ft5. More sizes could be included, making it easier to choose a size closer to your measurements; you could find out you are between two sizes, the best thing to do is to check the measurements of the items to see the difference between the lengths.

If there is no specifications like Petite, Plus Size, or Tall — it means that the item is a standard size, which aims to fit most of the sizes from small to large.
It can include extra large but it is always better to contact the seller before making your purchase, as some items, especially the skirts, can fit tight.
In essence, modest clothing are wide, but it is still recommended to check in the description if there is a specific indication about how it fits.

As for the head opening of a Jilbab or a Khimar, it has always been a bit tricky for the brands to decide of the right one, as the sizes of heads can vary a lot.
The standard opening size is approximately 30-32 cm, if you think that you have a small or a large head, it is recommended to check with the seller the length of the opening head.

The sellers will always try to advise you with the best of their knowledge, but others factors will have to be taken into consideration — your shape, your weight, the clothes underneath, your shoes, and other details will make a difference on how a Jilbab can look.

What will you do with thoses measurements?

You can take the measurements on yourself so you will know where you want the length of the item to be, or the best thing to do is to take an item from your closet that fits you perfectly, and to compare it with the measurements given.

Keep in mind that manufacturers usually deal with large amounts of items, and measurements are still approximate, which means they could differ from a few millimeters or 1cm.
It is impossible for a shop to measure every single item they will send, however this usually won’t affect how they will fit, except if it is a lot of centimeters more.
 In that case you can still contact the shop to discuss it with them.

«  I want my Jilbab or Abaya to stop before, at, or under my ankles  » :

The recommend size will usually stop at your ankles.
However without seeing you, the seller will have difficulties to advise you; like we said before, choosing the right length can depend on many other factors.
For example you have to take into consideration that the length will look shorter if you wear shoes.

« I wear a size 58 Abaya, what size should I get ? » :

The size guide will usually depend on your height; the Abaya size corresponds to the length of the Abaya.

If you are more comfortable choosing your size depending on your Abaya size, you will find below the equivalence with your height :


Common issues with easy solutions or tips:

Here are some tips if you own an item and still want to wear it eventhough it has an issue or issues; depending on the issue you might need: to be able to sew yourself or ask a tailor.

Head opening:

If your head opening is too small and you want to make it larger, you can open both sides of the opening a little bit by cutting some of the seam, and you can secure them with a few stitches.

If your head opening is too large and you want to make it smaller, it will depend on how it was made, you might be able to add a few stiches or you can try to use a pin. Securing the opening with a few stiches will be more comfortable.

Skirt too long:

If the skirt has an elastic waist, it will be easy as you can roll it up; you can also secure it with safety pins or stitches.

One Piece Jilbab or Abaya too short:

You can shorten it up to your knees then use the one piece Jilbab as a Jilbab top or the Abaya as a top paired with a skirt.
If you saw them as short enough, all you will have to do is to add a skirt.

Sleeves too loose:

You can add fingerloops (for example small elastics).
You can also attach small sleeves to the wrists inside the Jilbab Sleeves.

If you had any other issue regarding the measurements feel free to leave us a comment, also any added tips will be great.

Part 2 Fabrics : Coming soon insha Allah

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Comments (4)

  1. This is a very valuable topic to speak on .
    BarakaLlahu fiih

    Yusuf Salma
    March 7, 2021 Reply
  2. […] Part 1, we talked about the Measurements, in part 2 we will talk about the […]

  3. It’s soo hard to find a jilbab that fit my head, almost every jilbaab has big head. You can see my ear and chin.

    Yasmin Socdal
    April 28, 2021 Reply
    • Use a under scarf Bonnet. The one that covers head ears and neck.

      May 4, 2021 Reply

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