To Jilaba or not to Jilaba…

by Tina on September 28, 2007

in Fashion, Morocco

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This question has been plaguing me for almost nine months… should I wear the traditional dress or keep to my modest yet Western clothing?  I have seriously been considering this question after a few conversations with the locals.  My conclusion is that I can get by with my Western clothes because I dress young and look young (a friend told me that- thankfully the stress of moving to another country and learning a new language hasn’t caught up with my face yet!)  Haha!  But, and of course, there is always a but, women once they get married almost always wear a jilaba.  I don’t know why I’ve been fighting it so much.  Maybe because it just looks like a big frumpy robe and I don’t want to look like a sack (I’m just being honest!)  And maybe a small part of me wonders if I will look weird- like I’m trying to be something that I’m not.

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Well, after all that being said my next mission is to find some pretty material that won’t make me cry every time I wear it and have a jilaba made.  I tried to scan the cover of a magazine and one of the pages to try to show you roughly what a jilaba looks like.  These are some of the prettiest jilabas I’ve seen and very fashionable.  (The top picture, though, with the cleavage showing is about like walking around nude!)  I wanted to go out on the streets and take some pictures, but people are very sensitive about having their pictures taken and I don’t want to offend anyone.  After all, I have to actually live here, unlike a tourist who breezes in and out.

My language teacher who has really become a friend went with me yesterday to look at some fabric.  She seemed to think something in a solid would be a good idea (after I kept pointing at huge patterns and polka dots!)  What can I say, I like to make a statement when I go out… though I am trying to draw attention AWAY from myself.

Anyways!  I’d love to hear your thoughts!  Maybe now that Jack is coming back I can get the camera from him and snap a few pictures (when it seems appropriate, of course!)

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