To Jilaba or not to Jilaba…

by Tina on September 28, 2007

in Fashion, Morocco


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.


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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