I love purple handbags and totes. I went shopping with my sister-in-law over the weekend at Muscat Festival and fell in love with this Iris-purple hued handbag and that I just couldn't resist. I bartered and bartered and could only get the price down 1 OMR. Which is about $2.80 USD [thank you anon, I haven't checked recent exchange rates]. Nonetheless it was decided, maybe because my SIL is quite pregnant and was tired of walking, and maybe because that particular colour is so fabulous, that one should always buy what one loves, and it became my new work mate. For 6 Omani rials.
They usually come here to read Islamic articles [which this obviously isn't] or to see the latest in hijab or abaya fashions ect... And well, this is what I wear. I don't often get all dolled up in designer abayas because my day-to-day life doesn't require it. Also, you won't see many product reviews here since I rarely shop online in Oman, but this abaya is from a little higher end boutique here [Oman is all about the boutiques] called "Topaz" located in Al Bajha mall. This particular abaya is a casual style, what your average Omani girl wears to run to the store, get groceries, shop with her girlfriends, and because it is a brand name, she might even wear it to a government office. This style is pretty popular, usually in black on black, navy blue,gold or silver satin under black lace, and can be tailored in good quality fabrics on average for 25-30 Omani rials. Ready-made, but in bad quality [to abaya-saavy GCC girls anyways] fabric, you can pick it up for 12-14 Omani rials [like the kind you can buy from online shops like Boutique al Khaleejia in their Souq abaya sections]. In your head, you can calculate like I do, Omani rials is about 284x each 1 rial to get the price in USD. This particular abaya cost 70 Omani rials and was made-to-order, because it is a brand name and the materials are the best quality.
|P.S. when I wear it, I wear it with a purple shayla and always cover my chest. Photos are just to show the abaya's design. If your chest ain't covered then it ain't hijab ladies!|