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by Unknown02 August, 2013

“What to wear, what to wear..”, I ponder to myself while shifting my eyes across the crammed rack in my walk in closet. From vibrant colors to toned-down hues, my jalabiyas stare back at me from the corner, waiting for me to make my pick.
“So many jalabiyas, so little time!”, my teenage cousin Gheeda echoes from the bedroom where she is spread out on my bed, resting her chin on her hands.
I chuckled as she teases me and slowly pick up my long black Martin Margiela dress and head out of the closet.
“After an entire half hour, you choose this black maxi dress?” Gheeda flays her hands in the air dramatically in confusion.
“Just you wait and see…”, I teasingly wink at her and walk to my drawers where I have all my accessories arranged.
With all the events coming up during Ramadan, I always try to have my outfits organized ahead of time. When you’re invited to Iftar one day, Suhoor the next, bazaars, and charity events and gatherings all week, you really need to have a prepared wardrobe. Dress code during this month always comprises of jalabiyas. Simply said: if you’re not in a jalabiya, you don’t fit in. 
Different events and occasions call for different jalabiyas. It is not a “one-type fits all” kind of fashion. One rule to follow is to choose light fabrics such as cotton, especially during the very hot days of summer that have been coinciding with Ramadan. Cotton thobes are always my only choice for daily iftars at home or with close relatives. For casual outings, I opt for printed kaftans. To be honest, printed kaftans are my favorite. Casual yet strikingly stylish with vibrant colors, I feel traditional yet contemporary at the same time.
Traditional Moroccan kaftans are another favorite of mine. With its wide sleeves and long flowing robe, I feel elegant and feminine when attending “bigger” events and Iftars.
As you already know, a variety of fabrics are available when it comes to kaftans and jalabiyas. Cotton for daily casual events, old Saudi traditional fabrics like shalki, or even culturally inspired thobes from southern or western regions of the Kingdom. Traditional gold thread embroidery and silver thread embroidery highlight elegance and sheer femininity at fancy events and gatherings.
“Oh woooow!”, Gheeda gasps as I walk out of my dressing room and face her. I am wearing my long black Martin Margiela dress, but have accessorized it with a Moroccan gold threaded belt. On my ears and wrists, I have worn my traditional yellow gold jewelry to match.
“I told you you wouldn’t be disappointed!” I wave my finger across her face and gently pinch the tip of her nose.
I glance at myself in the mirror. The dress looks like a jalabiya, and wraps nicely around my waist. In order to stay fit and avoid over-eating during this month, I prefer to wear my jalabiyas tight at the waist, or just belt them up with something matching.
As I slide my feet into my Raffia’ wedges for an extra traditional touch, I pick up a cupcake from the tray Gheeda brought in from the kitchen.
“But you’re going to Suhoor! Leave these for me!”, Gheeda wails with a laugh.
Ignoring her I sink my teeth in the sticky moist cake and close my eyes.
“Yummmmm! What flavor are these????”, I ask as I reach for another one.
So much for staying fit..