The other day there was a longish article in the International Herald-Tribune discussing how Muslim fashion designers are getting more adventurous while still observing the
tenants tenets of their faith:
“Muslim women’s clothing has moved forward in leaps and bounds in only a few years in terms of both comfort and style. The most important change, in my opinion, has been moving away from bland, thick, polyester gowns called jilbabs, which were uncomfortable in hot weather and hard against the skin,” she said. “But now, you can find Muslim clothing offered in every possible color and some that is chic and stylish, but still upholding the modest requirements of our faith.”
One of the more creative designs I read about was the ‘burqini’. It’s essentially a two-piece, beach-friendly tracksuit which covers the whole body. I guess it’s a pragmatic solution to the problem of what to wear to the beach.