CDP Theme Day: Bright Colors

Underneath those drab black floor length cloaks that all women wear when out in public here in Saudi Arabia lies the latest fashions by the hottest and most expensive designers. Clothing like what is shown in this women’s fancy dress shop would be worn usually to weddings or other formal occasions such as that. Only a woman’s husband, brother or father would ever see her wearing a gown like this, since men and women are generally completely segregated at functions like weddings because socially mixing of the sexes here is culturally unacceptable.
City Daily Photo is an online group of photo bloggers who post photos of their cities so we can all be armchair travelers and learn about other places in the world. The first day of each month is City Daily Photo’s Theme Day. This month’s theme is Bright Colors. Click here to view thumbnails for all participants

About SusieOfArabia

American woman now living in hubby's homeland of Saudi Arabia
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16 Responses to CDP Theme Day: Bright Colors

  1. Lynette says:

    Great Theme Day post! Mine is up at Great photo! Portland Oregon Daily Photo.

  2. Mo says:

    Glad to know there is colour somewhere in their lives.

  3. jazzy says:

    they’re colourful for sure.
    happy august theme day!

  4. Marahm says:

    Thanks for this lovely photo! I’m glad so many people will be able to see what residents in the Kingdom see as a matter of course every time they visit a mall.

    As for weddings, I’ve attended several in Riyadh, one of them rather lavishly done. The women wore hijab only for a few minutes, when the groom made his appearance towards the end of the celebration. All the rest of the evening, they strutted and preened in the most elegant of attire, a sight to behold, indeed.

  5. t. becque says:

    Lovely. And it’s nice that it also shows a bit of culture from your city too!

  6. zyzzyz says:

    Lots of lovely bright colours here.

  7. Hilda says:

    So beautiful! Seems a shame not to be able to show them off to other people. I guess dressing for oneself and one’s husband has to be enough.

    • alyaba says:

      Do you really think woman keep on their abayas on the whole time they are hanging out? lol

      These are nice but actually aren’t very fancy and would probably only be worn at home anyways.

  8. Oh dear, such beautiful clothing and no chance to show yourself in it. What a shame !

    Your photo fits today’s theme beautifully and as always provides a great insight into KSA’s upsetting cultural world.

  9. J Bar says:

    Good theme day post.

  10. Pathfinder says:

    Waah ok this is funny! Are you sure those are women not men in the picture? There is something going one under their dresses.

  11. Pathfinder says:

    There are mixed Saudi weddings in Jeddah and I have been to 2 of them.

    • Thanks, Pathfinder. I know they exist, but the only ones I have ever been to are totally segregated. Can you tell me – do women wear their abayas and hijab all night at mixed weddings or do they show their gowns and their hair? Just wondering…

      • Pathfinder says:

        You are welcome :). Some women wear hijab some don’t. Nope no body was wearing Abaya only colorful modest cloth. The first one I attended was heald in a privet beach house belong to the family and the other one was in “Nadi Al Forosiyah” I think in English its called Equestrian Club.

      • Interesting – I would love to go to a “mixed” wedding here for a change! Thanks so much for your insight.

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