As most of you know,I was lucky enough to escape the cold North for a week to go to my beloved Masr (Egypt)! I did some relaxing, I had some fun, and I even got to shop a little (although I wish I had time for even more of that)..
So what would you want to buy in Egypt? Well there’s always the obvious SCARF. When in Egypt you have to buy tons of scarves (there are not many places elsewhere where you can buy your hijab for less than 2$ and up)!!!! Buy your hijabs from street vendors in Wust el balad (downtown), or bargain in el Husayn (Khan el Khaleely). You should also get your hands on some Egyptian cotton galabiyas with oriental embroidery from here!
If you are like me, and dress in a blend of eastern and western fusion (not abayas), you will definitely need basics to layer with. Thank God then for Carina body wear. I bought 3 lightweight turtlenecks from here, and they’re great. You will find every color your heart desires plus some more. I have to admit that I tried to find the hijab-neck top, and that Carina has stopped carrying it (hmmmm… wonder why).. Anyway looks silly, but I also had a small hope I could turn it into something cool. I managed to find a light pink one in another store. Still haven’t had the guts to wear it…
Hijab accessories are musts! Buy 3 of those 30 cent boxes with hijab pins. Buy 1 and 2 $ under scarves and bonnets in colors you cannot find elsewhere. If you use loose sleeves, buy em too. You can find all this anywhere. You gotta get your hands on the latest hejab fashion magazine as well.
Geneenah mall is my favorite shopping spot for clothing. Not classy like City Stars, but far better quality than the clothes in Wust el balad (and not much more expensive either). On the basement floor you will find most of the scarf and hijab stores, and also all the abayas (more about Geneenah mall later)… Get long tops and stuff you won’t find easily in the West, including loooong skirts.
Shoes! Shoes! Shoes! I have to admit that I hate most of what you get in Egyptian shoe stores. Go to the famous in Egypt Club Aldo for shoes that cost nothing and look hot! My newer favorite shoe store is Tata Tio. They have it in El Rehab Mall II, unfortunately I don’t know where else
So there you go. That’s what hijab fashionistas shop in Egypt. What do you buy when you visit Egypt?