Fashion & Finance Friday!

Helloooooo Fabulous Friday!

reversecommuter is going to deliver Fashion & Finance Friday with a little Arab flair today – one last hurrah for Dubai!

Camel Selfie!

Camel Selfie!

Dubai is responsible for 40% of the world’s gold trade, and after visiting the Gold Souk in the old part of the city, I conquer.  The value of the physical gold traded in Dubai is $75 MILLION, which explains the wealth that is displayed in the city’s infrastructure, architecture, inhabitants and their fashion!

Gold Souk

Gold Souk

And where better to spend some of that gold trade money but The Mall of the Emirates. The MoE (my acronym) is the 7th most lucrative shopping mall in the world.  The 2.5 MILLION square foot mall, (of which reversecommuter walked quite a few) is host to numerous designer boutiques including Balenciaga, Bottega Veneta, Cartier, Celine, Chanel, Fendi, Gucci etc etc etc.

MoE & Me!

MoE & Me!

Over 535 international stores can be found in the mall, as well as an indoor ski resort, Ski Dubai, as well as over 95 restaurants and two hotels.  The Mall of the Emirates also offers world class fashion & people watching – honestly what more could you ask for?!

Ski Dubai

Ski Dubai

Just be aware of the MoE’s interesting “Courtesy Policy”.

MoE Courtesy Policy

MoE Courtesy Policy

Enjoy the weekend, pop some champs, dress up a little and celebrate the present moment!

xo reversecommuter

 

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Abaya Babes

Visiting Dubai was truly the experience of a lifetime!

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Camel rides on the beach…

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Architecture that defies gravity and redefines structure…

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The Gold Souk – a gold market overflowing with all things 18 & 24K, intricately woven necklaces, rings, bracelets, and charms being hawked in fluorescent lit shops by deal promising Arabs…

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Visiting Dubai was also learning experience, one in culture and as a result I now have a new appreciation for the Abaya, the black cloak worn in public by Muslim women.

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Researching the cultural restrictions prior to leaving, reversecommuter was WORRIED about what part of my wardrobe I would actually be able to wear in Dubai (click here to revisit).  According to Muslim customs, Western women should have everything from the shoulders to the knees covered in public.   Uh…that eliminates my entire summer wardrobe.  Truly.

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Once I arrived in Dubai I noticed that Westerners were taking the dress code quite lightly.  As in Daisy Dukes, revealing sloppy tank tops and mini skirts galore.  All of a sudden the Abaya approach seemed to offer an element of class and grace. Prior to Dubai, the Abaya symbolized oppression and control to me. Dubai taught me that  it’s Abaya wearing women, who by the way compliment the black cloak with 6 inch towering Dior electric blue stiletto sandals, Chanel and Louis Vuitton handbags, expertly applied kohl pencil cats’ eyes, eyelash extensions and brilliantly painted talons, carried themselves with a quiet sophistication and femininity rarely delivered by the yoga pant uniform that has swept across the U.S.  Flashes of designer jeans and flowing wide leg linen pants peeked out of the abayas, gold belts synched the waists, and even the cloaks themselves were sometimes adorned with lace, Swarovski crystals and peekaboo organza patches.

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Poolside I was grateful for the Western summer uniform of a bikini, and the discomfort potential of a black cloak in 100+ degree desert heat is not something reversecommuter will be signing up for anytime soon, but thanks to Dubai’s Muslim women, I now have a new respect and appreciation for the Abaya adorned, with their grace, confidence and air of quiet superiority to the oafy daisy duked.