Random Street Style—Islamabad

Ladies in Islamabad go by different levels of fashion and hijab. Following is sample.

1. Normal and acceptable look


Head need not be covered but a ‘dopatta’ or a shawl is a must.

2. A little more conservative


Head must be covered. Covering the face is optional.

3. Fully covered


Although the traditional ‘shuttlecock’ burqa is very rare in Pakistan, the above look is the current conservative look.

4. Not very conservative

The level of fashion as well as hijab varies greatly among the families. The following is the so called a modern look, also frequently seen.


Hope you enjoy.

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9 comments on “Random Street Style—Islamabad
  1. Joe says:

    I love it šŸ˜€

  2. Great photos and even better commentary. When we were in Tunisia, Egypt, Jordan and Lebanon it was always interesting to see the various styles of dress for women, but we never knew what the women were expressing or how they chose their level of fashion and covering. Thanks for a great post!

  3. Victoria says:

    Great photos as always.
    I wondered how risky it was to take these photos.
    Is the burqa very hot to wear or does the black colour help cool one down?

    There is a lot of controversy about wearing the burqa in Australia, particularly when it comes to formal identification, or times in court when the lady concerned is a witness in a trial (because their face features and expression can’t be seen).

    Personally, I think people should be allowed to wear what they want as long as they adhere to the laws of that country. In other words, in court or where formal identification is required in Australia, I think they should take the face covering off in the courtroom and then be free to put it back on when they leave the court and go outside in public. I certainly don’t mind school girls wearing head covering (which has been criticised in my country).

    I remember wearing floor length caftans in the mid 1970s and I found the free flowing garment very cool and comfortable. I wish they’d come back into fashion in the western world.

    • Dr_IQ says:

      Thank Victoria.

      I use my cute little Lumix LX-5 camera. It is small, fast, quite and zooms up to 90mm equivalent. I can therefore, keep a safe distance.

      Burqa is an additional piece of cloth on top of the regular dress. It should be uncomfortable on a hot (45-50 deg C) summer day.

      In Pakistan women are given a lot of respect in public. However, when they are required to show their face as in a court or at a security check, they oblige. We have separate booths with female staff at the airports, hotels etc. to frisk ladies.

      Some interesting observations:

      During Hajj or Umra, ladies (as well as men) are not allowed to cover their faces while performing rituals inside the mosque in Mekka.

      The most decent and acceptable ladies attire would what you see Marry (mother of Jesus) wearing. Whenever I see a statue of a painting of her, she looks very Muslim to me.

      According to us, technically anybody following Prophet Ibrahim and later which includes Jews, Christians and Muslims is a Muslim.

      Have a nice day.

  4. Neeli says:

    I’m always curious to know about my neighbouring country n your pics satisfy my hunger… gud to know your country thru these pics… keep posting n keep writing šŸ™‚ šŸ™‚

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