First of all, the abaya is a bit like a robe that is worn over your regular clothing. You can wear them out of the house, but they are also rather useful if you-for example-suddenly have a few guests pop in and you have to get dressed in a jiffy. There are a few different kinds of the abaya, including those that close and those that don't. Some are the unclosing pull-over kind while others have snaps or buttons that you can use in order to remove them. The robe is normally rather loose and is very comfortable.
They mainly come in black, which may seem a bit uncomfortable, considering that black absorbs heat, but they are also made out of really, really lightweight material which makes them great to wear during all sorts of weather. If you really wanted to, you can buy a robe of this sort with embroidery on it instead of just plain black. Keep in mind that they are almost all black so the chances of finding one that is colored is very slim and that embroidery can be a great way of expressing yourself while staying within religious grounds. These are normally paired with a head covering of some kind, which is up to the woman who is wearing the garment.
However, you might be wondering-where on earth do you get one of these robes if you do not live in the Middle East or if you do not know how to make your own. These are very valid concerns-especially if you are planning on buying more or if your old ones are getting threadbare. You don't want to end up underdressed, but at the same time, you also don't want to spend an arm and a leg. You need something reliable that you can wear.
Firstly, you could get a tailor to make you one. However, this can run a pretty penny, especially if you want something a tiny bit more intricate as far as embroidery goes. Take the time to decide if this is really worth it to you.
Then you have the option of buying one at an Islamic clothing store. However, these are a regular pain in the rear to find and you may have a bit of trouble figuring out where on earth to find your clothing, much less actually buying it.
Then there is the last option which is absolutely amazing for those who do not have another choice and that is the internet. There are loads of websites that you can choose from that can provide you with the best Islamic clothing possible!