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I've been looking at some of the conservative Muslim clothing, and I've decided - the dresses and headscarves (not 100% on the names of them) are absolutely beautiful! I get kind of envious whenever I'm out and about and see a woman dressed like this - such gorgeous clothing... I've been tossing around the idea of someday getting an outfit like the ones I've seen these women wearing. I'm not sure what the protocol on this is; is it considered rude or uncaring for a non-Muslim to wear clothes that are typically associated with your religion? If it is, I have no problem NOT doing it...
Honestly I wouldn't mind. In some parts of the world that type of dress is also typical for weather even though it isn't a Muslim area. It also isn't uncommon for women to wear headscarves to protect their hair during bad weather and things like that over here. I'm very glad to hear that you find the clothing beautiful and not a restriction as so many do these days. It isn't about being controlled or anything like that and if more people would take the time to realize that I think they would be able to see how great they can look, how comfortable they can feel, and compare them more to a fantastic pair of shoes than shackles.
I agree with Anna, if you find this clothing beautiful I am very very happy to hear that, I do agree the scarves and clothes are gorgeous and I think if you wanted to wear them I would say GO FOR IT!!! nobody in our religion would be offended if you decided to wear it in fact I think people are more offended when ppl wear very very revealing clothes please feel welcome to ask us anything
Ditto to what the other ladies said. Modest dress is for anyone who chooses it! Funny story, I had a lady ask me about this just today. I was buying lunch at a food stand and she complimented me on my abaya. Then she said something like, I just think some of those cultural clothes are so beautiful, when I see people in them I just wish I could wear them myself! I think I said, well, you can! (I thought, what's stopping you lol). She didn't say anything else on the subject though so I don't know what was stopping her hehe.
There is a lot of variety in muslim women's dress, in terms of things that are typically associated these are actually common especially in the past even amongst some non-muslims, I think the most likely thing is you will get a friendly greeting from some other muslims in the area (and hopefully no negative comments from anti-muslim folks)