Emirati fashion blogger dishes on his style!
Name: Abdulla Al Suwaidi
Tell us a little about yourself
I am Abdulla, an energetic young man of Filipino and Emirati heritage. I love meeting new people and having a good laugh.
I recently graduated from Murdoch University Dubai with a degree in Screen Production. For the past year, I have been working with Dubai Tourism as a Creative Producer. My day to day job sees me producing visual content for my clients. I do what I love. It is a great place for networking.
I have always loved fashion. I believe that what I wear reflects my personality and my personal style. I recently started a fashion blog because of my love for fashion and the encouragement from my friends. I’ve met a lot of fashion crazed people and they encouraged me with my blog and my hobby of fashion.
How would you describe your style?
In your National dress:
I always like to play around with the colours of the kandura itself. I think of my kandura as I would do a suit. Choosing the right fabric and getting the right cut is very important to me. I wear my ghutra (head turban) so that it streaks on my shoulders. I go for unique naals (sandals). Either a snakeskin design or one that is designed in a very appealing way. Dress to impress, that what it is all about.
Outside your National dress
I always like to mix my style, there is so much to explore. Recently, I’ve been really interested in the classical vintage look with a modern twist. My suits are fitted and tailored based on my body structure. I usually buy them from the shops and get them altered. A bright coloured shirt, something along the lines of pink, green, sky-blue and of course white. I dress based on my mood; sometimes black pops up. I prefer bowties over ties. I feel like there is a certain elegance that a bow tie brings that a tie cannot. Ties are also common, that’s not me. My inner vests are usually black with a chain. I like my pants to be Italian cut, skinny fit and just above the ankles. For the shoes, it is usually loafers. Depending on the type of shoes, I decide whether to wear socks or not. In summary, my formal attire usually consists of socks, Italian cut pants just above the ankles, a bowtie, handkerchief and the watch. I think you should wear the suit and not let it wear you. Personality is everything, it completes any outfit.
I really like to mix and match. I am a huge fan of flat caps! They are always part of my casual wear. For sneakers, Adidas is my shoe of choice. I am always on the lookout for what’s next in their collections. When I am keeping it simple, I wear a plain shirt and jeans. However, my preferred casual outfit would be sweatpants and a t-shirt with a funny slogan or a cool design. Sweatpants are just so comfy and at the same time they look great… Some sweat pants; Adidas sneakers; a flat cap and a sweatshirt would be a typical outfit for a casual day.
How do you standout in a sea of white kanduras?
To be honest, I like to be different; my kandura colour is always unique. I also think my personality helps me become the merman in the sea.
Which two accessories must you always have (cap, sunglasses)? Why?
A watch: as a part of my formal style, I love to wear a watch. Firstly, it helps me keep track of time, so that I can balance my very busy lifestyle with work, family and my hobbies. Secondly, there is a certain elegance a watch brings to an outfit.
Hats: As part of my formal wear, I don’t usually wear hats but when I do, I wear fedoras as they complement my vintage look.
As part of my casual look, I have been collecting flat caps for a very long time. However, my friends keep “borrowing them”, and therefore my collection never grows…..haha. I love caps because I believe caps show my personality.
What do you think about fashion in Dubai?
Dubai has grown to be a shopping destination everyone is in love with. There is so much fashion in Dubai that at times you feel as if you are in competition with the people around you. I believe that Dubai is the next shopping capital and will be on par with London, Paris and New York.
Who is your favourite designer? Why?
Massimo Dutti is my favourite designer because of the cut and the fits of his clothes. I love his stuff.
Grooming is a big part of an Emirati man’s routine. Share 3 important steps in the grooming process.
- Beard should be on point
- Clean cut on the hair
- Generally, take good care of yourself.
The above mentioned points are important because they help in boosting your self-confidence.
I’ve noticed there are many ways of wearing the guthra. What determines the latest trends?
It depends on your taste but honestly it is where you come from that determines the style.
Check out Abdulla’s feature in The National earlier this year and follow him on social media