The New Rules Of Middle Eastern Menswear

24 July 2019
Fashion, Style, Thobe, Hatem alakeel, Toby by Hatem AlAkeel
Images: Paolo Rally / Styling: Keanoush Zargham
When it comes to style, this much we’ve learned: when ancient and modern intersect, good things happen

Whether you call it a thobe or a thawb, a kandoora or dishdasha, the most recognisable item of Middle Eastern menswear is as relevant today as it’s ever been. But even national dress isn’t impervious to style’s new mood, and by adding some subtle additions, your thobe can prove one of the biggest fashion flexes out there.

Go Mono
Don’t underestimate the impact of crisp, modern (and contrasting) sneakers –they’ll raise monochrome to new heights.


Thobe, price on request, Toby by Hatem Alakeel. Trainers, $995, Bottega Veneta

Hit the Trenches
A tailored coat is the perfect finishing thobe touch – just don’t be afraid to add a collar flip.


Raincoat, $1790, Corneliani. Thobe, price on request, Toby by Hatem Alakeel. Trainers, $295, Sandro Paris


Jacket, price on request, Berluti. Thobe, price on request, Toby by Hatem Alakeel. Shoes, price on request, Dolce & Gabbana

Set Things Ablaze
Does a flexy, all-eyes-on-me blazer belong with a thobe? Heck yes it does. But feel free to play it classic whenever the moment calls for it.


Blazer, shoes, prices on request, Dolce & Gabbana. Thobe, price on request, Toby by Hatem Alakeel


Blazer, pouch, shoes, prices on request, Berluti. Thobe, price on request, Toby by Hatem Alakeel

Tight Knit
Sometimes, the simplest layers can have the biggest impact. When the weather cools down, reach for an easy sweater – and give those sleeves a roll.


Sweater, $165, Mr P. Thobe, price on request, Toby by Hatem Alakeel. Shoes, price on request, Berluti

In The Bag
Don’t be shy about taking trends you love – like London’s healthy obsession with hero bags –and merging them with the thobes you already know.


Thobe, price on request, Toby by Hatem Alakeel. Bag, price on request, Givenchy

Brash Attack
Tradition is ready and waiting to get a modern touch. A handsome, sporty, and logo-happy Gucci jacket? That’s a touch we can vouch for.


Jacket, $2300, loafers, $890, Gucci. Thobe, price on request, Toby by Hatem Alakeel

Find Your Details
Some guys go for a cufflink. Others a flash of jewellery. But nothing sings with a thobe quite like a get-outta-the-way timepiece.


RM 58-01 Tourbillon Jean Todt, price on request, Richard Mille. Thobe, price on request, Toby by Hatem Alakeel. Trainers, $295, Sandro Paris

Photography: Paolo Rally at Nineseven1
Styling: Keanoush Zargham and Hatem Alakeel

Fashion Assistant: Mohamed Elashy
Grooming: Maria Doyle
Model: Zeid Jaouni
Additional photography: Justino Esteves