Islam commands its people to dress well and politely, if necessary to decorate in certain conditions, as long as it is not excessive.
There is no specific provision on which garment is more important than other clothing, which is important to cover the awrah and according to the appropriateness in the local environment.
The evidence concerning the dress code is stated in surah Al-A’raf verse 26:
“O son of Adam, We have sent down to you garments to cover your nakedness and beautiful garments for adornment. And the piety garments are the best. That is part of the signs of Allah, so that they may remember.” Al-A’raf : 26).
Adab and Dress ethics
Regarding adab dressed and decorated, there are several provisions that are recommended for every Muslim as follows:
1. Covering the Awrah (Dress in Islam)
Dressed and decorated must cover the awrah and in accordance with the appropriateness that has been stipulated in shariat law. for men his awrah is from the navel to the knee. but for women, their nakedness is all over their bodies except the palms and face.
Therefore, if you want to travel, it is fitting for a woman to wear a headscarf and cover her entire body, as illustrated in surah An-Nur verse 31:
Say to the believing women, “Let them restrain their gaze and guard their private parts, and let them not display their adornment, except what [is] visible from it.” An-Nur : 31).
The commentary states that “the ordinary thing that is visible thereof” is the palm and the face. This verse is often used as a basis for the obligation of hijab or hijab for women.
Because the purpose is to cover the awrah, it is not allowed to dress thinly or tightly as if covering the entire body, but appear transparent or accentuate the curves of the body.
2. No Exaggeration
Exaggeration in any case is forbidden in Islam, including excessive in decoration and dress.
specifically there is a prohibition to show this, as illustrated in the words of the Prophet Muhammad SAW:
“Eat, drink, clothe and give alms, but do not be extra pompous and arrogant,” (H.R. Nasai).
There is no exact size in that exaggeration, but an exaggerated person usually aims to show off the good clothes they have, whether aiming to be praised, admired, or attract the attention of others.
3. Doesn’t Resemble the Opposite Sex (Dress in Islam)
Islam maintains boundaries and associations between men and women, as well as regulating the way they dress. Men’s clothing is forbidden to resemble women’s clothing, and vice versa.
Clothes that resemble the clothes of the opposite sex tend to cause slander and Islam tries to avoid the slander. This prohibition is illustrated by hadith narrated by Bukhari:
“The Prophet (pbuh) cursed men who resembled women and women who resembled men,” (H.R. Bukhari).