When used to describe Muslim women’s modest dress, the word “veil” is totally inadequate. Region, history, class position and politics all contribute to an incredible variety of modest dress.
A face veil, the proper correspondence with the English word “veil”, is known as a “niqab.”
The Afghan burqa is a full body covering with mesh grille for seeing;
The Iranian chador is a large single piece of cloth cut as a semi-circle covering the head and body leaving the face uncovered;
the Iranian manteau is a long cloak worn with a headscarf;
The Indonesian jilbab, often in traditional batik, is a long loose tunic worn over pants or long flowing skirts, with a headscarf;
In the West, Muslim women usually adapt mainstream fashion, pairing a long-sleeved shirt with a long skirt and a color coordinated headscarf often held elaborately with jewelery-enhanced pins. YouTube videos and Muslim women’s fashion magazines contain tutorials and suggestions on how to wear different styles of hijab.