So we've made it to step 7. This step is the step where I went from skirts and maxi dresses to abaya.
This was a personal choice for me, but one that I definitely advocate.
One piece outerwear is really convenient and cuts down on layers (which keeps you a lot cooler once it starts warming up).
Also it is MUCH MUCH easier to find modest cuts when you are looking at abayas/jilbabs.
However, if you want to still buy clothes from a regular store, you can occasionally find long sleeve maxi dresses. Just buy them up a few sizes so that they are loose enough to conceal your stuff.
Another benefit is the ease of getting dressed every morning. You spend less time on vanity (making your outfit look nice so other people will notice/comment on your cuteness). I'm not saying that you should look frumpy or anything. You should still wear nice clean clothes in good repair that match. However, you shouldn't be spending an hour or two every morning picking shoes then matching your shoes to your top and your jacket and your skirt and your hijab and your hijab pins and and and...
This is a waste of your time, and ultimately a means of vanity; a way of getting attention. It is counter productive if we cover up our adornment with MORE ADORNMENT!