I would like to know the difference between Khimar (or head covering – ref 24:31) and Jilbab (outer garment – ref 33:59). Are they both fard for all Muslim women? Does the Jilbab has to stretch down to ones feet??
A khimar can be used for any head covering while a jilbab is a comparatively larger piece of cloth. While both are mentioned in the Qur’an in reference to the clothing of Arabian women in the 7th century there is no command to actually wear them in specific. In fact, they are mentioned in the context of protection and modesty.
I hope I have clarified the issue.
God knows best.