As an extremely pastey wannabe punk chick who normally lives in tight/short black cold weather clothing, figuring out what to wear in a Muslim country was one of the things I worried about the most when I was packing for Morocco. Also because I don’t handle the heat well and just wanted to be comfortable in the desert. I know I’m Australian and should be used to the heat by now, but I’m not. Bring on the rainy cold of London any day.
As it turned out it’s pretty easy to mix up your wardrobe a little, you just have to look at things from a different angle. So to keep it simple for other poor confused souls like myself, these are the two general rules of thumb (for guys and girls):
- Cover your shoulders, cleavage and knees
- Don’t wear tight-fitting clothing – (but tight pants are fine as long as you wear longer shirts that cover your ass)
Now most of you probably already have all the right clothing to fit that bill, and if so, congratulations. If not, here’s some packing ideas for you:
- Long, flowy skirts
- Loose-fitting tops: tshirts/blouses/etc – I had a denim shirt that was perfect
- Long dresses (or shorter ones with yoga tights underneath)
- Long scarf – to use as a head cover when needed. Go for lighter colours
- Long shorts/yoga tights – if you op for the latter, make sure you’re wearing a long shirt/cardigan that covers your ass
- Loose-fitting trousers – something like this is ideal. I felt like I’d given up on life buying these, but my god they were comfy
- Jeans are also an option, however make sure you wear a long top or cardigan that covers your ass
Try to avoid black, mainly because you’ll roast in the heat. Personally I went for lots of blues and a cream scarf. Ladies you don’t have to wear a headscarf all the time if you don’t want to – usually the only time it will be compulsory is if you’re visiting a mosque or holy site. I mostly used mine to keep my shoulders covered when it was too hot to wear long sleeves (just make sure it’s not sheer).
For shoes I alternated between my Converse and a pair of flip-flops, but some nice sandals would work as well. As long as you’re comfortable!
Of course you don’t have to follow any of my advice if you don’t want to as Morocco is one of the more open-minded countries when it comes to tourist attire, however if you want to be respectful (and avoid being hassled) just make the effort. You’ll feel a lot better if you do.