Since Chefchaouen wasn’t on our itinerary, I thought figuring out how to get there would be the biggest headache for planning our girls trip to Morocco. Little did I know that WHAT TO WEAR in Morocco would be the most common subject in our group chat. Although Morocco gets millions of tourists from Europe, North America and other parts of the world, it is still a traditional Muslim country. We’re so used to short shorts and crop tops traveling to warm destinations that conservative wear was the last thing on our mind. If you’re traveling to a country where “bow wow” isn’t acceptable, here are some outfits to consider.
Maxi or Midi Dress & Cardigan
When we visited Marrakech, it was hot and cotton maxi dresses were our #1 go-to. If it is strapless or sleeveless, you can bring along a cardigan to cover your shoulders and arms.
Tunics and Leggings or jeans
Cover your bum and wear a tunic with some ankle or calf length leggings or jeans. I’d suggest wearing at night since it gets cooler. It also gives mosquitoes less opportunity to feast on your legs.
Jumpsuit and Duster
I love jumpsuits. They’re comfortable and you can dress them up or down. Pictured is the jumpsuit I wore during our food tour in Marrakech.
Whether you’re seeing the sites or shopping for goods, chances are you’ll be doing a lot of walking around. It’s best to wear comfortable shoes so your feet won’t hurt as much at the end of the day. No need for heels since the sidewalks and roads are a bit bumpy, but I suggest also bringing a pair of cute flats or sandals in case you go out at night.
When all else fails, shop the souks for traditional wear. A Kaftan (or caftan) is a variant of the robe or tunic that can be worn Kaftans can be worn on both casual and formal occasions. It is often worn as a coat or overdress, reaching to the ankles, with long sleeves.
If you’re visiting a coastal city or staying in a hotel with a pool, swimwear is allowed. You can pack one or two-pieces, but remember to dress accordingly in public areas like the hotel lobby or in restaurants.
Stick to cotton, linen, and other lightweight material that won’t cause you to sweat. Also, make sure to pack solid colored clothing as some graphic tees may be considered offensive. Anything covering your shoulders and knees works well in most areas. Driving to Marrakech from Fez, I wore shorts and a sleeveless top, but the majority of the 10+ hour ride, I was on a coach bus making stops only for food, beverages, and the bathroom.
Here are some other articles of clothing that are acceptable wear
Have you visited a traditional Muslim country before? How did you dress?