What to wear in Morocco as a Female Traveller
"Dress how you want to be Addressed."
Want to look and feel amazing on your adventure? Here’s what to wear in Morocco as a female traveler.
Layers of loose natural fibres … think linen, cotton, hemp, rayon and silk etc. Preferably things that you feel good in and that can be layered to help you to adjust to the temperatures that can fluctuate from morning to night and throughout the coast, mountains and desert climates.
I myself find that the more I cover up, in this highly tolerant but Muslim country, the more I am respected by the local communities, both in the cities and in especially in the remote small villages that are not as accustomed to tourists and that show their skin. My partner who is Berber and born in this culture, has always told me I am free to wear what I choose, and while I stumbled around trying to find balance in the way I dressed, not bring unwanted attention on myself or to him, at the same time trying to keep cool in the sometime very intense heat and be myself.
I am beginning to find my groove (ha) . . . I think Kaftans and tunics as well as long unfitted trousers and skirts have saved me . . . the skinny jeans and fitted dresses haven’t seen the light of day for a while now, the need for a large closet is becoming less important the longer I live here as my wardrobe has become more of a uniform - maybe 10 items that get rotated around depending on what and where I am going. Simple and basic is what seems to suit both me and the local environment.
Be sure to add a warm layer and a jacket if you are coming in the winter, it can get cold in the desert at night. I always travel with a warm layer for the evening, including a wrap.
I spend a lot of time walking through the medina and Marrakech, with tourists all around, I feel in some way they haven’t gotten this memo - the one about respect for other people’s country and culture . . . I have been perusing “others guides” to “what to wear in Morocco” online, one would have to be illiterate or perhaps have no access to wifi or common sense to chose to wander around in some of the ensembles that I come across. Please do yourself and the locals a favour and think before you wander the world baring your assets, if you must, perhaps the beach or a 5 star resort is your best call?
Since I have been asked I will of a detailed breakdown of what I actually pack soon but here is a few basic things to ponder when you wonder what to pack.
• Bring Practical Shoes: Comfortable shoes are must-haves for long days of exploring. It’s also handy to have flip-flops or slip on for when you want to run around the Riad.
• Think Loose and Flowy: All things lightweight and full coverage are ideal — loose trousers or maxi skirts are perfect. A tunic shirt with leggings or a full kaftan are perfect too. Not only does full coverage allow you to dress conservatively in Morocco, it will also protect you from the Sun.
• Wear a Scarf: Whatever you wear, have a lightweight scarf with you. You can use is to cover up or just keep the sun off your skin when you’re overheating. Moroccan scarves are also gorgeous souvenirs. You’ll find them in pretty much any city or town, so you don’t need to bring your own if you don’t want to. I always have a favourite with me, linen for summer and cashmere for the cooler months.
• Use Sun Protection: The sun in Morocco can be intense throughout the year. Sunglasses, a hat, and sunscreen are essential. But the world is small, everything can be purchased most places in the world if you forget something.
The most import thing for me is to keep it simple, comfortable, layer able, monochrome colour palette and and above anything else, keep it light. The weight of dragging around heavy bags make my packing choices easy - less really is more. It is easier on my body, and also on my mind . . . less choices frees me up to think about more important things, like where am I going to explore today?
Peace, Paint + a Passport