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What to wear in Morocco: the complete guide for all Western travelers

What can you wear in Morocco [2020]

Many people with their knowledge of what they have seen in the cinema or on television, in general, like women fully dressed in burkas and other headscarves on their hair, might wonder about how they should dress if they go to a Muslim country such as Morocco. A lot of people want to visit Morocco but would first like all the necessary information, the Do’s and Don’ts, and how to dress in Morocco so as not to offend anyone, and of course, not to have any unpleasant surprises. In this article, you will find everything you need to know on what to wear in Morocco as a western traveler.

 

What to pack for Morocco as a tourist? Is there a Moroccan dress code for men and women?

A Western woman wandering through a Moroccan souks in search of what to wear in Morocco.

There is not really a dress code in Morocco there are simply things that you should know. Here below are some of the most frequently asked questions about what to wear in Morocco that foreigners ask very often themselves.

Can you wear sleeveless shirts in Morocco?

Yes, you can wear sleeveless shirts in Morocco. For a man, there is no problem at all and it shouldn’t even be something to think and worry about. However, for a girl, it is better to wear short-sleeved T-shirts rather than tank tops if you don’t want to be annoyed by some young men. In most hotels though, you are really free to wear whatever you want and therefore, wearing sleeveless shirts is not a problem at all.

Can you wear shorts in morocco?

Yes, you can wear shorts in Morocco. Again for a man, there is no problem at all and it shouldn’t even be something to think and worry about. However, for a girl, it is preferable not to wear shorts that aren’t too short so as not to attract too much attention. A piece of advice, for women, would be to opt for city shorts, capri pants or long and loose trousers in Morocco. Especially if you go to untouristic areas like distant Moroccan villages…

Can you wear jeans in Morocco?

Yes, you can wear jeans in Morocco. The vast majority of Moroccan people wear jeans since Morocco is civilized and is one of the most modern countries in Africa.

Can you wear bikinis in Morocco?

Yes, you can wear bikinis in Morocco. You won’t have any problem in a hotel so you can wear any type of bathing suit that you want. However, it should be mentioned that you might not feel as comfortable on some Moroccan beaches. So what to wear in Morocco’s beaches? Our advice would be to visit the beach where you want to swim and see if they are many people and look at what they are wearing. If you see many tourists wearing bikinis while getting tanned then you know what to do 😉. If on the contrary, there are few tourists or none, and you really want to swim, it will be best to wear something above your bikini.

For your information, it is better not to wear bikinis during the holy month of Ramadan. So make sure to get informed on when Ramadan is going to be before you travel. Be aware that Ramadan never falls on the same dates each year and it can play a big role on your trip. It is therefore really important as the atmosphere is not the same in general that month. We recommend you to get informed and know what the myths and realities are when traveling to Morocco since you may find a lot of websites and forums that can mislead you.

Can you wear clothes with camouflage patterns in Morocco?

Yes, you can wear clothes with camouflage patterns in Morocco.  It is important to know that Morocco is an open-minded country so Moroccans will understand that you are just a person who is into fashion 🙂.

Can you wear sandals in Morocco?

Yes, you can wear sandals and whatever you want on your feet in Morocco. Whether its shoes, high heels, sandals or flip flops do not bother on that matter at all and simply choose what you want to wear. For your information, in the hot seasons, foreigners prefer to wear flip flops to feel more at ease.

 

What to wear in Morocco as a woman?

What to wear in Morocco as a woman

For women, everything is based on the fact that it is better not to attract attention. During your stay in Morocco, try to dress appropriately, but without, becoming obsessive, making a fuss, and therefore worry about it more then you should. Once again, Moroccans are used to tourists, so reassure yourself. They are kind, very friendly and welcoming and they are not at all like other more strict Muslim countries. They won’t be offended unless you provoke them verbally by insulting them.

Can you wear dresses in Morocco?

Yes, you can wear dresses in Morocco. It is, however, preferable to wear long and loose dresses. Depending on the top of the dress, if it shows too much cleavage, you can cover your shoulders with a scarf to look more decent.

Can you wear skirts in Morocco?

Yes, you can wear skirts in Morocco. But like dresses, it is preferable to wear ones that are long and loose.

Can you wear leggings in Morocco?

Yes, you can wear leggings in Morocco even though it is not really recommended since you will attract attention to yourself and can be bothered by some young men. But you still can make it work by wearing a long shirt or blouse that reaches your tights.

 

What to wear in Morocco as a man?

What to wear in Morocco as a man: A Moroccan man wearing a Moroccan Jabador and yellow babouches.

There is not really a dress code for men in Morocco. The only thing any man needs to keep in mind is to wear decent and normal clothes as he would do anywhere else in the world. To familiarize himself and discover even more the beauty of Morocco, the person in question can try to get some traditional Moroccan clothes to dive into the Moroccan culture.

 

What to wear in Morocco during Ramadan?

As said before, the Moroccans are very hospitable. They are very used to tourists, both in terms of behavior and clothing. However, a piece of friendly advice would be to keep a low profile when it comes to clothing during the holy month of Ramadan. People are more irritable because of the fact that they don’t eat and it is, therefore, in only that period, that Moroccans might feel offended if a stranger dressed inappropriately in front of them.

 

What do locals wear in Morocco?

What do locals wear in Morocco: Moroccan locals wandering through a Moroccan souks wearing djellabas.

While the vast majority of the youth dress in a modern way known to everyone, many Moroccans still dress in a traditional way. Traditional Moroccan clothing is one of the prides of Morocco with its cuisine considered to be the second-best gastronomy in the world!

Moroccan clothing differs completely according to certain regions, ethnicity, and socio-professional categories. As said, it must be kept in mind that the clothes of the city dwellers have nothing to do with those of the rural population.

Traditional Moroccan clothes include djellaba and babouches, two things that both men and women wear in everyday life.

Men traditionally wore djellabas which has a hood, with very wide sleeves and is cut from wool or cotton. Since the middle of the 20th century, the djellaba has joined afterward the women’s wardrobe. At that time, indeed, Moroccan women abandoned the haik, a large piece of fabric, generally white, which they covered their face and body to go out, in favor of the djellaba which became an outdoor garment. The very strict and wide cuts of yesteryear have been replaced today by feminine djellabas much closer to the body, more colorful and inspired by contemporary fashion trends.

What do locals wear in Morocco: Two women wearing beautiful traditional Moroccan caftan.
Women wearing traditional Moroccan caftan

Among other traditional garments, there is, of course, the caftan, which you can see in those pictures up above. The origins of the traditional Moroccan caftan date back to the Ottoman Empire. It is a long dress for women that is worn for special occasions. Generally very elegant and refined, the caftan is a festive garment. Made of noble materials, velvet, silk, and brocade, it is set with gold or silver threads and decorated with sumptuous embroidery. Depending on the caftan, it can also be a garment to wear at home.

In the wide range of traditional Moroccan clothing, we still find the burnous, which is a kind of cape worn over the djellaba, and the wide, puffy trousers called saroual. It also happens, on the occasion of certain ceremonies, that men wear a red hat called fez (also called tarboosh), or a white turban in rural areas.

All these clothes mentioned above are worn with traditional Moroccan shoes, the famous babouches that you can see in those two pictures below.

What do locals wear in Morocco: Two men wearing traditional Moroccan outfits with yellow babouches.

Although the babouche has been replaced, especially among young people, by more modern shoes, it is still very much appreciated by Moroccans who wear it at home but also to go out or even during ceremonies. There are generally two types of babouches, those with square tips, of Berber inspiration, and the thinner urban babouches, with angular tips and a more refined appearance. Babouches worn by men are generally yellow and undecorated. Female babouches, on the other hand, come in all colors and are sometimes decorated with gold or silver thread.

There is also many other Moroccan outfits that we can’t all mention because there are so many of them, such as the Jabadour, the Takchita, the Gandoura, the Farasha, and so on.

And we should not also forget to mention, the Moroccan jewelry, which is unique and beautiful.

 

What to wear in the desert of Morocco?

What to wear in the Morocco desert: two men laying on the sand dressed in a traditional blue Sahrawi clothing with yellow patterns and a yellow scarf on their heads.

Going on a trip to the desert of Morocco is for adventurers and lovers of dunes and thrills an inevitable tour and a most rewarding experience. However, when you travel to the desert, you must above all leave well equipped and be ready to face all possible situations. One of the most common questions that arise before embarking on this Moroccan adventure is how to dress for a tour in the Moroccan desert.

So, what to wear to go and discover the dunes of the Moroccan Sahara Desert?

The basic rule is to wear comfortable clothes and natural fabrics such as linen and cotton in bright colors, so as not to attract the sun’s rays. It may seem strange to you, but it is best to wear clothing that maintains body temperature during your stay in the desert. Remember to wear long sleeves during the day. For the night, take a windproof jacket, you will need it for those wonderful moments around a campfire before you rush into your sleeping bag.

You should also know that your camel ride can last up to an hour, so avoid wearing shorts and opt for comfortable jeans. The roughness of camel fur may bother you and pants will protect your legs better.

As far as shoes are concerned, your longest route to the dunes will usually be on camelback, but if you want to experience the sensation of walking on sand (which is extremely pleasant), then opt for sports shoes, hiking shoes or simply comfortable sneakers. If you prefer sandals, it is best to wear sports sandals.

 

What to wear in Morocco depending on the seasons?

What to wear in Morocco depending on the seasons: two girls wandering in a souk of Morocco.

Morocco is a country that can be visited in all seasons.  Its climate is different depending on the region due to its unique location. Indeed, the coastal areas benefit from a temperate climate while the climate is desert in the south and east of the country. There are nuances in the climate: Mediterranean in the north, oceanic in the west, continental inland, and Saharan in the south. You should also know that the climate according to the seasons and depending on where you are in Morocco the temperature can vary a lot. You could be wearing a bikini in Agadir but a winter coat in Ifrane in the same time of year. Here below are some more detailed explanations on knowing what to wear in the different seasons of Morocco.

In the spring season

Since the weather varies depending on the Moroccan cities it best to take different types of clothes (a little bit of everything) to be prepared for any kind of weather (two sweaters, two T-shirts, one jacket, etc.)  because the Moroccan weather can be also a little treacherous in some Moroccan cities. The most important thing to do is to check the climate in the city you are going to visit during day time and night time, so that you can plan accordingly.

For more specific details, check out our weather articles for each spring month: March, AprilMay.

In the summer season

It’s in the summer that the temperature rises in Morocco, as you can imagine. It is, therefore, best to bring summer clothes like T-shirts, city shorts, capri pants or long and loose trousers but remember to always bring a warmer outfit as a nighttime back-up just in case.

For more specific details, check out our weather articles for each summer month:  JuneJulyAugust.

In the fall season

Fall is considered to be the best season to visit Morocco as it is not too hot nor too cold, simply perfect, and therefore very pleasant. However, depending on where you are exactly in Morocco it may again affect your clothing choice. So it’s very important to check out the temperature in the city you are going to visit during day time and night time, so you can plan accordingly. The safe option is always to bring different types of clothes (a little bit of everything) so as not to be surprised and caught unprepared.

For more specific details, check out our weather articles for each fall month: SeptemberOctoberNovember.

A Western woman wandering through a Moroccan souk in search of what to wear in Morocco.

In the winter season

Be aware that you should not expect snow in Morocco in most touristic and visited Moroccan cities like Marrakech, Agadir, Casablanca, etc. However, if you want to have a Moroccan snow experience you can visit some cities like Ifrane which is a beautiful Moroccan city considered even to be the second cleanest city in the world. This city is definitely famous for the way it looks and its beautiful whitish snow. So what to wear in the winter? Since the weather varies depending on the Moroccan cities it best to bring different types of clothes (a little bit of everything), just in case, to be prepared for any kind of weather (two sweaters, one T-shirt, one jacket, etc.), just in case. Again, the most important thing is to check the weather in the city you are going to visit during day time and night time, so you can plan accordingly.

For more specific details, check out our weather articles for each winter month: December, JanuaryFebruary.

An advice for all future arrivals in Morocco that want to know what to wear in Morocco depending on the seasons:

It is important to bring warm and light clothes in Morocco. Not only the temperature varies depending on where you are exactly but the temperature between day and night can also vary greatly. It is not uncommon for you to change clothes three times a day 😉. That’s why it is therefore important to bring lighter and warmer clothing since the Moroccan weather can be, as said above, a little treacherous.

 

In conclusion

After reading this article, you should have realized that choosing what to wear in Morocco is really not as complicated as you might have thought in the first place. They are not really dress codes in Morocco. You should simply be aware that women should dress appropriately, but without, becoming obsessive, making a fuss, and therefore worry about it more then you should. Also, keep in mind that Morocco is an open-minded country that is really used to tourists both in terms of behavior and clothing side.

As far as the weather is concerned, it is always best to check the temperature and bring different types of clothes (a little bit of everything) so as not to be surprised since the Moroccan weather in some Moroccan cities can be a little treacherous. Overall, Morocco is a safe country, and that justifies the number of expatriates and tourists who come there. Without forgetting all the movies and series such as Mission Impossible, Game of Thrones, and Prison Break that had the opportunity to film in Morocco. Not to also forget to mention the fact that many famous personalities, like Martin Scorcese, fell in love with this country and that some even had a blast by dancing to Moroccan music. It’s pretty clear to say that everyone should get a chance to visit Morocco, at least once in their life, to experience the Moroccan life, which is absolutely unique and beautiful in every single way.

 

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