Much of my time before I visited Morocco was spent not trying to find out where I should visit, what I should eat and what I should do, but instead searching for what I should wear during my time there.
I expected to find an abundance of information telling me what would be appropriate in a religious and conservative country but the information I was finding was both conflicting and confusing. Serious dilemma!
I ended up having no idea what to pack and I actually ended up grabbing some of my trusty clothes that I wore in India which turned out to be a great move.
Although many books and online articles state that some cities and resorts are very westernised and you’ll be fine to wear western clothes, I certainly wouldn’t take this to mean it’s acceptable to wander around in hot pants and too-much-cleavage tops.
I visited the capital city of Casablanca and whilst it is on the whole very westernised I didn’t see a single Moroccan woman showing too much skin. Sure, there were quite a few younger Moroccan women wearing jeans and other western clothes but they weren’t skimpy by any manner of means.
I like to reflect what the women wear in a country I’m visiting and would hate to be disrespectful in my clothing so, although I wore western clothes during my time there, I made sure I kept covered up. I didn’t show any cleavage at all and kept my shoulders and knees covered and felt comfortable and safe dressed like this. I even got a few approving smiles and nods from some traditionally dressed Moroccan ladies.
Of course I got a few stares from men too but I put that down to just looking so different to Moroccan women with their dark hair, dark eyes and dark skin. A pale Scottish girl with red hair and loads of freckles is bound to stand out!
I visited in February when temperatures were cool and comfortable so I lived in jeans and other long trousers. Morocco becomes very hot and humid in summer though and during this time I’d recommend loose, lightweight trousers to keep you cool and stay respectful. High street shops are full of these types of trousers and they’re really comfy to travel in and don’t take up a lot of space. Winning!
I teamed my jeans or trousers with loose fitting tops and t-shirts in different colours. Again, these are super easy to find on the high street and won’t take huge chunks out of your precious travel cash!
If you’re not a huge fan of wearing trousers all the time then I’d also recommend wearing leggings and floaty dresses or a long tunic in Morocco.
A thin, colourful scarf can also be a useful item to carry with you in a religious country such as this. You can use it to cover your head if required when visiting religious sites, to cover your arms or just to wrap around you to keep warm when temperatures cool down at night.
If you’ve travelled around Morocco and have any other must-pack items to add to the list, let us know in the comments below.