What to Wear in Morocco

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!
WHAT TO WEAR IN MOROCCO
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.
WHAT TO WEAR IN MOROCCO

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.
WHAT TO WEAR 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.

 

14 Responses to What to Wear in Morocco

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  2. Kalvin

    Really good advice. I’m taking my lady to Morocco next month and she has been stressing about what to wear but not anymore. Thank you!!!!!

    • Emma Gray

      I’m glad I could help. Hope you and your lady have a fantastic time in Morocco :)

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  4. Mike of Mapless Mike

    Thanks for this post! I’m new to your site and visited Morocco in 2010. I was in Tangier, and the girls I went with struggled with what to wear. This is a helpful guide that I’d pass around to others looking for advice on the subject. I’ll be moving to Spain this fall and might be visiting Morocco again. However, I think it’s quite a bit easier for a male to find appropriate wear for Morocco.

    • Emma Gray

      I’m glad you think it’s helpful, Mike. Hopefully the girls find it helpful too! Yes, I think it’s definitely easier for men to find appropriate wear for Morocco but, then again, it’s always easier for men to find something to wear for everything!

  5. Joy

    Hi Emma
    Great post, I’m off to Morocco in a few weeks I wondered if you could offer any advice about footwear? I keep reading that open toed sandals are no good and I’ll spend the whole time wading through open sewage, probably catch gangreen and die. I really don’t want to have to wear closed shoes more than necessary becasue my feet will just get too hot and I’ll be uncomfortable, I notice you’re wearing pretty sandals and have your toe clevage out in the open. Did you find this was fine or will I be better off only taking trainers and boots?

    Joy xx

    • Emma Gray

      Hi Joy,
      Thanks for getting in touch.
      I wore open toe sandals everywhere and definitely did NOT do any wading through open sewage! I didn’t find wearing sandals to be a problem in the slightest and didn’t have to walk over anything unpleasant at all so if you’re worried about your feet being too hot then just go with the sandals :)
      Have a great trip! x

  6. Angela

    Definatly agree a scarf goes along way in any conserative country. I felt very comfortable during my visit! I would stress bringing a comfortable pair of leather shoes something closed toe can be useful while walking long distances and great for protection from exposed skin!

    • Emma Gray

      Thanks for sharing your experiences, Angela :)

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  8. Kenza

    Hi Emma,

    I came by your blog through the article you wrote about Berlin and the Kreuzberg area. A beautiful city that you accomplished to describe very accurately. However I quite disagree with your post about “What to wear in Morocco”. I am Moroccan and I live in Casablanca. As a daily walker in the streets of Casablanca, I don’t think that you have to be preoccupied or worried by the way you should look or what “proper” clothes should be worn so you don’t shock the locals. Although Morocco is a Muslim country, it’s a very open minded country, the majority of the population in large cities wears “western” clothes and I can assure you that Moroccan women also wear skirts, dresses, high heels or open toes shoes in the streets.
    I do… :)
    Especially in big cities like Casablanca, Rabat, Marrakesh, Tangier,… you will not feel any difference with an other European city.
    The men may look at you or try to talk to you because you are a woman but I would say that it’s more a “Mediterranean” behavior rather than something related to the main religion of the country.
    And I think that to find the right outfit for a visit in Morocco it would be good to check the weather previsions and make sure that you’ve brought the right outfits to match the sunny days ;)

    I wish you all the best for your next trips :)

    • Emma Gray

      Hi Kenza! Thank you so much for taking the time to leave such a long comment on what to wear in Morocco. It’s great to get a local’s perspective! Next time I visit Morocco I’ll be sure to remember what you’ve said and dress accordingly :)

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