As I anticipated you on Instagram, here is my complete guide on how to dress in Morocco. Often when traveling in places with a different culture from ours, you often have difficulty in choosing what to wear. Strolling around Marrakech I saw a lot of people wearing inappropriate outfits for the place that does not “tolerate” a style in dressing like the western one. Everyone then decides whether or not to stick to the traditions of the place, but I noticed that when I followed some arrangements I was much more comfortable walking in the streets than when I was wearing something more succinct. In general, the rules for dressing in Marrakech for women, as in all Muslim countries, are to choose elbow lenght tops and knees lenght pants or skirts. I didn’t respect the rules so strictly but in general, I was covering my shoulders wearing short sleeves, and trying to avoid wearing shorts. It is worth adding that Marrakech is a very tourist town and the locals are used to seeing people dressed in western clothes. If you visit small villages on your trip, perhaps you will feel more comfortable, covering more. But here’s some more detailed advice for you.
Tip 1: Kimonos will save your life
Kimonos really saved me. Not having many light long pants or maxi skirts, I decided to buy two kimono to wear on a typically Western outfit, as in this case when I was wearing jeans shorts, so I would be more covered.
Maxidresses are really comfy and a must for Marrakech. Mine was not very suitable as it has a very deep slit and leaves the shoulders uncovered, in fact I preferred wearing it inside the riad, and only for a very short time outside. But you can find a lot of maxidesses even with long sleeves that are most suitable.
For more adventurous activities like quad or camel tours, I recommendwearing a more comfortable and sporty outfit. For the quad ride I chose to wear long jeans to be more protected, but of course be aware that you will mess up a lot of mud and dust. In fact I would not choose to wear my beloved white Converse sneakers that have become really dirty and since they are canvas shoes it was very difficult to get them back clean. Of course, non-canvas sneakers are ideal.
Light summer trousers or culotte were the bottom I wore the most during my Marrakech vacation. I felt good in respecting the traditions and I did not feel too exposed, and you can really ad an extra touch to any outfit coosing pants with patterns and the colors of every type.
If you plan a trip to Marrakech you will most likely spend a lot of time in your riad, first because they are wonderful and second because the medina is really chaotic and at some point you will want to take a break hiding in the tranquility of your hotel or riad. Obviously, inside you can choose to wear what you want, so if you don’t want to give up showing your tanned legs, wear some of your best shorts inside the hotel.