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Female Travellers – What To Wear In Morocco

September 5, 2017
What to Wear in Morocco

Figuring out what to wear in Morocco can be challenging.
For myself, it was important to be mindful of the culture and etiquette. At the same time, temperatures on a daily average were 38 degrees Celsius, it was challenging to dress for the weather and trying to look cute in photos.

In August, I visited the country on a G Adventures Tour and have gotten many questions on what to wear.
If you are wondering what to wear in Morocco, I hope this post helps you out!

What to Wear in Morocco

Keep in mind this is a Muslim country. As a female, dressing modestly will help you avoid any unwanted attention. Wearing garments that cover your shoulders and knees is a good rule of thumb.
Wear a hat to cover yourself from the Sun.

Depending on your activities, bring an extra pair of closed toed shoes incase one gets soiled.
Wear sunglasses. It’s very sunny and people can’t see your eyes, therefore, cannot see where you are looking. It’ll come handy when shopping.

What to Wear in MoroccoLocation: Royal Stables in Meknes
Wearing: Wilfred T-shirt, Zara Culottes (similar here)

What to Wear in MoroccoLocation: Fes Medina
Wearing: Thrifted top and maxi dress

Useful Tips for The Medina:

I recommend wearing closed toed shoes in any Medina that you visit. I was mindful of my step each way but I could have easily stepped in a puddle near a donkey if I was not careful.

During the tour, we were allotted time to wander around ourselves and regroup afterwards. My significant other was always within close proximity so I wasn’t particularly worried about anyone or merchants approaching me. There was a time in the Medina where I trailed far away enough that it looked like I was alone.

With that, here are some tips for the Medina and in general what helped me in Morocco.

Be Confident:

If you don’t know where you are going, don’t show it. Walk with your back straight and with a purpose.
If you are directionally challenged, remember landmarks (really flashy stalls) to know what to look for on your way back.

Haggle:

Our tour guide explained that it’s a part of Moroccan culture to haggle. They enjoy the banter and voices will be raised but there is no animosity. Of course, if you feel the transaction will not work out, you can say no and walk away. This applies to cabs and merchants, there will most likely be another cab that is willing to take you where you need to go and another merchant that is selling what you want.

Be Firm With Strangers Trying To Show You Directions:

We booked to stay in a riad in the Medina after the tour. After exiting the cab and walking for a bit, there was a local that approached us and made it look like we asked him to lead us to our riad although we didn’t. After trying to communicate we didn’t need assistance along the way, once we reached the door of our riad after he expected us to pay him for walking with us. I was firm that he wouldn’t be collecting anything from us.

What to Wear in MoroccoWhere: Saadian Tombs
Wearing: Wilfred Sonore Dress

What to Wear in MoroccoLocation: Merzouga – Sahara Desert
Wearing: Mink Pink Top (old), Wilfred Pants

I hope you got some outfit inspirations and helpful tips from this post!

If you had any questions about my experience with the tour or have any questions, please feel free to leave a comment!

Thanks for reading,

Michelle

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  • Mel September 5, 2017 at 7:42 am

    Love the outfits and you bring up some good points! I accidently wore a skirt one day in Marakkech that was just above my knee and I got hissed at a few times by local women 😮 My favourite item was a pair of light bardot pants :p

    • MichelleN September 5, 2017 at 8:18 am

      Hi Mel! Ah I’m sorry that happened, I saw tourists in many different types of dress in Marrakech that would make a just above the knee skirt look really conservative. Thank you! I definitely wore them out on this trip 😛

  • Chloe P September 5, 2017 at 1:00 pm

    Beautiful photos! I am planning a trip for next year and I’m so excited. Would you recommend that tour company? What was your itinerary like?

    • MichelleN September 5, 2017 at 1:06 pm

      Hi Chloe! Thank you and I’m super excited for you! I would recommend it! The tour was great because we covered a lot of ground in 7 days. It was quick paced and lots of early mornings but you go to see and learn a lot. Here’s the link to the tour: https://www.gadventures.com/trips/morocco-kasbahs-and-desert/DCKD/

      The itinerary was structured with a good amount of free time. My favourite part was riding camels in the Sahara Desert and camping! =)

  • Elizabeth September 5, 2017 at 1:02 pm

    I love your sense of style! These are great tips. Morocco is on my bucket list. If you could do it again, would you use the tour company or plan the trip yourself?

    • MichelleN September 5, 2017 at 1:15 pm

      Hi Elizabeth! Thank you, I appreciate that! If I could do it again, after leveling up my street smarts with the first experience, I would probably plan it on my own. I would have loved to visit Chefchaouen! With the tour it was incredibly convenient not having to worry about transportation. I hope that helps! 🙂

  • Y September 5, 2017 at 9:11 pm

    These are really useful tips! I really like the orange pants!

    • MichelleN September 6, 2017 at 5:40 am

      Im glad you found it useful and thank you! Definitely got a lot of wear out of them during this trip 🙂

  • Diana September 7, 2017 at 1:59 pm

    I loved this post!!! I’ve wanted to go to morocco forever and have wondered what to wear. On the one hand I knew it was muslim and conservative, on the second hand I keep seeing all these bloggers wearing next to nothing there! Good to have first hand advice.
    Cheers!
    Diana

    • MichelleN September 7, 2017 at 2:30 pm

      Hi Diana! I’m so happy you found it useful. I saw all sorts of dress in Marrakech but everywhere else I went it was better to be a bit more conservative. Make sure to camp in the Sahara desert if you go! It’s magical.

  • Desertblues September 7, 2017 at 3:03 pm

    Hi Michelle! Thanks for useful tips about travelling in Morocco.

    • MichelleN September 7, 2017 at 3:23 pm

      Hello! I saw your whole site is devoted to Morocco and wish I got to see more of it when I was there. I’m glad you found the post useful 🙂

  • Marissa | Marissa's Teachable Moments September 9, 2017 at 3:29 am

    I’m considering a trip to Morocco, so this is super helpful!!

    • MichelleN September 9, 2017 at 10:44 am

      Hi Marissa! Im super happy you found it helpful! =)