Morocco is a more conservative country than any we’d been to previously. It’s widely written online that men and women should keep both shoulders and knees covered when traveling there.
However, we did see tourists who did not follow this “rule.” Before we left, we checked out some YouTube travel videos, which showed people in Marrakech wearing shorts and strappy sundresses in the summer, so I told Kevin to bring both pants and his favored shorts, and we could decide what would be appropriate when we got there.
He wore his pants during our road trip from Marrakech to Merzouga and in the desert, since we stopped in smaller towns along the way and didn’t want to draw disapproving gazes.
But when we got back to Marrakech, he was ready to let his lower legs out again (remember, this is the man who wears shorts all year in Wisconsin, so low 70s F in pants was killing him). We saw a few other people in shorts there, but most were more layered up for the change of seasons. He didn’t get any hassle.
I could have easily worn jeans and t-shirts the whole time, like I did in Norway. But this trip, I decided I wanted to have a bit more fun with my wardrobe.
I had bought a kaftan dress from Earthbound Trading back home when we were planning on going to Dubai and Oman (Celebrity canceled that cruise, and we didn’t replace it). I had yet to wear this dress, since it would be so out of place in small-town Wisconsin. But it felt more fitting in Morocco, and I enjoyed wearing it. I put a long-sleeve top and leggings under it, which felt quite good, temperature-wise.
In the desert, it made the most sense to wear pants. I paired it with layers on top, and still felt a little more fashionable than normal, which I liked.
Outer layers included a light scarf, boots, and a faux leather jacket. I also brought a wool coat for the desert, as it does get cool out there at night (although us Wisconsinites weren’t as effected as the online advice said).
The boots were a perfect combination of fashion and function for me. A lot of people wore tennis shoes on the desert trip, but if I’d done that, then this photo wouldn’t have looked nearly as good! Lol. I’m guessing there also would have been more sand in my shoes.
I was also glad I brought a hat along, since I don’t do well with sun in my eyes and squinting a lot.
Back in Marrakech, I had another fun dress to wear, just because!
I had gone out with a sweater over it, but it got too warm, so I threw it in my bag.
I was also tired of my boots by this time, so I switched into my walking slip-ons from Vionic. Very comfy and not as warm!
And that about does it! We did carry-on only again, so re-wore some stuff. The temperatures were quite comfortable the whole time, and light layers were very efficient. In all, we saw a lot of variety among other travelers, with some buying Djellabahs to wear as their outerwear, and many wearing jeans, tees, and fleece zip-ups. No one looked terribly out of place. Kevin sort of did, in his shorts, but we didn’t worry about it too much, as people didn’t seem to care.
Have you been to a conservatively-dressing country? Tell me your experience in the comments!