In the ancient lanes of Morocco kittens scramble over chicken bones while Berbers nonchalantly guard their souks filled with ancient jewellery and charming boxes: an Aladdin’s cave of treasures. The baking sun sets over the crusted, ornate rooftops covered in satellite dishes and with the rising moon the Imam’s call reverberates through the air.
Journeying to Morocco and experiencing the charm and madness is exhilarating but can be overwhelming. On my first trip there, I did a lot of research but found it difficult to learn what clothing was going to be appropriate – whilst still being stylish, comfortable and suitable for the bubbling-hot temperatures. Having now spent over a month there, I’ve put together an outfit that’s colourful and respectful. Here are my tips on what to wear in Morocco:
Go for a light, breathable fabric if possible and light colours which will keep you cooler. This Aztec t-shirt from Oasis is great as it covers your shoulders, so as not to attract unwanted attention, and is loose-fitting for the in high temperatures.
I like these gold and wooden bangles to top the outfit off. I’d wait until you get to Morocco to pick these up as there’s tons of lovely souks. Marrakech tends to rip people off now they’re so cottoned on to the tourist trade, but in other areas like Fez and the Atlas Mountains you can pick up some great pieces for pittance.
3. MAXI SKIRT
Loose and breathable clothes are great in the heat, and this orangy-red maxi skirt adds colour too. The length is great as it’s modest and respectful of the Moroccan culture, and it looks great with the Solillas sandals.
4. STATEMENT EARRINGS
Accessorise your outfit with some statement gold earrings. These ones are from ASOS, but if I were you I’d wait until you arrive in Morocco and pick some up from the souks like the bangles. Essaouira is the jewellery capital of Morocco so for the best selection, head there.
Choosing a comfortable, hardy pair of shoes that will stand the test of the heat all day is really important. Exploring Morocco’s winding souks and cobbled streets you can work up a lot of miles. I took Solillas on my recent trip which were perfect. They also happen to be a lovely brand: hand-made in Menorca and excellent quality.
Take a scarf with you to cover up in particularly religious areas or shade yourself from the heat of the day. Once you arrive, you’ll be overwhelmed by the colours and options of shawls on offer so you can add to your collection!
Dress like this and you can walk around in all day looking great, keeping cool and not offending anyone in the process. When packing your bag, here are the top dressing tips to remember: