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Marrakech dress code

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Hey1256 · 07/11/2019 22:17

Has anyone been? If so, how strict is the dress code really?

I'm not an overly provocative dresser lol but all my dresses are just above the knee and sleeveless. Not overly tight but fairly figure hugging.

I really don't want to go out and get a while new wardrobe and then get there and it's all fine - so how strict is it out there?

I'm travelling December so thinking a light jacket whilst walking around but in restaurants surely dresses sleeveless and jumpsuits are ok?

I really don't want a shawl draping around my shoulders either if I can help it.

Advice appreciated

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InOtterNews · 08/11/2019 12:09

I would keep top of arms/shoulders covered and dresses below the knee. Avoid figure-hugging dresses. You don't need a shawl around your shoulders if they are covered (and you are not required to cover your head unless you're visiting a religious site)

You may well be fine, but I would err on the respectful side (it will make your experience more enjoyable). It's not that you will get hassled per se but more that you stick out and likely to be stared at.

If you're going up to the mountains at all - it's pretty cool up there so defo take something warm.

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DrDetriment · 08/11/2019 12:15

You need to keep your shoulders and knees covered. Unfortunately, it is the choice you make going to conservative Muslim countries. I've been to a lot, including Morocco and always have long floaty trousers and tops for these places.

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BinkySodPlop · 08/11/2019 12:24

I've lived / worked in Muslim countries and found Casablanca much more conservative than Marrakech. When I visited (tourism only), there were young women in "arse shorts" and boob tubes. I imagine they got a lot of unwanted attention. Your clothes sound fine for the main areas, but as others have said, the Atlas mountains are cold - they ski there. It was very hot when I was there, but knee length (or even just above) shorts / walking trousers and a bog-standard t-shirt were fine and drew no attention. For evenings, especially if you're eating in places with locals, rather than purely a tourist place, you probably do want to keep shoulders and knees covered.

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MrsMaiselsMuff · 08/11/2019 12:29

Shoulders covered and knee length dresses (not figure hugging) are fine. There are people who will wear less but you will get stared at.

It's a fascinating place, and as long as you are respectful you'll find the locals to be very friendly.

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Hey1256 · 08/11/2019 18:04

Thanks all! I've just ordered some new dresses. Could have done without but you're all right better to be safe than sorry!

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SJane48S · 12/11/2019 08:34

Agree with the other posters, we did see some women in shorts and strappy tops in Marrakech but they stuck out like sore thumbs and I'm sure got more attention than they would have liked. I just wore loose thin trousers, cami tops and thin cardigans. In your hotel, wear whatever you want obviously! If you're going into the mountains, bring the trainers, it's rocky going. Bring £ cash with you - at the airport (this was 4 years ago so might have changed), the exchange bureau wouldn't take cards so I had to spend ages at an ATM withdrawing money at a machine that had maximum withdrawal limits.

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Hey1256 · 14/11/2019 13:24

[email protected] thats helpful. I'll also be attending a few private functions so for those I'll be a bit more relaxed but out on the streets I'll defo cover up for sure

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