How Conservative Is Morocco?
When thinking about what to wear in Morocco, you’re probably wondering what is culturally appropriate. Tourists have their dress code at the tourist sites. Places like the Marrakech and Fez see shorts, tight pants, high heels, and short dresses. However, as soon as you step out of these tourist sites and into the streets, you’ll see women in hijabs and abayas and men in traditional djellaba.
We recommend you dress to match the culture as you are a guest in their country. We view it as a sign of respect. It means no short shorts, short dresses, tight dresses, or cleavage showing. If you do decide to dress provocatively, you’ll feel more out of place than if you did not.
We suggest the middle ground for the dress. Women don’t need to wear a headscarf, but a low-cut shirt or tight leggings may not be the best idea. It’s straightforward to dress cute, comfortably, and modestly without disrespecting cultural norms or offending them. It’s best to keep your knees and shoulders covered as a sign of respect.
The exception to this is at the beach or hotel pools. Here it’s perfectly acceptable to wear bathing suits, cover-ups, and shorts. It’s a tourist spot and does not enter locals’ everyday lives.