What to Wear
Morocco is a hot but also traditional country and so
dress codes may be unfamiliar to those visiting from
northern Europe or the united states, where it is colder
and more modern! At the same time Casablanca is by
far the most liberal and modern city and we are very
familiar with visitors from all over the globe who come
here and bring with them their normal dress sense.
So although any respectable clothes from your home
country may be accepted here it is of course always best
to make some consideration particularly if going into
less developed areas such as the beaches and the
To dress as a Moroccan of course will ensure your
comfort both physically and in the sense of showing
consideration for local sensibilities.
Long pants and long sleeve shirts are the norm for
men, while ladies wear longer skirts and long sleeve
blouses normally. A below the knee skirt, or a
short sleeve blouse for ladies is certainly acceptable,
but is considered showing something. Sleeveless
dresses are only for those showing off on purpose as of
course the young in any culture may do. At no time
should any man or women wear very tight clothing, not
only would it be very uncomfortable in the heat but it
would be considered risqué. Also for ladies no
midriff or chest area should be exposed, blouses should
cover the collar bone.
It is not necessary to to cover the head, though many
local women do so. Having a light scarf available to
cover the head when in a religious place is helpful.
Consider buying a Djellaba, the traditional
Moroccan Kaftan, or a Takchita which is similar but more
for special occasions. Originally a unisex garment
it is now mostly worn by ladies, but there are men's
versions also available which are worn also particularly
on special days. Highly practical for the variable
weather in the city they are an all purpose go-anywhere
garment in keeping with the traditions of the city!
Of course in any place of religious worship the dress
codes for decency are more strict. More formal
attire with long sleeves and a head covering for ladies
would be considered correct.
Public bathing is of course part of our traditions
and the norms vary somewhat according to which district
and which bath you are in. However the most typical is
to go nude except for the lower underwear. It is
best to watch those around you and follow their lead,
but you should be prepared to go either nude or topless.
At the beach
Many moroccans will play on the beach wearing normal
day wear, including dresses, pants, blouses and jackets.
For those who are going swimming then board shorts for
men, and bikinis for women are the most revealing that
will be seen, most people will wear a shirt to swim,
which is great protection against the powerful sun and
good for your skin.