Corner View: Street Fashion

by Tina on June 17, 2009

in Fashion, Morocco


The most common street wear for Moroccan women is the jilaba.  They come in all different shapes and sizes and there are definite fashion trends.  They mostly tend to be long (to the ankle) with long sleeves, but other than that… pretty much anything goes!


The main accessory is the head scarf, though not all women wear them.  As a foreigner I do not feel the need to wear the jilaba daily and I do not wear a head scarf because I live in a small city and there are many foreigners and Moroccans alike that wear “western” clothing.  I do, however, wear very modest clothing.  Long shirts to cover the “backside” and long pants or skirts.


During the summer there is an influx of foreigners and Moroccans that come from Europe and I am always shocked by what I see during these months!  I find myself gawking at a woman in a tank top and heaven help the woman that wears shorts!  Even the men generally do not wear shorts on the street !   I have heard of many foreign women that come to Morocco and go home with a very bad impression of Morocco due to the harrassment they endured from the men… rude comments, inappropriate “grabbing” and more.  I always ask what they were wearing.  Women, even those that opt for western clothing, just dress more modestly here!  I still get bothered on the streets simply because of the color of my hair and skin, but it’s never been anything too bothersome.  Well, I could go on about this subject for quite some time, but let me give you a few more links to check out that have more street wear!

An old “new” look

Advice for Grandma

French teacher (and me in my jilaba!)

my jilaba’s here!

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Wendy T June 17, 2009 at 8:35 pm

Hi Tina,
I cannot agree with you more. It infuriates me when people talk about being harassed in Morocco. Yes, it is not right, but when everything tells you to dress modestly and you arrive here in a mini skirt and spaghetti top that is entirely your own problem!! I to dress modestly and have never had a problem here!
Lovely photos!


cris siqueira June 17, 2009 at 8:45 pm

great shots!!
jilaba is really beautiful!!


prasetio June 18, 2009 at 2:30 am

thanks for share. great picture. I like it . very fashionable. See you on my blog also. I hope we can share some information.


daan June 18, 2009 at 4:15 am

Beautifl pics and blog!


Nina June 18, 2009 at 1:23 pm

I get stared at a lot because of my skin color, but thankfully, haven’t had any trouble. My girls are the only non-white, non-Croat, non-Catholic, and non-native speaker in their whole school. They seem to get along well with everybody, though. It would be difficult if they don’t.


Francesca June 18, 2009 at 2:32 pm

True, tourists should try to confirm a little to their host countries!


Francesca June 18, 2009 at 2:33 pm

PS “conform” sorry for the typo!


trinsch June 18, 2009 at 8:58 pm

that red jilaba in the first photo is absolutely stunning!

and you’re absolutely right, tourists should respect the culture of the country they visit. in the end it would make things so much more pleasant for everyone involved.


Dorte June 18, 2009 at 11:06 pm

Great post and lovely pics.
I agree too about the tourists and their lack of respect for the culture they visit in regard to dress code. One thing is to wear very little clothes on the beach, but to walk around in the streets like that, is most of the time not such a pretty sight. And if the temperature was as high in their home country, I don’t think many of them would walk around like that there 🙂


Savitri June 19, 2009 at 5:20 am

It’s similar to Indonesia – the biggest Muslim country. It’s not so bad in places like Bali but in other areas, you need to cover up a bit more. I like that saying, when in Rome do like what the Romans do. So before I go somewhere I like to study people and culture a bit and try to respect their traditions. If I have to take my shoes off before entering a home then I will.

On another note… we’re moving to England!!! Yeah! The husband just got orders today and he’s suppose to check-in no later than January 31 of next year. We got a lot to do until then… get the dogs paperwork in gear to avoid quarantine and sell the house. Wish us luck, esp. the last one!!


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