How to Dress in Egypt As a Woman

How to Dress in Egypt As a Woman

Whether you’re going for the ancient history, the modern cities, or the mesmerizing beaches, Egypt is a country you don’t want to miss out on. Since Egypt is a mostly Muslim society, there are a few basic things you need to keep in mind when packing your wardrobe. In general, try to keep your knees, shoulders, and cleavage covered for an enjoyable and safe visit.

Method 1 of 3:
Casual Outfits

1
Cover your shoulders in a T-shirt or sweater. A good rule of thumb is to always keep your shoulders covered in Egypt, no matter how hot it is. Strappy tank tops and strapless shirts are a no-go, but cap sleeve shirts and T-shirts are fine. [1] X Research source During the day, you’ll probably want a loose-fitting T-shirt to stay cool. At night, a sweater or jacket might be nice as it starts to cool down.
2
Wear skirts or pants past the knees. Midi skirts, maxi skirts, jeans, and trousers are all fine. Capris are also okay, as long as they stop well below your knees. [2] X Research source Leave your shorts, mini skirts, and skorts at home.
3
Avoid tight-fitting or revealing clothing. Anything that conforms to your body or shows off skin (or cleavage) isn’t acceptable to wear in Egypt. When in doubt, go for something loose that covers your body. [3] X Research source Although it isn’t enforceable by law, wearing revealing clothing will probably get you a lot of stares and comments from locals.
4
Wear a bathing suit when you’re on the beach. If you’re going swimming, you can wear a modest one-piece bathing suit in the water. If you feel uncomfortable in a bathing suit, you can just swim in a T-shirt and capris. [4] X Research source Make sure you bring a cover-up and conservative clothing to wear on the way to and from the beach.
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Method 2 of 3:
Formal Events

1
Wear long trousers and a long sleeve shirt for evening events. As the weather gets cooler, you may want to cover up a little more. If you’re going to a nice restaurant, try wearing a long sleeve shirt and wide-legged trousers. [5] X Research source Cotton trousers are great for the desert since they help to wick away moisture.
2
Try a maxi dress for daytime events. Knee-length or longer dresses are fine to wear during the day. The flowy material of a maxi dress can help keep you cool in the desert heat, too. [6] X Research source You could also try a midi dress or skirt.
3
Wear long sleeves and pants to go into a mosque. Mosques and religious territories are much more conservative and strict. If you do go into one of these buildings, make sure your legs and arms are fully covered. [7] X Research source If you’re traveling with any men, they’ll need to wear pants too.
4
Cover your hair with a scarf if you enter a mosque. While you don’t have to wear a hijab all the time, if you enter any religious areas, you’ll be asked to cover your hair. Carry a large, thin scarf or shawl to throw on if you head into a mosque. [8] X Research source If you want to wear a hijab the whole time you’re in Egypt, you can! This might help you blend in with the locals and draw less attention to yourself as you walk around the city.
5
Accept any additional clothing when you enter a mosque. If the people in the mosque feel like you’re showing too much skin, they may hand you a robe-like garment to put on while you’re there. You can wear it while you’re inside and take it off as you leave. [9] X Research source Your male companions may also be asked to put this on if they’re wearing shorts.
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Method 3 of 3:
Weather Considerations

1
Stick to loose-fitting, comfortable clothing. Tight, uncomfortable clothing will probably make you more sweaty than you already are. When you’re packing your clothes, opt for loose-fitting, moisture-wicking garments. [10] X Research source Cotton, linen, and denim are the best fabrics to pick for Egyptian life.
2
Walk around in comfortable, close-toed shoes. If you’re going to be walking around the city a lot, go for sneakers that have some extra cushion. You can wear sandals if you’d like, but make sure they’re comfortable enough that you can take long treks in them. [11] X Research source If you’re staying in a hostel, bring a pair of flip flops to protect your feet in the shared showers.
3
Bring sunglasses to combat the harsh sun. While this seems like a no-brainer, forgetting your sunglasses can seriously ruin your day. Try to bring along a few pairs just in case you lose or break one to protect your eyes during the day. [12] X Research source This is especially important if you’re going to travel outside of the city where the sun reflects off the sand.
4
Grab a sweater for the chilly evenings. While it might be hot during the day, temperatures tend to dip down at night in Egypt. Keep a light jacket or a cardigan nearby just in case you need it while you’re out and about. [13] X Research source You can also use your head scarf to keep your arms warm at night.
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Method 1 of 3:
Casual Outfits

1
Cover your shoulders in a T-shirt or sweater. A good rule of thumb is to always keep your shoulders covered in Egypt, no matter how hot it is. Strappy tank tops and strapless shirts are a no-go, but cap sleeve shirts and T-shirts are fine. [1] X Research source During the day, you’ll probably want a loose-fitting T-shirt to stay cool. At night, a sweater or jacket might be nice as it starts to cool down.
2
Wear skirts or pants past the knees. Midi skirts, maxi skirts, jeans, and trousers are all fine. Capris are also okay, as long as they stop well below your knees. [2] X Research source Leave your shorts, mini skirts, and skorts at home.
3
Avoid tight-fitting or revealing clothing. Anything that conforms to your body or shows off skin (or cleavage) isn’t acceptable to wear in Egypt. When in doubt, go for something loose that covers your body. [3] X Research source Although it isn’t enforceable by law, wearing revealing clothing will probably get you a lot of stares and comments from locals.
4
Wear a bathing suit when you’re on the beach. If you’re going swimming, you can wear a modest one-piece bathing suit in the water. If you feel uncomfortable in a bathing suit, you can just swim in a T-shirt and capris. [4] X Research source Make sure you bring a cover-up and conservative clothing to wear on the way to and from the beach.
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Method 2 of 3:
Formal Events

1
Wear long trousers and a long sleeve shirt for evening events. As the weather gets cooler, you may want to cover up a little more. If you’re going to a nice restaurant, try wearing a long sleeve shirt and wide-legged trousers. [5] X Research source Cotton trousers are great for the desert since they help to wick away moisture.
2
Try a maxi dress for daytime events. Knee-length or longer dresses are fine to wear during the day. The flowy material of a maxi dress can help keep you cool in the desert heat, too. [6] X Research source You could also try a midi dress or skirt.
3
Wear long sleeves and pants to go into a mosque. Mosques and religious territories are much more conservative and strict. If you do go into one of these buildings, make sure your legs and arms are fully covered. [7] X Research source If you’re traveling with any men, they’ll need to wear pants too.
4
Cover your hair with a scarf if you enter a mosque. While you don’t have to wear a hijab all the time, if you enter any religious areas, you’ll be asked to cover your hair. Carry a large, thin scarf or shawl to throw on if you head into a mosque. [8] X Research source If you want to wear a hijab the whole time you’re in Egypt, you can! This might help you blend in with the locals and draw less attention to yourself as you walk around the city.
5
Accept any additional clothing when you enter a mosque. If the people in the mosque feel like you’re showing too much skin, they may hand you a robe-like garment to put on while you’re there. You can wear it while you’re inside and take it off as you leave. [9] X Research source Your male companions may also be asked to put this on if they’re wearing shorts.
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Method 3 of 3:
Weather Considerations

1
Stick to loose-fitting, comfortable clothing. Tight, uncomfortable clothing will probably make you more sweaty than you already are. When you’re packing your clothes, opt for loose-fitting, moisture-wicking garments. [10] X Research source Cotton, linen, and denim are the best fabrics to pick for Egyptian life.
2
Walk around in comfortable, close-toed shoes. If you’re going to be walking around the city a lot, go for sneakers that have some extra cushion. You can wear sandals if you’d like, but make sure they’re comfortable enough that you can take long treks in them. [11] X Research source If you’re staying in a hostel, bring a pair of flip flops to protect your feet in the shared showers.
3
Bring sunglasses to combat the harsh sun. While this seems like a no-brainer, forgetting your sunglasses can seriously ruin your day. Try to bring along a few pairs just in case you lose or break one to protect your eyes during the day. [12] X Research source This is especially important if you’re going to travel outside of the city where the sun reflects off the sand.
4
Grab a sweater for the chilly evenings. While it might be hot during the day, temperatures tend to dip down at night in Egypt. Keep a light jacket or a cardigan nearby just in case you need it while you’re out and about. [13] X Research source You can also use your head scarf to keep your arms warm at night.
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