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Timeless Dress of Morocco: There’s Nothing like A Caftan

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Written by sarahmarri7

“Women don’t dress to impress guys. They dress to impress each other!”

And that’s the rule number 1 in any girl’s journals of rules. I mean, yes we love to send strong impressions but it’s always your friends before the guys and well guys are always secondary (in such case). We love to play dress up for every little occasion to come by. Doesn’t matter if you have this classy air around you or a gothic look in the first place, still, anything that matters is most how you see yourself. 

With time you realize how much life can change and how much can be offered to you once you actually start living it.

So dress how you want to be addressed not how people expect you to.

Each country has their own certain style, relative to their culture and traditions. The moral values, norms, traditions, and culture are represented in the clothes people wear, and certainly, each factor plays an important role.

If you are a traveler you would know, the fabrication of culture in a dress. How people dress, why they dress the way they do and what does it represent?

Certainly visiting Morocco gave me insight into what and how people see it.

Is a country full of vast cultures and traditions is bound to be conservative right? Well to some extent that might be right but not necessarily. Only if you get to go on the Cheap Morocco holidays you will know the true extent of the country’s platform.

What to Wear in Morocco?

That’s a tough call to answer, but it’s not as hard as some might depict. Being in Africa (although in the north) the country faces hot summers and mild to cold winters. Typically, you will want a light jacket in summer if you are heading north to the mountains but during the day time, a light summer dress or loose shirts with losing pants is a good option to go with.

For men, I would suggest some easy-going polo or t-shirts with khakis. Well, you can wear shorts either but its better if you don’t for two major reasons:

  1. It would scream you are a tourist
  2. The culture demands that legs need to be covered, for adults at least

So you see you can wear jeans or t-shirts or dress shirts (for something formal) and you are good to go.

And as for the kids they are not that noticeable as adults usually are so they have the free reign (well lucky them) but make sure to cover their heads with a large sun hat or a p-cap for boys if you plan to stroll around during day time you are going to read it for the kids, as a safety precaution against the day’s heat.

From Traditional Dress Gear to Fashion Icon

As I was telling you people, how each country has its own form of clothing and culture is displayed in such terms. The traditional clothing for women is caftan.

Quite singular in look and yet having a certain variety, this wardrobe style has spread throughout other nations as well. And among celebrities, it’s been in style for a long time. And let’s just be honest its modest yet comfortable form of thread pieced together for the wearing.

Did you know it dates back to 5000 years to the time of Mesopotamian and came into the era of Greco-Roman times as well??

Technically it was a French courtier who conjured the art of caftan trimming it with fur, baubles, and tussles and that’s how its imitation began to work around different corners of the world.

Briefly, during the’70s the trend of sophisticated caftan became splendidly known among famous celebrities like Angelina Jolie, The Kardashians and such but the ankle-grazing dress has always been a wild art of fashion.

The Moroccan caftan comes in many varieties, from simple wear to formal wear and particularly as bridal wear it can still be worn at parties too.

Even when Hilary Clinton was on her official tour to Morocco wore a traditional caftan, respecting one’s culture always is in a good mindset for diplomatic situations.

The traditional caftans are easily available in the souks and other trendy boutiques as well. Offered in different varieties of fabric (from cotton to silk or chafaun) and from simple to fancy (as fancy as a wedding gown) these are available easily.

Is it Worn Only by Women?

Well yes, it originally originated for the women back in the old days, but only for the elite.

Although djellabas are quite similar to caftans too there are two differences you ought to observe

  1. Djellabas are worn by men
  2. They have a hood as well

So you see the difference now between the two? So there’s no need to get confused by it either. Men’s djellabas are often stripped in design or can be in plain colors with or without a hood. Some can be even as fancy as a groom’s dress.

Isn’t it intriguing how culture can be represented in what people are wearing? It true in actual it’s the people who are a true representation of a country.

 

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