Mom and I are going on vacation in Egypt in November. What kind of clothing should we wear to show respect for the local culture? I don’t like the heat too much but I’m wondering if wearing shorts and a short sleeve top would be offensive?

What kind of clothing to wear in Egypt?
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11 thoughts on “What kind of clothing to wear in Egypt?

  • November 2, 2010 at 7:46 pm
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    Depends on where you are gonna spend your vacation at . For example if you are gonna visit luxor and aswan you can wear what ever you want since luxor and aswan are full of tourists 24/7 , also in hurghada , sharm el shaikh and sinai you can wear whatever you like . But if you are gonna visit cairo then you shouldn’t wear short shorts , just wear normal clothes ( not revealing ) . Oh , and by the way it’s not hot in Egypt at the moment , actually the weather is fine ..

    Good luck and peace 🙂

  • November 2, 2010 at 7:46 pm
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    well it depends where ur going if ur going in the tourist spot then just wear normal clothing

    but if ur going in the local areas avoid shorts, skirts, tank tops,halters or anything that reveals too much skin to avoid any unwanted comments from guys in the streets. ull be fine if u wear tshirts with jeans/capris/ or skirts below the knees
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  • November 2, 2010 at 7:46 pm
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    yes shorts and short sleeve is offensive to many Egyptians
    if u do not like heat
    wear cotton

  • November 2, 2010 at 7:46 pm
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    Those robes that cover their entire bodies! lol No but actualy, most of the people dress the same as americans! My uncle was in egypt and I saw on his video, most of the people had franel shirts, and long pants!

  • November 2, 2010 at 7:46 pm
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    If you are going to Sharm el sheikh, Sinai or Hurgada you don’t have to worry about what to wear, but if you are going to Cairo, shorts and tank tops won’t be very well accepted but I think short sleeve top will be just fine.

  • November 2, 2010 at 7:46 pm
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    I’d say just make sure its below the knees and not any halters. People usually would acknowledge that you are a tourist and not mind too much, so don’t really worry about it.

  • November 2, 2010 at 7:46 pm
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    According to my fiance, who is Egyptian, t-shirts are fine, but should not be low-cut or too tight. That is the problem with a lot of the american clothing that is available in the store. Also, due to the heat, a cotton shirt underneath, just like the main style is in U.S. now is great, with a looser top over it. It will save your outer clothing from your wonderful body sweat. lol. And keep the outside clothing cleaner and fresher. As someone else said, capris are great, and skirts that are not too short, plus the shirts and capris are cooler too.

    Always remember to wear your sunblock, even under your clothes. I have to wear a hat to keep my head from being sunburned too.

  • November 2, 2010 at 7:46 pm
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    In November usually the weather is not hot in Egypt. During the visits in Cairo, only avoid much revealing clothes. Shorts also acceptable if not hot shorts or very tight ones. Usually after visits groups may go to lunch or shops. In all cases people will accept from tourists some types of clothing which they didn’t get use to it, but they respect much tourists who care to respect their culture.
    Only in crowded shopping areas like Khan El Khalily which is full of tourists from around the world, there are also unwanted guys and sellers who you should better avoid. In that case you should wear something covering as much as you can and not very tight shirts or even jeans.
    In other beach cities and inside hotels and resorts, you can be free to wear anything you like. On the beach or pool side, you can wear any kind of swim wear either bikini or one piece. Only thongs are not acceptable. Topless is not allowed, but you’ll find few topless ladies in some corners.
    Most of the 5 stars hotels have their rules for clothing and they put it inside the rooms. Usually they these rules advice guests not use swim wear in public areas or restaurants and there is a dress code for dinner which doesn’t allow shorts and muscle shirts.

    Anyway you should really care to wear a comfortable shoes during visits as you may need to walk in different types of grounds. Sometimes you may need to step on wooden stairs or path through narrow paths. it depends where are you going. In Mosques, you’ll be requested to remove your shoes or wear a certain cover before you enter. You’ll be requested to cover all your body except face and hands or they’ll offer you a cover which I don’t recommend in most cases.

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  • November 2, 2010 at 7:46 pm
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    You can wear whatever you want.
    Tho try to avoid wearing too short skirts, shorts.

  • November 2, 2010 at 7:46 pm
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    Wear clothes that aren’t beyond the knees/elbows.

  • November 2, 2010 at 7:46 pm
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    In tourist areas, you can wear whatever you want. but in local areas avoid shorts and bikinis. anything else (short sleeve shirt, tank tops, capris) should be fine

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