We are soon entering the summer holiday season in the Western world. In my opinion being ethical also means to be respectful towards other cultures so while planning your travel wardrobe keep in mind that your chosen destination may celebrate the holy month of Ramadan. Turkey, United Arab Emirates, Oman, Egypt, Morocco, Malaysia, Tunisia or the Maldives are examples of such destinations.
I know you just can’t wait to throw off your warm clothes and bath in the sun in a tropical climate, but since this is the time of reflection, restraint and modesty for the Muslim world it is wise to be mindful of that and plan your wardrobe capsule ahead.
Here are the tips and tricks I used over the years of living in Dubai. I hope you find it useful and inspirational.
Dubai is pretty relaxed towards appropriate dressing but it still gets a bit strict during the holy month. This means, no-show of shoulders, skirts/short above the knee, tube tops, crop tops that show off your belly, anything transparent or with a super deep cleavage.
How to cover up in style :
- Carry a large lightweight scarf to wherever you go. You can cover yourself up when visiting sites, it will protect you from the AC that is often turned to way low temperature and also protect yourself from unwanted attention. I always carry a scarf with me. This way regardless to my outfit I can still make myself culturally appropriate when needed yet still enjoy some heat and sun when nobody is looking. 🙂
- If a scarf is not your thing, grab a lightweight cardigan. Yes I know it’s 40 degrees outside but trust me you’ll make use of it.
- Maxi skirt or dress is a good idea. Comfortable, appropriate and stylish.
- Wearing whites. I found that wearing whites was appropriate, cooling yet stylish, plus to me crisp whites have a luxurious feel to it.
- Wearing cotton or linen. These are naturally breathable so even if it is boiling outside you can still wear a 3/4 quarter or long sleeve shirt or long pants.