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What Types of Clothing Do Egyptians Wear Today?

Updated April 17, 2017

The dress code in Egypt is not as strict as it is in many Muslim countries. In smaller towns, most people wear clothing that falls past their knees and elbows, and women often cover their hair. In large cities like Cairo, people dress more like their counterparts in the United States or Europe. Since Egypt is a very hot place and is mostly desert, people tend to wear light, cotton clothing.

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Women's Clothing

Most Egyptian women keep their shoulders, chest, stomach, and knees covered at all times. In smaller towns, many women wear traditional long, loosefitting gowns and cover their hair. When women approach a mosque or religious site, they must cover any bare skin and remove their shoes before entering. Many women who visit Egypt feel most comfortable dressing conservatively in long, loosefitting skirts and shirts with sleeves that fall past their elbows.

Men's Clothing

Most men in Egypt wear loosefitting trousers and shirts. T-shirts and polo shirts are generally acceptable. Wearing shorts that fall below the knee is acceptable in most modern cities. Shorts are not acceptable in mosques or religious sites. Some Egyptian men wear long robes that cover their bodies, but many do not.

Children's Clothing

Girls wear clothing similar to adult women's clothing. Many little girls wear long cotton skirts and shirts that cover their elbows. Boys usually wear long, loosefitting trousers and shirts much like adult men. If you are visiting Egypt with a child with blond hair, you may feel more comfortable covering his hair. Egyptians like to touch blond hair, and it's considered acceptable to do so.

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About the Author

Abigail O'Connell is a freelance writer based in Louisville, Ky., and has been writing since 2009. She has been published in a local alternative weekly and has also been featured on Altweeklies.com. O'Connell is a recent graduate of Indiana University, and holds a Bachelor of Arts in journalism.

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