A Guide To What To Wear In Dubai
The British Summertime ends this week but my summer sun remains here in Dubai. I’m spending a week here in the city of sand. Dealing with the sweltering heat and dressing accordingly to outdoor temperatures of 35 degrees and indoor temperatures of every building and mode of transport with code alert: air conditioning! What was even more stressful was before even arriving to Dubai, it was knowing what to pack. You hear so many stories of how modern and progressive Dubai is but at the same time how you have to be careful with what you wear. I wanted to be sure that I was dressed respectfully at all times and obeying by their local customs.
WHAT NOT TO WEAR IN DUBAI
When it comes to what not to wear in Dubai the list is shorter than the list of what to wear in Dubai. Majority of what you can wear in the West, you can wear in Dubai. Things to stay away from:
Shorts & skirts above the knee (particularly in the malls and places of worship)
An absolute no go for the list above! In places such as the malls you’ll find an official sign with a policy that outlines what is strictly forbidden and what you should be wearing. You wouldn’t what to find yourself in that awkward moment when a security guard confronts you about your clothing - just cover up. For women that means wearing shirts that cover the shoulders and pants or skirts that cover the knees. For men that means no muscle tanks or short shorts. Yep, you guys have to cover your knees too.
AT THE BEACH OR BY THE POOL
Most hotels will also have a rule about where you can wear your bikini so just make sure you pack a few kaftans or beach cover ups to wear over your swim clothes as some hotels will not allow you to walk around in your swimwear through the lobby or around the rest of the hotel. Similar with public beaches once you’ve left the beach area make sure you’re covered up again especially if you plan to go inside somewhere or walk along a public path - a maxi dress that you can easily slip on should surely do the trick!
Here is my list of items which I bought to Dubai - remember modesty is key:
Midis & Maxi Dresses - Linen/Silk Blend
Loose fit t-shirts
Fitted & flowing trousers
(see images above)
Most of the time I opted for very cool, loose clothing made of linen, cotton and silk, but it was still always a good idea to walk around with a cardigan, jacket or my trusted pashmina (pictured) even when inside my gorgeous hotel The Atana.
The Pull & Bear jumpsuit was an impulsive buy as I had been eyeing up the jumpsuit for quite some time over the summer, in hopes that it would enter the sale. However that was not the case, so it somehow ended up in my basket. Supersoft and comfortable that I love the striped print, culottes shape and the length is perfect — especially for petites!
I think my other favourite item in this look is the bag! I was after a cross body bag and luckily New Look saw me coming! I’m all for colour blocking this season and with the top flap adjustable shoulder strap and push lock, this chic design is a style hit for a girl on the go. It was perfect for my strolls down to the local supermarket and venturing out to the malls. Snatched this bag up in the sale but it’s recently gone back to full price (it’s still reasonable) however I don’t feel it’s going to be around for much longer - so grab it before it goes!
The pashmina is something new for me! Worn by many women in Dubai and I can see why this heavenly scarf proves to be so popular. Upon visiting one of my personal highlights from the trip, Barastie Beach, I was able to add to my rainbow coloured wardrobe of pashminas where a local stall holder in the markets picked it out for me. I was really opened minded about it! Buying a scarf that costs way more than the cheaper ones I can always buy at home. However, when trying it on I thought it looked great to layer up, the quality was lush and I adored how it subtly sweept around my neck and featured the frayed edges. It made me think about wanting to wear more scarves with more of my looks at home.
I also needed to add comfy sandals to accompany the look. A pair of H&M imitation suede with an adjustable strap around the heel and a braided jute trim around the sole. Topped it off with my favourite pair of sunnies from American Eagle - these Torte Bar Top sunglasses were my ultimate favourite, they feel sturdier than most top of the range pairs. They stand out and look great with the yellow and brown colours in this look.
My chosen statement piece featured a white panelled necklace from Australian store Valley Girl.
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Jumpsuit // Pull & Bear : Here
Bag // New Look : Here
Shoes // H&M: Here
Sunglasses // American Eagle : Here
Necklace // ValleyGirl
Pashmina // Barasti Beach Market