What To Pack For Marrakech

We visited in March when the weather can be very unpredictable – it was 30 degrees when we arrived but by the end of the week, plunged to eight degrees at night.  This is not a dressy place so a casual wardrobe is the way to go. I was strongly tempted to go full on boho, but decided to temper my choices to be age appropriate.  I can keep my boho stuff for yoga classes!

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These are my top tips for what to wear:

  • I’m sure you’ve heard this a million times, but take sensible shoes.  I have a pair of superlight trainers which take up little space or weight in your 20 kg Sensimar Thomson allowance, and although not particularly stylish, save a lot of heartache in the long run.  Wearing trainers allows you to properly explore – so just do it!  Having said that, there’s no way my fashion sense would let me travel in them.
  • Travel in mules – easy to slip off for security and I pack a pair of cosy socks to wear once we are in flight.  My mules are silver, go with everything and are the only pair of shoes I needed for evenings.  Mine are from Dune.
  • Daytime ‘hanging out’ shoes are my silver Office sliders – metallics just go with everything and these take me from pool to lunch, to a short walk out.  I wouldn’t walk more than three miles in them, but I have my trainers for that.
  • A long tunic style shirt for sightseeing – keeps you cool and is modest.  Mine is by East.
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  • Pool wear – to be honest, I’m not much of a sun lover, but do take one cossie, one bikini and a sarong which is more than adequate for the amount of time I spend by the pool.
  • A cardi – it’s cool at night.  I always travel with a cashmere cardi which I wear on the plane with a large cashmere scarf that doubles as a blanket.  Mine is a burgundy colour from Isle.
  • Jeans: one blue, one white.  These are great for casual evening dressing and I just take a couple of pretty tops in silk or cotton.  My favourite, pictured, is orange silk from Monsoon.
  • One dress.  You never know when a dressy opportunity may present itself, so I have a Phase Eight black stretch dress which rolls up crease free for packing.  It doesn’t matter if I don’t wear it, but it’s a useful option.
  • Now, I did say not too much boho, but I did indulge a bit with a fringed, embroidered kimono which was useful for covering up when out and about.  Morocco is a Muslim country and it’s important to be respectful and not flash too much flesh, so this was perfect.  It’s advised to keep your shoulders covered when out, so anything light over a vest top would work.

 

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  • I would never wear shorts, but my advice if you do, would be keep them knee length.
  • My khaki walking pants – not a great look, but I don’t go walking on holiday without them.  Light as a feather and don’t show the dirt!
  • I carried my trusty leather hobo bag and it was perfect: you need lots of space for shopping!  I bought this in New York last year and worried about the pale colour, but it really is so useful.

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  • A teeny shoulder bag.  Enough to carry my iPhone and to keep over my shoulder when in the hotel.

That’s pretty much it for clothes – I didn’t take much jewellery (and nothing of value) as I knew I would buy some bits in the souks – which of course I did.  I also succumbed to some rather lovely slippers.  Happy packing!

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Fifty Plus Style: Weekend Break in Llandudno

Impossible to know what to wear at the start of the summer in the UK isn’t it?  We stayed over for just one night in Llandudno so didn’t need much in the way of luggage, but I just didn’t know what to take.  It was beautifully sunny both days, but a bit cool, so I’ve not parted with my woollies yet.  I plumped for layers, as I always do when in doubt.

Day one: White relaxed skinny jeans from M&S, pistachio cardi from BHS, scarf M&S, silver sandals Office.

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Day two: Silk boho top from TKMaxx and long sleeveless cardi M&S.

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Fifty Plus Style: Torremolinos

A few of the outfits and accessories I wore in Torremolinos last week:

Beach Shoes: Primark

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These are fab and fun, if a little unstable!  Loved them for walking on the sand, but wouldn’t like to walk any distance in them.  They’ll be trashed by the end of the summer, but for now, they are a bit of flowerpower!

White Shift: Sainsbury’s

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I bought this broderie anglais shift last season and it works well for sightseeing.  Cool but not too revealing and can be easily paired with a cardi.  The bag is from a charity shop.

Maxi: Phase Eight & Wrap: East

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I love a maxi, but I don’t think they love me back.  I’ve paired it with a pink cotton wrap from East and the effect I think makes me look chubbier than I am.  It looks better without the wrap as the halter top balances my hourglass shape.  The gold platforms are from Marisota.  They are way too high and a pain to pack, but at 5ft 2 I need the height to get away with a maxi.

Amber Accessories

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The silver earrings are real amber which I’ve owned for 20 odd years, the rest is junk.  Hairband: Primark; chunky necklace Torremolinos; strand necklace M&S; ring charity shop.

Silver Sandals: Office

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These are my best buy this season.  Comfortable and go with everything plus I walked four miles or so in them one day.  When they wear out I’ll be getting another pair.

Maxi: M&S & Denim Jacket: Gap

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I think I’m over this look now.  Not going to buy any more maxis.  Have to think of something else to wear with the jacket. As you can see it was a pretty windy evening, so the dress is not falling properly.

Khaki Trousers: Dorothy Perkins

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I really like these for walking.  Light and comfortable and quite silky.  I was a bit cautious about the elasticated ankles as I’m so short.  Still thinking I may cut off the elastic and hem them. You could wear these for evening with heels.

Turquoise Jewellery

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The short necklace is by Claudia Bradby.  The rest is junk bought in Spain.

I hope you enjoyed my holiday wardrobe.  What do you take on a Spring break?