Dress Code for Women in Mauritius is relaxed, you can pretty much wear what you please! Mauritius has a strong connection with India but their dress sense is closer to the western world. In the picture above you can see the skirts worn by the pretty women of Mauritius while doing the traditional dance, Sega.
The advantage of traveling with friends is they pose for you! This is one rare post where instead of clicking people on street, I can show what we wore! And my friends dress well!
You will be fine in Mauritius in all type of dresses, shorts and capries! Sleeveless is fine too. However do remember that if you are going in the forest area you will get insect bites, if you do not cover your skin. I am saying this from experience!
A lot of my dresses come out when I travel abroad! I am more comfortable wearing shorts also when I am traveling outside. It is more common to wear dresses and shorts in India as well but as I use a lot of public transport, I am a little more conservative when in my hometown! In Mauritius dresses or shorts draw no extra attention! They are the norm.
Bikini is common on the beaches, it will attract no extra attention. We were having coffee while I could see the mother and the kids on the beach! I have to say the kids were quite well behaved, the mother had to only get up once and run after her daughter! Otherwise they were happy playing in the sand!
However, you will not attract attention even if you go out in a gown and venture to the sea! That is what I loved about Mauritius, you could be yourself wearing whatever you wanted.
So, when in Mauritius you can go easy with the dress! You can pretty much pack what you wish to wear and enjoy wearing it too!
I hope this post is able to answer some of your what to wear in Mauritius questions. When I was there in June, evenings were a bit cold, so do pack a stole and a light jacket too!
Before visiting Oman, I had been to Dubai, Sharjah and Ajman. So, I almost knew what to expect when it comes to dress code for women in Oman. These countries have a courtesy policy which asks men and women, both, to cover up their knees and shoulders. But this post is only about women, as that is what I always focus on.
If you cover your knee and shoulders you are good in Oman. That means a t-shirt with sleeves and a capri below the knee is absolutely fine in most of the places.
However, there is an exception to this, if you wish to visit the Grand Mosque in Muscat, you need to cover up like the local women. Only hands and feet remain uncovered while visiting the mosque. I wore a long sleeved kurta, long skirt and carried a duppata (a long scarf will do). The ladies at the entrance of the mosque draped the duppata around my hair. If your dress does not meet the requirement you can rent appropriate clothes for a fee. Do remember that the Omani Rial is equal to 2.5 dollars. It is cheaper to dress correctly rather than rent!
But other than the mosque there is a lot of tolerance for the dress code, particularly for foreigners and tourists. As you can see in the picture above, you can wear shorts and a cropped top but it will attract a lot of attention.
Within a resort swimming pool everyone wears a swimsuit or bikini. You can do so at the sinkhole or the beach too but outside a resort it will attract more attention.
In urban and touristic settings wearing sleeveless tops is also alright. The stated policy, as I said at the beginning of the post, is to cover the shoulders and the knees. But like Dubai, Oman too is quite tolerant of its tourists.
PS. I was invited to Oman by the Oman Tourism Board. The views stated in this post are entirely mine.
I visited Yangon and Inle Lake in Myanmar for Escapers17. It was a fast paced super fun event. I still found time to look at what was the dress code for women in Myanmar.
The local women dress beautifully in Longyi and tops. Men also wrap the same longyi in a slightly different style. Given the hot weather, the comfortable skirt makes a lot of sense. It is almost the same as the wrap around skirts worn in North East India and Thailand.
I clicked this picture at the Yangon Airport. You can see both men and women wrap the same longyi but slightly differently. They wear it with a t-shirt/shirt/top. This is by far the most common way to dress in Myanmar.
When it came to tourists, they have more leeway in the way they decide to dress. It might be a little contrary to the local dress code but I don’t think wearing sleeveless or spaghetti is going to raise too many eyebrows, though locals certainly cover up more.
Women (men too) in Myanmar put Thanaka on their face. It comes from the tree (not sure what is the Indian equivalent) bark and it is applied on the face to prevent sunburn. It is also used as a beauty product in Myanmar. I tried it out too, it is cool stuff!
The people in Myanmar are friendly, but many may not speak English! I saw this group walking by on the road! Not sure what they were talking about but I am sure wearing sleeveless tops in no way affected their conversation!
By now I was used to clicking beautiful women in Longyi but I was wondering why these two were wearing an identical dress. I was in the Scott Market in Yangon and my guess is they worked in a place where this was the uniform? But then what do I know, I am just a curious tourist!
And nearby, a tourist was dressed for the hot summer afternoon in Yangon! Let me bring in the temple code here. If you are dressed like this you cannot enter a temple (pagoda, shrine etc) in Myanmar. Like many other Buddhist places in South East Asia it is required that you cover your knees and shoulders. If you are wearing a short dress you can cover the knee by simply carrying a longyi! For shoulders many places will give you a wrap.
At Inle Lake which is in the Shan State of Myanmar women wear a headgear which I am sure can be part of a ramp model’s style! Inle Lake has cooler weather so you can see women wearing a jacket over their top. Longyi is still by far the common dress here too.
I close the post by a picture of the woman I chanced upon in Inle Lake. She was smoking the local cheroot. She has swag!