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What to Pack: Marrakesh

Posted by Bee Shapiro on November 12, 2013 at 12:59:45 PM EST | Post a Comment

Spice bazaars, Berber souks, and a tempting culinary scene: Marrakesh is one memorably exotic destination, appearing on many a globe-trotters must-visit list. A bonus? In recent years, hoteliers have been planting their roots, opening spectacular properties like the Delano, Taj Palace, and Baglioni, set on a whopping 34 acres. Here are the most stylish picks to stuff in your bag.

Women

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Souk Strolling

With about 18 souks selling everything from locally made leathers to arts and crafts, the city is a shopper's paradise. For a shopping day, wear comfortable sandals, like these mini wedges in gold ($69.99).

The city enjoys summer-like temperatures for most of the year. Stay cool in these wide leg linen pants ($132).

On top, any cotton tee will do. Or if you prefer an all-in-one, a tunic dress captures the area's jet-set yet bohemian style ($108).

Although Marrakesh is a modern city, it is still wise to carry a wrap with you to cover your shoulders (particularly if plan to visit a mosque during the trip). This pick in pink and red silk comes with playful tassels and also works well as an airplane scarf ($58.99).

Ogle and haggle over souk wares from behind these golden-lensed aviators ($126).

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Dining Al Fresco

With courtyards aplenty and daytime open-air cafes, which convert into rooftop bars at night (see: Kechmara), the dining scene offers a variety of settings. To start: go dressy but relaxed in these crepe harem-cut pants ($255).

On top, a louche beaded top in cream has a romantic spirit ($168).

Add a pair of silver earrings with cut-out Moorish motif to hint at local artworks ($10.50).

Throw on this open-work cardigan in a peachy blush in case breezes pick up ($345).

Or channel your inner Talitha Getty in this floral printed frock in sea glass and peacock blue ($295).

Men

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On Palaces and Sultans

With a rich and varied history, Marrakesh is dotted with the gorgeous former homes of viziers and sultans, like the Badia and Bahia palaces. Dress loose and relaxed for day in this breathable striped linen tee ($125).

Actually, a few tees will pad out your daytime wardrobe. Perhaps pack this style with a Moroccan-notch neckline in marine blue ($38).

A pair of longish shorts are a good versatile option ($39.95). Choose neutral tones to boost the match-ability of your separates.

Natural materials are the best for sunny midday heat. These plimsolls are crafted from vintage wash linen ($98).

Lastly, see the palaces through gilded lenses ($135). Surely the sultans would approve.

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Bar Scene

For a dip back into time, start your night at La Mamounia's jazzy Le Churchill bar, where there's usually a live piano player tickling the ivories. A slim-fit button-down would do nicely, like this diamond-print version in coral red ($100).

Bring along a simple cream blazer if you're in the mood. Otherwise, vacation attire can be more lived-in, like these worn-out jeans ($195).

Give your usual desert boots a fall boost in a rich burgundy suede ($120).

On more casual nights, choose this woven placket henley with chambray trim instead ($160).

Most likely the nights in Marrakesh will be mild enough that you won't need an overcoat. Pack this hooded wool sweater instead, which will sub in nicely ($128).

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