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Cute Dresses for Egypt + Modest Yet Stylish Egypt Outfit Ideas

Are you wondering what the best dresses are for your trip to Egypt? This post is for you! I’m sharing several different dresses I wore for my adventures through Egypt and Jordan that were incredibly comfortable and modest yet still looked nice. Plus, most of these dresses are only around $30!

When packing for a trip to Egypt as a woman it’s important to remember that Egypt is a predominantly Muslim country. Therefore, you should pack modest dresses that will work well in the hot temperatures of Egypt.

By dressing modestly I mean, your shoulders, cleavage, and knees should be covered, and you should avoid tight, clingy clothing. So, in other words, the best dresses for Egypt are loose-fitting maxi and midi dresses that have sleeves or can be layered.

Now, it’s not the end of the world if any of these parts aren’t covered…it’s just not considered respectful to many of the people in this bustling country.

It also might get you some unwanted attention (especially if you’re traveling solo) if you aren’t dressed modestly. You’ll notice in many of the highly touristic areas (Egyptian Museum in Cairo, the Pyramids of Giza, Karnak Temple, etc.), though, that not everyone will abide by this dress code.

A woman is standing in front of the pyramids in giza, egypt wearing Milumia Women's Boho Split Tie-Waist Vintage Print Maxi Dress.
My favorite dress I packed for Egypt!

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Things to Keep in Mind When Choosing Dresses for Egypt


When it comes to choosing dresses and outfits for Egypt, it’s all about dressing to stay cool and conservative.

Egypt is generally always going to be warm, no matter what time of year you visit. Cairo’s temperatures will be a bit milder, but if you’re visiting Luxor…even in winter the average temps are in the upper 70s (Fahrenheit)! (I have an entire post dedicated to how to dress comfortably and stylishly for the heat in Luxor!)

I had visited Egypt in May. This is just when the temps are starting to get nearly unbearable. This had its perks, though, as many places were quieter, with not as many tourists. (Except in Cairo – the Pyramids of Giza and the Egyptian Museum were still bonkers busy despite the heat!)

General Rule of Thumb Tips for Dressing for Egypt


I’ve already shared my Egypt packing list with you, but there are some top tips to consider when dressing for Egypt:

  • Tops: As I mentioned above, it’s important to dress conservatively and avoid tops that show cleavage or your stomach. This means no crop tops! Pack some thin chambray shirts, linen shirts, or long-sleeve shirts for your trip. I also recommend keeping a long scarf or shawl with you in case you feel the need to cover up to feel comfortable or to get out of the sun. It’s also good to have one when visiting mosques.
  • Bottoms: Your dresses, skirts, and pants should be long enough to go past your knees. Apart from the dresses that I’ll share below, I recommend loose long pants. Although you’ll see local women wearing skinny jeans, it’s best to dress conservatively and pair them with a looser long top if you happen to wear one. I don’t recommend wearing shorts, apart from at beach resorts along the Red Sea. Over there, bathing suits, cover-ups, and shorts are completely acceptable.
  • Shoes: When picking shoes, go for something you’d be comfortable wearing for hours on end. Sneakers, sandals, and walking shoes work great but flip-flops may not be comfortable since the sand is hot and difficult to walk on. That means you can rule out high heels, too.
  • Sun Protection: Wear wide-brimmed hats, polarized sunglasses, and non-toxic sunscreen when out and about to protect yourself from the harsh sun. Trust me on this one!
  • Heat Protection: Breathable fabrics are incredibly important, and so is wearing loose clothes you can comfortably sweat in and not overheat in.

If you are visiting in the winter months, though, you will also want to layer these dresses with a cardigan and/or travel jacket . I also wore lightweight scarves with these dresses in an effort to be more modest.

With this in mind, please enjoy my list of the best dresses for Egypt below.

The Best Dresses for Egypt To Be Comfortable Yet Stylish


1. Boho Split Tie-Waist Vintage Print Maxi Dress

Boho Split Tie-Waist Vintage Print Maxi Dress
A woman riding a camel in front of the Pyramids of Giza wearing a dress.
This dress works for camel riding too!

The dress I wore to the Pyramids of Giza, was hands down, my favorite dress from the trip. I ended up liking this particular dress so much, I have it in two other prints & colors (you’ll find them below)!  I liked the print on this particular one best, though. As my husband said, “It just looks like a good dress to wear by the Pyramids.”

It’s super comfy, and it also worked well in the weirdly windy conditions we were having that day. I didn’t have any wardrobe malfunctions with it! The slits are just high enough that you can ride a camel in this dress, but not flash the world. This is something I never realized I would need to care about, haha.

The only thing that I didn’t love about this dress is, it’s a bit long on me and was dragging on the ground slightly. (I’m 5’5″.)

Where to find it:
Dress: Amazon | Sandals: Steve Madden (Size up a half size.) | Hat: Nordstrom | Scarf: Amazon

2. Floral Print Flowy Maxi Dress With Sleeves

A woman in an yellow floral dress standing in front of pillars in the Valley of the Kings, Egypt.

This maxi dress turned out to be the most comfortable one I packed for my trip through Egypt and Jordan! It covered me appropriately, and it breathed really well. It’s what I wore when visiting Luxor.

I rolled out of bed at 4 a.m. that day and was already sweating. So, by the time these photos were taken, I was drenched! However, this dress let the sweat evaporate quickly and didn’t make me any warmer than I already was.

The only thing I don’t love about this dress, though, is it is a bit sheer. I did have to make sure to wear light-colored undergarments – without any prints or patterns on them! You will be able to see that under the dress! (I made that mistake in Baku when I wore this dress again – I saw myself in my hotel’s elevator mirror and had to run back to my hotel room to change my undergarments to something lighter! Haha.)

A woman in a yellow dress standing on the stairs of an Egyptian tomb.

This dress also received the most compliments out of anything I had packed for this trip! I was getting messages from family and friends who had seen me wearing it on my husband’s Snapchat story and wanted to know where they could buy it, haha.

I even received compliments from some of the older gentlemen I was touring with who kept remarking what a nicely dressed tour group we were that day, especially with this yellow dress, haha. It was a hit with just about everybody!

Where to find it:
Dress: Amazon or Shein (similar)| Shoes: Keds | Hat: Nordstrom | Scarf: Amazon

3. Button Up Floral Print Maxi Dress

As you can see, these photos of this dress weren’t taken in Egypt. These photos were taken in Cappadocia, Turkey. I did, however, wear this dress to the Egyptian Museum in Cairo.

The reason I didn’t have any photos of the outfit at the museum was because I was pretty lazy that day, and if you read my post about visiting the museum, you’ll know our guide was really rushing us. So, I didn’t get a chance even if I wanted to.

This maxi dress is one of my favorite travel dresses because it can work for a variety of occasions, can easily be dressed up or down and it’s super breathable – so, I can wear it in the sweltering heat of Cairo or layer it up for a cozy, fall outfit. I’ve worn this dress from Egypt, Argentina, Turkey and back home in Wisconsin. It’s fantastic!

Where to find it:
Dress | Scarf (Similar) | Boots c/o* 

4. Summer Print Deep V Neck Cotton Long Dress

I really like how brightly colored and cheery this dress is. I also like how well it moves in the wind, and its unique back and sleeves. (It’s also true to size.) This was a great dress for this trip!

The only problem I had with this one, though, is that it’s far too revealing to wear without my cami underneath while in Egypt.

That was not a big deal for wearing it on a cooler day, but for a day out and about exploring in the heat of Egypt…I learned really fast that I did not want to wear camis under my dresses unless absolutely necessary!

This dress honestly looks better without a cami too, but that wasn’t something I was going to do on a trip like this.

Where to find it:
Dress | Sandals | Cami | Necklace 

5. Blue Silk Long Sleeve Floral-print Wrap Dress

A woman wearing a blue dress and hat in front of an Egyptian temple in Aswan.

This dress I wore in Aswan is 100% silk and was fabulous for this adventure in Egypt. I always thought of silk as being a “fancy” fabric. And a silk dress should be worn to a luxurious event and cost a fortune.

However, that’s not true! Silk is moisture-wicking and breathes so well. It’s great for a day of exploring as it will help to keep you cool. I was so comfortable wearing this dress out and about at the sights in Aswan.

This dress is from my friend’s over at Stylewe and most of their silk dresses are less than $100. Unfortunately, this exact dress is no longer available, but I’ve linked to some similar ones below.

Where to find it:
Dress: c/o* Stylewe (Similar options) | Sandals: Steve Madden | Hat: Nordstrom | Sunglasses: Old

6. Linen Smock Dress With High Neck & Long Sleeves

A woman in a blue dress standing in front of a statue of an ancient Egyptian pharaoh in Abu Simbel.
This linen dress was super comfortable for the heat in Abu Simbel!

The dress I wore to Abu Simbel was a linen blend smock dress that was incredibly comfortable for the occasion. It was great for a day of sweating and long bus rides!

I had always sworn off wearing these smock dresses. (They remind me of a moo-moo!) So, I’ve been belting the couple I have. For this trip, though, I didn’t pack any belts – and I’m glad I didn’t. This smock dress looked fine without it, and it was super comfortable.

There was always a nice breeze blowing through it, but I never once had a wardrobe malfunction. Plus, it’s one of the most modest dresses I own – which is perfect for Egypt.

Where to find it:
Dress: Currently sold out. (Similar dresses here) | Sandals: Blowfish (similar) | Bag: Modcloth

7. Boho Split Tie-Waist Vintage Print Maxi Dress (#2)

A woman wearing a Boho Split Tie-Waist Vintage Print Maxi Dress and hat in front of a temple.

This is the dress I wore when visiting Edfu and Kom Ombo. It’s the same dress as #1 but in a different print… and while it is the same dress, technically, this dress is slightly more fitted and shorter than #1 is.

While I REALLY love the way the first dress looks and feels, this dress was a bit more practical for exploring, as it wasn’t dragging on the ground. (I’m 5 feet 5 inches tall and this dress is the perfect length for me.)

This dress is nice and lightweight for a day of exploring out in the heat. It also was nice and loose (so, very comfortable + modest), but it didn’t look as though I was wearing a sack of potatoes either!

Where to find it:
Dress | HatSandals | Scarf 

8. Boho Split Tie-Waist Vintage Print Maxi Dress (#3)

A woman in a blue and white dress standing on the deck of a cruise ship on the Nile River.

This is the dress I wore on the Nile River Cruise. Once again, this is the same dress as #1, allegedly. This print, though, is a WAY different fit.

This dress would be perfect for someone who is taller than me – i.e. taller than 5’5″. That’s because there is an extra 3 inches of fabric on the bottom of this dress on me! (An easy fix to hem or simply size down a size – I threw this one in my suitcase the night before our flight left, though!)

This dress turned into my “dinner” dress while on our Nile River Cruise in Egypt because it is comfortable for the heat, but still “dressy” enough for dining on the boat…and it also didn’t fit me as well as the rest of the dresses I had packed, and I didn’t want to risk wearing it for a day of exploring! (But again, if you’re taller, this dress would be amazing.)

Where to find it:
Dress | Sandals | Necklace 

9. Polka Dot Maxi Dress

A woman wearing an orange polka dot dress and hat in Jordan.

This maxi dress was worn in both Egypt and Jordan (these photos are from Jordan, though). It’s flowy and ruffled hemline and poofy sleeves were a fantastic addition to a maxi dress. This dress is also loose-fitting but has a tie waist, so you aren’t drowning in the fabric.

Unfortunately, this exact dress sold out shortly after I ordered it. It’s by All in Favor… however, Anthropologie actually carries a ton of similar maxi dresses right now that are simply STUNNING. (Click the sleeves filter, though, when you’re searching.)

Where to find it:
Dress: All in Favor (Similar dress options here.) | Sandals: Steve Madden (Size up a half size!) | Hat: Nordstrom | Scarf: Amazon

If anyone has any questions about these dresses/outfits or for what to pack for a trip to Egypt, please reach out in the comments section at the end of the is post!

Frequently Asked Questions


What is the dress code for tourists in Egypt?

While Egypt is generally more liberal than some other Middle Eastern countries, it’s respectful to dress modestly. For men, lightweight trousers or jeans and a shirt are acceptable. For women, modest clothing that covers the shoulders, cleavage, and knees is recommended.

Can I wear shorts and sleeveless tops in Egypt?

While it’s not strictly prohibited, it’s advisable to avoid very short shorts and revealing tops. Instead, opt for bottoms that go below your knees and tops with sleeves to show respect for the local culture.

Are there specific dress code rules for visiting religious sites in Egypt?

Yes, when visiting mosques, churches, or other religious sites, both men and women should cover their shoulders and knees. Women may be required to cover their hair, so carrying a scarf is a good idea.

Is it necessary to cover my head as a female tourist?

Generally, covering your head is not required, but it’s recommended to carry a scarf with you, especially when entering religious sites. It can also provide additional sun protection.

Can I wear swimwear at the beaches and resorts in Egypt?

Yes, swimwear is acceptable at beaches and resorts. However, it’s important to cover up when leaving these areas and heading into public spaces.

What about dress code on Nile cruises?

Nile cruises usually have a relaxed dress code, but it’s recommended to dress modestly during onshore excursions. Comfortable and breathable clothing is essential, especially during the warmer months.


Top Tip: Use a VPN When Traveling to Egypt

VPN is short for “virtual private network.” A VPN (like IPVanish) sets up a private connection between your device and whatever network you are connected to – so, no one can see your browsing data. 

It is important to use a VPN anytime you are connected to public Wifi (such as at a restaurant, resort, hotel, cafe, airport, etc.). This is because when you connect to a public network no matter where you are, you run the risk of a hacker grabbing your unencrypted data. Trust me, speaking from experience here…this can put a real damper on your trip if your banking, phone or email get hacked while you’re traveling!

VPNs can also help you save on domestic flights, help you watch Netflix shows not available in the US and more! You can read more about using a VPN in my post “Why I Use a VPN When Traveling and at Home (And You Should Too).”

Cute Dresses for Egypt + Modest Yet Stylish Egypt Outfit Ideas
Cute Dresses for Egypt + Modest Yet Stylish Egypt Outfit Ideas

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5 Comments

  1. My husband and I are traveling to Egypt in March 2022 and I have never looked at a Style/Travel blog before, but I am literally following you out the window on your clothing recommendations! In addition to the heat and modesty considerations (and the fact you are the same height), I am of an age where modesty and comfort would be my first considerations anyway! Plus I have always loved dresses! Thanks for your great advice and I look forward to reading all of your information about travel in Egypt. I haven’t looked at every topic yet so you may have covered this, but do you have experience/thoughts on adding Alexandria for a day or two?

  2. These are such beautiful dresses – you packed so well! I think that yellow dress is my favourite, even if it was a little sheer! these all look really cute on you and perfect for the heat!

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