“The Mummy” Brendan Fraser/Rick O’Connell Inspired Outfit for Egypt
An outfit I wore in Luxor, Egypt inspired by Brendan Fraser’s character, Rick O’Connell, in the movie “The Mummy.”
Growing up, I was absolutely obsessed with the movie, “The Mummy.” (Let’s be real, it’s still one of my favorite movies.) I think I’ve watched it at least 10 thousand times. (I probably watched it even more than Star Wars.)
While getting ready for my trip to Egypt, I had to watch it one more time to get myself motivated to pack…which is when my cousin, Mandie, suggested to me that I should do an outfit post based on the movie! Perhaps a feminine take on Rick O’Connell’s outfit? I loved the idea, but I didn’t have time to buy anything new for my trip, so I took what I was already planning to bring along and rearranged it for this post. (Except the blue scarf, that I bought at an Egyptian cotton store my first day in Cairo with this outfit in mind. Haha.)
The Rick O’Connell Outfit
I had to go sans gun holsters, belt and riding boots, but otherwise, I was pretty satisfied with how this outfit turned out! But I’ll let you guys be the judge…did I get close to looking like Rick O’Connell?
Ha! I’ll never forget my husband turning to me and saying, “So, are you ready to take your Brendan Fraser photo? I think this will be a really good spot for it.” I never thought I would hear such a phrase in my life, haha. (Also, best husband award goes to…mine!)
Not Hamunaptra, but Karnak Temple in Luxor, Egypt for a Background
This may not be Hamunaptra, either, but Karnak Temple in the city of Luxor sure felt just as extraordinary. I have an entire post about visiting this incredible temple complex, here! (If you haven’t seen the movie Hamunaptra is the made-up city of The Dead everyone is trying to find in Egypt.)
Thoughts on Wearing This Outfit for Traveling
This outfit was SO comfortable for a day of exploring in and traveling through Egypt. I actually liked it so much I wore it again for Petra….and I didn’t even have to wash it! Despite sweating like crazy all day, this outfit didn’t get smelly. Breathable fabrics are where it’s at!
My hiking pants are the best travel pants I’ve ever bought. They are what I normally wear when flying, and I’ve worn them on countless adventures when I was living in South America. (They were especially handy for my Peruvian Adventures.) I love that they’re quick drying too. I’ve been able to wash them in the hotel sink at night and have them be dry in just a couple hours!
This shirt is an old linen blend one I had bought over 6 years ago for my trip to India. It’s one of those shirts that I should have been wearing for every single trip I’ve ever taken, but I kind of forgot I had it until last summer. It was like Christmas morning when I dug it out! It’s perfect for protecting me from the sun when we are out in the desert all day. It also worked well for the chillier nights in Jordan. (I’m definitely going to be investing in more travel shirts like this!)
*You can also check out my entire packing list for Egypt as a woman.
*Also see my itinerary for how to spend 7 days in Egypt!
So, now, I have to know…who else is a fan of “The Mummy?” (The 1999 version at least.) Let me know in the comments!
Where to find it:
Shirt: Old (Similar here & here)
Hiking Pants: Eddie Bauer
Scarf: Bought in Egypt (Similar here)
Sunnies: Old (Similar here)
Watch: Similar here
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Yes – conservative clothing absolutely. But my understanding is that local Egyptian guides who dress this way do so for westerner’s sake because they think that’s our idea of what you’re supposed to wear when engaging in tourism of ancient Egypt.
I’m researching what to wear in Egypt right now, and have been advised several times to avoid the khaki/white combo as it’s in line with pith helmets as far as emulating colonialists – from what I’m hearing, this is not at all a ‘romantic’ or ‘classic’ look, but rather rather a reminder of oppression. What are your thoughts on that?
Hi, Rachel. To be honest, this is the first time I have heard anything negative regarding that color combination. When speaking with locals, they were appreciative of travelers who chose to wear conservative clothing, which is something I did for the duration of this trip. However, nothing was mentioned about the khaki/white combo (our Egyptian guide even wore similar clothing a couple of days). However, if you are hearing something different from local Egyptians, then please do avoid this color combo.
That’s great that you got inspiration from the film! I agree that an outfit like this is ideal for the dessert – very similar to what I wore in Jordan and Oman.
Aw, thank you. Oh, and that is awesome! I’ve always wanted to visit Oman.
Seriously cool, I love The Mummy so much too. My dad’s from Egypt so when I was a kid watching those films, I used to get so excited like I would see him in it or something. I’d love to go back, I haven’t been for ages. Also, I’m totally inspired by this outfit, I’m thinking of heading to Petra this year so I’ll emulate!
Oh my gosh, that’s awesome! And thank you so much!
OMG. He looks so young!! (Shhhh, we’re not old.) This is a great outfit and I need every part of it!
Just curious, was this I need to look like Brendan Fraiser type moments or “oh snap” I have all the clothes to make this outfit?? Heh!
Haha!! Right? And thank you so much! Only the scarf was new (bought it in Cairo the day before)… the rest is just clothing I had already packed for this trip.
I love the movie and have seen it enough times to know some of the lines! Perfect copycat outfit and perfect for the outing too. I !am want to look into those pants especially if we do go to Costa Rica next year or 2.
That’s awesome! And thank you so much! Let me know if you have any questions about those pants. They’re some of my favorite bottoms…they’re so comfy and easy to clean up!
You know me if its comfy and loose i love it.
Haha, oh yes!
Ahh you nailed this look, but I will admit yours is more stylish. Too cute! This does seem like a perfect travel look because its functional yet cute.
Aw, thank you, Courtney!
I love that you copies his outfit, Lindsey!! That’s so cute.