Maldives Clothing: Symbol of Island Culture

Feb 12, 2012   //   by admin   //   Maafushi, Maldives  //  No Comments

Maldives clothing is a symbol of the island’s culture, which decides the dress code for both men and women in the Maldives. So, when you visit Maldives for a refreshing holiday, cater to Maldives clothing principles for a simply splendid vacation.

Clothing in Maldives to suit the weather

Maldives weather is generally pleasant with sunny skies, so Maldives climate, too, remains warm all throughout the year. Since the daily temperature of Maldives ranges from 30°C to 25°C, typical clothing vary from light cotton clothes to summer linens at times. So when you visit Maldives, casual clothing is most normal for Maldives culture.

You should carry t-shirts, cotton shirts, slacks, light skirts, shorts, and beach wears, to enjoy Maldives-clothing in the warm Maldives climate.

Restrictions regarding clothing in Maldives

Since Maldives is a typically Muslim country, there are various restrictions imposed on clothing. Following are the variety of restrictions:

  • While in public, women should keep their thighs and shoulders covered. Even if they are wearing shorts and three quarters, the dress should definitely cover their thighs and shoulders.
  • Bikinis are absolutely prohibited in public.
  • Women should not wear transparent clothing in public.
  • Nude bathing or nudity is strictly prohibited any where in the Maldives.

These restrictions regarding Maldives culture are strictly followed in Maldives. However, you can wear bikinis,  swimming trunks and swimwear while you are out on the sea or in sand banks and picnic islands, away from the public.

Casual dress code of Maldives clothing

When you are casually visiting the  restaurants, fishing villages or neighboring islands, you can wear some light cotton tropical wears that will cover your shoulders to thighs yet make you feel absolutely comfortable.

Sometimes you might go for an excursion to villages that are quite sensitive to local traditions, culture and norms. On these occasions you should dress yourself in a decent garment that will not affect the Maldives culture.

Your Maldives clothing should include proper shoes and hats. To cover yourself from the intense sunrays you can wear hats and sun glasses.

When you are walking on the soft sand, you can be barefooted to feel the soft powdery touch of sand in your feet. However, when you are opting for island hopping or visiting neighboring villages, you should wear casual shoes and sandals so that you can easily walk through the paved streets.


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