How to Dress in Jordan & Look Cute

Okay, I’m not saying I looked cute… but I did have some cute outfits because I am basically a professional shopper ;) haha! Jordan is an Arabic country with a Muslim culture and you have to be dressed appropriate, aka cover up a LOT, but it’s also a very hot desert state. Here are my tips on how to dress in Jordan and look half-way decent as well as a few packing tips for Jordan.

This post will be pretty short and sweet with mostly images because as they say, pictures speak louder than words!

How to Dress in Jordan

rainbow street amman

This outfit was from my first day in Amman. I actually put on jewelry. It only went downhill from here, lol. I tend to be so excited at first I actually try and even put on lipstick but by day 3 I’m struggling to give two shits! I can’t be the only one like this. But, this outfit was fun and perfect for the city. The silk pants are TIA (a shop I love in Goa) and are wrap around so I actually used the sewing kit (or swing kit as they had it labeled) at the hotel to makes stitches near the knees so they didn’t fly open. The top is a linen wrap top I had made here in Goa, which was a copy of a cute Urban Outfitters one I had. I have a crop top under it.

These sunnies are Sunday Somewhere and the shoes are Sol Sana. I am in love with these shoes by the way and put them in my top 5 items this year to travel with. They made the perfect sandal for this trip. They were dressy enough and nice leather that formed to my feet. Full disclosure: both the sandal and sunnies were gifted to me by the brands but I love them for real! The bag is from Bali and is a leather fringe bag… perfect size for this trip.

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This outfit is from FARA, another Goa brand. You can buy FARA on Etsy and TIA on Etsy. The pants are silk harem pants and I love these because they are kind of fancy and I felt good I them. The top is a raw silk top that should not have been put in the washing machine but was so now these photos are what I have to remember it by…. RIP.

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It’s so black on black it’s hard to tell, but I’m wearing black leggings, a black tank top, and a silk black kaftan that had slits to the thigh. This was my second favorite outfit here and was SO comfortable and easy.


Camel Rides & Hot Air Balloons in Wadi Rum
wadi rum camel ride

A bit of a recycled outfit, this is the same FARA trousers with an urban outfitters top. Other than the black Sol Sana sandals and simple leather Reef flip flops, the only other shoes I took were Tom’s. I wore them for adventures like camel riding in Wadi Rum and even wore them trekking at Petra. It was fine.

Camel Rides & Hot Air Balloons in Wadi Rum

This was a fun outfit too. These are green wrap around silk trousers from TIA as well but thicker than the ones in the first photo and I didn’t have to stitch them. The breeze on my legs was great in the hot desert. The kaftan, surprise surprise, is TIA as well and is cotton. It was perfect even at the airport on the way in with leggings. I wore a crop top under. It wasn’t see-through.

Tips for the Dead Sea in Jordan kempinski

Tips for the Dead Sea in Jordan kempinski

This is the same kaftan which I wore as a swimsuit cover up at the Dead Sea. You can dress how you like at the 5-star hotels. People were all in bikinis. I wore a one piece but it was lace-up so I mean… not exactly swim team material. I wore the Reef flip flops here and the Ma’in spa but they weren’t totally necessary and I could have skipped packing them.

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This is a Top Shop silk dress which was spaghetti strap. I wore leggings under and this fringe sweater over. Not my cutest look, but did the trick.

Essential Tips for Visiting Petra

This is us at Petra. I wore the silk harem pants with Toms and a black tank top with a kaftan over it. It’s Top Shop I think and had slit under the armpit for a breeze and I could take my arms out and have it be sleeveless. Not totally appropriate but people at Petra were in jeans shorts and mini dresses, so I was kinda like err eff it at some points…


So there we go. I was there more days than this but didn’t always take photos of my outfits, and also can’t remember what I wore!

I did pack another pair of legging which I didn’t need, Helen Jon pants for the plane one way, and leggings the other way, 4 T-shirts for the plane rides each way and sleeping, and a lungi (sarong) for the Dead Sea. I packed my leather jacket which I did wear at night in the forest areas. I only took the one purse.

I took a portable charger, laptop (thank god for movies!), Kindle, no makeup this time, a few rings and necklaces, and my toiletries. I actually thought this packing one out the most because it was conservative and did pretty well!

You should plan your outfits exactly when you come here because it just makes it so much easier and you know you’ll have to cover up before you go so actually lay out what you will wear each day or you’ll end up taking stuff you don’t need. I hope this can help you know how to dress in Jordan!

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About the Author:

Rachel Jones left a career in nursing and lived on the beaches of Goa, India for the five years. Now she lives in Mexico where she gives advice on the 40+ countries she’s visited in the last 10 years. She’s the author of two India travel e-books: Guide to India and Insider’s Guide to Goa. Her blog, Hippie in Heels, like its name, is a contradiction combining off-beat adventurous places with glamorous and bespoke travel. Hippie in Heels has been featured in ELLE, Marie Claire, Grazia, and Cosmopolitan magazines. She’s a writer for Bravo TV.


  1. Allison July 22, 2016 at 6:33 pm - Reply

    This is great inspiration for me right now, I’m in Morocco right now and even though I planned for needing to cover up, my wardrobe is feeling so limited. I’ve been living in a midi skirt and these turquoise linen pants that I bought in Provence but I need options. Luckily the shopping here is insane so I can easily stock up on some new clothes – think I have to get myself a pair of silk harem pants!

    • Rachel Jones July 22, 2016 at 7:25 pm - Reply

      Oh i’m coming to morocco in october!! how are you liking it? I can’t wait to shop there.

      • Allison August 8, 2016 at 2:08 am - Reply

        Wanted to wait til my trip was done to update you! Just got back. I liked it, but things were definitely a little difficult there as a mostly solo female traveler, though since you’ve lived in India I’m sure you’ve got a thicker skin than I do :). Marrakech was nice, the Sahara desert was amazing (though takes forever to get to so keep in mind if on a short trip!), Fes was not so great in terms of the vibe but had lots of great leather and shopping, Chefchaouen was lovely but touristy (check out the Akchour waterfalls if you have time!) and Tangier was a bit gritty but I really ended up liking it. Marrakech and Fes are definitely where you’ll get the best deals and have the most selection. The home goods in the souks are out of this world awesome and made me regret giving up my apartment and selling all my stuff to travel, lol. Actually, I ended up not being that impressed with the clothing, but I didn’t try to find any boutiques or local designers, I just stuck to the souks. I’m sure local designers are doing some awesome stuff, but the stuff in the souks is pretty much your average tourist made in China stuff and the occasional costume-y Moroccan getup. Hope you enjoy your trip!! The weather should be much nicer in October, August was rough.

        • Rachel Jones August 8, 2016 at 3:18 am - Reply

          These are such great tips thanks! Bummed to hear that Chefchaouen is touristy :( it looks so pretty in photos. definitely going to go to Fez and Marrakesh, will have to research some local designers then as the touristy china stuff is something i’d like to avoid – must be similar to India where you really need to know where to go … hmmm… thanks for all this, I shall research!

  2. Mia July 26, 2016 at 6:13 pm - Reply

    Rachel, You are like Indiana Jones, I love it your blog traveling around the world living city like Goa is wow! Your review about this dress and fashion accessories is outstanding thanks for sharing.

  3. Alena Bartoli January 29, 2017 at 3:13 am - Reply

    Thank you so much! I lead yoga journeys in southern Jordan and this is the perfect thing to share with my clients! Dressing for Jordan is all about having fun in the constraints AND knowing your audience! :)

    • Rachel Jones January 30, 2017 at 12:08 pm - Reply

      Hi Alena, Glad you enjoyed the article :) How cool you do yoga tours there. That’s so interesting.

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  6. Rhiannon Day October 17, 2018 at 5:41 am - Reply

    Oh my goodness these outfits are amazing! They look effortlessly stylish, still super breezy and cool, and comfortable enough for a day of sight seeing. Definitely bookmarking this!

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