HOW TO DRESS LIKE A LOCAL IN TANZANIA
Well look at you! Trying to get into the cultural spirit and all! Good for you! There is nothing that I love more than seeing open minded people diverging themselves in the local culture, even if their traditions, dressing styles or ways of life are completely different from their own.
Now don’t worry I will make this as easy as possible for you. Tanzanian attire is very cheap (based on where you buy it) and you can literally get a genuine Tanzanian fabric peace for just a couple of dollars. It’s a totally different story if you’re buying online though, at least that is from my own experience.
The are a few tips that can help you dress like a local but without looking like a total weirdo, here we go!
Dress culturally casual.
You will notice when you visit Tanzanian that the locals have pretty much basic dress codes, jeans , t-shirts, shorts are all very popular among different age groups in the country. But if you really want to add a little African PAZAAZ to your casual wear you can opt for a dashiki shirt. It is definitely one of my personal favorites, I wear them with everything, jeans, shorts, khaki trousers you name it!
There are so many different varieties of African attires for both men and women that you can choose from based on your interests and styles. Once you arrive in Tanzania you will see different souvenir and African clothing stores where you can choose whatever you like. Im not a fashion guy and you will notice that by how short this article is, I really don’t have that much to say haha!
Khanga and Vitenge
These are signature fabrics for majority of local Tanzanian attire, mostly preferred by women. These fabrics are also popular in other African countries as well, people call it the ” African fabric”. If you want to make it simple to tell them apart just know that a khanga will be softer to the touch with less detailed patterns compared to a Kitenge.
I also compiled some photos of beautiful women rocking these exotic fabrics.
So I guess I’m a fashion blogger now haha! Anyway I hope this article was a little helpful to you.
Oh!I almost forgot to mention this. Tanzania does not have strict rules and regulations about dress codes but our country has a rich ethical back ground that backs us up with what we perceive appropriate to wear and what isn’t. My advice is in order to stay on the safe side just try to avoid wearing extremely revealing clothes(unless you are at the beach or the club), if you can keep that in mind, then you will be just fine and you will enjoy your time here.
If you have anymore travel related questions or suggestions please do not hesitate to contact us, or you can leave a comment on this article. Take care and safe travels!
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