This is a pretty close approximation of what I had out on my free day out and about in Abu Dhabi…If you’ve been to the Emirates, you’ll know that there really is no dress code obligation per se. But at least for me personally, I find that if I plan on being a lot of different types of places across the day, a bit of locally inspired modesty is generally a good thing.
Being in the gulf region, I couldn’t pass up the opportunity for the black and gold combo, though kept it to white breezy jeans on the bottom (I don’t know how the ladies do it in all black there – 120 degrees is nothing to sniff at). On my desert drive, as you’ll see later in a picture, I reversed the colors and kept things much more casual with linens, but in the city, a little extra gilt is in order. After all, this is the city that dispenses gold bars from an ATM. Keep adornments to your wrists as that’s all anyone will see, and frankly, it’s too hot for big necklaces… Legit eyewear is is also key, as much for your general ocular eye safety, as well as for the look itself, though if the glasses come off, the eyeliner should come on if you take a cue from what you see about town (I definitely learned at at the mosque that I should have bothered to put way more on – corrected that at dinner stat). Sandals keep things cool and comfortable, and of course, crowning accessory is your scarf. Not for your neck, but for your head – there aren’t many places that it’s required but when it is, you’ll definitely be glad you had your own.