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Male dress.

Post by Scottishtourist » Sun Dec 13, 2015 5:06 pm

What do you prefer?
Are you appreciative of male grooming?
Or do you like a certain amount of the rugged,but handsome look?

I once came into contact with genuine,polite,wealthy Egyptian man.He was very smartly dressed in chinos and shirt.
Next day he took me and sister to visit his family and farm.He turned up looking quite beautiful.

A white linen gallabeya,an air conditioned car,a gentleman in every sense of the word!

Whilst at his family home,a cousin and friend also visited and drank tea with us.
This cousin was "stunning!"
Rugged,handsome,looked like a "wild"boy!
Clad in gallabeya,riding motorcycle,black curly hair,dark brown eyes...just beautiful!

Anyway,I digress.
Do you like an Egyptian man dressed in gallabeya?
Or do you prefer them to dress in Western style?

Which for you sums up Egyptian male dress and grooming?



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Re: Male dress.

Post by Who2 » Sun Dec 13, 2015 5:25 pm

Tutu's can be quite fetching, but put a westerner in a gallabeya with socks and sandals just has me in 'stitches and they don't even realise what a 'prat they look.
That's why Egyptians always compliment westerners in gallabeya's.
They have a really 'wickeed sense of humour do Egyptians.... :cool:
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Re: Male dress.

Post by Brian Yare » Sun Dec 13, 2015 6:21 pm

Male dress?

The kilt (never a kilt) is always appropriate. I like a matching hose and brogues. Above the belt it depends on the function, but always something respectable. Underneath, ... everything is in perfect working order.

p.s. I have been known to wear the kilt with no hose and only sandals, but not below 10F.

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Re: Male dress.

Post by Scottishtourist » Sun Dec 13, 2015 6:41 pm

How many men wear an Egyptian gallabeya?
Only ones I tend to see wearing them are caleche drivers.On a day to day basis.

Why is that?
Are they putting on a show for tourists..or is this their normal dress?

You know those horrible pyjama style outfits?Matching tunics and trousers?
Once saw tourist wearing these.
He looked absolutely dreadful!
Don't think I've ever seen any Egyptian wearing these "tourist"market clothes!

What do ex-pat men wear in Luxor?And women too?

Do you try to blend in with the culture of the place?Cover up and wear the clothes that you perceive as "suitable?"

Or do you wear "holiday"attire on a day-to-day basis..and express your individuality?

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Re: Male dress.

Post by BENNU » Sun Dec 13, 2015 7:30 pm

Scottishtourist wrote:How many men wear an Egyptian gallabeya?
Only ones I tend to see wearing them are caleche drivers.On a day to day basis.

Why is that?
Are they putting on a show for tourists..or is this their normal dress?
Most men I see wear ghalabeyas.

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Re: Male dress.

Post by Who2 » Sun Dec 13, 2015 8:56 pm

What do ex-pat men wear in Luxor? And women too?

Tutu's seem very popular these days twixt both sexes and caleche drivers.... :cool:

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Re: Male dress.

Post by BENNU » Sun Dec 13, 2015 10:00 pm

Scottishtourist wrote:What do you prefer?
Do you like an Egyptian man dressed in gallabeya?
Or do you prefer them to dress in Western style?
Same price?

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Re: Male dress.

Post by Scottishtourist » Sun Dec 13, 2015 10:15 pm

Who2 wrote:
Ps: 'Any chance of 'upping the level of questions ?
Pps:Any chance of upping the level of answers?

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Re: Male dress.

Post by LovelyLadyLux » Sun Dec 13, 2015 11:54 pm

I dunno about galabeyas but I do like thobes, guthras and egals. Often the thobes are quite intricately embroidered white on white up the front and around the collar. The different wearing of the guthras can be formal or jaunty. Some of the over jackets worn to denote status are also intricately embroidered usually with gold thread on a darker colour. I think the stark white with the red checkered guthras give the wearer a rather dramatic look. I can also say usually the wearer has spent literally HOURS on shaping + styling the hair and beard. Adding Kohl can also add a pretty impressive intensity to the eyes too.

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Re: Male dress.

Post by Glyphdoctor » Mon Dec 14, 2015 1:51 am

Scottishtourist wrote:How many men wear an Egyptian gallabeya?
Only ones I tend to see wearing them are caleche drivers.On a day to day basis.

Why is that?
Are they putting on a show for tourists..or is this their normal dress?
Do you spend your entire time in Luxor in the confines of a caleche?

Putting on a show? So are all the farmers, plumbers, electricians, doctors, teachers, students wearing them putting on a show for the tourists too?

This is a perfect reason why I get so sick of hearing about tourism. People dress as they always have and how they are comfortable and they get accused of being a circus act for tourists.

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Re: Male dress.

Post by newcastle » Mon Dec 14, 2015 7:15 am

Every Egyptian male I know has severa gelabayas . From the unemployed to office workers. Every stratum of society. It's normal every day dress for many. Jeans and suit wearers will often switch to their gelebaya at home....even in the big towns and cities and in "westernised " tourist enclaves like Hurghada and Sharm.

ST has a strangely myopic view of Egyptian life...and not only with regard to dress.

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Re: Male dress.

Post by Robbo70 » Mon Dec 14, 2015 8:38 am

Lets be honest here ladies, some Egyptian men wear a galli better than others. Some look very refined and proper, others look like crap in them. T'other half falls into the latter :lol: The one and only time I have seen him in a Galli, was while I was wandering round Todd Temple with A4. Ok, I was not concentrating as we were discussing how far the temple from the nile was, and how the boats would come in, whether it was canals or flood times only etc, and this scruffy sod appeared and said hello. I literally said 'no thanks' and carried on walking. Then I realised it was Omar and my face was apparently a picture. He may look good in a suit but he sure as hell doesn't look good in a galli. He will now pop one on for a funeral, but that's about it.

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Re: Male dress.

Post by HEPZIBAH » Mon Dec 14, 2015 9:51 am

I think there is only one Egyptian man that I know that I have never seen wear a gallabaya. That's not to say that he doesn't though - I have no idea. Most of my friends and acquaintances wear traditional Egyptian clothing or western style clothing depending on where they are and what they are doing i.e what feels appropriate and comfortable for them.
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Re: Male dress.

Post by Mad Dilys » Mon Dec 14, 2015 11:23 am

Being a tall chap with military bearing, the man in my life looks great in a charcoal grey gallabeya with the crisp white koftan worn under and showing at the cuffs and throat. The very fine wool material is bought in Saville Row and lasts for years. Not everyday wear of course, but he looks just as good in a simple white cotton.

Why the expensive woollen one? He could afford it, it doesn't crease so looks good and strangely being superfine apparently is not hot.
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Re: Male dress.

Post by carrie » Mon Dec 14, 2015 12:01 pm

Years ago I got to know this man, he was about 6 foot tall, extraordinarily handsome, he always wore a white turban and spotless white galabeya. He floated rather than walked, back so straight
Later I saw him outside the court, dressed in trousers and a shirt, he looked so ordinary.
Like Robbo said some have it and some don't.
I love to see the little boys though on a Friday off to the mosque with Dad, dressed in their white galabeya look so cute.

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Re: Male dress.

Post by Brian Yare » Mon Dec 14, 2015 1:32 pm

Scottishtourist wrote:How many men wear an Egyptian gallabeya?
Only ones I tend to see wearing them are caleche drivers.On a day to day basis.
Most of the Egyptians in my "circle" wear galabayas most of the time. Most ex-pats don't.

I wear the same in Egypt as at home - with allowances for the temperature. The only exception is that I sometimes wear Egyptian scarves.

I have a 2-piece Nubian style "outfit" - galabaya with matching long jacket over - in white with blue trimmings. I bought it in Aswan 15 years ago, but only wear it to parties. It does not match anything that one sees in Luxor these days.

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