When people think of Jerusalem, they picture in mind Israelis walking around carrying religious paraphernalia, praying and wearing traditional long gowns and head gears. While part of this is true, Jerusalem fashion had gone a long way and locals are much more accepting of foreign tourists wearing whatever they please. When thinking about what to wear in Jerusalem, come as you are but not when you intend to blend in.
If you’re visiting Jerusalem in summer, wear typical summer clothes — white cotton shirts, short pants, sneakers, and a hat or baseball cap. Do what you need to do to feel relaxed and comfy, but don’t expect the locals to dress as you do. You can spend days in Jerusalem and not see an Israeli man wearing a baseball cap; and whatever you do, you can never spot a local Israeli woman wearing short shorts. It is also rare to see local women wearing sneakers, unless they are jogging or in a running competition. Wearing comfy clothes will not be looked down upon and shouldn’t bother you, except of course when visiting a religious site. You will not be stoned for wearing short pants (such rumors aren’t true) but they won’t let you inside a sacred building when dressed inappropriately. [Read more…]