What to Wear in Israel?
Most people dress casually in Israel. Even public figures like the prime minister frequently wear short sleeved shirt without a tie. Since summers are hot and humid, natural fabrics like cotton, silk or linen tend to do the best job in protecting you from the sun.
Men can dress in a casual way and even on restaurants there’s no need for formal dressing or ties. Sandals are popular among tourists so as long as a tourist is dressed in an appropriate way, there are not many limitations for men. Women are supposed to dress conservatively especially when visiting areas like the Dead Sea or Jerusalem.
In larger cities like Haifa or Tel Aviv women tend to dress modernly and to be less modest in their dressing code. But on historical landmarks and local holidays, women usually dress conservatively.
A curious fact for some is that while it gets very hot in Israel in the summer, it’s rare to see women wearing shorts. Trousers and skirts are much more popular so if you’re a tourist and plan to dress accordingly, you should avoid the shorts, and use trousers and skirts.
When you visit religious sites you need to cover your shoulders and legs. Try to dress modestly and avoid shorts or skirts. If necessary you can carry a sarong or a pashmina to pop around you if necessary. Before you go to a sight make sure you check the dressing code or rules.
Some religious neighborhoods do have some more restrictive dressing codes where women are expected to wear skirts below their knees and sleeves below the elbows. Usually the more religious a neighborhood, the more attention you need to have to your dressing. And this is especially for women. Make sure you read the rules before you go to these parts of the country, to make sure you respect the local culture and that you feel well with the way you’re dressing there.
Try to use versatile piece of clothes like the pashmina. A pashmina allows you to cover your body modestly , it can be used to dress up any outfit and be useful in most places you visit in Israel. A pashmina allows you to easily cover a little more of your body if necessary and that allows you to easily adapt to the places you’re visiting.