Destination Inspiration: Jerusalem | The Wanderlust Effect

Travel Style Guide: Jerusalem, Israel

Where + Wear: Sightseeing in the Middle East

As a female traveler, I constantly find myself searching for the same information prior to a trip: what do I wear? The crux is this: what’s the appropriate travel style for the destination that I’m about to explore that will allow me to look decent in photos without being inappropriately dressed for the landscape and situation? There are cultural customs to keep in mind, climate, landscape and topography, general dressiness of a locale and practicality. Check out this guide – and other guides in this series – for packing inspiration.

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Vibe + Packing Tips

Jerusalem is a city of contrasts, and a place of historical, religious and cultural significance that’s unparalleled. While you’re likely to see some liberal Jerusalemites slinging cocktails in hip bars across town, it’s better to err on the conservative side with garb to be courteous of local customs.

If you’re like me, you’re questioning what’s appropriate. Are skinny jeans okay or should you don maxi dresses and cardigans for your entire trip? Pants are generally fine anywhere in Jerusalem, and I found harem pants to be particularly comfortable in light of the heat. Lightweight long sleeved blouses or tees are great for day as they cover your shoulders and provided a breathable, but conservative option. And if ever there’s a practical, must-have accessory in the Middle East, it’s the humble scarf.

If there’s ever a practical, must-have accessory in the Middle East, it’s the humble scarf.

In a city that’s famed for its religious history, visiting churches and mosques is a likely agenda point for many visitors. Ladies, bring a scarf in your purse so you can easily cover your head or shoulders if needed. You will see many shops selling gorgeously vibrant scarves in the Old City – it’s a great place to stock up on unique and practical pieces. For footwear, the best option is a simple pair of comfortable, cushioned flip flops with a bit of grip for day. Some of the cobblestoned pedestrianized streets in the Old City have stones made extra slick with heavy foot traffic, so a bit of grip on the soles will make long jaunts around the city extra doable. For a bag, I prefer a mid-sized tote big enough to hold a camera and a scarf. Lastly, don’t be deceived by warmer daytime temps – even in the fall Jerusalem will cool down noticeably at night so a lightweight cardigan or jacket is a smart addition to your packing list.

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Jerusalem Travel Fashion Guide | The Wanderlust Effect
On Temple Mount, exploring Jerusalem by day

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Jerusalem Travel Fashion Guide | The Wanderlust Effect
At Dominus Flevis, overlooking Dome of the Rock

Have you been to Jerusalem? What are your recommendations when packing for what to wear in the Middle East?


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Shannon Kircher is the founder and editor of The Wanderlust Effect. Founded in 2009, she has continued to document her international escapes as an expat in Europe and the Caribbean. Additionally, Shannon is the founder of Compass & Vine, a luxury boutique travel design firm, and is the Director of Marketing for the Frangipani Beach Resort. Shannon holds an MSc in Social Policy and Development from the London School of Economics and is a current candidate for WSET Level 3 in Wines & Spirits.