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Appropriate clothing in Istanbul for girls

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Appropriate clothing in Istanbul for girls


This summer I will be going to Turkey, including Istanbul, with my family. I am a 14 year old girl and would like to know what clothing is appropriate to wear in mosques, looking round Istanbul, by the beach, etc. I know that in mosques women should have their knees, heads and shoulders covered, but does this apply anywhere else? For example, would I be able to wear shorts and a t shirt in Istanbul? Thank you very much!

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1. Re: Appropriate clothing in Istanbul for girls

Alex, other than the mosques which you know which body parts need to be covered you can wear shorts & a tshirt at all other times whilst in Istanbul as you would in Harpenden.

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2. Re: Appropriate clothing in Istanbul for girls

Alex_loves_travellin, Aside from the mosques, wear what you would wear in your home country, in the city and at the beaches.


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Hi! Alex, you "may" wear anything you want BUT if you do NOT want to be bothered by men I would NOT wear shorts in Istanbul. What I do (I am Turkish living I the USA and my daughters live on the UK) and so.do.my daughter, we mostly go around in trousers, maxi skirts or long dress. It gets hot in the Summer. Our tops and dresses are mostly "décolleté" so we carry in our bags a light cotton cardigan and also a scarf so we can cover ourselves if we are visiting a mosque or are in a very Islamic neighborhood.

Of course if you are in any of the Summer Resorts (Bodrum, Cesme etc) you can wear shorts with no problem.

Hope this helps.

Have a great time in Turkey, it is a fascinating country,


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4. Re: Appropriate clothing in Istanbul for girls

Great advise from Füsun. I would suggest you to not wear short shorts if you do not want to attract stares. Knee high shorts or capris would be more suitable.

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