Acceptable Dress in Turkey

Old May 22nd, 2005, 08:22 AM
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Acceptable Dress in Turkey

Are shorts acceptable attire for men in Turkey?
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Old May 22nd, 2005, 08:43 AM
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Why NOT? you can wear anything you want EXCEPT Mosque.

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Old May 22nd, 2005, 10:14 AM
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My husband and I went to Turkey in 2003...by the time we got that far East, shorts just seemed inappropriate for the places we were seeing. Granted, it was hot and we both would have loved to be wearing practically nothing. But I can't even remember seeing anyone else in shorts in Istanbul or Izmir where we went. It was more prevalent in Ephasus which had a very high concentration of tourists from all over the world, was outdoors and required much walking in the heat.

I was surprised that in the Blue Mosque in Istanbul they didn't require women to wear a scarf or other head covering...but I did out of respect.

I don't think shorts are ok for the mosques, and they're generally not considered ok attire for most cathedrals in Europe either. Just depends on the place.

Happy travels,

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Old May 22nd, 2005, 12:09 PM
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I also went in 2003. I carried a scarf to put over my head at all mosques and attempted to dress modestly. Shorts really would have looked out of place most places we went.
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Old May 29th, 2005, 08:59 AM
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We went to Turkey in 2003 and toured quite extensively in the western part. We stayed with native Turks and my husband wore shorts almost everywhere. Our host did the same as well as his wife and daughter. I carried a scarf for going into mosques.

Have a great trip.
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