What is the dress code for Orthodox Jewish women?

We know that 90% of the time the women wear black and cover up from head to toe, however, recently, we've seen the women wearing more modern clothes. Jean skirts, tank top, shorts, etc. A lot of the Jewish community have migrated from New York to our city, and so we are learning about their culture as we go. So, we are just wondering what is the dress code for the women, or is someone could explain to us the rules in the religion.

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  • 1 decade ago
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    No Orthodox women that I know of wears black and covers herself head to toe. Are you thinking of Muslim women???

    The requirements for dressing modestly are called tzniut.

    Women wear blouses with sleeves below the elbow and skirts which cover the knees. Some women try not to follow the fashion, while others wear fashionable but modest clothing.

    In Modern Orthodox practice it is generally accepted for sleeves to reach the elbows and shirts to cover the collarbone, skirts to cover the knees with or without tights, and not wear pants in the presence of men. Socks are considered optional, based on the concept of minhag hamakom (custom of the community).

    Skirts with slits are avoided, as are overly eye-catching colors, especially bright red. Some communities insist on closed-toe shoes and always wearing stockings, the thickness of which varies by community. In some communities women wear loose vests over shirts. Men must wear shirts with sleeves. Modern Orthodox men will wear shorts, but Haredi men will not, and many[citation needed] will not wear short sleeves at all. Sandals without socks, while generally not worn in a synagogue, are usually accepted in Modern Orthodox communities in Israel for daily dress. Haredi Ashkenazi practice discourages sandals without socks both in and out of the synagogue. Some communities tend to accept sandals at least outside of synagogue and sometimes in synagogue as well. Dress in a synagogue and, according to many, in public should be comparable to that worn by the community when meeting royalty/government.

    Following marriage, a woman is expected to cover her hair when in public, either with a hat of some sort or, in some communities, with a wig.

    See the link below for more information.

  • 1 decade ago

    The answer from Mark S says it ALL. Nothing to add.

    Source(s): jewish
  • 1 decade ago


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