Wondering what to wear to the temple? You’ve come to the right place! Reserved for spiritual rituals and religious activities, the temple is unique and solemn in many ways.
So whether you are a tourist or a believer, the knowledge of some basic temple etiquette and dress code is always needed for a fuller experience.
In this comprehensive styling guide, I’ve gathered 18 temple outfit ideas with some big dos & don’ts.
The best part? I’ve included all possible types of temple rules from Buddist temples to LDS temples, hope it’s helpful!
1. What to wear to the temple? Pay attention to the texture of the clothes.
Besides the colors, the texture and the cutting of the clothes matter as well. Materials like PVC or nylon may not be the best choices.
Think a super shiny polyester jacket and a pair of fashionista studded boots – they just look too modern and sexy.
For a summary temple day that involves a lot of standing and walking, opt for lightweight and breathable fabric like linen, chiffon, and soft cotton will instantly put you on the right track.
2. What to wear to a Buddhist temple? Color matters.
If you’ve been to a Buddhist temple, you can feel a sense of tranquility in the air. You just naturally feel calm and peaceful.
That said, the outfit does play a major role in creating the right vibes.
While it’s not a hard and fast rule, people tend to avoid highly saturated colors like bright orange and neon.
These hues are too playful and funky for a temple visit day.
As an alternative, you can go for soft pastel hues.
But of course, neutrals and dark shades are the best for a put-together look.
3. What to wear to a Hindu and Sikh temple?
Speaking of the Hindu temple attire, again, you want to dress modestly for the temple.
As a rule of thumb, no low-neck, sleeveless tops, over-the-knee skirts, and body-hugging dresses.
Here’s the specific rule you want to pay attention to:
1. Avoid wearing animal skin of any kind to show your respect. In Hinduism, animals like cows, tigers, elephants, and cows are venerated.
2. Take off your shoes and socks to the temple. In the Hindu temple, you should take off your shoes shows respect.
While you can wear socks, it can be really slippery walking on some of the temple floors, so it’s best to remove the socks as well if that’s a warm day.
4. What to wear to the Jewish temple?
To dress appropriately for the Jewish temple depends on the formality, ladies shouldn’t wear tight pants.
Again, you should always cover the shoulder, chest, and arms. For footwear, closed-toe shoes are always appropriate.
What do I wear if I go to a synagogue?
If you are going to a synagogue, you should cover your head with a hat or headscarf.
If you don’t have one, no worries as you can always borrow from the synagogue.
5. What to wear to temples in Thailand?
I’ve been to the temple in Thailand and I can there aren’t really any specific rules to follow.
You can wear both long skirts (at least over the knee) and loose long pants.
But sportswear and laid-back look like leggings and joggers should be avoided.
And if you are wearing mini skirts, no worries you can always wrap a sarong around the waist as a covering.
Again, you can borrow from the temple.
6. What to wear to the LDS (Latter-day Saints) temple?
If you are going to the LDS temple, wearing your Sunday best will never go wrong.
As an iconic look, think of a white long dress that can easily blend in with the crowd.
Who said LDS temple dresses have to be boring? This unique one has lace everywhere.
The best part? It has pockets and the sizes come from XS to XXL.
If lace is not your thing, this one will be your perfect temple dress. Featuring the scoop neckline and high waist design, it just looks effortlessly elegant and forgiving.
The fabric is definitely not too thin – very comfortable and stretchy.
7. What to wear for a temple photoshoot?
If you want to take some aesthetic temple photoshoots, throwing on a cute midi dress will put you on the right track.
Modest yet feminine.
Looking for a cute summer dress? This chiffon dress above a keeper! Not only it’s true to size, the asymmetrical hemline just elongates your figure and makes you look taller and slimmer!
As a petite girl, I can really tell the difference. Check this out!
8. Pay attention to the jeans
Last but not least, let’s talk about jeans. Most of the time, jeans are totally okay to wear to the temple.
However, you have to make sure the jeans aren’t too curve-hugging so jeggings are the big no-no.
That said, consider wearing loose-cutting jeans in darker hues.
Black and dark blue jeans will look way more formal than light-wash jeans.
So there you go ladies – the 18 outfit ideas and tips if you wonder what to wear to the temple all over the world!
I know I didn’t include all kinds of temples but I will update it from time to time. What do you think about these rules?
I do think it’s reasonable to show respect to the venue and religion. Wearing the right outfit can always make the most out of our experience!
By the way, if you are interested in more outfit ideas, I’m sure you will love the articles below.
See you there ladies!
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