Its so nice to see someone asking the question about dress codes and cultural sensitivities.
In Turkey if you plan on visiting any sacred sites or mosques, sleeveless shirts would be considered inappropriate. Just like if you were planning on going inside a church, long sleeve shirts with long pants/dress shorts, skirts/dresses for women. In a mosque you will also need to take your shoes off and are expected to wear socks when inside. So pack a pair of socks in your daypack :)
Smart casual clothing and decent flat walking shoes, with maybe one or two nicer outfits for restaurants.
Lisa almost 6 years ago
Turks will have more respect for you if you cover your knees and shoulders, and even elbows depending where you are (and in a mosque you also need a shawl to cover your head). If you wear more revealing clothing, you will be marked as a tourist. I noticed a real difference in how I was treated when wearing a long skirt compared to walking shorts (in the skirt, no one in the markets bothered me about buying anything, and a few people actually spoke Turkish to me :-) If I were you, I would bring Capri pants and t shirts to wear most days. More modest plus extra sun protection! almost 6 years ago