Both women and men are required to cover their shoulders and legs while in a mosque, so you’ll want to wear pants when visiting. In addition, women need to cover their heads. The Hagia Sophia has scarves that you can purchase but they aren’t very cute. To avoid having to buy theirs, keep a scarf
in your daypack.
Turkish Hammam: Depending on if you’re going to a co-ed or separated hammam you will need your swimsuit. Even in a separate Turkish bath women are required to wear their swimsuit bottoms, while men can go in their birthday suits if they please. If you go to a local hammam you will also need your quick-dry towel.
Touring the Palaces: There are countless palaces to tour in Istanbul and each of them is incredibly breathtaking. You will want to wear something gorgeous and colorful to capture incredible photos. You will want to wear comfortable though, your steps add up quickly in the sprawling estates.
Grand Bazaar: You’ll want to be in something breathable and comfy while exploring the grand bazaar. It can get extremely crowded and it’s not air-conditioned, so linen trousers are your best friend. Also, don’t forget to wear your neck wallet, with so much to take in, the last thing you want to worry about is being pickpocketed.
Meyhane Dinner: For your night out at a traditional Meyhane dinner you’ll want to take it up a notch— just make sure that whatever you wear isn’t too tight because there will be no shortage of food served at a Meyhane. You’ll be comfortable in a breathable little black dress and some strappy sandals that you can dance in.