During the High Holy Days, we are supposed to reflect on the past year and how we can better ourselves for the upcoming one. For some of us, the High Holy Days marks the only times that we attend synagogue. They are a time for a new beginning, but it can also be stressful to know what to wear for at least four visits to synagogue! And shopping time is on the countdown: Rosh Hashana begins at sundown on September 29 while Yom Kippur begins at sundown on October 7.
For most girls, planning four appropriate outfits can be challenging. In addition, we are taught to dress to impress. Knowing we are seeing old Hebrew school friends can bring on the extra pressure to look good without overdoing it.
To make things convenient for you, JewliciousU has come up with some stylish, yet, appropriate outfits to wear to synagogue.
Finding dresses appropriate for temple can be challenging since most stores sell sleeveless ones. Pointer: If you must get a sleeveless dress, make sure to bring a sweater or scarf to cover your shoulders.
Remember, in addition, to make sure your dress is not too short. A good rule of thumb is to make the dress falls at knee length or at the very minimum, about an inch above the knee.
The following dresses have sleeves and are not too short:
Lush Chiffon Kimono Sleeve Dress (Juniors), Nordstrom.com, $46
¾ Sleeve Multicolor dress, Forever 21, $24.80
Guess.com, Nola Dress, $98
If dresses are not your forte, then opt for a skirt and a nice blouse. Here are some skirts that are not too short. With any of these skirts, simple heels and a simple blouse will make you look simply perfect.
Rosette skirt, $98, bananarepublic.com
LC Lauren Conrad Pleated Chiffon Skirt, $37.50, Kohls.com
White maxi skirt, $39.90, Express.com
For Yom Kippur, it is traditionally to wear white to represent purity. It is prohibited to wear leather, since leather is considered “luxurious.”
Wear comfortable shoes since you will be standing a lot.
Remember to cover up your shoulders out of a sign of respect.
Though this article is about looking your best for the High Holy Days, remember that they are a time for reflection and forgiveness.
The writer is a current JewliciousU intern and a student at the University of California, Irvine.