What are appropriate clothing for a tourist in Russia? Specifically I mean Moscow and St Petersburg in summer.

Of course locals might wear something different than tourists. Would T-shirt and shorts (or jeans) be accepted or usual, not something that means everybody would look at you. Would there be any limitations on entering churches dressed like that?

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    I can only imagine @HeidelBerGensis in Adidas. :-)
    – Karlson
    Commented Jul 3, 2016 at 1:19

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T-shirt and jeans or shorts are absolutely OK for just sightseeing (of course as long as weather permits and as long as you don't have any really strange image on your T-shirt). It might be not OK for theaters, high-end restaurants, etc, where a more formal dress is expected.

Churches also often have a more strict dress-code. Usually it is long trousers (not shorts) for men, and a skirt and covered head for women. I can also imagine T-shirts and other short sleeve clothes be prohibited in the strictest churches. However, it really depends on a church. For the ones that are more a tourist object rather then a functioning church, I think there will be little restrictions. For average churches, such requirements are usually formal, and any piece of cloth on woman's head works and any not-too-small piece of cloth wrapped around jeans works as a skirt. But there can be places with stricter requirements.

  • Theaters? I go to theaters two or three times a month, always after work hours and I don't change my usual clothes. In summer it often is T-shirt and shorts.
    – ach
    Commented Jul 1, 2016 at 7:44
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    Shame on you then :)
    – VMAtm
    Commented Jul 1, 2016 at 11:43
  • @AndreyChernyakhovskiy, there are different theaters... and different attitude to clothing. Not so strict as in churches, but many people would say that in major theaters you should be properly dressed. Not everybody follows this though.
    – Petr
    Commented Jul 1, 2016 at 13:05
  • @VMAtm, Shame on them who dress for theater as if for their own wedding because they go to theater just as often as they wed!
    – ach
    Commented Jul 1, 2016 at 20:22
  • I agree with Andrey. Some people do dress up for a theater in Moscow, but this is never required, and there is no official dress code.
    – George Y.
    Commented Jul 31, 2016 at 2:54


If you travel to big cities in summer and look civilized and not an ignorant cartoon tourist, then the default would be

  • jeans shorts
  • polo
  • plimsolls
  • a cap or a hipsty hat

The biggest difficulty in big cities in summer is heat. Temperature is usually around 26..32°C (especially on the sunny side of the street), and air conditioning is not as available as in tropical countries. So usual trouses and long-sleeve shirts make you sweat quickly and profusely.

Shorts are fine down to +20°C if it's not very windy. If you've been caught dressed this lightly at night then stick to staying indoors (although in summer temperatures rarely drop below 17°C at night, so no frostbite). Many kerbside cafes offer warm blankets.

But beware: if you board a ship for an excursion, clothes must be heavier. Air above water is colder and it's always windy.

For colder summer weather, a long-sleeve shirt and usual trouses/jeans are enough. For rare cold weathers in early or very late summer, you may carry a light jacket in the suitcase. That's all you need.


You may buy those items mentioned above at Tommy Hilfiger if you want to look rich, or at less expensive stores, and you'll look perfectly like an average (and trendy) big city person.

I can't imagine a clothes style that could be really out of place in big city. Overdoing with bright and too pretentious clothes may seem weird. Things only change in small towns where self-expression is still not a value, and cheap sportswear is quite dominant among less educated people. But jeans and t-shirts are the default clothes for any place from subtropics to arctic (not at ceremonies though).

I don't recall any troubles with Churches, they might only ask men to take off hats.

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