That brings us to minhag hamakom , “the custom of the local place.” If you live in an area where all observant Jewish women adhere to a certain standard or rule of dress, you need to follow along. It’s disrespectful to the community, as well as immodestly conspicuous, to openly depart from the norm. Few places today are so homogeneous with regard to dress, but should you happen to find yourself in one, be respectful of their codes. Keep in mind, however, that minhag hamakom only works to raise standards, not to lower them. If you come to a place where all the women are unfortunately lax about standard dat Yehudit , then it’s up to you to set an example and blaze a pathway to get that community back in shape.