Some people have the custom of wearing white on Yom Kippur. Wearing white, approximates/symbolizes the garments that we will be dressed in for burial. On understanding of Yom Kippur is that it is a day of rehearsing for our deaths.
According to Jewish custom, we are all dressed in simple white for our burial.
The same for everyone–men and women, rich and poor. In death, all distinctions will cease.
On Yom Kippur, wearing something like what we will wear for our burial is a stark reminder that every day we stand on the edge of life and death. On Yom Kippur this is felt with even greater intensity.
Wear white if that works for you. Definitely dress comfortably. We’re not so into suits, ties, fancy dresses or hats.
Some people avoid wearing leather. Leather requires the death of a living creature, and it is not appropriate to be benefiting from another living thing’s death on Yom Kippur.
WEAR A TALLIT:
Some people wear a tallit at night for Kol Nidre, the only time of the year we wear a tallit after dark.Bring your tallit if you wish—we have extras.
Bring your tallit if you wish—we have extras.
Wear white if this works for you.