When you decide to go to Middle East, if you do not ask to yourself surely someone will do it for you: what will you wear there?
It is known that the eastern habits are quite different from Westerners in general, even more in Islamic countries which are more conservative mindset. Therefore, some care especially related to clothing, should be taken.
For women it’s a bit more complicated, or rather strict. No, you do not need to wear burqa, covering yourself completely, at least not in Jordan.
But while men in general can dress ‘normally’, it is advisable to women do not wear short clothes, covering knees and shoulders. Nobody will arrest you if you don’t do it, but this issue is more moral than legal.
“Dress correctly,” it is what they say. The concept of “correctly” in this case is very relative, but no need to rebel because of it. As a matter of respect for local traditions and culture, it costs nothing to be a little more discreet (that sounds better than ‘correct’).
In warmer and touristic places like Dead Sea, Wadi Rum and Aqaba you can get more comfortable, but without exaggeration. Even the beaches are different. A quick observation on a public beach will make you understand how much bikinis would draw attention.
At private beaches and hotels areas, no problems. There you will still be able to see women wearing swimsuits which cover them from head to toe, but there can be considered a neutral zone.
Once immersed in a different culture you do not need to accept everything, but respect is the key. And it might be mutual. Believe me, a little bit more of clothing will not ruin your trip, it’s all part of the experience. Just enjoy it.