Attend to church services can be a great moment on your week, as it is a moment for reflection and connection with a higher spiritual matter. Nowadays, culture and society dress code is becoming more and looser, totally backwards on what the church etiquette can require sometimes. But what are the limits when it comes do dressing for church? Is there a church etiquette that must be followed in order to attend church? In this article we bring a reflection on church fashion today and also tips to dress well, without overtake church dressing codes.
As the bible itself says on 1 Peter 3:3, “let your adornment be the inner self with the lasting beauty of a gentle and quiet spirit which is very precious in God’s sight”. So first of all, let’s remember the golden rule for church fashion: common sense. Being respectful and modest is the ultimate goal here, as well as getting pretty too. Doesn’t is a problem to dress well and stay on trend when dressing for church, but you need to think if it’s the right ambient to you for show some kind of clothing models.
In North America, Oceania and Europe, up until circa the mid-1970s it was often expected that worshippers wore their best clothes to church services (known colloquially as the Sunday best). This tradition still exists but has declined in many mainstream churches but is still much in evidence in the Southern Baptist and Latter-day Saint traditions in USA, and in many black evangelical churches.
In order to have a most respectful atmosphere, most churches advice their members to dress for the occasion with a good sense of dignity and composure. Although there is more “liberal” churches today, most of them still have this heritage from past generations of dressing properly for Sunday.
To make sure you are dressed the right way you must ask yourself a question: “Am I dressing for other members to see me, or to go on church and praise God?” This primal question defines what you can and what you can’t wear, basically. To show too much skin, both for men and women, is not good and not very educated to do on church as well, so make sure to use clothes that cover you well. Blazers, coats and tailluers are great options. Skirts with more length are also much recommended, with more conservative version of pants also being allowed as well.
Remember: Just because it has to be modest, does not mean it can’t be fashionable. Just make sure to not leave a lot of your skin exposed. Overly glitzy jewelry or expensive accessories should also be avoided. Avoid wear anything above the knees, because while there is not any exact measurement that’s appropriate, make sure to avoid showing too much of your body or dressing in a way that would send signals that go against your tenets of the faith. Also refrain yourself from wearing transparent.
Also take care when it comes to foot wear. When going to church, just make sure the heel is lower than 3 inches (not high stilettos-type). Pumps compliment pencil skirts or pants. If heels aren’t your thing, flats are also appropriate. Coordinate your shoe color with your outfit, but avoid loud colors like a deep red or bright pinks and greens. The focus should not be on you, but on the Lord. Read More