How to dress for Church services

When attending church, it is expected that you dress in a way that reflects the morals and standards of that particular church.[1] While standards for dressing have changed over time, many churches still expect you to wear your best clothing when attending the worship service.

When attending church, it is expected that you dress in a way that reflects the morals and standards of that particular church.[1] While standards for dressing have changed over time, many churches still expect you to wear your best clothing when attending the worship service. Before you make the mistake of offending someone, take the correct steps to make sure that the clothes you wear are appropriate.

1) Think modest and conservative when picking out your outfit. While church is a social gathering, it’s not a party or a night out with your friends. Families of all different ages attend church and many churches are still conservative, so make sure to dress appropriately. You should eliminate backless or low-cut dresses, spaghetti straps, tank tops, or anything that shows your midriff. 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 jewellery should also be avoided.

2) Do not wear anything that rises above the knee. When picking out a dress, consider one that’s a bit longer. Although, dresses do not have to be down to the ankle like they were expected to be in times past. 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.

3) Refrain from wearing anything transparent. Wearing darker, non-lace tops can prevent you from wearing something that’s see through.

4) Avoid wearing stretch pants/leggings or jeans.

5) Wear heels or flats when attending service. Sneakers are not appropriate shoes for Sunday morning services. Pumps compliment pencil skirts or pants. If heels aren’t your thing, flats are also appropriate.

6) Coordinate your shoe colour with your outfit, but avoid loud colours like a deep red or bright pinks and greens. The focus should not be on you, but on the Lord.

7) Be aware of specific traditions in certain faiths. Some denominations or sects have specific traditions and customs that women must follow when attending service. For instance, in the Apostolic Church, women are required to wear hats while they are in church.

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