What is the proper church attire? When we are told to wear our Sunday Best, it can refer to our best clothes, most formal clothes, or the clothes most suitable for going to church. In this context, Sunday Best should be taken to mean as clothes that are the most presentable in relation to the occasion and the place. Determining what the proper church attire is has nothing to do with discrimination and everything to do about according due respect to the Church which we consider the House of God.
Basic Standards of Church Attire
The Church is a place of worship and prayer. It is necessary therefore to preserve the solemn atmosphere of the place. When determining if a dress is proper to use in church, churchgoers are asked to do so in consideration of other churchgoers as well and the purpose why most people go to church. It should be an attire that denotes self-respect and respect for the sense of decency of others.
Unsuitable clothing tends to draw attention and distract people from the service being performed in the altar. Choosing to dress modestly is the safest way to go when unsure. When in doubt, it is always best to bring along some form of cover-up like a shawl or jacket which can worn during mass.
Clothes that are Not Recommended to be Worn in Church
Churchgoers are advised not to wear the following when hearing mass
1. tight-fitting clothes, flashy clothes
2. clothes that show too much skin like tank tops, spaghetti strap tops, skimpy shorts, beachwear, plunging necklines, dresses with long cuts or slits, very short dresses, and see-through clothing
3. caps, sports jerseys
Dress Code – Not an Obstacle
The dress code required by the Church should not serve as an obstacle to going to church. Churchgoers are in no way being required to come in expensive clothes, only that they come in their best in relation to their circumstances. Wearing jeans was traditionally frowned upon during early times since they were considered work clothes then. In today’s time, if a particular clothing is a person’s only modest and presentable attire, then there is nothing that should prevent him or her from entering the Church wearing it.