Just as we are judged by the cover of a book, our clothes tell a story that tells us something about ourselves, our faith, and our place in the world. The world we live in today scrutinizes what we wear, so our clothing choices are important, especially in the church. Today’s church-goers are more cognizant of the subtleties of church attendance.
The clothing you wear to church, whether it’s a custom-made church suits, an elegantly crafted dress, or an elegant hat, says a lot about you, your faith, and your sense of morality. But how do you balance respect with style? Here are some guidelines and modesty rules.
When it comes to church attire, modesty isn’t just about being covered or wearing the right clothing for the right gender. It goes beyond that. It’s about showing respect for those around us every day.
In this blog post, we’ll explore more in-depth what modest church dressing is all about, share practical advice on how to dress modestly, and talk about how your outfit’s symbolism is often overlooked.
Modesty: A Nuanced Aspects of Personal Style
Modesty isn’t just a dress code. It’s a silent sign of respect. A woman wearing modest clothing shows respect for men because she doesn’t want to draw attention to herself. A man wearing a well-groomed yet comfortable outfit shows respect for women by reminding them to keep their thoughts pure.
For example, in the scorching heat of summer, a well-chosen pair of shorts and a t-shirt can be a great way to show off your poise and personal style.
Depending on your personal preferences and cultural background, your church suit might be a blend of formal or semi-formal. For example, in the Old Testament, the priests in Jerusalem were said to wear special garments for worship, indicating that they preferred to wear semi-formal garments for church services.
There are many meanings behind the modest church suit.
Modesty is a sign of respect for oneself, the church family, and God.
Putting on the right outfit can help you focus on the Lord instead of worrying about what you look like.
Setting a good example: When you wear a modest dress, you are setting a good example for others to follow, especially for impressionable young minds.
Art-inspired clothing: an expression of God's creativity.
God is the greatest of artists. God’s creativity is limitless. We know this from the story of Bezarel in the Bible. God gave him the gift of creativity to build God’s tabernacle out of the wilderness.
Art-inspired clothes are a great way to express this divine creativity. With prints, patterns and colors that are inspired by art, this category of clothing ranges from casual to formal.
When we are in God's house, our appearance, including our clothes, should reflect God's creativity. So, modesty is not just a look, it is a moral obligation. It is wise to invest in well-fitting, decent, art-inspired clothes.
Mirror Test: a tool for self-assessment and style
Before getting dressed, take a few minutes to stare at yourself in the mirror. It’s not about being self-conscious, it’s about being self-aware. The mirror provides you with an idea of how you’re perceived. Ask yourself if you’re dressing in a way that reflects your values and beliefs.
When selecting a church suit, it is important to take the Mirror Test because:
- This is an easy way to make sure the suit fits correctly.
- It gives you an idea of how the suit will look and feel on you.
- It has the potential to reduce the expenditure on unnecessary costly apparel.
Checklist for women!
Make sure your chest and upper belly area are covered. If you are wearing a short dress or skirt that lifts up when you sit down, try to wear a longer dress or try to wear a scarf or a draped piece to keep your modesty intact.
Always cover your shoulders with a full length suit or long sleeve dress. This is especially helpful in the summer when it is hot outside.
Avoid anything that is too tight. Try to wear a mix of loose, fitted, and semi-fitting clothing.
Checklist For Men!
Dress to demonstrate your loyalty and respect. Carefully consider how your clothing fits—do not wear clothing that is too loose or too tight. Opt for formal or semi formal attire, including two or three piece suits, with matching shirts, ties, and a handkerchief.