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Although the Catholic Church has no real dress code for proper attire when attending Mass, there IS an unwritten dress code that demands we are properly dressed out of respect, honour and reverence for the Real Presence of Our Lord.

Out of respect and reverence for God In order not to be a distraction or stumbling block to our fellow parishioners To prepare for worthy reception of this sacrament, the faithful should observe the fast required in their Church. Bodily demeanour (gestures, clothing) ought to convey the respect, solemnity, and joy of this moment when Christ becomes our guest – CCC 1387 Clement of Alexandria c. 195 AD says: Let a woman wear a plain and becoming dress, but softer than what is suitable for a man. It is highly disrespectful to administer Holy Communion to the faithful while dressed, say, in shorts and spaghetti strap tops. According to Catholic Christian tradition (found in 1st Corinthians 11) the head covering requirement falls equally upon both men and women. Saint Paul points out to us that a woman’s glory is the beauty of mankind, and that is manifested in her hair. Women go to great lengths to make their hair beautiful, regardless of the style or trend, and that’s a good thing. Generally, we should be guided by a combination of virtue, common sense and piety when deciding what to wear to Mass. Any dress or skirt that does not completely cover the knees when sitting or standing Skimpy shorts, in fact, shorts of any kind Beachwear Dresses and tops that are tight-fitting, provocative, low-cut, bare midriff or sleeveless Dresses or tops with spaghetti straps, with plunging necklines, that expose the bare shoulders or bare-back, or that are see-through Dresses or skirts with high slits Flashy clothing Jeans Leggings T-shirts Any outfits with large logos or distracting messages Flip flops, sneakers or beach sandals Chapel veils – covering of the hair for women in the presence of the Eucharist is done out of respect for Our Lord.

Is it OK to wear jeans to mass?

There really is no set church dress code, but in general, wearing denim should be avoided. Unless your church clearly states that jeans are OK, it’s best to avoid wearing them for Sunday services. … If your church leaders are wearing jeans, then you can probably wear them, too.

What is the Catholic dress code?

A Catholic school uniform in North America typically consists of a pleated and plaid skirt or jumper (a sleeveless dress), Mary Jane or saddle shoes, a button-down shirt, and a sweater for girls, while boys’ uniforms consist of a button-down shirt, a necktie, and dark pants.

What color should I wear to Catholic Church today?

A light blue is most commonly worn in this case. Even when it is not a time for a holiday celebration, priests still wear coloured vestments in church. Green is the colour of the vestment used during the rest of the year, known as ordinary time.

What should I bring to a Catholic Mass?

At a minimum, wear a button-down shirt with slacks or a dress. Mass is a holy event, so dress modestly by covering your skin as much as possible. Come a few minutes early. Get to the church at least ten minutes early.

I’ve been thinking about that ever since I recently read a couple of letters to the editor in Catholic New York that raised the issue. One letter focused on young people’s wearing casual clothing—including the currently fashionable torn jeans—that the letter-writer considered inappropriate for Mass. Another letter-writer was happy to see young people in church regardless of what they wore, and thought that God would agree.

I am talking about people who have the means to wear clothing that is more suitable for Mass than, say, sloppy jeans and a message T-shirt advertising a bar. It was taken for granted that people attending church services would wear clothes that were neat, modest and in good repair.

Years ago when I was a bachelor, I used to think that jeans and a T-shirt were appropriate for wearing to Mass. After all, I would find my best pair of jeans and my cleanest shirt; there was no digging through the dirties on Sundays. I didn’t know any better and thought, “At least I’m not wearing shorts and flip-flops”. Years later I got married and I began to notice how other men dressed for Mass. I saw a mix of things, like jeans, khakis, suits, and even shorts. I figured only the old guys wore the suits or khakis, and the younger guys could get away with dressing less formal. It wasn’t until just a few years ago that I learned to take my appearance at Mass more seriously.

Personally, I would be offended if you showed up to this type of occasion in support of me dressed like you were a lumber jack or a gym rat. About the author, Rich I’m a stay at home dad who enjoys family, close friends, and my faith.

Anytime you’re going to be in an unfamiliar context, it’s natural to want to know how others will be dressed. Our clothing can speak volumes about our attitudes, and we worry about sending unintended messages.

Bodily demeanor (gestures, clothing) ought to convey the respect, solemnity, and joy of this moment when Christ becomes our guest.” Catechism of the Catholic Church 1387 No details on hemlines, the appropriateness of denim, the respectability of flip flops, or any other clothing matter can be found as official instruction. I think it’s absolutely fantastic that the Church allows a free diversity of cultural expressions of the virtues needed at Mass. So, I’m not here to give you some random list of rules that I made up out of my own head as to what is modest and respectful for Mass. If you have done any research online, you will find plenty of strong, conflicting opinions concerning what is appropriate to wear at Mass. I thought about providing a compilation of these, just to show how there’s no possible way your own personal Mass outfit could avoid offending someone . (I even read a complaint about women wearing “shorts and hairy legs.” I hate to break it to this fella, but leg hair isn’t usually considered part of one’s attire, and shaving is hardly universal worldwide practice!) The main thing I learned from all this is that not everyone considers black flip flops to pass for dress shoes. At every parish I have been to, there is a mix of everything from classic Sunday best, to shorts and jeans, to “on my way to work,” to “I was up all night with the baby” to “my mother had to hold me at gunpoint just to get me out the door.” Whatever the internet thinks, the Church welcomes all these folks with open arms, and nobody really seems to worry about it too much. So, if you haven’t been in the habit of attending Church regularly, or if you didn’t used to dress up for your former place of worship and now would like to, I have put together a little cheat sheet for you. This cheat sheet will give you everything you need to put together your own basic Mass Capsule Wardrobe, with just a few simple pieces that you can mix around easily. And while there is no capsule wardrobe at Outfit Formulas specifically for going to church, some of the essentials would be perfect for Mass.

What the Church officially requires.

We Catholic bloggers have a lot to say, but our opinions are just opinions. Our opinions are not binding on you.In this case, the Church doesn’t have a whole lot to say about the issue. This is about it, as far as I can find:
I love this. I think it’s absolutely fantastic that the Church allows a free diversity of cultural expressions of the virtues needed at Mass. As flawed humans, we love to divide ourselves up into little camps, with little rules, and let ourselves look down on those who think differently.
Ideas of modesty and respect find extremely different expressions in different cultures, decades, centuries, generations. And that is completely okay.So,

What you might expect at any given parish.

This is what us new folks need to know. As we are trying to sift through the noise of who thinks we should or shouldn’t wear what, what we really want to know is – how do I dress so as to not worry that I will end up either looking completely out of place, offending people, or worse, actually offending our Lord.If you have done any research online, you will find plenty of strong, conflicting opinions concerning what is appropriate to wear at Mass. I thought about providing a compilation of these, just to show how there’s no possible way your own personal Mass outfit could avoid offendingThe main thing I learned from all this is that not everyone considers black flip flops to pass for dress shoes. I’ll make a mental note – but I’m not likely to change my ways. I think of St. Francis whenever I wear them.Anyway. I digress. Again.
At every parish I have been to, there is a mix of everything from classic Sunday best, to shorts and jeans, to “on my way to work,” to “I was up all night with the baby” to “my mother had to hold me at gunpoint just to get me out the door.”I would add that if you attend a Latin Mass (also called the Extraordinary Form, Tridentine Mass, Traditional Latin Mass or TLM) expect to see most folks dressed more formally and more ladies with veils. You won’t get turned away, but I definitely feel more comfortable “dressed up” for that. I’ve only been once, though.

Some tips for your Mass clothes

So, if you haven’t been in the habit of attending Church regularly, or if you didn’t used to dress up for your former place of worship and now would like to, I have put together a little cheat sheet for you.I had to look up what the term “capsule wardrobe” means, but it turns out I have been dressing that way for years. It just makes sense, and I am a minimalist (mainly because hoarding lurks in my genetics, and I’m afraid of it).