Have no idea how to dress up for church? Don’t worry! By the time you finish reading this article, you will know all about the church dress code and know exactly how to dress up for Sunday mass, church wedding or tourist tour at the church. And yes, you will even know what colours are church appropriate and whether you should or shouldn’t wear a hat for church.
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HOW TO DRESS UP FOR THE CHURCH – SUNDAY MASS AND CHURCH WEDDING
In short, you should dress sophisticated, conservatively and respectfully.
Truth to be told, if you follow only this tip when dressing up for church, you will be fine.
But since I promised you to answer on all church dress code related questions, here are 7 more tips.
#1 WEAR BUSINESS FORMAL OUTFITS
Starting with the most essential tip for dressing up for church.
If you really don’t know how to dress up for the church, then simply grab your formal business clothes. Although not wearing Sunday’s Best you will look church appropriate.
#2 WEAR NEUTRALS AND BLACK
Even though there are no Church rules that would mention the colours you should and shouldn’t wear for Sunday mass or a church wedding you might prefer to wear pastels, neutrals or black.
Wearing these colours, you will show respect and humbleness.
A church is not the best place to wear bold colours and bold prints.
While this year’s fashionable wallpaper floral print is acceptable, animal prints are not the best choices. Especially not the leopard print.
Nonetheless, if you only go to the church to be seen, then feel free to wear any colour (check the orange Sunday dress over ). Except when going to the church wedding. In this case, be sure to consult with the bride first.
#3 GO FOR MONOCHROME
Don’t wear too many colours and prints at the same time. Wear either a monochrome outfit or outfit in shades of one colour. By the way, degrade is fashionable right now.
#4 DON’T EXAGGERATE WITH YOUR MAKEUP
Wait, is it even appropriate to wear makeup for the Sunday mass?
Yes! You can wear makeup to the church. Even when you are not going to the church for a wedding but for the Sunday mass. After all, makeup is Sunday’s best. Wait! Before you grab your glue and your longest fake lashes to your hands, a little note.
Even though you are allowed, moreover encouraged to wear makeup to the church to look Sunday best, your makeup should still be modest. Just follow the latest beauty trends, and you will do best. You know, barely to be there makeup, and natural look.
Again, as it goes to the makeup, there is only one rule. Make yourself look pretty but natural. Use nude palette for the eyes, line your eyes with the eyeshadow instead of the eyeliner (use that thin flat brush to do this), or bronze metallic crayon that I wear most of the time; put a little shimmer and a matte lipstick.
Ps. Don’t exaggerate with the perfume either.
#5 ACCESSORISE SMART
The church is not a place to wear many accessories. Remember, you should keep your outfit modest. However, this is the best place to wear the you wouldn’t dare to wear on the street. Like stunning headpiece, gloves and cross pendants. Still, mind the number of accessories.
IS HAT APPROPRIATE FOR THE CHURCH?
Depends on what church you are going to. But if you go to the roman catholic church, then the answer today is you can wear a hat for the church IF YOU WANT! In short, there is no written rule on hats anymore.
There used to be a rule (there was a code in order from 1917 to 1983, saying women should wear hats or veil to the church) but now it’s gone. And not wearing a hat to the church is not a sin.
Same goes for wearing one. In short, if someone asks you to remove your hat or cover your head, you can simply dismiss his request. By the way, I’m talking about women only, men should never wear a hat to the church.
Whatsoever, if you do, wear a hat, then you must choose the right one. Not any headwear is appropriate for the church, though. I probably don’t even need to mention a baseball cap, a fedora, or a cowboy hat have nothing to do in the church, right?
Even the classic beret is not the best choice. I mean you won’t see Megan Markle (I know the wrong church, but still) wearing a beret to the Sunday Mass. Well, thinking better you might, as she is known for breaking the dress code. But you will most certainly not see Dutchess of Cambridge do that faux pas.
Another thing that matters when it comes to wearing a hat to the church is the material. Surely if you go to the church only for the holidays, this might not even be such a problem, as all the important holidays are in the wintertime and you probably won’t go back to the Sunday service after Easter.
Nevertheless, you should know that after Easter, the appropriate hat would be made of lighter materials. Like organza and tulle.
WHAT BAG TO WEAR TO THE CHURCH?
I bet our parish priest would say any bag as long as you can put your wallet in it. But the thing is that your bag should be more modest and elegant. And certainly not so big that you could stack in enough money to buy a new car for the priest. Don’t look like that. This is clearly a local Slovenian thing.
Anyway, check the widget below to find some of the most appropriate and fashionable bags to wear to the church this season. As said before, your bag shouldn’t be too big. Go for a shoulder bag with a beautiful chain strap or a small top handle bag.
#6 WEAR A COAT
Not only because it’s always cold in the church, but because this is the easiest way to dress up to the roman catholic dress code. Just make sure your coat is long enough to cover your knees. Or 8 inches below the knees if you want to go to the confession room.
#7 WHEN IN DOUBT GO FOR A TWEED
A tweed suit is the safest church outfit choice for sure. Not only it’s classy and sophisticated, but it’s also in style right now as well.
#8 WEAR NICE SHOES
Ha, I know writing merely wear nice shoes to the church doesn’t tell you much. Unless nice shoes mean high heel pumps to you too. Yes, this means heels are fine for the church.
Indeed, you can wear high heels to the church. Just not over 10 cm.
MORE DRESSING UP FOR THE CHURCH LESS RELIGION
So this is it. I know it was long. But hey so is the Sunday mass. Now go to see my favourite church outfits. Ps. If you still have some doubts regarding the Church dress code check and read the list of all the things you shouldn’t wear for Sunday mass, church wedding or when entering the church as a tourist.