A great church outfit is one that makes you feel comfortable and also fits into the standards of your church community.
Some churches lean more towards casual clothing, while others have more formal dress codes.
Most churches, however, expect worshipers and guests to wear what makes them feel prepared to worship.
Whatever the dress code is, though, you should feel comfortable enough to actively participate in the services in your outfit!
Dressing For Church Service (Women)
1. Think modest and conservative when picking out your outfit.
While the 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 jewelry or expensive accessories 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. Wear black pants if you don’t like dresses.
While it is expected in certain faiths that women wear dresses, a pair of dark pants will typically also work.
You can pair your black pants with a dark top and blazer to stay stylish but conservative.
Avoid wearing stretch pants/leggings or jeans.
Sneakers are not appropriate shoes for Sunday morning services.
Pick out your best pair of heels when going to church, just make sure the heel is lower than 3 inches (not high stilettos-type).
Pumps compliment pencil skirts or pants.
If heels aren’t your thing, flats are also appropriate.
Coordinate your shoe color with your outfit, but avoid loud colors like deep red or bright pinks and greens.
The focus should not be on you but on the Lord.
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.
While it may not get you kicked out of the church, violating these customs can be disrespectful to the people who practice that faith.
Research the denomination online or on your church’s website if you are unsure about what the appropriate attire is.
Dressing For Church Service (Men)
1. Choose your best clothes and make sure they are clean.
While standards on clothing for the church have become laxer over time, it is still usually expected that you dress in your nicest garments when attending Sunday morning worship service.
Having nice clothes does not mean you have to spend a lot of money on them. Just make sure that they are clean and presentable.
Avoid drawing attention to yourself or wearing things that would stand out.
2. Wear a button-down shirt that has been pressed.
While many men prefer to wear a suit and tie, if you don’t have one, a button-down shirt will suffice.
Make sure it is free of stains or wrinkles and remember to tuck it into your pants.
3. Wear wrinkle-free slacks.
Black dress pants are the best option for a person attending a church service.
If you don’t have a pair, you can wear clean and wrinkle-free casual slacks or khakis as an alternative.
4. Avoid shorts.
Even if it’s hot, you should refrain from wearing shorts.
Jeans are too casual for Sunday morning service. And you do wear jeans, do not wear ones with patches or holes.
Avoid things that have a drawstring or too many zippers or clips.
Remember to wear a black or brown belt with your pants, at least when not wearing a sport coat or blazer.
5. Wear leather loafers, oxfords, or slip on dress shoes.
Wear your best pair of dress shoes when attending service to show respect to the God and his church.
Avoid sneakers or sandals in church.
Black or brown colored shoes are preferred.
But, again, if you can’t afford dress shoes, wear the best that you have.
Avoid wearing white socks because they don’t match with many outfits and can be tacky.
6. Be aware of specific traditions and customs in certain faiths.
In times past, in Western culture, wearing a hat indoors was a sign of disrespect, but even today it applies to church services.