In addition to being a place to connect with God and engaging in the act of corporate worship, church for us also is a time to play dress up. We were both raised in the South, and that means lots of memories of dressing for church that often times involved hats, stockings and handbags and shoes that matched. You’ve never seen a production like Southern women getting ready for church.
While today’s church services lean more toward the “come as you are approach,” dressing for church is both an art and a science. It can also be lots of fun.
We are strong advocates of breaking out of the church uniform and updating your “Sunday-go-to-meeting” wear in ways that you may not have considered. Gone are the days of wearing boring, monochrome suits to church — at least for us. A little pop of color, a whole lot of sequins, a bow tie and red lipstick are all things we wear to church these days.
We’re not suggesting that you be a distraction to your fellow parishioners, but that you wear something that makes you feel good about yourself and what’s happening in your life. There’s not much that’s off limits these days, but be mindful of the length of your hemline and whether you’re showing a lot of cleavage, or skin in general.
Even when you’re all covered up, consider whether that sparkly top needs a sparkly skirt, hat, shoes and handbag (it doesn’t, in case you were wondering). If you’re rocking menswear to church, consider adding feminine touches with hair, makeup and accessories.
This week, when you get dressed for church, bypass that boring suit and reach for something you would have never thought to wear in the past. Who knows, the choir and the sermon might not be the only thing in church that is inspiring on Sunday.
Until next time. Keep it thrifty.