Maybe it has happened to you that you have been invited to a church and you don’t know what to wear. Or maybe you are wondering if there is a rule for going to the temple.
In reality, the church is open to everyone, regardless of their dress; but it is also true that many times dressing according to the occasion helps to feel comfortable in the environment in which you operate and this is no exception.
First of all, I want to tell you that these tips are not aimed at a particular public or any specific social class. In these lines my intention is to prepare you so that you can fully enjoy yourself without thinking if you will be well or bad or if something will have gone too far.
As in any social group, Christians also have some customs to dress, in some places much more marked than in others and this depends not only on the culture of the church, sometimes the social culture of the city also influences a lot, but Generally speaking, it is possible to achieve a decent and tasteful style by following these tips:
1. Try to observe what is the style of dress of the Church where you go
Unless you have never been, it is advisable that you know how they dress in the congregation where you will attend or what the common denominator is, since this can help you choose an appropriate combination according to your repertoire. As I have mentioned before, some congregations tend to be more conservative and strict than others, especially in the dress of women.
For example, there may be temples where women wear skirts below the ankles, and others may be allowed below the knees. In those cases I would recommend you look for a similar garment so that you can feel comfortable. Remember that in the congregations there can be all kinds of people, some will not care how you walk as long as you have a willing heart, but others may be uncomfortable, if this happens to you, do not judge them; remember that each head is a world and many people were raised under different customs and rules, it does not necessarily mean that they are bad, they just think differently. Little by little people get closer to Jesus, these kinds of things also take the right path.
2. Do not wear clothes with too intense colors or anti-Christian figures
Bright colors are ideal for casual outings and can come in handy if they are combined appropriately, but combining them with tiger or jaguar themes, drawings that allude to death or indecency can be a mistake. Marked mosaics or flowers with very intense colors are also not recommended as they can make you look too ostentatious. Try to use slightly more formal and simple designs that show a certain peace and do not generate or show a need to attract attention.
3. Do not wear clothes with transparent fabrics
Some synthetic fabrics can become transparent to the eye, it is recommended that you avoid this. It is possible that some designs can be used in this way, we are not going to generalize, but if any of these articles show an intimate part or part of it, it is better that you do not consider it, since it can make you look indecent and therefore create discomfort. especially in the opposite sex.
4. In makeup be as natural as possible
If you are a woman and wear makeup, try to be prudent in its use. I have nothing against makeup, but if you are going to worship God, take advantage of that moment to show yourself as you are. If you must wear makeup, try not to use it in excess, much less make it a necessity to go, remember that in the temple, you must be natural, feel comfortable with what you are. I have come to hear comments from women who don’t go to church because they don’t have a way to cover their wrinkles or straighten their hair. This should not be the case, in us this type of attitude should not exist and if there is it is because without a doubt we are giving a lot of importance to what they say. You try to show simplicity and remember that if you are very sensitive, tears plus makeup do not make much of a game.
5. Avoid showing your tattoos
If for any reason you have tattoos on your body, try as much as possible not to expose them directly. It is common to find many people with tattoos going to church, which is not why they are denied entry, but it is true that they tend to attract a lot of attention, especially from older people. For this reason, it is good that at least at the beginning, if you are a stranger and nobody knows anything about your life, try to cover those marks so that you are not uncomfortable or are not observed by everyone. You must understand that most people not only in the church, but even outside can create a psychological profile of someone who wears marks by associating it with a particular lifestyle. It is not about hiding who you are, at some point everyone should know your testimony, but if you are a stranger, it is best to be prudent. Think for example of a job interview, if you know that it is something very formal, you would try to fit in as much as you can, well something like that can happen in this case. Patience is important, Christ is in the end who fights for us.
6. Seek opinions from friends and loved ones
Surely it has happened to you that friends and family tell you that something looks good on you and yet you can’t feel comfortable. Learn to listen to their advice, believe me; our own opinion is not always the most objective and it is important from time to time to know how others look at us in order to find the best version of ourselves in this sense.
7. Find your own style
Going to church is, first of all, feeling comfortable with yourself, since this also depends on the receptivity, enjoyment and joy that you will feel. If you have become accustomed to the same way of dressing, give yourself the opportunity to change, try it; you have nothing to lose. I know many women who hated skirts under their belt, but after a while, they found themselves comfortable in them and this is also the case with men who have never worn a suit or long sleeves. No garment is bad in itself, and with a little search we can find great styles and ways to combine our clothes that can go perfectly with us, with our essence and what we want to convey, even; They can help us get out of our comfort zone and get to know each other a little better.