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What to Wear at Church

Updated on April 12, 2012

© 2012 Katina Davenport

Growing up, I always thought my mother wore the prettiest dresses. I adored trying on her high heeled shoes, Sunday church hats, and jewelry. I always admired her beauty and her impeccable style. I vowed to one day dress like my mother when I became an adult. That was in the 80’s. Dresses and Sunday church suits were a lot different then. Although some of the 80’s styles have come back into fashion, I still believe my mom ruled that decade. It will never be duplicated.

Despite my wishes to dress like my mom I have never worn the type of church suits that she once wore. I have my own style, my own way of seeing things. At times I dress in very corporate attire. At other times I dress very casual. When I am getting dressed for church, I never wear the latest church fashions. It could be because my church has a laid back approach to dressing. My mother on the other hand dresses up for church because it is the culture of her membership. Although I do not wear the traditional “church lady suits” I still admire the women that look stately in these fashions.


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This white rhinestone embellished evening suit by Ben Marc is very over the top. It makes a statement. When I see church women wear suits like this at churches, or even during special occasions, it is hard not to take notice. The rhinestone embellishments give the suite a glow, especially when light hits the suit in the right way. This suit can be worn at church, weddings, and special events.


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Here, this black and red dress with short a suit jacket is something that I would consider wearing. I usually don’t buy church lady suits, but this particular suit is a younger, fresher look. Minus the hat it, can be the perfect suit for special events that do not require black tie attire.


Church Hats

My mother always had a collection of church hats. She would wear one to church just about every Sunday. I never adopted this style, but I still admire these hats. These type of embellished, over the top hats have been nicknamed crowns. Church women took the decree of Paul when he said that women must cover their heads (Corinthians 11:15) and made it into a fashion statement. Many are adorned with bows, feathers, sequin, and various fabrics. As I watched the wedding of Prince William and Kate Middleton, it reminded me of the hats that I would see at church.


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This peach colored church hat, by Lisa Rene, is an example of what is typically found adorning the heads of some women on Sunday morning. This hat is not only perfect for church it can be worn at the Kentucky Derby or on special occasions such as weddings or at a tea.


Will I ever wear any of these fashions? Maybe, if the event calls for evening, church lady suits.


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      Heather Rode 5 years ago from Buckeye, Arizona

      Great hub! I'm 28 and I really REALLY miss people wearing their "Sunday best." My mom always made sure I was dressed nicely and she oftentimes wore a hat. These days, people wear jeans and a teeshirt to church-- Even on Easter Sunday. I don't get it. I really hope church hats come back!

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      Katina Davenport 5 years ago

      Church hats are always fun to watch. My grandmother has a lot of beautiful hats. I like to watch her wear them. She looks her best on Sundays.

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      Mark Passarelli 5 years ago from Lakewood Colorado

      I like the "come as you are" approach at my Church. Mostly because I don't have to dress up. Nice article.

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      Katina Davenport 5 years ago

      Thank you passthejelly. I like the come as you are approach as well.

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      teddy71b 5 years ago

      great..... very interesting..... owesome....

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      syl 5 years ago

      very interesting article. any fashionista will def take this into account

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      Katina Davenport 5 years ago

      The layouts have changed.

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      StressedOutMom 5 years ago

      I loved reading this. It reminded me of growing up in the Baptist Church. Every Sunday the older generation would come in wearing a hat that matched their dresses. I sort of miss the way people use to always put on their Sunday Best to attend church. It's so different now a days. But still I find myself on some Sundays getting all dressed up for service. But no hat.;)

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      Katina Davenport 5 years ago

      I am not completely sold on the hat. I think they are beautiful...I am not ready for it. Maybe as I get older I will wear hats to church.

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