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For those of you who are church or synagogue goers, do people in your area still dress up? Do they still wear their "Sunday best?" It seems to me that men in coats and ties and women in dresses or pant suits is, for the most part, a thing of the past except for major days like Christmas and Easter or major events like weddings. However, I have even seen people (who should know better) in polo shirt and slacks at weddings and funerals!

What is your experience?
 

Dr.Watson

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It certainly depends on the church. At my church (Presbyterian), the vast majority of men wear jackets and ties, though you see an occansional polo on younger men. Those in my High School Sunday school generally wear button-down, slacks, and top-siders; I always wear a jacket, tie, and pocket hankerchief. I think the more conservative the church, the better the dress will be. I am in the south though. :icon_smile_big:

Despite this there are some churches here I have been to for various things that wearing a polo would be considered the norm, if not even "formal."

Also, use the search function, their are a good many past threads on this subject.
 
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clemsontiger

Super Member
I'm usually the only one of two or three with a coat or tie on. I'm certainly the only one with both on.

But I go to a Baptist church in a predominately Catholic community, so it is not a typical southern Baptist church.
 

nolan50410

Super Member
My church is an episcopal church in midtown Memphis. We are obviously not very conservative (being episcopal) but we are very traditional with our worship. Most men wear jacket and tie, while younger folks wear a button down and pants. I choose to dress up because I don't have to during the week. I think your old, established congregations hold on to their more formal dress code. New, suburban churches have to be casual to attract new churchgoers.
 

bd79cc

Super Member
My church is an episcopal church in midtown Memphis. We are obviously not very conservative (being episcopal) but we are very traditional with our worship. Most men wear jacket and tie, while younger folks wear a button down and pants. I choose to dress up because I don't have to during the week. I think your old, established congregations hold on to their more formal dress code. New, suburban churches have to be casual to attract new churchgoers.
My church in San Antonio is like your church in Memphis. Your charcoal or navy suit would fit right in. I think you're right about casual dress at the suburban churches.
 

KeithR

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Our Byzantine Catholic parish only has liturgy on Saturday evening (we share a priest with another church 40 miles away), and the timing tends to make it more casual, except on major feasts. When schedules force us to go to a Sunday mass, we go to a nearby Latin Mass chapel, where suits are the norm and blazers/odd jackets are worn by the more casual minority.
 

eagle2250

Connoisseur/Curmudgeon Emeritus - Moderator
At Sunday services, with the wife, yesterday, I was the only male in the church wearing a coat and tie. Ironically, the women in the congregation, did seem to be sporting their "Sunday best"!
 

JohnMS

Senior Member
Sunday Best

Most in our congregation wear dress shirts and ties (including children). I would say 50% or so of the men wear suits or sportcoats, this in a town of 7,500 people in the boonies.
 

redmanca

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I go to a reformed Presbyterian church (PCA) in a college town. Because it is a college town, the dress varies widly. The older folks usually are in coat and tie, while most college aged attendees wear anything from coat and tie to shorts and t-shirts. I always try to wear a coat and tie. The pastor is almost always in olive wool slacks, a blazer, and a tie.

Conor.
 

egerland

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Gritty outskirts of LA

I attend several protestant churches during the course of the year. The norm seems to be casual, and only a tiny minority ever show up in a coat and tie. A Lutheran church that I started attending in the mid-1980s has gone from a majority of men wearing ties and coats to open necked shirts during the past 25 years (many of the tie-wearers are now dead, one even had his own trad men's shop).

I remember as a kid in the 1960s that even in Southern California it was the norm for men to wear suits and ties, or a least a jacket and tie, to church on Sundays. Things have really changed; yesterday I saw a grown man in his early thirties escorting his mom from the Catholic church down the street. He was wearing baggy blue jean shorts that hung below his knees with an oversized tee:eek: He looked like a moron or a clown.
 

clemsontiger

Super Member
I go to a reformed Presbyterian church (PCA) in a college town. Because it is a college town, the dress varies widly. The older folks usually are in coat and tie, while most college aged attendees wear anything from coat and tie to shorts and t-shirts. I always try to wear a coat and tie. The pastor is almost always in olive wool slacks, a blazer, and a tie.

Conor.
Are you at Clemson Pres? When I was there the pastor ( I believe his name was Dr. Jimmy Eagan) always wore bows.
 

redmanca

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Are you at Clemson Pres? When I was there the pastor ( I believe his name was Dr. Jimmy Eagan) always wore bows.

Yep, Jimmy Eagan went to St. Louis to teach at Covenant Seminary. The pastor now is Dr. David Sinclair. He was the RUF pastor at Clemson a while ago. Then he went to Lexington, but came back. Jimmy was a really great guy, and so is David.

Conor
 

Plainsman

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I go to a catholic church in a small college town. Suits are practicaly non-existant. Coats and ties on Easter and Christmas. Lots of college students so dress is very casual. Most men are in at least dress pants and a button down or polo shirt.

I tend to wear nicer pants and a button down regardless. I will throw a blazer on in the cooler months. Not that I wouldn't mind putting on the Sunday best, I would just really stick out if I did.
 

Mel

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We attend a reformed temple in Richmond and they dress well for the main holidays but not on the regular friday services (it is mixed with older 50 and above in suits) and those younger often without a jacket.
 

Topsider

Honors Member
Sadly, the shirt-and-tie-with-Dockers-but-no-jacket look is exceedingly popular amongst churchgoers in my neighborhood. I mean, it's great that they didn't show up in a concert t-shirt and all, but I wish I could tell them all to just buy a freakin' navy blazer. How hard could that be? :rolleyes:
 

Naval Gent

Senior Member
I'm a Methodist who attends a large downtown church. Our church architecture is Neo-Gothic, and the worship liturgy and music are pretty "High Church" for our denomination. Suits, or at least coat and tie, are definitely the norm for adult men. (say, 80% at the 11:00 am service) A couple of women regularly wear hats. You even see traditional kids clothes like sailor suits on boys, dresses and Mary Janes on girls, etc.

A couple of weeks ago, sitting in our "regular pew", I turned around and looked at a friend of ours, also sitting in his regular spot. To our mutual amusement, we had on the exact same BB Glen Plaid suit, white button down and predominantly red bow tie. We looked like the Bobbsey Twins walking out.

Scott
 
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