This thread is taken from the earlier discussion on mantillas, since it’s kind of a different topic.
I’ve been called to wear a headcovering in daily life for about eight months now, and I find myself being a headcovering cheerleader on the boards because I get a lot out of it as a devotion. I debate a bit, though, over what a proper headcovering is for a Catholic woman. These are my criteria:
I should look like I’m covered in a meaningful way, so a plastic headband or a ribbon won’t make the cut.
I shouldn’t claim a religious identity that is not my own, so I shouldn’t look Muslim or Amish or anything like that, and I also shouldn’t give the appearance of being a nun/sister. That said, I’ll go ahead and buy things that are marketed to Jewish or Protestant women (or Muslims, even) that aren’t specifically recognizable.
Headcovering should not serve my vanity, so ostentatious things like feathers are out for anything but the most special of occasions.
Other than that, I’m pretty open as to the kind of covering I wear. My current favorites for life in general are paisley bandanas and expandable headband types, and my favorite for Mass is a plain white silk kerchief, though I really think a mantilla is better because it more readily conveys Catholic identity and I think I’ll start moving that way.
What are your thoughts? If a lady is called to cover her head, what should she wear? What do you think of the practice of covering one’s head in daily life?