QUOTE=SenorPaulito;8673404]I very rarely see priests vesting with a plain alb and amice anymore as the cassock-albs are simply a superior design and they save time. I don’t think they are well suited to servers though. I suspect that way it was once most common for servers to wear the cassock and surplice. As someone mentioned they should be inconspicuous. Adult servers in my parish buy their own albs and that arrangement has worked just fine for many years. **Now we have a female server who wears a lacy alb fit for an FSSP bishop (it cost over $1,500 in Italy) over a red cassock who looks foolish when she serves Mass. ** I suspect some reform will be necessary.
I have seen many a thread here with male servers taking about the special order alb, cassock, or surplice they plan to buy. Or someone who is not yet even in seminary contemplating berretas and other special garments. The desire to dress like a peacock is not limited to females.
If all servers and seminarians (and those discerning a vocation to an order with a super old-fashioned fancy habit) would worry less about their clothes and more about their service, we would probably all be better off.