It was hard not to notice people coming to Mass looking like they were ready to work in their gardens, go to a picnic and/or spend time by a pool or a beach compared to Mass the past few weekends as the summer weather seems to have arrived in my state. I had to do my best not to think uncharitable thoughts of those wearing things like strapless dresses, short shorts, dresses/skirts that don’t even reach the top of the knees, spaghetti straps, tank tops and tee shirts with questionable items on them.
I am not asking for people to cover up completely and show no skin but at the same time, I think good old fashioned decency has gone away. Makes me wish I was able to go to Extraordinary Form Masses more after people tend to dress better for those Masses.
What do you think should be acceptable apparel for summer time Masses? In my opinion, the following is okay:
*Short sleeved shirts that are decent, not tight, revealing, and with nothing questionable on them - both genders
*Sleeveless shirts that are not tank styles, spaghetti strapped or strapless (more for females as I’ve never seen a dressy style sleeveless male shirt that’s good for Mass)
*Capri pants for women and girls - not tight fitting
*Khaki shorts that reach knees - both genders (more geared to males)
*Dresses / Skirts that reach at least reach the top of the knees, preferably longer. *Dresses not tight, revealing, spaghetti strapped or strapless.
*Shoes or sandals that are decently clean - both genders, preferably not the casual looking flip flops but something more dressy
I know many people may have been on vacation and were visiting but I don’t think it takes much effort to bring a decent yet weather appropriate outfit for Mass with their other summer items. Even when I went to Mass when visiting my grandmother and walked a few blocks to Mass with my mother, we at least wore a nice short sleeve shirt and capris (or a nice summer dress) as kids.