[quote="Marysann, post:6, topic:196937"]
I also grew up before Vatican II. People dressed up for Mass, even kids. Women wore hats, and men took their hats off. Look at photographs in old prayerbooks to see how people dressed. Speaking for women, I don't remember any special colors for clothing except for black being worn by some elderly widows. Black or white were not to be worn to weddings, the exception being white for the bride, of course. The only other color rule I remember had to do with shoes, no white shoes were to be worn before Memorial Day or after Labor Day. Babies, brides, first communicants, and nurses on their way to work were the only exceptions allowed! I still keep this rule religiously except if I am visiting the tropics where it doesn't seem to apply.
Growing up, I had one pair of white shoes and one pair of black "dress" shoes so this makes sense (though I grew up well past Vatican II).
As for what to wear, I grew up learning to wear nice, dress clothes to Mass. From there, it was a matter of discretion and good sense (such as not wearing a wool coat in the middle of summer or a brightly coloured summer outfit in the middle of winter, etc).
Just use good sense. ;)