Does what we wear matter?

Have we gotten too casual as a society?  Too lacking in a certain appreciation for our surroundings?  Or too irreverent of grand places?  Or perhaps we’ve lost that sense of occasion?  Scroll down to the very bottom and share your thoughts on this in the comments box.  Would love to know what you think.

The reason I ask this is because just this week I had the privilege of visiting the House of Lords for the first time.  The function  attended was titled, ‘An evening with Professor Dame Elizabeth Anionwu: why Sickle Cell?’ Hosted by Diane Abbott MP and shadow home secretary.

The Right Honourable Diane Abbott, Member of Parliament                         and Shadow Home Secretary

Given that I was going to be at work for most of the day, I gave some time to consider what I would wear.  I didn’t want to be dressed too formally, so I struck a compromise and went for ‘smart chic’ – a black dress, sunflower colour cropped cardigan, black knee high boots, with an orange choker accent.

The evening went very well. Between Diane and Dame Elizabeth, there were plenty of interesting stories and reflections on the challenging journey of bringing Sickle Cell Disease, an illness that predominantly affects black people, more into the mainstream.

During the photo sessions many people came out to take pictures of the two women.  Now, I’m a pretty laid back, live and let live, sort of person (I believe), but I was surprised to see just how casually some people were dressed.  A couple of them even wore ripped jeans!  It made me look round to be sure that we were indeed in the House of Lords and in such auspicious company as an MP and a Dame.


Casual dress has also become quite routine in other places.  I know of a church that discourages the donning of jeans during Sunday services (extreme approach I think) and advocates a more ‘well-dressed’ style of clothing.  Some say, the danger is that this puts youth and sinners who’re not regular church goers off from attending.  Others say it gives people a sense of reverential awe for not only where they are i.e. the House of God but also who they came to seek i.e. God Himself.

Should people have made a greater effort in what they wore to the House of Lords that evening?  And does it matter what people wear to church?  Share you views, I want to know what you think.


2 thoughts on “Does what we wear matter?

  1. I think it matters what we wear. Each place you visit there is always a dress code most suitable, whether said or implied. Now, choosing to disregard the code or in the instance of the church not being sensitive to the atmosphere and in this instance I mean the presence of God, is truly a personal choice. I will not presume to know how God wants each particular person dressed, but I think as our walk with Him deepens He will deal with each person individually. But sometimes if there is no change, no conviction, we truly have to be honest with ourselves and find out what God is actually saying because otherwise we are just fooling ourselves. Why is it not a problem to adhere to workplace requirements but difficult in other places. Probably the uniform code is written down? God says come as you’re are but you get changed from inside out. But to think that there isn’t an expectation from respecting and reverencing His name even in the way we dress, I think we are so fooling ourselves. I know I said more about the church but I think it also applies to every area we frequent. Even if unspoken or unwritten, the way you dress will reflect what you think, who you really are inside…


    1. I think you’re quite right, there’s a dress code (written or implied) for every venue. Certain Clothing can be appropriate in one place but inappropriate somewhere else. I was born and raised in the 60’s and 70’s so I was taught that by the way my mother dressed me or when she told me that what I should change what I was wearing depending on where I was going. It seems that many of the values or codes of acceptable and unacceptable practises aren’t necessarily being handed down. Personally o don’t have an issue with people wearing jeans to church. The word dies give guidelines about how we – particularly – women should dress, but also says we should rend our hearts not our garments. In other words what’s going on on the inside is of much greater significance to God than what’s going on on the outside.


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