Modesty is a reflection of the inner life of the Catholic and preserves any depravity.
A Catholic who attends Mass must dress modestly and appropriately. Avoid coming to Mass with a vain or too casual attire. We must be respectful and tasteful. One would spare no effort to dress before a cleric or a terrestrial high-ranking official. Why, then, would fall-on the level before the King of kings?
The garment initially designed to hide the body. Consequence of original sin, our natural inclination toward sensuality must be mastered. It is then to hide what might excite lust. Modesty in dress helps safeguard the virtue of purity and is required by the moral law of God.
Remember that Our Lady, model modesty and purity, emphasized the sartorial modesty in his address to the children of Fatima.
The immodesty in dress is a sin for wearer and an occasion of sin for watching indecent outfits. The immodest dress is immoral, sinful and material confession.
Refrain from clothing that are lewd, too ostentatious or that can distract from the sacred prayer space of the house of the Lord. Clothing or personal adornments with images, symbols, or written things should not be worn or at least covered, so that the holy icons do not have to compete with the logo of our favorite sports team, name of a band or any slogan.
Men : it is always advisable that the gentlemen in the Mass wearing jacket and tie (bow tie is the best choice). The man takes off his hair, he wears one. Never shorts or bermudas. Athletic shoes are also prohibited. Wearing jeans (machismo symbol of rebellion) or short-sleeve shirt (T-shirt) or without sleeves has no place. Will avoid loud colors and it will appear shaved costs.
Women : the veil is a sign of femininity. Highlights of the life of a woman going under sail sailing baptism veil of small communion, wedding veil, veil of religious and finally the veil of the widow. The veil expresses the mission of women is a hidden task, which is often less visible than that of man, but that does not mean superfluous, quite the contrary. Catholic women hide their hair as it takes for model of excellence the Blessed Virgin Mary, whose head was veiled in all her apparitions recognized by the Church.
“L a Catholic woman should feel obliged to not only be honest, but yet to prove his honesty by way of dressing” (Benedict XV – Address to Italian women , 21 October 1919) .
The Church does not obscure what is shameful, quite the contrary, she conceals what is most precious: the tabernacle is veiled at all times and, during the celebration of healthy mysteries, the chalice that will contain the precious blood is also.
Canon law has even planned an article to this effect:
This is the spirit of revolt and revolution in the Church who falsely gave the impression that this noble purpose had been abolished. It is not by chance that the veil to church women began to disappear just when lifting the feminist and the Second Vatican Council.
The traditionalist Catholic women love wearing a pretty dress or skirt a decent and respectful length that covers her knees while sitting. It avoids necklines, sheer fabrics, tight-fitting clothing and garish colors. His shoulders and back are covered as well as the arms, at least to the elbows. She does not wear the pants (Deuteronomy 22: 5) and even less of maxi lace dresses, which is the symbol of revolt and rebellion. (Note: the style lace dresses Vintage 60’s are the best choice from summerdressesstore.)
Women of tradition differ from liberal modernists, covering her head in church, by respect and humility towards God. This is not a gesture of humiliation or slavery but a manifestation of dignity. Wearing a hard hat is certainly the standard in tradition but, in the image of the Blessed Virgin Mary, rather several ladies choose to wear a mantilla (small lace veil put the hair or simply scarf) , so as to express their modesty and femininity. The aim is also not to distract the male gaze and protection thereof during services.
Finally, Catholic women will encourage others to always dress according to the rules of the Catholic modesty, without fear of being unpopular with worldly, seeking more to satisfy the will of our Lord Jesus Christ to honor the decrees pagan dictators of fashion.
Children: some flexibility is allowed, but children still need to wear “church clothes”, so they know they are in a place that is special and sacred.