Baptist Women Dress Code

United States
October 16, 2008 9:03am CST
Okay, so I talk on various forums, I have been various places, and various churches, but one thing I seem to see in common is that a lot Baptist Women wear certain types of dresses/koulats/skirts. None of which are flattering or attractive. I realize that their main goal is modesty, and that it is very important to them to be modest, and that is completely understandable. However, why wear ugly giant flower prints, or denim skirts that have unflattering shapes, or shirts that are 4 sizes too big? There are plenty of ways to dress very modestly, and in style - and I don't mean wearing shirts that are skin tight, or skirts that are thigh high, but I mean pretty, flattering shirts and dresses. So why is it that a lot of Baptist Women feel the need to make themselves look menonite or Amish in apperance rather than something semi-in-style or attractive? I'm not trying to be rude, so I hope I did not come across as such, I am just truely curious as to their reasons for choice in clothing. Thanks for any input!
4 responses
@sandymay16 (1619)
• Philippines
16 Oct 08
I have seen women group dress like what you're describing but I don't associate them with being a Baptist. Maybe they're not Baptist or they are a break away group of some Baptist Church. I have friends who are Baptist and they maybe conservative but they don't dress like what you're describing. And there are many Baptist Churches too. Do they wear their hair long too? I think they're not allowed to have short hair.
• United States
16 Oct 08
Yes, they do wear their hair long too. And yes they are Baptist - not a break away group of a Baptist church. I live in the Northern part of the USA, and they all dress like that in the North Eastern states that I have been to.
• United States
13 Jun 09
Hello! I too is a member of a Fundamental Baptist Church in the Philippines. Its a blessing I had this opportunity to join in a discussion group like this although its been too long this has been posted but I do believe the time has nothing to do what is important is I am blessed to join such discussion. In my church we go for a modest way of dress in the church but not the way as you had described. We even go for accessories that adds beauty to the bearer.Anyway the way we dress is not that important because all of us has his/her own taste, it maybe pleasing to me but not pleasing to everyone. One thing more , what is inside our hearts is the most important thing to our God. We maybe dressed so well but our heart is not ready to face our God on that worship day, then the dress we worn is not of value.
@vanities (11375)
• Davao, Philippines
21 Oct 08
im not a baptist but we are too required to dress up properly when attending the service...but then im stubborn and still dont wear dresses at all...just jeans and a blouse which im comfortable with...i guess its like a trend to those ladies...maybe its their idea or their dress code or just being conservative enough...
@sudalunts (5526)
• United States
16 Oct 08
I am a Baptist woman, and I am not sure what area of the country you are seeing these women. The women at my church including me, dress modern and up to date. The descriptions of the outfits you listed in your discussion, I have never seen in my church, even with the elderly members. This must be a location style of dress, because I have not seen it either in my church or any other Baptist church I may have visited.