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Mormon Rules on Clothing

Mormon rules on clothing have been the topic of much debate, lately.  Many people take notice of the different way that people who belong to The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints dress.  It makes them stand out a bit because they are very conservative in their dress and tend to look alike to outsiders.

Mormon rules on clothing are pretty strict by today’s standards.  The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints encourages its members to dress modestly.  This is defined as having shorts and skirts reach knee length and having shoulders covered.  The midriff should also be covered and there shouldn’t be a revealing neckline.  Members of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints are encouraged to keep themselves clean and avoid bringing undue attention to their bodies.  They should avoid dressing sloppily as well.  Tattoos and body piercings are taboo and are expressly counciled against by the prophet, except for a modest pair of earrings for women.

Perhaps, next time you notice your Mormon neighbor, you will take notice of their clothing and understand a little more why they don’t look like the other people in today’s world.  They are trying to follow the prophet’s council and be in the world, but not of the world.  Personally, I’m so glad to have some guidelines to keep me modest.  I get uncomfortable when people look at me the wrong way and this helps me to respect my body and command the same respect from others.

28 Responses to “Mormon Rules on Clothing”

  1. Modesty seems to have lost it’s appeal as far as women are concerned. I believe the media has played a huge role in this and parents just not being able to combat the influences at school, tv, videos, music magazines, etc. It takes a strong inner power to be surrounded by one belief while living another, and fitting in.
    To those who believe it is important, I believe it is important to send our kids to schools that have the same modest rules and try to instill, mainly by example, what we expect of them.
    It is increasingly harder to live the way some of us choose to live but the extra effort required is well worth it. Keep it up.

  2. Amy Boyack says:

    I agree that morals have fallen and there is a strong pull for women to dress immodestly and reveal way too much. It doesn’t help to break away from the notion that women are just toys for men to look at and play with. We are very sophisticated and smart and don’t have to degrade ourselves by dressing in that way. Home is where it should be taught and it needs to start when children are very small. I’ve seen way too many little girl’s outfits that I would never dress my daughter in. When they’re teenager’s, it’s too late to begin worrying about modesty.

  3. Bill Beavers says:

    Wow, how do I follow those to comments. Let me then just thank you Amy for another informative well written post.

  4. Amy Boyack says:

    You’re welcome. Thanks for stopping by and commenting.

  5. Carolyn says:

    Thanks for having a forum I can go to to help remind my whole family of the rules of being the best people we can be as we represent the Lord and His church. Modesty is a big thing in our home, so it’s a shocker even to find other LDS youth being lax in this area.

  6. Amy Boyack says:

    Thanks for stopping by, Carolyn. I love to read comments about my posts. It is shocking to see our youth not following the guidelines for modesty. They are often dressed well below the standards. I think we just have to do our best to set a good example and teach them properly. Then, let them choose and love them anyway. It is often an indicator that there are other areas they need to work on as well, such as drugs, alcohol, smoking, morality, self esteem, etc. so it’s good to be on your toes and be aware, without being critical. It’s a tough area to navigate when you have teenagers. That’s why I think it’s great you have been teaching your children to be modest for their whole lives.

  7. Clothing says:

    very inspiring stuff :) Safely bookmarked. Googled for “clothing” and came to this post “Rules on Clothing | Idaho Mormon”. added your site to my RSS reader.

  8. Amy Boyack says:

    Thank you for that comment. I’m glad you like the blog. It’s fun to do and I feel I owe it to my Heavenly Father for all He has done for me.

  9. heather says:

    thanks for the info, learned more than i thought i would. thanks for encouraging modesty. it’s not frequent enough in my opinion.

  10. Hiya!. Thanks a bunch for the blog. I’ve been digging around looking some info up for shool, but there is so much out there. Google lead me here – good for you i guess! Keep up the good work. I will be coming back in a few days to see if there is any more info.

  11. I saw your site and I expected it to be some site bashing Mormons and their clothing choices. I’m glad it was not so. Nice site.

  12. Amy Boyack says:

    I’m glad you liked my site. I like yours. Maternity clothes are really hard to find. They always seem to be the wrong size or out of style. Your site is nice, too.

  13. Valerie says:

    Celestial Fashions carries very affordable temple dresses in “no-Iron” cotton and plus sizes. They also carry affordable blessing and baptism outfits.

  14. Amy Boyack says:

    Thanks for the tip, Valerie. I’m sure many of my readers would appreciate knowing that.

  15. Thanks for the great info, I will definitely be back!

  16. For sure people shouldn’t be too ridge.Let us go with modernity.great rules.thanks for the information.

  17. Amy Boyack says:

    Thanks for the comments, Mardell and Harriet. I think it’s great to be rigid when it comes to dress standards. If you’re too loose, then you just end up with the wrong kind of attention. It’s not a good thing.
    Amy Boyack´s last blog post ..Keeping the Sabbath Day Holy

  18. Lelynd Allen says:

    I am a new member and I have had to give up alot of things. I think more people would understand if they could see the blessings that come with simple things like not wearing earrings for guys and to dress appropriately. Even though it is hard I appreciate the blessings I receive big time for the smallest acts of submission for the Lord and Jesus.

  19. elena says:

    wow this is a lot but i do fallow them so does my friend

  20. JonahSmith says:

    Yes, it’s a real comfort knowing that other men aren’t looking at my breasts. It helps me remember that I’m reserved for my husband, as his servant, and as the Lord’s servant.

  21. eden says:

    thanks for posting this. i’ve been scanning the web looking for a specific mention of knee-length by a church leader or something. the knee-length thing is a big problem in my single’s ward and as a relief society presidency we’ve been wondering how we can address it. it would just be a lot easier if we could cite someone who lays the knee-length thing out plainly, rather than debating the definition of ‘modest.’ i hope this makes sense. i’d appreciate an email if you have a chance to let me know if you know of something out there. thanks so much!

  22. Amy Boyack says:

    Eden,
    I’ll keep an eye out for anything about knee-length specifically, but I think the “for the strength of youth” pamphlet lays it out pretty clearly.

  23. Amy Boyack says:

    This is one of my favorite talks given on modesty. Take some time to read it and see if it doesn’t inspire you as it does me. http://lds.org/ensign/2009/07/modesty-a-timeless-principle-for-all?lang=eng&query=modesty+cover+garment
    Amy Boyack´s last blog post ..Keeping the Sabbath Day Holy

  24. Leona Hamilton says:

    Enjoyed reading this blog. I like to dress fashionably yet modest. It seems to me that finding modest clothing is getting more and more difficult. I noticed one of our young women, about age 13 or 14, has started wearing cardigan sweaters over a blouse and very nice length skirts, usually A-line, but some that are more tailored. I love the look, it reminds me of the way I dressed in the late 60s to early 70s. My mom always assured that me and my sister were in nice dresses for church, knee length or longer, and sometimes she’d take us to a woman that made our dresses. It’s so refreshing and heart-warming to see a young woman at our church dressing in that fashion.

  25. Matt.M says:

    I’ve thought for some time that designs on back pockets of pants are inappropriate. I mean, the little orange thread line on levis isn’t a big deal, but the large, garish designs that make you stare at a woman’s rear . . . I feel that they are designed that way for a reason, to draw the eye to a place it shouldn’t be. The “mock” holes in some pants, the distressed areas that place emphasis on different portions of the legs, the spandex used in the material to make the pants more form-fitting . . . I feel that all of these things are done to make the female body more noticeable and attractive, but not in a wholesome way.

  26. Thanks for the rules,i will definitely change my wardrobe to something better.Great information and site

  27. luanne says:

    As a woman I am glad that I am told what to wear. It makes me feel empowered. There is nothing more oppressive or degrading than being allowed to wear whatever you like.

  28. mev says:

    I like the way Ann Romney dresses, with fashionable modesty and she is still gorgeous without being immodest.

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