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Author Topic: Do you dress for your service?  (Read 3077 times)

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Do you dress for your service?
« on: May 18, 2012, 10:39:54 pm »
I was reading an article about Catholic Nuns not wearing Habits, and got to thinking I do not feel right when I do not wear a suit when I am at the main Sunday service in the sanctuary at my church, (there is no dress code, or expectations of dress for the service).

Other services I may or may not feel a suit is appropriate, it depends on where the service is, (In the Chapel, our Francis White Room, or the Park) and what group is doing the service and what the service is about.

Does your practice have a dress code?  Do you have one for yourself during services?
How do you feel if you are not dressed, as you think you should be, for your practice, while engaged in it?
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Re: Do you dress for your service?
« Reply #1 on: May 18, 2012, 11:05:57 pm »
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I was reading an article about Catholic Nuns not wearing Habits, and got to thinking I do not feel right when I do not wear a suit when I am at the main Sunday service in the sanctuary at my church, (there is no dress code, or expectations of dress for the service).

Other services I may or may not feel a suit is appropriate, it depends on where the service is, (In the Chapel, our Francis White Room, or the Park) and what group is doing the service and what the service is about.

Does your practice have a dress code?  Do you have one for yourself during services?
How do you feel if you are not dressed, as you think you should be, for your practice, while engaged in it?

 
I haven't been to any rituals (yet) but unless there's a dress code, I feel most comfortable wearing "business casual" (no jeans, dress shirt) kind of wear, "Sunday best" always seemed sort of....fake.....to me.

This one time in elementary school, they let us wear our pajamas to church (to confession, actually). It was awesome.

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Re: Do you dress for your service?
« Reply #2 on: May 18, 2012, 11:16:35 pm »
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This one time in elementary school, they let us wear our pajamas to church (to confession, actually). It was awesome.

 
Cool.  

We have people who wear sweats, shorts, tank tops, tee shirts (with and without rips) on a regular basis.
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« Reply #3 on: May 18, 2012, 11:38:33 pm »
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Cool.  

We have people who wear sweats, shorts, tank tops, tee shirts (with and without rips) on a regular basis.
I always just try and be comfortable at any rituals. But I do have special cloths I will wear at major Celtic rituals.
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Re: Do you dress for your service?
« Reply #4 on: May 19, 2012, 03:09:06 am »
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I was reading an article about Catholic Nuns not wearing Habits, and got to thinking I do not feel right when I do not wear a suit when I am at the main Sunday service in the sanctuary at my church, (there is no dress code, or expectations of dress for the service).

Other services I may or may not feel a suit is appropriate, it depends on where the service is, (In the Chapel, our Francis White Room, or the Park) and what group is doing the service and what the service is about.

Does your practice have a dress code?  Do you have one for yourself during services?
How do you feel if you are not dressed, as you think you should be, for your practice, while engaged in it?

 
It depends on a multitude of factors. When alone and holding ritual, it depends on the reason, the Gods and even the time of year. In general, I have two dresses/robes that I use when there is need to be dressed, one black, one white. This is usually for all the Gods and Goddesses except the Wiccan God and Goddess. For them I almost always practice naked. For the rituals I hold for other Deity I usually wear my black robe, sometimes the entire ritual, sometimes only for entering the temple I have set up. I prefer to practice naked, honestly, but listen to what the Gods I am working with in that moment, desire. And even when I'm holding ritual to non-Wiccan Gods (or Goddesses) I would usually strip down for, and the occasion means nakedness might be a distraction, I leave my robe on.

When with others, I adapt. I. Rituals outside require clothes so I use my robes. At festivals or larger Pagan events, I just wear something comfortable, preferably a skirt.

On the very rare occassions I have attended church, I would always look nice and clean. Usually wearing a skirt and long sleeves.
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Re: Do you dress for your service?
« Reply #5 on: May 19, 2012, 04:36:44 am »
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I was reading an article about Catholic Nuns not wearing Habits, and got to thinking I do not feel right when I do not wear a suit when I am at the main Sunday service in the sanctuary at my church, (there is no dress code, or expectations of dress for the service).

Other services I may or may not feel a suit is appropriate, it depends on where the service is, (In the Chapel, our Francis White Room, or the Park) and what group is doing the service and what the service is about.

Does your practice have a dress code?  Do you have one for yourself during services?
How do you feel if you are not dressed, as you think you should be, for your practice, while engaged in it?

 
Depends on the rite/ritual and where I'm doing it.  Back when I was Wiccan I started by wearing robes, but not the 'traditional' ones; a mid-thigh tunic and breeches that I'd sewn up myself.  Later I got ahold of a kilt and wrap shirt, which I still use to this day (16 years later) for public rituals that I'm guesting at or at festivals.

At home doing my own thing, it's either casual street-clothes, or like Little Witch, sometimes nude (Wicca Skyclad) as my viewpoint is the Gods know everything about me so 'hiding' really doesn't matter - plus there's the air of innocence that goes with that, the removal of boundaries between me and my Patrons.

In the end, you have to decide for yourself what you are comfortable with AND what you think brings you closer to your Dieties.

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Re: Do you dress for your service?
« Reply #6 on: May 19, 2012, 10:48:37 am »
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Does your practice have a dress code?  Do you have one for yourself during services?
How do you feel if you are not dressed, as you think you should be, for your practice, while engaged in it?

 
My tradition uses clothing as a ritual tool - most commonly setting aside an outfit for ritual use only, so that when you put it on, you begin the process of transitioning from daily mindset to ritual mindset.

We also have a few rituals where specific clothing is required (a couple of seasonal rituals, initiations)

In practice, this varies a bit - I have a small collection of ritual clothing, and tend to do specifically chosen/made skirts and a plain t-shirt, a Greek chiton-style robe, or a black dress most often, sometimes with a shawl or something of the kind that reflects the focus of the ritual or my particular role in it. For more casual work, I tend to do it in whatever I'm wearing at the time.
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Re: Do you dress for your service?
« Reply #7 on: May 19, 2012, 11:31:24 am »
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I was reading an article about Catholic Nuns not wearing Habits, and got to thinking I do not feel right when I do not wear a suit when I am at the main Sunday service in the sanctuary at my church, (there is no dress code, or expectations of dress for the service).

Other services I may or may not feel a suit is appropriate, it depends on where the service is, (In the Chapel, our Francis White Room, or the Park) and what group is doing the service and what the service is about.

Does your practice have a dress code?  Do you have one for yourself during services?
How do you feel if you are not dressed, as you think you should be, for your practice, while engaged in it?

 
It definitely depends on the situation.  When I used to go to church with my Dad, if we went to a normal Sunday morning service, we dressed nicely (like I would to go out to a nice restaurant).  Later we ended up going to a night time 'for teens' service, which I wore everyday clothes too (though I did make sure they weren't revealing or torn up or anything).  Actually my Pagan practice overlapped this so I would sometimes wear my pentagram to the services, normally under my shirt if I did wear it.

For private (just me) rituals, I have dressed up, dressed down (nude) and pretty much everything in between.  It really depends on how formal of a ritual I am doing.

Actually the same goes for the group I have been doing Sabbats with.  We are pretty casual,  but I have worn dresses to a couple (which for me is a very rare event).  I have also worn jeans and a shirt that I felt matched the feel of the ritual we had planned.

I don't really have any dedicated ritual clothing, although someday I would like to have a set of robes to wear (or several sets, I can never decide exactly what style I prefer).
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Re: Do you dress for your service?
« Reply #8 on: May 19, 2012, 04:22:13 pm »
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Does your practice have a dress code?  Do you have one for yourself during services?
How do you feel if you are not dressed, as you think you should be, for your practice, while engaged in it?


My practice kind of has a dress code.  Traditionally, priest(ess)es would wear white clothing: I, however, don't always do this.  I do keep my head covered, usually with a light-covered scarf.  This is mainly so I don't get distracted by anything and interrupt the ritual in some way.

The most important thing for me, in any case, is hygiene.  I always make sure that whatever it is that I'm wearing is clean: I don't want to appear before the gods as polluted in any way, because cleanliness is very important.

I once heard someone say that for rituals you should approach the gods like you are approaching an interviewer for a job position.  I kind of like that saying.
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« Reply #9 on: May 19, 2012, 04:33:08 pm »
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The few times I have attended pujas and/or teachings at Deer Park, I've tried to dress nicely and comfortably. People attend wearing all sorts of clothes (except the monks, nuns, and lamas, of course, who are in their robes), but since we're expected to sit on the floor on cushions if possible I try to be sure I can *do* that reasonably comfortably. I usually end up in a long skirt or pants (not jeans) and shirt, or a long dress with a skirt full enough to tuck around myself.

Folding chairs are available, but I really try not to use one if I don't have to. Other attendees need them more than I do. (Yeah, my knees and hips complain, and my butt goes to sleep--but it's not impossible for me to get down onto the cushion and back up again. Others aren't as lucky as I.)

Here at home, I'm wearing whatever i happen to have on at the time. Sitting on my cushion and using my mala is the signal, for me, that I'm doing something special. What I'm wearing doesn't really matter.
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Re: Do you dress for your service?
« Reply #10 on: May 19, 2012, 07:27:00 pm »
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I was reading an article about Catholic Nuns not wearing Habits, and got to thinking I do not feel right when I do not wear a suit when I am at the main Sunday service in the sanctuary at my church, (there is no dress code, or expectations of dress for the service).

Other services I may or may not feel a suit is appropriate, it depends on where the service is, (In the Chapel, our Francis White Room, or the Park) and what group is doing the service and what the service is about.

Does your practice have a dress code?  Do you have one for yourself during services?
How do you feel if you are not dressed, as you think you should be, for your practice, while engaged in it?

 
I wear what is comfortable.
Though, I am in the process of finding clothing I find"special" generally its a long flowy dress. I feel free, and I am able to focus more on the ritual at hand, than how uncomfortable I am.
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Re: Do you dress for your service?
« Reply #11 on: May 20, 2012, 04:40:09 am »
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Does your practice have a dress code?  Do you have one for yourself during services?
How do you feel if you are not dressed, as you think you should be, for your practice, while engaged in it?


  In Lukumi, it is encouraged one wears all white to ceremonies with the head covered; if one is in their initiation year to become a priest or priest in the religion, especially so. With the possible exception of fully initiated priestesses of Chango, women must wear long skirts. Sometimes you will be given one to put on if you come to a ceremony without one.

 I was initially very fussy in white and afraid to get the outfits dirty...now I know I am destined to get them so (LOL). No matter what, something always ends up on them. Often I will change into the whites just before the ceremony and when I take off the clothes I came in I feel I am removing whatever baggage I have brought from the mundane world that could distract me from whatever is to take place. In the whites, I feel calm, cool, collected and in kinship with the others present.

 Sometimes Orisha can mandate you not wear certain colors ever or sometimes even all colors except white ever, in the spiritual and mundane world. Following these restrictions, one would be literally wearing their commitment and love and respect for the Orisha and the religion on their sleeves.

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« Reply #12 on: May 20, 2012, 08:21:47 am »
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I was reading an article about Catholic Nuns not wearing Habits, and got to thinking I do not feel right when I do not wear a suit when I am at the main Sunday service in the sanctuary at my church, (there is no dress code, or expectations of dress for the service).

Other services I may or may not feel a suit is appropriate, it depends on where the service is, (In the Chapel, our Francis White Room, or the Park) and what group is doing the service and what the service is about.

Does your practice have a dress code?  Do you have one for yourself during services?
How do you feel if you are not dressed, as you think you should be, for your practice, while engaged in it?

 
im not a mamber of any sort of group or collective so any ritual i do (if what i do can be called a ritual) is just me and the gods. they know me and so theyl know im not the most formal or tidy of people so i dont pretend to be, ive honoured them straight from work in the fields covered in muck and dust.
i spend a lot of time covered in muck and dust so i guess this is a part of my life and so a part of me aswel, maybe thats why they dont seem to mind too much.
having said that if i ever do go for a group thing and there is a dress code il probably abide by it
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« Reply #13 on: May 20, 2012, 07:09:32 pm »
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Does your practice have a dress code?  Do you have one for yourself during services?
How do you feel if you are not dressed, as you think you should be, for your practice, while engaged in it?


I do and it changes by season by adding a shawl in the winter. The clothes are not exclusively for ritual but mostly. They need to be clean and a first wearing. A few summers back I got a wild hair about making dresses from sheets and I use those mainly. I made them in a kind of mental zone that was peaceful and they lend me a modicum of peace when I wear them. Along with that it is important for me to be clean head to toe. I feel strange when I'm not and cannot proceed. I would say it was a holdover from church days but I never put the same care into that. I think it is has to do with clearing my mind of trifles.

But that's just ritual. For other parts of practice/daily life, I wear what the task at hand calls for.

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« Reply #14 on: May 25, 2012, 12:16:25 pm »
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Does your practice have a dress code?  Do you have one for yourself during services?
How do you feel if you are not dressed, as you think you should be, for your practice, while engaged in it?

 
All of my rituals are at home and alone, so I wear what I am normally wearing.  Unfortunately this means I'm normally in my underwear. :D: Maybe not the most respectful, but I assume they have a sense of humour.

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