Clothing worn during religious services
In some Christian communities, the term "Sunday best" refers to the tradition of saving one's finest clothing for Sunday services. In some communities, churches served as the main social center for local residents. As such, dressing in fine clothing for religious services was often dictated by a need to project status and influence among peers. Many modern Christians reject this practice and instead encourage modest, respectful dress not only for Sunday worship, but in everyday life.
Some Christian holy days incorporate traditional clothing, such as the Easter bonnet. Christians' clothing has, however, evolved over time.
In recent decades, some churches have encouraged a more informal dress code. Among the first to adopt this policy were the Calvary Chapel associated churches. Many clergy members, especially those in denominations and religious groups formed in the 20th century, have abandoned the traditional robes and vestments in favor of business casual clothing. This change was made to close the perceived gap between the clergy and laypersons. Some even wear jeans and other everyday casual wear if the members have chosen to dress casual as well. Though a small minority, Christian naturists take this one step further, and wear no clothing at all, which they see as "God's design".
Some Christian traditions encourage or require adherents to don clothing of religious significance during church services, such as a headcovering. Headcoverings are often required of women attending services in many modern Anabaptist sects and some Eastern Orthodox communities. Some Catholic and non-denominational Christian women also choose to cover their heads for worship, a practice enjoined by Paul in the Bible (1 Corinthians 11).
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