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Getting Back to Our Sunday Best

April 4, 2015

It’s only fitting that we should talk about “your Sunday best” with it being the day before Easter. If you grew up in church, you probably remember the exciting (or agonizing- depending on your interest in clothing) hunt for the perfect Easter outfit. As I remember it, there were lots of pastel colors and white, not to mention a healthy amount of bows, ribbons, and general poofiness.

To this day I still like to dress up for Easter. Although I don’t overdose on bows anymore, I do still like to wear white and, of course, a hat. Hats are one of my favorite aspects of Southern dressing and I wear them whenever possible and especially to church. This year I’m going to soften the girliness of this grown up tutu skirt with a men’s chambray shirt and fitted blazer. I’ll also probably wear a pearl necklace of some sort.


Blazer- Gap, Shirt- Men’s J.Crew, Skirt- Buchanan (see link above), Heels- TJMaxx, Hat- I’ve literally had this for so long, I don’t even remember where it came from.


Sadly, wearing our Sunday best is becoming a thing of the past; something reserved for major holidays. Remember the time everyone dressed up for church every Sunday? I’m sure there were mixed motives for always looking your best in church (like wanting to just show off), but what it ultimately started with and comes down to is showing respect (in this case, to God). That’s how things work right? You take the extra effort and resources to look your best as a way of showing respect to someone or something else. Think about why you dress up to funerals, weddings, and when you meet important people.

The rise of the non-traditional church* and the general decline of formality in our culture have helped us forget that there is a strong psychological link between how we present ourselves and our thoughts and actions. When you dress up for a certain occasion, you spend more time and effort than usual to prepare yourselves for a certain encounter. That effects you’re your attitude as you go towards that encounter. We wouldn’t show up to a wedding in sweatpants and t-shirt, so why would you show up to see God looking less than your best?

Now, I know what you’re thinking. “God will still love me whether I dress up or not”. True. He’ll also still love you if you decide to kill someone, slander his name, and then start a church of Satan. Here’s the cool thing about God: he didn’t have to do anything that he did for us. That’s why the death of Jesus was such a big deal, because God could have easily have said, “let them deal with their own evil, I’m not helping them get out of their mess.” But, he didn’t…and that’s how we know he really loves us. We don’t have to look nice for church, but we do anyhow, because we want to show respect and love to the one that loves us.

Happy Easter Everyone!!


*Many non-traditional church’s boast a ‘come as you are’ wardrobe expectation that I have mixed feelings about. On one hand it is truly fabulous, because it has led people to God that wouldn’t have been otherwise. Nobody should be judged for what they wear to church. This isn’t about you and everyone else in the church…it’s about you and God. While it’s nice that people can feel comfortable wearing their jeans and sweatpants to church, I can’t help but feel that they lose the psychological side effect of respect that dressing a certain way provides. The solution? Wear something a step up from your usual. If you wear sweatpants all the time, maybe upgrade to jeans. If you are a jeans and t-shirt kind of person, maybe try on a blazer or a button down shirt with your jeans. You don’t have to go all out or compromise who you are; upgrading your look even just slightly will still send the message, ‘you are the God of the universe and I respect that” and it will still cause a positive effect on your attitude and mindset.

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