Tips for buying the right missionary clothing
Wondering where to get Mormon temple clothes to match your new calling? As an ambassador of the Lord, you are to wear professional, conservative clothing that is consistent with your sacred calling. Appropriate dress and grooming will help you earn respect and trust. Your appearance is often the first message others receive, and it should support what you say. Always strive to present a professional, dignified, clean, and well-groomed appearance. Never allow your appearance or your behavior to draw attention away from your message or your calling.
Wondering how to choose the right outfit for your calling? Weâre here to help! Follow these simple steps to make this process both easy and inexpensive.
Not only do we encourage this low-cost, often-free step, but so should every wardrobe professional. Fitting into something is not the same as it fitting you. When picking mormon temple clothes, if fabric is worn tight in areas, friction, a suit's main enemy, will prematurely wear it out. And wearing a suit that is too baggy looks untidy and unprofessional.
- Get it fitted
Wool, or at least a high-percentage combination of the sheep-sheered fiber that is so perfectly suited to practically every climate on the planet, is the clear preference (believe it or not, even hot, humid, equatorial areas).
Wool absorbs approximately 30% of its own weight in moisture, keeping winter wearers warm and summer suitors happy. It's warm because it insulates, and it's cooler when weaved to breathe in tropical or worsted designs. They also do not wrinkle. Attempt a dark wool suit for cooler missions, and a lighter weave for missions in hotter areas
Some missions, particularly those in Europe may discourage wearing cuffs. Itâs important to pay careful attention to your specific mission field and the cultural instructions.
- Suit style
Long- or short-sleeve plain colors, or a rugged oxford weave â these are all great options. However, the most important aspect is keeping a dress shirt brilliant white and wrinkle free. All-cotton will allow more wrinkles and will be more vulnerable to discoloring. Button-down collars are usually not as professional or fashionable as pointed collars, but this style is still acceptable and widely purchased for missions.
The Missionary Department says, "Ties should be conservative in color, pattern, width and length. They should not contain pictures or caricatures." Opt for ties that are classy and that donât make a statement.
Dress shoes should fit well and be comfortable, breathable, and durable. Choose polishable shoes in conservative colors. Do not wear casual or trendy shoes or shoes made of suede, canvas, or other soft materials. Certain missions recommend closed-toe and closed-heel sandals for tropical climates, or rain boots or winter boots for wet and cold climates.
You should strive to look your best. Be neat and clean. Keep your clothes clean, mended, and pressed. Do not wear clothing that is casual, wrinkled, or sloppy. Bathe, shave, and brush your teeth each day. Use deodorant, and wash your hair frequently. If you choose to wear cologne or aftershave, make sure it is not distracting or overpowering.
In general, your missionary clothing will consist of business-style suits, white dress shirts, ties, slacks, shoes, socks, and belts. Depending on the climate of your mission, boots, overcoats, sweaters, and suit vests may also be included. You are not required to wear a suit during regular everyday missionary activities. On these occasions, wear a white shirt, tie, durable and comfortable dress shoes, and professional dress slacks that hold a crease.