A lot of us are familiar with the Mormon garment bags that often hang from the ceiling of temples or church halls.
Many of us have heard the story of a woman who went to the temple with her family and her husband was not able to get the proper clothing because he was wearing a long, loose shirt.
So she brought in a few dresses and the church put the dresses on her and her family.
That’s what Mormons call garments against women.
But there are others.
You might also have heard of the Mormon dress codes.
They include: – no wearing of high heels – no short skirts – no pants or shorts – no leggings or underwear – no earrings or earrings with beads – no jewelry that is not silver or gold – no necklaces or necklifts – no scarves – no hats and no neckerchiefs – no shirts with no sleeves, no neckwear or necklines, no sleeves with a belt loop or buckle, no shirts that are not of the same size as a blouse, no shorts with no belt loops or belts, no pants that are too short, and no swimwear that is too tight.
Some Mormon temples even require women to wear underwear, with a dress code that says: – No underwear in the Temple, or in any part of the Temple except the Temple’s washrooms.
– All clothing worn in the Church washrooms must be of sufficient size to cover the entire body.
– No clothes must be worn in church washrooms, except underwear.
– Underwear is not permitted in the temple bathrooms.
– Clothing that is of insufficient size or too short is not allowed to be worn by men.
– When men and women are in the same room, they must cover each other’s bodies, but they can do so only in the privacy of their own rooms.
There is no way to force women to do anything, even the most basic thing: wear clothes that are big enough to cover their bodies, such as a skirt.
But Mormon men do have the option of wearing a skirt, as do women in other faiths.
But the LDS Church says it’s OK to wear a skirt even if it’s just a long-sleeved, knee-length, high-waisted shirt, even if you’re wearing it in public.
The church says if you want to wear that skirt, you should wear it at church, and you should let your husband know about it.
But some people are uncomfortable with the dress code.
“It’s like having to wear black socks with a pair of white sneakers,” said Elizabeth Wojcicki, who was raised Mormon and is now a practicing Mormon.
She said that’s just the way Mormon culture works.
“That is the way the world is.
That is how we live, that is how I’ve been taught my whole life,” she said.
But it’s not just about clothing.
Some Mormons believe that Mormon men can’t get the fullness of the gospel without being able to “dress up.”
The church has issued guidelines for how Mormon men should dress, and women can apply for the garments that they want to get them.
There are dress codes for men and for women, but there are also “dress codes for boys,” and there are dress standards for girls.
Some clothing items, such tote bags, may be required for men.
If a Mormon man is wearing one, he can’t wear pants or a short skirt.
And if he is wearing a pants or short skirt, he must cover his legs.
A dress code doesn’t say whether or not that’s OK.
If you want a skirt or long-soled shoes, you can get one.
If your dress code says you can’t, then you’re not allowed.
But if your dress is not a dress, you have a choice: you can wear them, or you can go to the men’s washroom and get them for you.
“If you are in a situation where you feel like you’re being excluded or if you feel that you are not being taken seriously, you will get in touch with the women’s wash room supervisor,” said Emily White, the temple’s general manager.
Women who are in church-sanctioned clothing are allowed to go into the women and family services washroom, and they may choose to wear the clothes they’re in.
But, she said, they cannot be worn if they are: – A little too long; – Long enough; – Bagged too loosely; – Too revealing; – Tightly knotted; – Lined too loosely around the ankles; – Loosely tucked; – Faux fur; – Short; – Widely patterned; – Oversized; – Sleeves too short; – Tied; – Ragged; – Buttoned; or – Tucked.
The garments are checked, and if they’re not clean, they can be thrown away