What Is the Apostolic Dress Code?

All members of the Apostolic Church must adhere to the modest dress policy. Women are not allowed to wear pants, and the hemlines of skirts and dresses must be below the knee. They must refrain from getting their hair trimmed, wearing jewellery besides their wedding bands, and wearing cosmetics.

Face hair is not permitted, and a man’s hair must be kept short. The only jewellery allowed is watches and wedding bands, and full-length jeans are needed.

Apostolic dress regulations, which are frequently found in the Apostolic branch of the Pentecostal church movement, are meant to encourage modesty. All parts of the body that are not necessary for daily functioning are to be covered with modest clothing, according to the Apostolic interpretation of the Bible, in order to fend off carnal thoughts.

People who attend church, both men and women, are frequently asked to wear attire that covers their elbows and ankles. Anything that reveals a woman’s body’s lines, such as tight attire, low necklines, and sleeveless blouses, is prohibited.

Apostolic religions hold that by enforcing a stringent dress code, one can preserve one’s emotional and physical modesty. The modesty of the dress code is to be extended to their conduct, speech, body language, and physical gestures. They are also instructed not to engage in lustful activities like dancing or swimming with people they don’t know.

Misha Khatri
Misha Khatri is an emeritus professor in the University of Notre Dame's Department of Chemistry and Biochemistry. He graduated from Northern Illinois University with a BSc in Chemistry and Mathematics and a PhD in Physical Analytical Chemistry from the University of Utah.

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