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Sep14
Dress For Success, Sure, But Dress For Funerals, Too

People where I live don't dress up for funerals. Is this true everywhere? Jeans and shorts and flip flops don't really seem like proper attire for a funeral. "Sorry you're dead, dad, but not sorry enough to bother cleaning up and changing clothes before coming down for the ceremony. Got a big miniature golf match right after, and we don't want to be late."

I'm only 50, but I remember people dressing up to eat out, dressing up to fly, dressing up for work. Now they don’t even dress up at the bank. You don’t know if the guy there is really a banker or a guy who mows lawns.

Is it too much to expect that some things – especially funerals – should be held in enough respect that we dress up? If any of you show up at my funeral, 50 years from now, by golly you better have a tie on.

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Amen! I'm "only" in my 40's and can't get over how casual attire is at the bank. I'm trusting these people to handle my money?? We've drawn a personal line in our family: no denim in church. It just isn't respectful. Clothes do convey a message about the wearer whether we like it or not. Appreciate your post.

No denim in church. Excellent idea, but it seems so obvious that it is just wrong. The thing that bothers me most, though, is wearing shower shoes - flip flops - as dress shoes anywhere, but church especially.

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I really don't think there should be a dress code for church. As long as it's decent, denim or whatever should be just fine

Ah, now we're into standards of decency - how much leg do you show at church, how much back, how much cleavage - and my standards will be different from many people's. I don't want to see knees at church, and I'm not too wild about elbows. But that applies to most places for me, not just church. Personally, I prefer to dress differently for church than I would for, say, a trip to the mall or to paint the house.

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