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Dress & Modesty

The Maiden of Light Orthodox Temple maintains a dress code that members should consider in their daily dress. It pays to dress respectably. You never know when you are going to meet that special person or business acquaintence. If you are always dressed respectably you will always make a good impression. It is a sign of respect to have good dress and hygiene. Use common sense when dressing and always try to look good.

It should also be remembered that while members of the Temple should try to look their finest, dress is only costume. It is more important to look within the person.

Fabrics: Do not purchase linen and linen blends (especially linen/cotton or linen/wool blends) as they hold dampness, are prone to wrinkling, and do not meet standards. The mixture of linen and wool is forbidden.

Cotton, silk, 100% unblended wool, and most synthetics are acceptable.

Men

At work men should dress appropriately for the job. It always pays to be well dressed at work. When appropriate business suits of black, navy, and grey are acceptable. Button down collared shirts, ties, and slacks, with polished shoes are appropriate.

Men who are not expected to wear business suits to work should dress appropriate for your job and dress well that you will make a good impression. Always be clean, well-groomed, and polite. Dressing nicely may help get you the promotion.

In public men should dress modestly in color and style. Dressing in respectable business attire with button down shirt, slacks, shoes, and when appropriate a blazer or business suit is expected of men. Men should cover their arms, feet, chest, and shoulders when in public. In warm weather short sleeve shirts may be worn. Men should not wear sandals in daily public life.

Casual wear when relaxing at home or working in the yard. At home you may dress casually and comfortably as you desire as long as you respect modesty and others in the home.

Sports attire when exercising. Wear exercise sports wear when exercising or partaking in sports. You should dress as is appropriate for the sport or type of exercise. Respect modesty and use common sense. In public gyms wear clean sneakers, socks, proper sports attire, and please bring a towel to clean your equipment.

Many clubs, schools, businesses, and food stores have dress codes. Please remember that in country clubs, food stores, schools, businesses, and similar places blue jeans and exercise attire may not be accepted.

Please remember do not wear linen or linen blends. Linen and wool mixtures are forbidden.

Women

Dress should be modest and natural. Married women are expected to dress modestly respecting her husband and family.

Unmarried women have more leeway but are still expected to dress with modesty and adhere to Temple standards.

Respect for modesty includes the public covering of arms, chest, and feet, and not wearing anything ostentatious. In hot weather short sleeve shirts may be worn.

Women should wear long dresses. Colors should be modest and natural. Dresses may be loose and flowing as long as they are long dresses that cover the legs. Suits may be worn for employment and work settings. Suits with jacket and long dress are preferred.

Casual and sports attire. Women should follow standards as is appropriate for womens dress. Casual dresses may be worn. Proper exercise clothing must be worn in gyms. See casual and sports attire above and apply to women's dress.

Cultural dress may be worn and all are encouraged to respect and dress in a culturally appropriate manner.

Many clubs, schools, businesses, and food stores have dress codes. Please remember that in country clubs, food stores, schools, businesses, and similar places blue jeans and exercise attire may not be accepted.

Please remember do not wear linen or linen blends. Linen and wool mixtures are frobidden.

Hair

Unmarried women should wear their hair long and natural. Hair should be styled appropriate for the circumstance. Head scarves, tischel, or hijab may be worn in public. Our Temple does not require the covering of all hair, however some religions do. Any style of head scarf may be worn as is appropriate. The woman may wear her hair as she likes at home.

Married Women should wear their hair in a natural manner. Married women may cut their hair if desired. Head scarves may be worn in public by married women. Married women may choose to wear wigs in public.

Girls should always wear their hair natural and may wear braids and pig tails.

Hair color should be natural and safety should always be considered in choosing hair coloration.

Working women should wear their hair accordingly for work and also to respect the modesty of our Temple beliefs. Scarves or wigs may be worn to work to cover hair. Modesty should be considered in the workplace.

Jewelry

Women are encouraged to wear jewelry to adorn their beauty. Men are encouraged to give gifts of gold and silver to women for reasons of dress and financial security. Jewelry should look appropriate and not be ostentatious. Jewelry should look natural and modest and should be worn for reason of religous belief and adornment. Married women should wear wedding rings. Married men may wear wedding bands.

Gifts to Women

Practicality should be considered in the giving of gifts to women. Gifts of food, cash, silver, and gold are practical as they help to feed and adorn the woman and offer financial security.



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