How to dress for a baby christening

Written by jody morse
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A baby christening is a very special occasion. As with every other type of religious ceremony, it is important to make sure that one dresses properly when attending a baby christening. These tips will help you learn how to dress for the joyous event.

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    Look on the invitation to see if it says anything about attire. Sometimes the couple will provide information the same way that they would with a wedding invitation. Some of the different options will include casual, semi-formal, formal and white tie. Before you try to dress yourself it is important to at least check your invitation for this information.

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    Choose a dress or skirt and blouse if you are a woman. It is also acceptable to wear a pants suit when attending a christening. The most important thing that a woman should know is that she should avoid wearing jeans and a T-shirt for this type of religious ceremony. Try to wear the same type of attire that you would normally wear to a baby shower or bridal shower.

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    Make sure that you wear khakis and a button down shirt or a suit if you are a man. The most appropriate choice will really depend on what type of attire you will be required to wear. Men should also avoid wearing jeans and just a plain white T-shirt because this is not formal enough for just about any christening that you could possibly attend.

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    Select clothing that is appropriate for a church environment. Remember that you are going to be in church, so it is important to make sure that you do not wear anything too risky. Women should wear a blouse or dress that does not reveal any cleavage. Skirts and dresses should be knee length or longer. Men should try to avoid wearing shorts and should wear at least a T-shirt.

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    Wear clothing that is almost any other colour besides black. Remember that you are not attending a funeral, so there is no reason for you to dress gloomy. A christening is a very joyous occasion. Light or neutral colours are the best options for this type of event. It is acceptable to wear clothing that has a black design such as flowers on a sun dress. Other dark colours such as brown or navy blue, are a better choice than black.

Tips and warnings

  • When in doubt, ask the parents of the baby what you can or cannot wear.
  • Avoid wearing flip-flops to a christening.
  • Try not to take attention away from the ceremony by dressing too brightly.
  • Sundresses should not be worn to a christening in winter.
  • Don’t be surprised if other people wear clothing that is not appropriate. People who have never been to a christening may not know how to dress for the occasion.

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