What to wear to a baby's christening in a catholic church

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What to wear to a baby's christening in a catholic church
Dressing nice for a christening can be comfortable too. (mother with baby in church image by Pavel Losevsky from Fotolia.com)

Dressing appropriately for church is very important because you don't want to offend anyone. For a special occasion like a christening, you especially want to look nice. You can still be comfortable, but wearing something a little more dressy than casual attire is best. Nowadays, a more relaxed look is accepted in church, but you want to make sure you don't cross any lines.

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You are always safe wearing a simple dress but just make sure it is not too short. Try not to show too much skin by wearing something that hits the knee. Also, consider that you will be seated for most of the ceremony and your dress may ride up when you sit.

Wearing a pair of dress trousers with a nice blouse works, too. If you choose to wear jeans, make sure they are in good condition and aren't baggy. This may look messy and could be disrespectful so ask to see if jeans are a bit too casual for the occasion before you wear them.


A suit is an appropriate outfit to wear. You can also choose a pair of nice slacks or dress trousers with a dress shirt. Adding a blazer or a nice jacket will complete the outfit. If you feel jeans will be accepted, make sure they are in good condition and don't have any stains or rips. Ironing them can make them look nicer as well.


A nice pair of dress shoes or heels should be fine. In the warmer months, a sandal can work but stay away from flip flops. They are a bit too casual for church.

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