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Frequently Asked Questions 


  • What hairstyles are unacceptable for missionaries?

    Unacceptable hairstyles include faux hawks, crew cuts, mullets, and styles that are spikey, messy, or permed. Always maintain a conservative hairstyle. Do not bleach or dye your hair. The style, color, and length of your hair should not distract others from your message. See examples of appropriate hairstyles.

  • What are the guidelines for sideburns?

    Sideburns should reach no lower than the middle of the ear. See examples of appropriate sideburns.

  • What is the difference between "Regular Missionary Attire" and "Sunday-Best attire"?

    During regular everyday missionary activities, you are not required to wear a suit coat over your white shirt and tie. On these occasions, wear dress slacks that look professional and hold a crease. 

    When attending activities such as Sunday meetings, zone conferences, interviews, baptismal services, and some teaching appointments, you should wear your "Sunday-best" clothes such as your best suit, shirt, tie, and shoes.

  • What clothing should I wear on preparation day?

    On preparation day you should wear regular missionary clothing in public. However, if necessary for a specific activity, you may wear more casual clothing. See examples.

  • What style shirt can I wear for service and exercise activities?

    You may bring a few T-shirts for service and exercise activities; however, do not wear clothing with slogans or logos that are not consistent with your calling as a missionary. See examples.

  • What are the guidelines for ties?

    Ties should be simple in color and design and professional in style. Ties should not contain pictures or caricatures. String, bow, skinny, or wide ties are not acceptable. Do not, for any reason, wear ties that draw attention, appear unprofessional, and distract others from your message. See examples of appropriate ties.

  • Can I wear a tie pin?

    Yes. You may wear a simple tie pin or bar. However, tie pins or bars should be conservative in width and length and should not contain pictures or characters. See examples.

  • What are the guidelines for belt buckles?

    Belts should be simple and should match the color of your shoes. Do not wear large belt buckles or buckles with logos or caricatures.

  • When am I required to wear a suit coat?

    You are not required to wear a suit coat over your white shirt and tie during regular everyday missionary activities. However, your mission president is authorized to determine appropriate missionary attire for each climate and season and can help you identify occasions requiring regular missionary attire and occasions requiring "Sunday-best" attire.

  • How can I stay warm and dry during regular missionary activities?

    To stay dry and warm during regular missionary activities, you may add any of the following layers over your white shirt and tie:

    • Sweater
    • Suit coat
    • Rainwear
    • Winter coat

    Be sure to wear your nametag on the outside layer of clothing so that others may clearly identify you as a missionary.

  • How can I stay warm and dry in my "Sunday-best" attire?

    To stay dry and warm during activities that require you to dress your best and wear your suit coat, you may add layers as needed:

    First, layer a suit vest or sweater under your suit coat. (Suit vests may not be worn alone, but only under your suit coat.)

    Second, if you are still not warm enough with a sweater or vest, you may add another layer over your suit coat such as an overcoat or raincoat. 

    Be sure to wear your nametag on the outermost layer of clothing so that others may clearly identify you as a missionary.

  • What types of sweaters are appropriate?

    Sweaters should be in solid, conservative colors and be business professional in appearance. See examples.

  • Can I wear a hoodie or sweatshirt for regular missionary activities?

    Do not wear hoodies, sweatshirts, or other casual sweaters during everyday missionary activities.

  • What fabrics are best for warm and cold climates?

    Shirts made with a polyester-cotton blend will help wick away moisture from your skin and keep you dry in hotter climates and warm in cooler climates.

    Suits made with wool or a polyester-wool blend are more breathable in hotter climates and provide insulation in cooler climates.

    Overcoats and jackets made with a breathable, waterproof material will help keep you drier and warmer in wet weather.

  • May I wear a hat to provide additional protection from the sun?

    In addition to sunscreen, you may wear conservative, wide-brimmed hats to help protect you from the sun. A hat with at least a three-inch surrounding brim usually offers necessary protection to your face and neck. Avoid bright-colored hats or hats that are too casual or that may distract from your message. Baseball, cowboy, bucket, newsboy, and fedora hats are not acceptable. Do not wear hats indoors. See examples of hats.

  • What are the guidelines for wearing sunglasses?

    You may wear sunglasses to protect your eyes from overexposure to the sun. Sunglasses must look professional and not draw undue attention. Do not wear sunglasses with bright-colored rims or mirrored lenses. Unless there is a medical need for keeping them on, remove your sunglasses when you speak with others or when you are indoors. See examples of sunglasses.

  • Am I allowed to wear jewelry or watches?

    For safety and security reasons, accessories should be simple and conservative and should not distract others from your message. You may wear one simple ring and an inexpensive, conservative-style watch. Do not wear lapel pins, necklaces, or any kind of bracelet (except those with a medical purpose). Tattoos, nose rings, other body piercings, or toe rings are not acceptable.

  • Are backpacks allowed?

    Backpacks are not allowed. If you need to carry additional items, you are encouraged to choose shoulder bags that are durable, professional, and business-like. See examples.