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Frequently Asked Questions 

  • How many outfits should I bring?

    Follow the suggestions found in the “Items Specific to Your Mission" section of your call packet. A good guideline is to bring enough clothing to last one week. Be aware of the luggage restrictions for your mission.

  • What does it mean to be “faddish”?

    “Faddish” refers to extreme trends and fashions that draw attention, appear unprofessional, and distract from your message. You should strive to look your best. Wear current styles that are age appropriate; however, avoid faddish styles.

  • What is too tight?

    Tight clothing is formfitting and draws attention to specific parts of the body. Your clothes should fit well but still maintain adequate looseness. If you wear clothing with a stretch type of fabric, be sure to maintain a modest, professional appearance.

  • What is tailored, professional clothing?

    Tailored clothing fits well without being too tight or too loose and has finished edges. Professional clothing is modest and current in style.

  • What can I wear on preparation day?

    On preparation day, wear missionary attire in public. However, if necessary for a specific activity, you may wear more casual clothing. Be sure to maintain a high standard of modesty in all activities—especially during activities that require you to stoop down or bend over—by avoiding low-rise jeans and shirts with revealing necklines. See the “Items Specific to Your Mission" section of your call packet for more information on what to bring for preparation day. See examples.

  • What are the guidelines for dress slacks?

    Be sure to choose dress slacks that are modest and look professional. Do not wear dress slacks that are too tight, that are cropped above the ankle, or that touch the floor. Dress slacks should fit well (not be too tight or too loose), and be in solid, conservative colors. They should not be transparent, revealing, casual, wrinkled, sloppy, or faddish. Do not wear jumpsuits, baggy slacks, or skinny style slacks. See examples of dress slacks.

  • What is appropriate skirt length?

    Skirts should fully cover the entire knee (front and back) when you are standing or sitting. Slits should not be above the knee when standing or sitting. See examples.

  • What are the guidelines for ankle-length skirts?

    Choose skirts that are modest and look professional. Skirts should not be too tight, transparent, revealing, casual, wrinkled, sloppy, or faddish. Do not wear floor-length skirts. See examples of ankle-length skirts.

  • Do shirts have to be tucked in?

    Shirts and blouses do not have to be tucked in; however, if leaving shirts untucked, ensure that the shirt presents a tailored, professional appearance. Avoid a casual, wrinkled, or sloppy look.

  • Can I wear a shirt with a cap sleeve?

    Sleeves should fully cover the shoulder and the upper portion of the arm, including the underarm, to cover the garment. Generally, a cap sleeve is a very short sleeve that does not fully cover the shoulder. Shirts with cap sleeves should not be worn alone, but may be worn under blouses or tops to increase modesty.

  • Is layering shirts appropriate?

    You may layer shirts under blouses and tops to increase modesty; however, undershirts should not be noticeably longer than the top layer. Avoid sloppy, tight, or casual styles.

  • When do I wear nylons or tights?

    You are not required to wear nylons or tights; however, you may wear them, especially in colder weather. Your nylons and tights should not attract attention. Choose nylons, no-show socks (for dress shoes), and tights in conservative, neutral colors. Avoid bright, colorful nylons or tights. Patterned nylons or tights should be subtle and simple in design and should not be made of any kind of mesh, fishnet, or lace material. If you wear knee-highs, make sure the tops do not show, even when sitting. Bobby socks are not professional or appropriate.

  • Can I wear leggings?

    In colder climates, you may wear dark, conservative-colored leggings; however, they should only be worn under longer skirts to increase warmth. Wear boots or similarly colored nylons to avoid showing the bottom of the legging.

  • Can I wear open-toed shoes and sandals?

    For safety purposes, it is suggested that your footwear have a closed toe and closed heel. However, this may vary according to your mission climate and individual health conditions. See the “Items Specific to Your Mission" section of your call packet.

  • What is an appropriate hair length?

    There is no specified appropriate hair length. The length of your hair should be easy to manage and should not distract from the message. See examples.

  • What are the guidelines for hair accessories?

    If you wear hair accessories, including headbands, choose styles that are simple. Avoid large hair accessories that draw attention and distract from your message. See examples.

  • Can I color my hair?

    The color of your hair should look natural and conservative. If you decide to color your hair, consider time, frequency, and cost.

  • Can I wear nail polish?

    Nail polish should be subtle in color and style and should not draw attention.

  • Can I wear perfume or scented lotion?

    If you choose to wear perfume or scented lotion, make sure it is not distracting or overpowering.

  • What are the guidelines for jewelry?

    For safety and security reasons, jewelry and all other accessories should be simple and professional. Earrings should not hang longer than approximately one inch below the earlobe. Do not wear more than one earring in each ear. Necklaces and rings should also be simple and conservative. See examples.

  • 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 appropriate 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.

  • What are the guidelines for belts?

    Belts may be worn with outfits for function or style. Choose belts that are simple and conservative in color and design.