Because of budget and luggage restrictions and limited closet space, you should plan and purchase your clothing carefully. Outfits should consist of professional suits, skirts, dress slacks, blouses, jackets, sweaters, and dresses. Clothing should be attractive, colorful, tailored to fit well, and conservative in style. Choose colors and patterns that you can mix and match with a variety of outfits. See examples of suits, jackets, and dresses.
Blouses and Tops
If you wear your shirt untucked, ensure that the bottom of the shirt presents a tailored, professional appearance. 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. Do not wear T-shirts, sweatshirts, golf-style shirts, casual shirts, or shirts with low necklines. Sleeves should fully cover the shoulder and the upper portion of the arm, including the underarm, to cover the garment. Shirts with cap sleeves should not be worn alone, but they may be worn under blouses or tops to increase modesty. See examples of blouses and tops.
Skirts and Dress Slacks
You may choose to wear dress slacks during regular missionary activities, including during normal training activities at missionary training centers. However, you should wear dresses or skirts when attending the temple and during Sunday worship services, leadership and zone conferences, baptismal services, and missionary training center devotionals. When attending Sunday worship services, leadership and zone conferences, and baptismal services in the mission field, you may wear dress slacks to the meeting location and change into dresses or skirts before the meeting begins.
In areas where for cultural reasons it is not acceptable for women (including sister missionaries) to wear dress slacks, you may choose to wear ankle-length skirts for additional protection from extreme weather and insect-borne diseases such as Zika, dengue fever, West Nile virus, Lyme disease, and malaria.
With the increasing prevalence of serious insect-borne diseases in certain areas of the world, you are encouraged, during seasons when the risk is high for insect bites, to apply insect repellant containing DEET to exposed skin and to apply insecticides to the outside surfaces of outer clothing to help prevent insect-borne diseases.
Skirts and dresses 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. Dress slacks and ankle-length skirts should have a modest and professional appearance. Do not wear dress slacks that are too tight, that are cropped above the ankle, or that touch the floor. They should fit well (not too tight or too loose) and be in solid, conservative colors. Dress slacks and skirts should not be transparent, revealing, casual, wrinkled, sloppy, or faddish. Do not wear floor-length skirts, pantsuits, or baggy or skinny-style slacks.
See examples of appropriate skirts and dress slacks.
To provide additional protection from the elements in certain climates and conditions, you may wear gloves, scarves, and hats as needed. As with other accessories, these should be simple and conservative, without logos, words, or pictures. Coats, hats, gloves, and scarves should fit well, look professional, and be appropriate for the climate and condition of your mission.
For cold weather, fleece or knit hats are generally acceptable. For sunny conditions, wide-brimmed hats may also be worn. In addition to sunscreen, and when necessary, choose wide-brimmed hats with at least a three-inch surrounding brim to help provide additional protection from the harmful effects of the sun.
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 or gloves indoors.
For additional information on which hats are appropriate for your mission, see the “Items Specific to Your Mission” section in your call packet. See examples of hats.
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.