How Do I Dress for a Christening or Baptism
If you have been invited to a christening or baptism, you are surely wondering what kind of outfit is appropriate for the occasion. Is there a dress code? Should you wear office clothes? As a general rule, you should always dress in clothes that you feel comfortable in and that are true to your style.
When attending a religious event such as a christening, however, you must keep in mind a few tips to avoid dressing inappropriately during the celebration. In this oneHOWTO article we'll answer the common question: How do I dress for a christening or baptism? Stay with us and keep reading!
When is the christening?
Before you go out looking for the right outfit for the baptism, remember that this type of ceremony can be held at any time of year.
Spring is the most popular season for baptisms, meaning that the weather can vary quite a bit. You may be lucky and have sunshine and pleasant temperatures, but you must be prepared to deal with rain or cold. When considering what to wear for a baptism, choose a layered outfit that you can wear in any weather. Ideally, you should wear a thin jacket and closed shoes in case the day turns out to be a cool one.
If the event is held in the summer, avoid wearing very short skirts, dresses or shorts, as well as revealing necklines or sleeveless shirts. A christening is a religious ceremony, and modesty to an extent is expected of all guests and participants regardless of their gender: when in doubt, dress conservatively.
No matter the season, baptisms are day events and are usually celebrated in the morning. Therefor, discard evening suits and gowns; light-colored, subtle clothes will be better.
Learn how to dress your baby for a baptism to make sure everybody looks fantastic for this memorable day!
What should you NOT wear to a baptism?
Dressing for a christening should not be the same as dressing for a wedding. In most cases, a baptism is a semi formal event, normally celebrated during the day (although some christenings are held in the evening). This means that you have to be elegant without going over the top.
Women must avoid long, fancy evening or night dresses and dark or very saturated colors. Because it is a church event, very short hemlines and low necklines should not be worn to a baptism. The same applies to anything loud: neon colors, very high heels, rhinestones and sparkles will be frowned upon.
Do not use a large amount of accessories in a baptism: you can wear delicate and subtle necklaces and bracelets to accent your outfit and add a sophisticated touch. On the other hand, sumptuous hairpieces or sun hats should be avoided, as you'll be taking the spotlight away from the baby and their parents.
The rules for men are not as obvious; you do not have to wear a suit unless you feel comfortable in one, and you should not wear very formal suits or in very loud or inappropriate colors. Gold embroidery is fine for the Oscars, but not for your nephew's baptism.
As a general rule, it is not appropriate to wear jeans to a christening. However, all events are different and if the baby's parents do not want to enforce a semi-formal code you can get away with dark, elegant jeans. Here you can learn more about how to combine colors in menswear.
What should you wear to a baptism? Womenswear tips
In the case of womenswear, you cannot go wrong with a knee-length or midi dress or skirt with a blouse, a sophisticated long jumpsuit, or a chiffon or silk shirt with palazzo or Capri pants. If you wear a sleeveless top you should bring a scarf or thin jacket to cover your shoulders inside the church.
Since a baptism is a celebration of new life, the most common colors are light, pastel shades such as butter yellow, beige, powder blue, pink or mint green. You can wear white to a baptism if you want to. If you are the godmother, here you will find specific tips.
What should you wear to a baptism? Menswear tips
As for menswear, there are more outfits for a christening beyond the classic suit. The safest outfit choice for a baptism is a well-cut shirt, a blazer in any color, and dress pants. Chinos are also appropriate.
Avoid black or dark gray, and choose your favorite medium or light shade instead. For a baby's baptism, we recommend light gray, blue or beige, and non-neutral shades like burgundy or green. If you wear a very formal or neutral suit, you can liven it up with a colorful, more cheerful tie, or even a pair of cool socks.
Here you can learn what color shoes to wear with suits. Although there are luxury high-top sneakers you could consider if you know the baby's parents' style and preferences, they may still be a risky choice. To play it safe, wear dress shoes.
If you still have doubts about the dress code for the baptism, get in touch with the parents or other guests and ask what they are going to wear.
Hair and makeup tips for a baptism
Unlike in weddings or cocktail parties, long hair is not usually worn in a formal updo. Instead, consider curling your hair, or sweeping it to the side and wearing it loose. Hair ornaments, colorful scarves, half updos or loose, bohemian braids are also a great choice for a baptism.
If you wear a beard or a mustache, groom it well for the day of the baptism. Long, thick beards are fashionable now, but that is no excuse to look unkempt. Here you can learn how to sharpen your beard and how to maintain a long beard for more tips.
As for makeup, we recommend going for a natural, elegant look. Choose nude or pastel shades, and add luminosity to your skin with highlighter. Of course, makeup is not mandatory. If you are not used to going without makeup but you want to try it out, take a look at our article on how to look good without makeup - hydration is key!
So, how do I dress for a christening or baptism? Do you have any tips? Share them in the comments section!
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- Another aspect to consider is the relationship that links you to the baby.