Church rules in the Philippines note that women cannot wear sexy and informal items such as shorts, tank tops, cropped tops, and the like (and men sandos, shorts, etc), and while priests and church officials won't really keep you from hearing mass nor will ask you to leave in the middle of the ceremony because, after all, God is welcoming of everyone (I know of some priests, though, who will call the attention of those in inappropriate attire or would not give them Holy Communion), it's still always best to face Him looking your best, or at the very least, presentable.
Nope, we're not telling you to wearing head-to-toe traditional lace, complete with a veil on your head, but we highly encourage proper dressing for church, in the same way we do for every other occasion. And we'll also be the first to tell you that church dressing doesn't have to be boring! How to make it cool and modern exactly? I'll let Mariel Padilla's looks, styled by Myrrh Lao To, do the talking:
1. Conservative silhouettes become a whole lot of fun when you get them in a print, or even better, if you go print-on-print.
2. A solid-colored turtleneck dress is a no-brainer; pick a bright hue to stand out in a sea of neutrals.
3. If you can stand the heat, let your skin breathe by way of a subtly off-shouldered top with long sleeves. Pair with a midi skirt for extra polish.
4. Go for a printed maxi dress if you want maximum coverage.
5. Cinch your waist with a belt so you don't look sloppy.
6. The culottes is the trend du jour big sister of shorts, and look fantastic for Sunday dressing.
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Photographs from Instagram.com/myrrhlaoto