Wondering what to wear to church as teenage girls? You’ve come to the right place!
As the saying goes “The church is a hospital for sinners, not a museum for saints”. To show your respect and humbleness in attending the Sunday mass, dressing neat and modest is key.
So ladies, wear your low-cut top and mini skirt the other day as it just doesn’t feel right and appropriate for the occasion.
But does that mean going to church as a teenage girl has to give up on style? Well, not at all! If you did it right, you can look effortlessly sweet and chic as it’s modest for worship.
Ahead, I’ve gathered 12 teenage girl church outfit ideas together with some helpful styling tips.
Get inspired and enjoy!
1. Church etiquette rules
Before we dive into the looks, let’s quickly run through what you shouldn’t wear in the church first.
- No low-cut neckline and no cleavage
- No sleeveless and backless top or dress (That includes the spaghetti strap, off-shoulder top, and tanks!)
- No graphic tee or anything with a logo
- Wear a midi or maxi dress (Don’t go over the knee)
- No artificial fragrance with very strong scents (Not a hard rule but let’s not forget someone may be allergic to perfume. It goes worse when it blends with the church smell)
- Sandals are acceptable but NO platform shoes and flip-flops
Depending on the church you attend, these rules may vary. When in doubt, ask the church for specific guidance.
2. Floral top + Midi pleated skirt
As the saying goes “I’d rather wear flowers in my hair, than diamonds around my neck.”
Incorporating soft dreamy floral print in your get-up is never a bad idea, especially when it comes to a church setting.
And guess what, no one can vibe with a floral dress than a sweet teen girl!
To finish off the look in a billowy silhouette, a pleated midi skirt is a perfect addition here. Darling and feminine.
If you think busy patterns will make you appear to be bigger, don’t worry. All you need to do is keep the rest of your outfit in solid hues to balance things out.
For your clutch and accessories, match it with the same hue just to make your figure look more neat and united.
3. Church outfits for teenage girls’ winter
When it comes to the chilly days, consider mastering the layering skill for the cute and stylish church-approved look.
To update your cute patterned dress in a modest way, layer a high neck top underneath just looks works wonders.
Together with a romantic side French braid, this look is a 10/10.
4. What NOT to wear to church
So here’s one of the biggest traps when it comes to appropriate church attire – the bodycon dress.
If your church has a strict dress code, the midi length is definitely not the only box to tick.
Clothes that are too body-hugging should be a no-no as well.
After all, highlighting your body curves can appear sexy especially if you pair it with high heels.
5. Keep it classy with outerwear
If you think going sleeveless means you can’t wear your favorite spaghetti stripe dress, well, think again.
All you need to do is throw on a long sleeve cardigan, button it all the way up and you’re good to go!
6. Cute Sunday outfits for church
Another way to wear your sleeveless dress is to layer it up with a front knot button-down. I mean, isn’t it the easiest way to pretty up the look?
As a petite girl, I LOVE this combo as the front knot top just contours my body proportion and makes my legs appear to be longer even in flats.
If you pick the white button-down, make sure it’s not see-through.
7. Dress up the casual dress with belt
Gravitate towards the carefree smock dress? I’d say lean into it.
If you want to look more put together in the casual dress, adding a belt always works wonders. By cinch in the waist, you just look sleek and slim in an instant.
I will avoid the super thick belt as it just serves as a chunky color block on my body and makes me appear to be shorter.
8. Can I wear jeans to church?
So here’s one of the most asked question of all time: Can I wear jeans to Sunday mass?
Yes, you can.
That said, stay in the realm of straight-cut, mid or high-rise dark or neutral color jeans that look sophisticated and classy. Light wash jeans, distressed jeans, or super skinny jeans are the big No-no.
To achieve the right style, match the jeans with a nice blouse or a belted tunic just elevate the look tenfolds.
When the days are chilly out, a blazer is your bestie. Just imagine how tasteful will you look in a preppy blazer and white bootcut jeans.
9. Monochromatic teenage girl church outfits
To come up with a modest yet aesthetic look, I’d say embrace the pastel shades. Dress your age in dusty pink, baby blue, buttermilk yellow, and more that add a dash of dreaminess to the look in the most effortlessly way.
If you want to look the most forgiving, monotone is your best bet. By putting similar shades on the body, your figure just looks united and appears to be taller and slimmer visually.
To avoid looking too samey and some dimension instead, consider dress in pink with different types of fabric. (E.g. woven pink cardigan and shimmering satin skirt)
10. What to wear to church teenage girl plus size
For my plus-size queens, I GOT YOU. This pencil dress I’ve found from Amazon is a real gem.
Featuring the unique big ruffles embellishment, it just hides the belly completely and makes you feel the comfiest.
Unlike some dresses that will rise up with every movement, this high-quality piece is very complimentary. Perfection.
My mom bought the purple one and Oh my, she wears it like a uniform when we have a big feast. Trust me, this dress is perfect for literally every occasion.
It comes with a wide range of new shades, check out here!
11. What shoes to wear to church
For footwear, I’d say closed-toe shoes work best for a church setting. Ballet flats, loafers, and slip-on dress shoes are all flattering choices. Of course, you can wear heels but please don’t opt for the one taller than 3 inches. It’s just not appropriate.
As for sneakers, sandals, and ankle boots, it’s trickier as you will need to do the judgment yourself.
A pair of black low chunky heel sandals or plain white tennis sneakers are doable but when it comes to the statement knee high gladiator heels? That’s a NO.
If you think the shoes scream the fashionista vibes, 9 out of 10 times it is not appropriate for church.
12. Natural makeup and minimal accessories
You can totally do the makeup but please ladies, in a natural way.
Fake eyelashes, thick eyeliners, and high saturation eyeshadow are great for your girl’s night but clearly, do not serve the purpose of the religious setting.
And also, don’t overdo the accessories. A dainty necklace is lovely but the choker and red-carpet-worthy dangling earrings? That’s too much.
So there you go – the 12 teenage girl Sunday church outfit tips! What are your thoughts on that?
As the quote goes “Modesty isn’t about hiding ourselves…it’s about revealing our dignity”. I hope these post proves you cute modest church looks exist and now it’s your turn to pin down the final look!
Looking for more religious outfit ideas, check out my other popular read below. See you there loves!