After concluding our weekly bible study, we usually gather in groups to check on each other, have snacks, and for some light-hearted conversations. With Easter almost coming to an end, one of the most looked-forward-to events is the Easter vigil service. I noticed that aside from being excited to celebrate its meaning, people animatedly spoke of what outfits they were going to wear that day. I joined in and picked up some ideas, and decided to write this article for anyone who may be wondering what to wear to a Catholic Easter vigil.
There are countless options to choose from that would be appropriate to wear for the Easter vigil for men, women, and children. The fundamentals are that the outfits should be modest and appropriate for a church setting. Also, the Catholic Church suggests that white or gold are the theme colors for Easter. Outfits that include these colors are a bonus.
In this article, I invite you to learn of the dress codes for both men and women that need to be adhered to maintain modesty within the church setting. Also, get ready to get some great outfit ideas appropriate for the Easter vigil. Keep reading to find out more.
What is the dress code for Easter Vigil?
According to the Catholic faith, the main theme colors for Easter are suggested to be white or gold. Congregants are encouraged to wear modest clothing of this color. However, this is not mandatory and will depend on the particular church.
Just like any other Sunday in church, the basis for the dress code is always modest clothing. Due to the Easter Vigil, there is a heightened need to observe the dress code, as the church is celebrating a very significant event in the liturgical calendar.
Catholic faithful should put more effort into their dressing on this day and even honor the theme colors, white or gold, all while maintaining modesty.
Men’s dress code
During Easter Vigil, men are expected to dress modestly. They may even choose to wear clothes with the theme colors, white and gold.
For tops, they could wear well-fitting dress shirts, crisp polo shirts, and even a suit jacket on top. A full official suit set, with a tie and pocket square, may be the perfect look.
For bottoms, dress pants or a pair of well-fitting jeans may be best. For shoes, official dress shoes may be the best option. They should avoid tight-fitting shirts, shirts with holes, and vests. They should also stay away from graphic t-shirts with large and distracting images on them. They should avoid shorts, sweatpants, and even tight-fitting trousers.
Women’s dress code
During the Easter Vigil, just like men, women are also expected to dress modestly. They may even choose to honor the Easter season by wearing the theme colors white and gold.
For tops, women may wear well-fitting tops, with short or long sleeves. They should stay away from sleeveless or strapless tops. In case of this, they can wear a scarf, sweater, or cardigan on top for more coverage.
For bottoms, they may wear well-fitting pants or skirts. The pants should not be too tight, and the skirt lengths should be at least just above the knees.
For full-body clothing like dresses and jumpsuits, it may be best to wear those that hang on the body freely, such as maxi or midi dresses, instead of fitting body-con dresses.
For shoes, they may wear sandals, doll shoes, short-heeled wedges, or flats as long as they are comfortable. Heels higher than three inches would likely be considered inappropriate for a church setting.
8 Easter Vigil Outfit ideas for males
The following are five outfit ideas for males, perfect for the Easter vigil.
Full suit, button-down dress shirt, and tie
For those who want to keep it very official, they can go for the full suit, plus a tie or bow tie for an added touch. Instead of dark-colored suits, opt for whites, lilacs, and beige, as these are within the color scheme for the Easter vigil.
Button down shirt and jeans
For a more casual, yet polished look, a light-colored button-down shirt, such as white or pale yellow, and a pair of blue or black jeans would be perfect to usher in the Easter vigil. For an even more polished look, wear a pair of brown dress shoes.
Sweater, button-down shirt, and dress pants
Another great Easter vigil outfit would be a light-colored sweater, a button-down shirt on the inside with the collars neatly popping out, and a pair of dress pants. This is a smart casual look, yet appropriate for an Easter vigil service.
Polo shirt and jeans
If you want to keep it casual, yet polished and appropriate for mass, a crisp and light-colored polo shirt, preferably white, paired with blue or black well-fitting jeans may be the best option.
Blazer, t-shirt, and sneakers
For a smart, crisp, and yet casual look, one could opt for a light-colored blazer, such as lilac, with a well-fitting white t-shirt worn inside, a pair of light-colored pants, and white sneakers. The light colors give a strong Easter vibe, the t-shirt and sneakers make the outfit casual, and the blazer and pants polish everything up.
Cardigan, dress shirt, and loafers
For a smart yet laid-back look. One may opt for a pastel-colored and checked or plain cardigan worn over a dress shirt. One may add a pair of loafers to their look, for a smarter casual style, yet appropriate for the Easter vigil.
Lightweight sweater vest, long-sleeved button-down dress shirt, and dress pants
A great outfit option for Easter vigil may be a lightweight sweater vest worn over a white or pastel-colored long-sleeved dress shirt. To complete the look, you could wear a polished pair of dress pants.
Any Easter vigil-appropriate outfit plus accessories like gold jewelry or leather belts and watches
Since one of the theme colors for Easter is gold, one may honor this by adding gold jewelry to their look. Men may wear their outfits with gold watches. for an even more polished look, they may opt for good quality leather belts and watches with leather straps.
8 Easter Vigil Outfit Ideas for Females
The following are five outfit ideas that females can wear during the Easter vigil. To stay adhere to the Easter vigil theme colors, among the outfit options, choose light-colored pieces such as white, pale yellow, baby blue, and light purple. You could also pair your outfits with simple gold jewelry since gold is one of the theme colors.
Maxi dress and sandals
An outfit option that may be great for the Easter vigil would be a long maxi dress, preferably with floral prints and paired with sandals. It may be considered to be modest and comfortable, which is likely to bring out a strong Easter vibe.
Midi dress and low-heeled wedges
A midi dress is a free-flowing dress whose length is slightly shorter than a maxi dress, with its lengths reaching the area between the knee and the ankle. You could get a light-colored midi dress like white or pale yellow and pair it with low-heeled wedges to complete your look and attend the Easter vigil in style.
Floral blouse and wide-legged jeans
You are less likely to talk about Easter without floral patterns. Floral prints are implied to be one of the best prints for Easter. Therefore, pair a short or long-sleeved floral blouse with a pair of wide-legged jeans, preferably white.
Tank top, cardigan, and linen pants
You may wear a white sleeveless tank top, a cardigan on top for coverage, and a pair of wide-legged linen pants. This look is likely to be classy, comfortable, and modest, which are most likely the features you should be looking for for the Easter vigil.
Long-sleeved button-down shirt and long pleated skirt
If you want to achieve a look that’s a combination of professional, yet playful, this may be it. Pairing a white long-sleeved button-down shirt and a long-pleated skirt, preferably light pink, is most likely to have you get there in no time.
Floral jumpsuit and sandals
If you prefer to keep the dresses in the closet but still desire to wear a relaxed fit, a jumpsuit would probably suit you best. For the Easter vigil, wear one with light pastel colors or floral prints. Pair it up with white sandals or even a nice pair of short-heeled wedges.
Midi wrap-around dress with frills and short-heeled wedges
Another great option is likely to be a midi wrap-around dress. The length is suitable for Easter, the fitting waistline will accentuate your waist modestly, and the frills would be a nice touch of extra detail. Pair it with short-heeled wedges to complete the look.
Any Easter vigil-appropriate outfit and simple gold jewelry
Accessories may be just the thing needed to take an outfit to the next level. Since gold is suggested to be the theme color for Easter, it may be best to honor this by adding simple gold jewelry like bracelets, necklaces, watches, and rings to your look.
What can kids wear to the Easter vigil?
During Easter vigil, kids may be dressed in church-appropriate attire that is comfortable for them. It may be colorful and captivating, yet modest.
For boys, t-shirts may be swapped for checked button-up dress shirts. Instead of jeans or shorts, a pair of stretchy pants may be more suitable, as it allows movement and play yet are still appropriate for a church setting. For accessories, a little checked bow tie may be added to complete the look.
For girls, dresses are likely to rule the day when it comes to dressing for Easter. The best dresses for the occasion may be light-colored dresses like white, pink, yellow, or light purple. They may also have floral prints or little polka dots. To complete the look, a little cute light-colored bow or ribbon on the hair is likely to be best.
What color should you wear to the Catholic Easter Vigil?
According to Catholic doctrine and dogmas, white or gold are suggested to be the theme colors for Easter.
However, all Catholic congregants don’t need to dress in clothes of this color. They are encouraged to do so in honor of the season, with white signifying purity and gold signifying celebration.
Can you wear multicolor to the Catholic Easter Vigil?
Yes, you can. Multicolor clothing may be allowed as long as the particular church has allowed it in its dress code.
Aside from the theme colors of white and gold, colors such as baby blue, light purple, and light green are usually associated with the Easter season. Floral prints are also popular during this season; therefore, you might find more people gravitating towards such during Easter.
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