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What to wear for tea and church in England?

Jul 7th, 2014, 10:10 AM
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Dukey, you make my point
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Jul 7th, 2014, 10:53 AM
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There is some serious nonsense going on on this thread.

Your daughter should dress comfortably. I am assuming that as she is your daughter, she knows how to dress in ways that are not outrageous or immodest. Please tell her to ignore much of what is written here.

There are great swaths of people all over the world who dress stupidly, including some in England. However, the stupidity of their clothing is purely based on MY OPINION. Why should anyone, anywhere care?

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Jul 7th, 2014, 11:10 AM
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Well the OP did enough to ask the question
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Jul 7th, 2014, 12:17 PM
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When in doubt, ask the internet:

As a Catholic from a somewhat conservative region of my country I am seriously amazed that the CoE is supposed to have a stricter view on cotton vs. polyester than my own not too liberal denomination.
Even in my youth - in another millennium - in a village it was the norm that no one "dressed up" for church (aside from weddings, funerals or christenings). People would wear regular, clean clothes. Jeans was never an issue, even in the 1970s.
Don't tell me that the supposedly less uptight Anglicans in one of the world's largest metropolis have a more hillbilly approach to attire in the 21st century than the village folks of my teenage and altar boy years. After all, we're talking about London, not Tehran.
I am wondering if those who propagate more "formal attire" have actual, more or less weekly experience of what is "the norm" in a regular CoE service? Or maybe take their views from the once-per-year Christmas service and some wedding services they attended? (not meant in evil spirit, just simple curiosity)
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Jul 7th, 2014, 12:44 PM
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They had probably never eaten sandwiches with the crusts cut off, or scones with jam and cream, plus sweet fancy cakes. I like all of those, but would never expect to have all of them at the same meal>>

you speak for yourself, chartley. sounds like a very nice high tea to me but i wouldn't expect to eat much afterwards, I'll grant you.

cowboy - I too was a church-goer [middle of the road CoE] until i saw the light in the mid 70s, and I can tell you that we did dress "up" for church, and certainly no jeans or indeed any trousers for women. Apart from weddings and funerals i have rarely set foot in a church since then so I am not an expert on what to wear to a service in St. Paul's but I would still think that smart trousers/skirt and a jacket would take one nicely from F&M to the church and pretty comfortably too. if it's warm what my mother would call a smart frock and a cardigan in case the church is cool would also work.
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Jul 7th, 2014, 01:34 PM
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annhig... thanks for sharing.. really interesting, and I mean that.
And my exposure to church services has been more or less the same than yours during the last two decades.
And apologies to OP for dragging her topic somewhat off-topic..
To make up for it, I promise (well, I will try, to be honest) to attend a service in St. Paul's next weekend and deliver a fashion report..
I think that evensong does not count (too popular for cheapskating tourists who want to save the 16 pounds entrance fee, I guess), so I have the option to attend either the Holy Communion service at 8 (!) AM or the Sung Eucharist at 11 AM.
Am I guessing correctly that Eucharist is the main/regular Sunday service?
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Jul 7th, 2014, 01:59 PM
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yes, the eucharist will have organ music with singing by the cathedral choir, which should be very good. Definitely the one to go for.
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