Now that I've been at university for the last few months, I've noticed two distinct types of students.
Those who dress down and those who dress up.
Some students, and I would fall more comfortably into this category, dress like they've just rolled out of bed.
Other students look like they're about to hit the nightclub, dressed for a smart-casual (or above) social occasion.
A similar thing plays out in church.
Some attend dressed for comfort - shoes optional.
Others attend dressed for the nightclub - makeup compulsory.
I wonder, is one better than the other?
Do you, at the start, begin quite formal and then progressively slide towards casualness?
If so, is this a good thing?
It could be argued that your dress standard moves due to the relationship with God and the people in the church becoming less of a 'special event that you need to dress up for.'
But, again, is this move in a positive direction?
Ultimately, I'm not going to set a ecclesiastical dress code, nor do I think it would do any good for a church to set one...
But, I think the core issue is the heart of a person.
What/Who are they dressing for?
Who's attention are they trying to draw?
Most tellingly, are they willing to change, to an extent, if the way they dress is a stumbling block for someone else?