… There is never an excuse, ever, for a lady to don the denim or plaid jumper.
Yes, I understand the functionality of the jumper; you can farm, garden, herd cattle, and chop wood simultaneously while nursing a set of twins in a sling. I’ve heard this is the jumper’s main appeal. It is sturdy, washable, inexpensive and stain resistant. But so is a burlap sack.
If you advocate a jumper for it’s functionality while doing chores and chasing children then why on earth would a women want to wear one to mass? That’s like a mechanic wearing grease covered overalls to church.
Strangely enough, it’s usually the most traditionally minded women wearing jumpers to mass, and to the Latin mass no less – the pinnacle of liturgical beauty. The same women who cluck in contempt of teenagers and young adults coming to mass in flip-flops and sloppy shorts have no issue showing up in a denim house dress. Doesn’t this strike you as odd?
We’ve heard the argument for dressing up to attend mass, that if you take the time and effort to dress up for a job interview you should spend more effort and time dressing up for church. So if your jumper functions as work attire it stands to reason that you should probably find something nicer and more attractive to slip into for mass. Yes?
The irony isn’t lost of Dorothy Cummings. She agrees, retire the jumper. I might add burn it and look upon it’s ashes no more.
Typically, the Latin mass attending men I notice at church look more like this…
and their female counterparts dress just as sharply…
and just so you can’t say “But look at her! She has no children! Of course she looks pristine!”
Related Link: Looking Catholic by Simcha Fisher