Choosing an outfit to wear to a christening can cause for some serious questioning; How formal do I need to dress? Are jeans acceptable? Is my top too sheer? Is my skirt too short? etc. If you aren’t a frequent attender of church, then knowing what to wear to a place of worship can get a bit tricky.

Dressing for a formal occasion, like a christening, doesn’t always mean you have to wear a floor length ball gown to fit in! Fashion these days is all about being more creative with how you dress, and expressing your individual style, no matter what the occasion. With this in mind, here’s some of our tips on what to wear to a christening – staying classy, but also showcasing your fashionable side.

Suitably Sheer or Short

Short dress for a christening

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While we certainly want to avoid any offensive clothing, sheer materials, and skirts or dresses that are shorter in length, are completely acceptable for a christening when styled correctly. The easiest rule of thumb to follow is: one or the other, don’t put the two together.

If your outfit includes a dress or skirt that does happen to be on the shorter side, ensure that the hemline sits an inch or two – maximum – above the knee. This way, you can be sure to avoid any unwanted, awkward “too much information” moments with all your relatives present!

A-line skirts or floaty dresses work best as they tend to move with the body and won’t ride up higher and higher with every step you take.

Sheer dress for a Christening

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When it comes to conquering the sheer look, the most important thing to remember is: “Keep it classy!” Lace or sheer shirts can work wonders when paired with a stylish, plain tube-skirt, or for something a bit different and more edgy, a pair of pants. Depending on how sheer the material is, will determine whether you need a little singlet underneath.

If it’s a sheer or lace dress that you are planning on wearing, it’s best if you stick to the darker colours – think navy and black, a thicker lace pattern that’s properly lined, and a hemline that falls around the knees. That way you can avoid having too many “peep holes” and exposed skin.

Suiting Up!

White suit for a Christening

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Just because we aren’t men and we don’t have a closet full of suits, that doesn’t mean we can’t take a page out of their book and have a go at “suiting up” for a christening! Teaming a pair of pants and a classic blazer can make for the smartest of outfits, no matter how formal the occasion you are dressing for. The key to this look is to make sure the tailoring of your pieces is to a T!

Designers these days are providing us with all the goods to step outside our “cookie-cutter”, smart-casual dress code box, and practically pushing us to have a go at something different! When the weather starts to take a turn for the cooler, this option will be your best friend 🙂

Whether it’s a cropped cigarette pant, flared tailored trousers or a silk palazzo pant, the options are endless. Team the bottom half with a perfect matching pair of heels – think plain plumps or strappy sandals – and you’ve got yourself an outfit that will look smart, suit the occasion, and keep you warm throughout the day.

Bright and Colourful

Printed skirt for Christening

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Christenings these days tend to err on the more casual side, and as an event that happens during the day, what better way to celebrate new life than with an outfit that ‘pops’; full of colour and fun prints! While we don’t want you to wear an outfit that looks like you’ve had your nieces and nephews throw paint all over your garment, a little bit of colour never went astray!

The brighter the colour or the crazier the print, try and keep the dress style simple, and the length respectable. While we are all for expressing your inner-fashionista, you won’t feel comfortable sitting in the Church if every second head is looking at you and your multi-coloured frock, instead of focusing on the baby.

Think pretty little garden dresses with a floral print, or team an a-line skirt with a bright pattern with a simple shirt that matches one of the colours in the print. Keep accessories to a minimum and shoes comfortable and classic, and you’re bound to have the best outfit at the christening.

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