LDS missionary dress code gets update

Published on July 12, 2013 at 03:06PM

The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints has updated guidelines for how missionaries should dress. Clothing that has been acceptable in many missions for some time has now been standardized.

The LDS church has had a longstanding policy requiring missionaries to wear “professional, conservative clothing that is consistent with your sacred calling and that will clearly identify you as a missionary for The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints,” according to directions listed on lds.org. Ruth Todd, spokeswoman for the Church, said that, clothing for Elders now includes lighter colored suits and slacks. The latest updates allow tan, khaki and lighter colored suits and slacks, as well as more tie options.

For men, previous guidelines required dark colors for suits and slacks and limited colors for ties. In addition to lighter-colored suit options, suit coats are not required for day-to-day missionary activities.