00. What should a woman wear?

Exploration of women’s dress, hair length, head-covering, wearing of slacks, pants, breeches, and dresses – a Bible-based discussion with Scriptural references.

We are not to be contentious – each woman must decide for herself.

Hair and head covering, slacks, pants, breeches or dresses: Viewpoints

Tina: “I choose to cover and wear dresses”

“…I choose to cover…. I wear dresses 99% of the time because of the Scripture….” Tina

Lois “I believe the Bible teaches modesty and femininity in dress”

“I believe the Bible teaches that women are to dress modestly and in accordance with femine traditions of their day.” Lois

Jo: “What about the heart?”

Some women “wear the scarf and behave in ways not appropriate to the teachings of their religion?” Scarves, slacks in Arab, Islam

Our stand on the head covering issue

Paul concludes his instructions about head covering for women by saying in 1 Corinthians 11:16, “But if any man seem to be contentious, we have no such custom, neither the churches of God” (KJV).

Romans 14:1-6 says:
Accept him whose faith is weak, without passing judgment on disputable matters. One man’s faith allows him to eat everything, but another man, whose faith is weak, eats only vegetables. The man who eats everything must not look down on him who does not, and the man who does not eat everything must not condemn the man who does, for God has accepted him. Who are you to judge someone else’s servant? To his own master he stands or falls. And he will stand, for the Lord is able to make him stand.

One man considers one day more sacred than another; another man considers every day alike. Each one should be fully convinced in his own mind. 6He who regards one day as special, does so to the Lord. He who eats meat, eats to the Lord, for he gives thanks to God; and he who abstains, does so to the Lord and gives thanks to God.

I think these verses teach that we are not to be contentious on the issue of head covering. Some women will wear a head covering for the glory of God. Some will dress modestly in accordance with accepted feminine attire of their day for the glory of God. Since either way we serve with a pure motive of honoring Christ, let us not be contentious among ourselves regarding this issue.


Each woman has to decide for herself concerning the issue of covering.


Next: Tina writes…

This 2-part Bible Study was written by Tina and Lois in 2000-2001. Comment by Jo was received 2004.