I was perusing the mormon.org website that has the FAQ where real Mormons can answer the questions. One of the questions asked what Mormons wear to Church and someone responded with the answer of “Sunday best, which is at least a white shirt and dress pants for men.”
“At least?” I asked myself. You mean, you can dress up more than just a white shirt, tie, dress pants, and nice shoes for men? This got me thinking – we complain a lot when people don’t come dressed enough – no tie for twelve year old rebellious deacons, flip-flops and t-shirts for women. But how would the average Mormon react if someone was over-dressed for the occasion – came in a tuxedo every Sunday? Totally out-dressing the members every time, looking handsome and dapper in his tuxedo? Would members grumble? Wonder if that man is being inappropriate?
I don’t think a man wearing a tuxedo every day will cause more of a stir than, say, a man wearing cowboy boots, bolo ties, or sandals (all I have seen). I know that in my old childhood ward, it was custom for the young men and women to come in their prom getup for Church the Sunday after. But I’ve yet to meet someone who comes to worship chronically over-dressed for the, uh, worshipful occasion. It’s interesting to turn the question on its head. I think a tuxedo-wearing saint will give other saints at least some pause, and in some way, it’s nice to know that you can still definitely be over-dressed for Church in our culture that sometimes obsesses over why someone didn’t wear a tie for worship services.