These guidelines will help you maintain a professional appearance so that you and others can focus on your message and the sacred nature of your calling.
Clothing should consist of professional
The images below illustrate these principles. They do not reflect all appropriate clothing options.
Slacks should be in conservative colors and may have small, simple, and subtle patterns such as pinstripes or checkers. Choose dress slacks that are professional and wrinkle resistant.
Skirts and dresses should fully cover the entire knee (front and back) when you are standing or sitting. Slits should also start below the knee when standing or sitting. Wear a slip if needed.
For safety purposes, skirts, dresses, and slacks should not reach the floor (ankle-length is appropriate).
Wear dresses or skirts when attending the temple and during Sunday worship services, leadership and zone conferences, baptismal services, and missionary training center devotionals. However, you may wear dress slacks to the meeting location and change into a dress or skirt before the meeting begins.
Choose blouses, tops, and sweaters that will match with a variety of skirts and slacks.
Wear closed-toe and closed-heel footwear. Comfortable, flat-soled shoes and boots or shoes with low heels are preferred. Shoes, including winter boots, should look professional and be appropriate for the climate and condition of your mission.
In cold weather you may wear coats, gloves, scarves, and hats as needed. These items should be simple and conservative, without words, pictures, or logos (however, small, non-distracting logos are acceptable).
Outerwear should fit well, look professional, and be appropriate for the climate and condition of your mission. Hats and gloves should not be worn indoors.
Casual clothing and shoes are appropriate for activities such as service or exercise. Casual clothing should always be appropriate for the situation, fit well, and be comfortable. For example, avoid clothing that is too tight or distracting or that has holes, words, pictures, or logos not consistent with your calling as a missionary. Mission leaders can help you apply these principles in a way that is culturally appropriate and maintains personal dignity and safety.
On preparation day, wear regular proselyting clothing in public unless more casual clothing is appropriate for a specific activity, such as service or exercise.
Choose bags that are professional, simple in style, and durable. Backpacks may be used for luggage but not for daily missionary activities. To keep yourself safe and to be sensitive of others, choose bags that are typical of those carried by others in your area. Consider waiting to purchase your proselyting bag in the mission field. Carry only what is necessary, and be sensitive to others’ space when riding public transportation or in crowds.
Keep accessories and jewelry, including watches, simple, professional, and conservative so they do not distract from your message or draw attention, including only one pair of earrings (if desired). Leave expensive jewelry at home.
You may wear wide-brimmed hats to provide protection from the sun. Hats should have at least a three-inch surrounding brim. Avoid hats that are brightly colored, too casual, or distracting from your message. Baseball, cowboy, bucket, newsboy, and fedora hats are not acceptable.
You may also wear simple and conservative sunglasses to provide protection from the sun. Remove sunglasses when speaking with others. Do not wear sunglasses with bright-colored rims or mirrored lenses. Do not wear hats or sunglasses indoors.