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An empty church before baptismGetting baptized is a significant event in one's life. Whether this is something you have been planning on for a long time or something you have recently committed to, it's exciting and something that you will probably remember for the rest of your life. You've likely taken classes in preparation and have told your family and friends the day it's happening in hopes they will be there. Something you may not have thought about, however, is what you should wear to your baptism. After all, you want to look nice, but you are going to be getting wet. This can limit your wardrobe choices. Here are some things to consider when trying to figure out the style of dress for your baptism.

Talk to Your Pastor

First of all, speak with your pastor about your attire. Many churches have robes that go over the clothing you are going to be baptized in, so this might give you some insight on what some appropriate choices may be. Your pastor may have a preference on what you wear as well. Asking your pastor is a good first step in determining what you should wear to your baptism.

Wear Comfortable Clothes

If you have spoken with your pastor and not received much input, then you may be on your own for figuring out what you should wear. Many people opt to wear a t-shirt and shorts. This is simple, comfortable, and something you won't care about getting wet. Of course, it's important to remember that you are going to be getting wet, so don't forget to wear appropriate undergarments. If you aren't going to have a robe on, you don't want to be overly exposed and turn your baptism into an embarrassing moment.

Watch Out for White

Ladies in particular should be careful about wearing white at a baptism, especially if there are no robes involved. White becomes see-through when it is wet, so if you do wear white, make sure you are wearing something underneath that you are comfortable with being seen in. Darker colors may be a better choice.

Bathing Suit

Wearing a bathing suit under your clothing is a great option. A one piece or more modest suit is best for this situation. Put on your bathing suit and then your clothes over it. That way, you won't have to worry about anything inappropriate happening. If you are wearing a robe, it's still important to wear the proper clothing underneath.

Bring a Change of Clothes

It may sound obvious, but don't forget to include a change of clothes. You probably don't want to be wet and cold for the remainder of the service, so bring something you can change into.

Don't Forget a Towel

Just as important as the change of clothes is a couple of towels. Unless you know for a fact that your church will provide them, bring one or two so you can dry yourself off quickly after the baptism.

Think About Your Hair

If you have long hair, then you might want to consider wearing a swim cap, unless you are okay with blow drying your hair in the bathroom or having a wet head of hair for a few hours afterwards. This can cut down on the amount of time it takes to change after you are baptized. Other helpful things for long hair might include:

  • A hair brush
  • A curling iron or straightener
  • Hair clips to keep your hair in the swim cap

Being prepared is the most important way to make sure you are appropriately dressed for your baptism. In the end, as long as you wear something you are comfortable with getting wet in, and remember things like change of clothes and a towel, you have nothing to worry about.

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