Confirmation Dress Code

Confirmation Ceremony Dress Code for Candidates and Sponsors

At the Sacrament of Baptism we wear special gowns, the Sacrament of First Communion we wear white dresses or suits, at our Marriage we wear formal gowns or tuxedos. It is fitting to dress in celebration of the Sacrament of Confirmation as well.

While the church greatly respects the uniqueness and individuality in each of its members, it holds that modesty is a fruit of the Holy Spirit and that “Teaching modesty to children and adolescents means awakening in them respect for the human person.” (Catechism of the Catholic Church 25234)

It is in this spirit of fostering respect for each other and for the sanctity of the Sacrament of Confirmation that we set forth a code of dress consistent with our culture’s view of modesty.

Semi-formal, modest attire is appropriate to the solemn beauty of this occasion.

Young Men

Attire: Dress pants with tie and dress shirt.  Suit or sports coat (Optional)

The following are not appropriate:

Tennis shoes / sneakers

Jeans, or baggy pants

Tee shirts or Polo Shirts

Novelty neckties (e.g., cartoon characters, logos, etc.)

Formal Tuxedos

Visible body piercing jewelry

Young Women

Attire: Modest dress, skirt and blouse, pant suit or dress pants and blouse (dress or skirt must be knee length or longer; chest, back and shoulders must be covered); dress shoes. Also, when fixing your hair, your forehead must be uncovered for anointing from the Bishop. 

The following are not appropriate:

Strapless dresses


Jeans skirt, casual or Khaki skirts

Tight, backless, or low cut dresses

Exposing the abdomen

Bare legs (wear hose)

Formal evening Prom dress/gowns

Visible body piercing except for earrings