Platform Dress Guidelines 

Cultivate Team – Okolona Christian Church 

Our goal in clothing is pretty simple: don’t tempt others, but instead do what is beautiful, simple, and will help us point others toward the beauty and greatness of God.  “Do not let your adorning be external – the braiding of hair and the putting on of gold jewelry, or the clothing you wear – but let your adorning be the hidden person of the heart with the imperishable beauty of a gentle and quiet spirit, which in God’s sight is very precious” (1 Peter 3:3-4). He’s not saying we shouldn’t look nice. If we look bad, that’s not helpful, either! Instead, we want to dress in a way that communicates that it’s not all about how we look, that we care about what helps or hurts others, and that lets people join us wholeheartedly when we sing to them about following Jesus. 

The platform is the most visible place in the church. As leaders on the platform, the things we wear need to be considered very closely. It’s important to remember that modesty is the key. We want our clothes to represent who we are, but also who we are in Christ. 

Men’s Clothing Guidelines 

General 

Modesty and style are important so we give focus on the worshipping, not us, and still come across as relevant to our culture and the people we are leading. Read up on modern styles and balance them with classic pieces.  

If you are ever unsure about an item, put it on and have someone take a picture.  Then e-mail us the picture and we’ll make a final decision and let you know. 

Specifics For Men 

Top Half  

Avoid excessive product or team logos.  Pocket or sleeve size is ok. 

Make sure your shirt isn’t too tight and is appropriate in length (doesn’t show your stomach or under garments if you raise your hands).  

Bottom Half  

Jeans are ok but need to be darker in shade.  No faded out or ripped jeans. 

No tight or skinny pants – make sure that it doesn’t cup or conform too much in the front or that they are too tight in the rear area.  

No hats  

No flip flops 

 

Lady’s Clothing Guidelines 

General 

Modesty and style are important so we give focus on the worshipping, not us, and still come across as relevant to our culture and the people we are leading. Read up on modern styles and balance them with classic pieces.  

If you are ever unsure about an item, put it on and have someone take a picture.  Then e-mail us the picture and we’ll make a final decision and let you know. 

Before you finalize an outfit for service, be sure to do a final worship check.  

Raise your arms as high as you can and swing them in all directions. Look in the mirror and check yourself from all angles. Make sure that you are not revealing anything inappropriate. Kneel down and check to see if the back of your pants comes too low or uncovers anything. Also, if you lean forward, see if your shirt reveals anything.  

Specifics for Women  

Top Half 

a. Neckline – Show no cleavage. Please be very conscientious about this. The more you have, the more modest the neckline should be. That doesn’t mean everyone needs to wear a turtleneck; it’s just the first place that can be a distraction in worship. 

                                                                                                              b. Bras should be inconspicuous and serve you well. Make sure that it cannot be seen under any circumstances. Be sure that the thickness of your bra protects for all room temperatures.  

c. Be careful not to buy shirts and/or jackets that bring focus to the chest. No shirts that are tight and tightly cup under the chest.  

d. If wearing a shirt without a jacket, be sure that is cut in a modest way.  

e. No sleeveless tops. The sleeve length should be appropriate for your arms, keeping in mind that all arms are different. We suggest the length to be half-way to your elbow or lower. If you shake your arms and there is a lot of movement, adjust your sleeve length to closer to your elbow.  

f. No t-shirts unless they are dressy and under a jacket.  

g. Waistline – No skin around the midriff.  

Test – raise your arms straight up, you should have several inches of shirt past your pants.  

h. Make sure that your top is not see-through. If it’s the style, make sure that the under shirt still meets the guidelines. 

i. No tops/sweaters that have characters/large graphics/text on them, so that it does not become a distraction. When in doubt, stick to solids please. 

Bottom Half 

Skirts should come to mid-knee or lower. 

Skirts must not be see-through. Wear a slip or pants underneath if there’s a chance it can show light through.  

Jeans are okay.  Dark wash preferred but, if it is a lighter wash, make sure the cut is on the conservative side. 

Darker bottoms strongly encouraged – black, gray, navy, brown, burgundy, etc. 

No skin tight, form fitting pants 

No pants that cup around your bottom or bring focus to your bottom.  

No pants that focus on your front. Some pants are too tight in this area or have weird stitching or coloring that draws the eye there.  

Other 

Shoes should be appropriate to the outfit.  Boots are fine.  If worn with a skirt, be sure skirt is still mid-knee or lower. 

Avoid heels - particularly if they limit your ability to walk comfortably. Absolutely no heels with skinny/tighter jeans or cropped pants. 

No flip flops on stage 

Keep jewelry simple. Make sure that with movement, the pieces don’t cause unnecessary noise or weird movement.  

Colors 

All colors need to look nice and keep a modest appearance when viewed close-up or far from the platform.  

Please do not wear pinstripes or polka dots that are small and in different colors (tone-on-tone is usually okay such as black on black stripes). These patterns cause a moiré pattern on various display screens and monitors.