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    An Introduction to Temple Dresses

    What to Wear in the Temple

    When entering the temple, everything about our environment shifts. It looks different, smells different, sounds different, and feels different from the outside world. Part of what contributes to the distinctness of the temple is the white clothing worn inside.

    Immediately being greeted at the recommend desk by temple workers in white suits and dresses is a visual signal and reminder to have a more heavenly, eternal mindset.

    Typically, temple patrons arrive at the temple in Sunday church clothes, but this is not a requirement. After checking in at the temple recommend desk, your next stop is the dressing room to change into white temple clothing.

    What Are Temple Dresses?

    In current Latter-day Saint practices, women generally wear white dresses as temple clothing. They may also choose a white shirt or blouse and white skirt. Temple dresses are modest, simple, and white. White is a symbol of holiness and purity that is reflected throughout the exterior and interior of the temple.

    Virtually everyone in the temple wears white. All are alike unto God—dressing similarly represents equality, but we are still unique individuals. In the guidelines for temple dress, there is room for individual preference and style.

    What to Look for in a Temple Dress

    The three main guidelines for a temple dress are: modest, simple, and white.

    Modesty is not just about how much skin is showing—it’s more about how we carry ourselves and how we feel in what we wear. There are some particular instructions when it comes to temple dresses:

    • Temple dresses should have a modest neckline, but it doesn’t need to cover the collarbone. 
    • Sleeves can be three-quarter length to full-length sleeves. Temple workers’ sleeves must be full-length.
    • The hem can be mid-calf to floor length so it covers the knee when sitting.

    Simplicity in dress doesn’t necessarily mean plain. Lace, embroidery, and similar details are welcome, but beading and sequins should be avoided.

    Temple clothing should be white and not off-white. Slips are not mandatory, but could be appropriate if a white dress is sheer. Many Q.NOOR dresses are fully lined so slips aren’t needed.

    Modesty and simplicity are principles evident throughout the design of the temple—in the architecture, the art displayed, and the fabrics and decorations used throughout. We can picture how the temple makes us feel as we choose a temple dress for ourselves.

    What Is Special About Q.NOOR

    Q.NOOR temple dresses are designed by women, for women. There is high value placed on comfort, function (hello, pockets!), and beautiful, flattering design.

    During the design process, we worried about every detail so you wouldn’t have to. We want you to feel comfortable and confident so you can focus on what really matters in the temple.

    Q.NOOR temple dresses are high quality with carefully selected fabrics and styles for functional temple wear. Dresses come in different weights so you are comfortable while worshiping in the temple whether you tend to run hot or cold.

    Are there plus sized options available? The Esther and Elaine dresses were specifically designed for plus sizes. This is part of our commitment to making all women feel their best in the temple.

    Are Q.NOOR dresses washing machine friendly? Some dresses may be machine washed on gentle, and some are dry clean only. Care instructions are easy to find in the product descriptions on our website and on each dress’ tag.

    We believe that finding a temple dress for you in the right fabric, fit, and style is important and adds to your temple-going experience. Q.NOOR wants all women to have a temple dress that is as beautiful and special as going to the temple feels.