Modest Dress Fashions/Veiling


First let me say this page is dedicated to fashions with dignity. There are many fashions past and present that are good and those that are bad. On these pages you will find articles and blogs about clothing that is modest but feminine and pleasing to our Lord.

I, also, want to add a link to a great website that helps us to focus on modesty in our dress.

Another Good Veil Post.

Found this one over at Atlcatholicah:

I don't always wear a veil, as a matter of fact, I usually wear a hat or a scarf like head band but I an considering wearing veils more often. I hope to be able to be courageous enough to wear one. I sooooo don't like standing out in crowds. Even if no one is looking at me I usually feel like they are.

Just recently I attended a Catholic woman's conference. There were over 500 women. It was huge and some women had on veils during Mass. Granted only about 1%.    

Of the vendors that were there, Veils by Lily was included and selling beautiful veils and I purchased this one. I thought it was very very pretty.

So, praying about this.

Fantastic post:

I found this over at Johnette Benkovich's blog.  It is written by Peggy Stanton. A Catholic woman from Florida.

It's Time for a Cover-up Ladies:

It is an irony of the day that one has to dress with more class to sit in a courtroom than a church pew. When you receive a summons for jury duty you are instructed to wear “business attire,” and indeed on the day that you appear in court you are surprised to see how nicely ...


As I said below I would be doing more research on veiling. Here is an article from Aquinas and More

The Chapel Veil

The Tradition and Purpose of the Catholic Mantilla
“Any man who prays or prophesies with his head covered dishonors his head, but any woman who prays or prophesies with her head unveiled dishonors her head – it is the same as if her head were shaven. For if a woman will not veil herself, then she should cut off her hair; but if it is disgraceful for a woman to be shorn or shaven, let her wear a veil. For a man ought not to cover his head, since he is the image and glory of God; but woman is the glory of man. For man was not made from woman, but woman from man. Neither was man created for woman, but woman for man. That is why a woman ought to have a veil on her head, because of the angels.”
- 1 Corinthians 11:4-10
Chapel Veils – An Ancient Tradition
Since the earliest days of the Church, wearing a chapel veil has been a practice among all faithful women. Paul addressed veiling in his first letter to the Corinthians and Church fathers that came after him defended the tradition. Yet chapel veils are more than mere head coverings for women, and should be worn with intention, not only as a routine.
Chapel veils – lace veils, commonly black or white, which can vary in size and shape – are worn by women when entering a church, or anytime in the presence of the Blessed Sacrament. Traditionally, married and widowed women wear black veils, while young girls and unmarried women wear white or off-white veils. However, the color choices are not a hard and fast rule.
A chapel veil is also commonly called a mantilla; however, the word mantilla can refer to more than just chapel veils. 'Mantilla' simply means “a lightweight lace or silk scarf worn over the head and shoulders, often over a high comb, by women in Spain and Latin America,” according to the American Heritage Dictionary. The word is based on 'manta,' which means cape. In Spain and Latin America, the mantilla is worn as a fashion item to important events, both religious and secular. In the 17th and 18th centuries mantillas were worn almost anywhere. For this reason, the term ‘Catholic mantilla’ is also often used, emphasizing that the mantilla is worn for going to Catholic Mass.
Theology of the Chapel Veil
Even before the second half of the 20th century, which is when chapel veils sharply dropped in popularity, many women wore chapel veils simply because it was tradition, without understanding why it was tradition. However, traditions are not formed arbitrarily.
First, for a woman to veil herself when attending Mass or participating in Eucharistic Adoration is an act of modesty. In doing so she shows that she understands the role of woman in God’s plan. Covering her hair does not mean a woman is ashamed of her feminine beauty, but that she is covering her physical glory so that God may be glorified instead. She shows her reverence for and surrender to God’s will by doing so. It is also a way of imitating Mary, our role model for chastity and purity.
Furthermore, it is a testament to the role of woman as a life-bearing vessel. The chalice which holds the Blood is veiled until the offertory, and the tabernacle veiled between Masses. The chalice and the tabernacle hold the Eucharist, they contain Life itself. Similarly, woman was created with the privilege of bearing human life.
The Mantilla or Chapel Veil in Modern Times
The chapel veil or mantilla is not used as often today as in the past, aside from at Tridentine Masses. The Second Vatican Council is seen as the time when chapel veils fell out of use. However, Vatican II did not remove or alter the requirement of women wearing veils to Mass. Rather, the practice had been dwindling prior to Vatican II, likely caused by a combination of influence from modern feminist groups which sought to devalue the tradition, and women not understanding why they wore the veils in the first place. An answer given to a reporter outside the Vatican was misinterpreted when Annibale Bugnini said that veils were not being discussed. The press took this to mean that chapel veils were no longer to be worn and the idea spread. In the 1983 revision of the Code of Canon Law, the subject of wearing veils was completely left out. In recent years, however, many women have sought to return to the practice of wearing a chapel veil or mantilla. It remains an outward sign of modesty, reverence, and a willingness to accept God’s will.
This article used information from the booklet The Chapel Veil and the Fisheaters Website.


I have recently noticed at Mass women and young girls wearing veils and hats and scarves. A couple of different websites I noticed have  frequent conversations going on whether or not a woman should cover her head when at Mass or not.  Myself I am leaning toward veiling but have not done this totally yet but I am working my way there. 
I have worn a scarf a couple of times to Mass lately because I feel maybe headcovering is an appropriate thing to do before the Eucharist. I have, also, made a couple of veils. These are my first move toward head covering. I hope to move further along.
I know there is alot of debate on whether women covered their heads in the past because of a law or was it because of a custom.  I myself haven't researched it very much so I am not going to offer an opinion on that part yet but I have been looking into it.  One thing I have noticed is that there are alot of different ways to cover your head out there, though appearance is not to be the reason, in our society today it helps if the headcovering is kind of pretty. As I research the issue of veiling more I will be adding notes and comments but right now I thought I would just put up some of the websites I have found that sell headcoverings. After a while, as I research more I will be adding but I think if you feel you are being led to veil you should listen.
Here are those websites:

As you can see it is quite a long list. Veiling does seem to be on its way back.  I think as more and more women are coming back to realizing what is happening in the Holy Sacrament of the Mass they are wanting to show respect and reverence.

I know it is hard to be a lone person doing something. It is very hard for me. I cringe anytime I might stand out in a crowd or even a small group.  So if you are like me you might want to start slowly, maybe a weekday Mass. That is where I am at with this.   Maybe try a hat or a beret or scarf. Also, a Church that maybe is a little more conservative and it wouldn't seem so out of place might be a good place to start. Maybe bring a friend to Mass with you who feels the same as you do about veiling.
And last we can't judge others who are not veiling.It is not law that we veil. God sees the heart.

The next link is more of a blog dedicated to veiling. I got some of my information from there and some of the websites from there. Check it out.


Dear Lord help us to educate our family for your glory.

"Since parents have conferred life on their children, they have a most solemn obligation to educate their offspring. Hence, parents must be acknowledged as the first and foremost educators of their children. Their role as educators is so decisive that scarcely anything can compensate for their failure in it. For it devolves on parents to create a family atmosphere so animated with love and reverence for God and others that a well-rounded personal and social development will be fostered among children. Hence, the family is the first school of those social virtues which every society needs."--Gravissimum Educationis (one of the documents of the Second Vatican Council)

Helping and Loving Our Neighbor

Corporal works of Mercy
Feed the hungry

Give drink to the thirsty

Clothe the naked

Shelter the homeless

Visit the sick

Visit the imprisoned

Bury the dead

The Spiritual Works of Mercy
Admonish the sinner

Instruct the ignorant

Counsel the doubtful

Comfort the sorrowful
Bear wrongs patiently

Forgive all injuries

Pray for the living and the dead

Good Samaritain