So I have seen a few blogs, posts and Facebook pages asking women of the LDS church to wear pants to church on Sundays. They say it is more comfortable and that it makes them feel more equal to the men. My take on is it that they feel that wearing dresses and skirts is old fashioned and that we should no longer do that. I do not however agree with that. I do not think it is "old fashioned" or a "show of the times". Sure dress pants can be more comfortable and are certainly professional, but we don't go to church to sit around being comfy. If everyone sat around being comfortable the whole time I think that would cause people to lose focus and not really hear what is happening or learn from it; we go to be edified and uplifted. Yes we should act mature but its not our career, we don't need to be professionals at it. We just simple need to participate and learn from it.
To me wearing a dress or skirt is how we show respect and obedience to the Lord. We are commanded to wear the best attire we have. Do to certain circumstances I know that that doesn't always mean dresses and skirts. I also realize that wearing the best they have can make people uncomfortable to come to church because they don't want others to look down on them for what they don't have. I know its wrong to look down on others for what they wear when they can't afford nicer things. I'm not saying anyone should look down on anyone. I am simply writing that in my opinion dresses are better than pants for church attire.
And if you know someone that can't afford the nicer things, donate some of your own to them, get others to donate too, make them something nice or go shopping with them and buy them something nice. If they are asking why you are doing this tell them its because you want them to feel comfortable and welcomed at church. You love them and think that their salvation is worth the money or time spent doing this thing for them. For me that would be true. I think everyone is worth the money and time.
Elder D. Todd Christofferson has this to say about what we wear to church: