It is worn and topped with a black Amish bonnet used by women in Amish communities during certain occasions. More Conservative Mennonite and Amish styles like suspenders, black hat and facial hair (beard on Amish, smooth on Mennonites, no moustache on either) are slightly more distinctive, but these are also frequently adopted as fashion by non-Mennonites! A lot of people ask me that, but there are enough differences that I can’t really speak about their ways. It’s usually worn with a matching apron over it, also with a fitted waist, and most people don’t realize they are two separate pieces. Mennonite Plain dress is fashioned to suit the specific lifestyle of the congregation (some are all farmers, some are more industrial, etc), made from fabric that is long-lasting and easy to keep clean, and is easy and inexpensive to make. Other than possibly the apron, this is a dress style that would have been recognized for most of the past hundred or more years.
The dress style I wore with the Mennonites is something my grandmother would have called a shirtwaist dress. While it is difficult for people to leave the church in which they grew up, that is the case outside of the Mennonites as well! Although also Plain Mennonite, she belonged to a far less conservative church (which we attended for a while) that used cars, internet in the home and much more. There is a huge difference, and I think it should always be kept in mind, between rigid church or societal rules and a personal witness inspired by the calling of the Holy Spirit. It’s funny, until recently I didn’t even know there were people asking “Can a white person wear a bonnet to bed? There is constant movement of people between the different Plain churches. Ok, sleep bonnet so why do Plain women look so odd? FAQ About Mennonite Dress – Why Do Mennonites Dress Like That? They practice shunning, (which Mennonites don’t, at least not to the same degree) so I do not know what happens where they have differences of opinion.
EJ buys his clothing – black work slacks, a navy blue work shirt and brown or black work boots – from the same companies where my father and millions of other working class men have bought theirs. A Mennonite man with loose-fitting slacks, a buttoned shirt and black shoes is going to look like thousands of non-Mennonite men wearing very similar clothing. Show me a black woman who has never worn some kind of hair covering and I’ll show you a liar. The sleep cap is very comfortable to sleep with and keeps hair intact. The Slap Cap is not without its faults. The congregation as a whole discusses and decides about matters like clothing styles (suspenders, jackets in the summer, skirt length, shirt color, facial hair, headcoverings), revisiting it before their bi-annual Communion if there are things to discuss. Even though we’re not specifically Plain anymore, and he wears jeans and tshirts again, he still wears the same black slacks and navy shirt most of the time. Black bonnets are worn by Amish women who are not yet married. Old Order women wear a long black cape that they actually call a shawl.
Perhaps the question of why do Mennonites dress like that isn’t really why Plain men can wear clothing that is similar to worldly men. In many ways, it is like my two piece dress-and-apron combination (which, as far as I can tell, is only worn by Old Order Mennonites – and sometimes me!). What does that look like, especially when you can make your own or hire a Mennonite seamstress? Instead of being a dictatorship, bonnet cap Mennonite churches are more like a democracy. The rights to this design are protected by law under government of India. One of the main priorities of the design is to produce a functional solution that is also fashionable and stylish. The main issue here is that daily fashion for worldly men is often very modest. The Civic hatchback has always been a popular car since its release here in 2007. However, stylistically it has been all over the place trying to find its own unique niche.