why do the amish dress the way they do

You may have heard of the Amish being refereed to as БPlain PeopleБ and a main reason why they are called that is because of the way they dress; very plainly. You will never see patterns on any of their clothing and all of the menБs suits, and the womenБs dresses, are all plain colored. The rules require that only solid colors can be used and the colors typically consist of black, blue, burgundy, brown, purple, or green. Want to learn what clothing Amish men and women wear on a day-to-day basis? Below are short descriptions of what a typical outfit would look like for both men and women. Amish Men: In all districts of the Amish community men wear black colored suits that are fastened with a hook and eye and have no outside pockets. The trousers that the men wear have no zippers and instead have buttons that button up the flap. One or two suspenders also hold up the trousers since no belts are allowed because of the flashy buckle that is present. For church services, Amish men wear a plain white shirt with a black coat and vest overtop. Some men also wear black bow ties with their church suit. The suit coat has no buttons or collars because these are all reminiscent of military uniforms that represent the war that pacifist Amish reject. All of the men and boys also wear either straw hats, for the summertime, or black felt hats, for the wintertime or for formal occasions, everyday. Amish Women: When it comes to Amish womenБs wardrobes, their wardrobes are pretty small. They only believe they need four dresses: One for wash, one for wear, one for dress, and one for spare. A married woman wears a black cape and apron to church, with a plain colored dress underneath, and a single woman wears a white cape and apron to church, again, with a plain colored dress underneath.


For working around the family farm, women typically wear a gray apron. A womanБs cape and apron is fastened with straight pins at the waist, in the front of their dress, to attach the two together. Women typically go barefoot around the farm, and house, and wear black shoes and stockings for church services. Women also always wear prayer caps, or head coverings, on their head, so that if they ever feel the need to pray, throughout the day, their heads are covered and sacred to the Lord. Want to learn more about Amish clothing? Visit The Amish Village property and pick up the book
Amish: The Old Order in Words and Photos, written by Lucy Hanley, in our Village Store or Gift Shop. The Amish choose, in a sense, to wear a uniform every day. No closets stuffed with frilly clothes and high heels. Just the opposite; humility and modesty are essential. They do their best to avoid appearing pretentious or in competition with others. Within the many Amish communities across the nation, there are subtle differences in dress. But plain attire gives the wearer a sense of belonging and connection to his or her brothers and sisters in faith. There is an immediate bond even if the other person is a stranger. There are several opinions why the Old Order Amish dress as they do, but most agree on the following: As devout Christians, Amish believe they should be separate from the surrounding world. (And be not conformed to this world. Romans 12:2 ) Conformity to societyБs popular fashions signifies conformity with the world s ungodly system.


Not only are trendy clothes seen as ungodly, they are also an economical drain, wasteful and soon to be obsolete. Amish believe jewelry and wristwatches are contrary to biblical teaching. Amish women cover their heads and do not cut their hair. They part it down the center, then tuck strands out of sight under a prayer cap (head covering they call a Kapp) or a scarf, if out in the field. (But every woman who prays or prophesies with her head uncovered dishonors her headБit is the same as having her head shaved. 1 Corinthians 11:5 ) The Bible admonishes us to pray without ceasing, thus women cover their heads much of the day. The styles of prayer caps vary between congregations and different parts of the country. I love the heart shaped caps of Lancaster County, as seen on my book covers. MenБs attire also varies. The width and brim and height and shape of hats differ. For warm weather, straw hats are preferred for daily wear. Most, but not all, are purchased in dry goods stores. Handsome black felt hats are worn in cooler weather. There is also a wide variation in suspenders among Amish men. Something I believe all Old Order Amish men have in common: None wear zippered jeans or corduroy slacks. If IБm wrong, please let me know. Buttoning their black trousers is functional and practical. Instead of buttons and zippers, Amish women use long straight pins to close their aprons, and hooks and eyes elsewhere. Why no close-up photos of Amish to illustrate their attire? You might know it is against their Ordnung (rules they must obey) to have their faces photographed. Out of respect, IБve photographed the Amish from afar. Although several have smiled and waved, I usually wait for them to turn away before pressing my cameraБs button or erase their faces using my computerБs software.


Some Amish owned shops do not allow cameras inside, because tourists take the Amish staffБs photos. If you see an Amish person on TV or in a movie, most likely they are not really Amish. Especially if theyБre wearing a wedding band. I was fretting over not having illustrations of Amish women s attire, then realized my newest novel, releasing June 1, depicts a young woman clad in Lancaster County attire, as do my other two novels. The photographer provided the appropriate Amish clothing. We size people up by their apparel and often guess their occupation, where theyБre from, and whether or not they are trustworthy. If you needed directions, would you choose to ask a guy wearing a baseball cap and a T-shirt, a man wearing a pin-striped three-piece suit and a splashy tie, or an Amish man with a full beard? I ve gleaned much of my information from noted authority and author and who is no longer living, and as well as spending time with Amish in Pennsylvania. What do you think about the way Amish dress? Anything you find appealing? What about todayБs younger populationБs clothing could be less worldly? Leave your email address or contact info with your comment to be entered to win this darling Amish-made towel and a copy of either Leaving Lancaster or Pennsylvania Patchwork! USA and Canada. Winner has one week to respond. Congratulations to Dawn C. , last weekБs winner of a copy of either Leaving Lancaster or Pennsylvania Patchwork! A big thank you to everyone who left a comment! I enjoyed reading them immensely!

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