What Do Adults Wear for Their First Communion?

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While children traditionally wear all white to their first communions, putting together the proper attire for an adult's first communion may cause you to pause. No need to stare blankly at your closet any longer. Discover the perfect adult first communion outfit for your shape, color and style preferences. You might even already have the perfect outfit -- you just don't know it yet.

Selecting the Style

The style of your perfect outfit depends on your body shape. If you have curves, a high-waisted skirt or an hourglass dress is ideal to highlight your curves. For very petite figures, a good choice is a knee-length, straight dress. If you have short legs, a maxi dress will elongate your body, making you look slim and taller than you are. If you tend to carry weight in the middle section of your body, avoid clingy material and pick loose-fitting tops with flowing skirts. No matter what your size is, ensure your dress is tailored to your shape -- extra material is not a good look for anyone.

Commit to Color

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Choosing the right color has a lot to do with your skin color. For lighter skin, stick to vibrant pinks, purples and blues. You don’t want your dress to be too brightly colored as to distract from the ceremony, but you want to wear a color that will complement your fair skin. If you have darker skin, pastel colors can enhance your coloring and bring out your eyes. White is a classic choice for any first communion; a shade of cream would also be traditional and classy.

Picking Prints and Finding Fabrics

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Subtle floral prints are appropriate for church-related events. Keep in mind that floral is associated with spring and summer, so if your event is in the fall or winter, you may want to skip the flowers and choose a more generic print. When choosing any print, take into consideration your shape, and what parts of your body you feel the most comfortable with. Large prints tend to draw attention to the body parts they are covering. However, smaller prints are usually flattering on all women. When picking your dress, also take into consideration the fabric. Many first communions require repeated sitting and standing, which may quickly wrinkle a dress made from fabrics such as linen or cotton.

Keeping It Conservative

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Don’t forget where you are. You’re going to church, so you want to keep your outfit somewhat conservative. Many women may feel more comfortable in a suit; as long as the suit’s color complements your skin tone and is well tailored, you can't go wrong. If you do wear a dress, go for small sleeves to cover your shoulders a bit. If you find a strapless dress you love, throw on a light sweater or cute cardigan for a respectful look. Wear closed-toe shoes for the most conservative finish. In any church or business event, polished toenails should not be sticking out of heels.


A man can wear neatly pressed khakis or slacks to his first communion. Wrinkly or baggy pants show a sense of disrespect in many churches. Pair the pants with a dress shirt, sports coat or polo. A gray or blue suit is also a traditional, classy option. If you choose to wear a tie, steer clear of wild prints. Remember -- less is more.