CDA Officers and District Deputies wear robes on formal occasions. Please ensure that your robe is worn properly. Wearing robes correctly shows our pride in, and our respect for, our Order.
- Robes are to be worn with dignity and respect.
- Robes are to be eleven inches (11") from the floor in your white shoes. (This is accomplished by hemming your robe while wearing the white shoes that you will wear for the ceremonials)
- Dress or skirt must be shorter than the robe. You MUST wear clothing under your robe at all times.
- White shoes (no flip-flop sandals) are to be worn with robes at all times.
- Wear robes with or without nylons. However, nylons must be neutral/nude or flesh/skin tone.
- Robes are to be clean and well pressed.
- ONE earring on each ear is allowed. Small stud/post earrings that do not hang below the ear lobe may be worn with robes. No other facial jewelry is allowed.
- Rings on your ring finger and your watch are allowed.
- Necklaces and collars should not show when the robe is zipped up.
- Robes are NOT worn outside unless you are in procession. Arriving or leaving the church/ceremony you MUST carry your robe folded over your arm.
- Handbags are NOT to be carried when in procession with robes.
- Slacks, capris, or shorts are NOT to be worn with robes at any time.
- Do NOT carry cameras, tablets, booklets, binders, programs, or worship aids while wearing your robe.
- Do not pin corsages, membership pins, or nametags to your robe. Do not use magnetic name tags on your robe. Do not wear a lanyard or a corded name tag over your robe.
- Inspect your robe to see that it is clean and pressed before each wearing.
- Carry a belt just in case your dress is too long for your robe. Once you are wearing your belt, your dress can be pulled up and the belt will hold it in place.
- Robes are heavy and tend to slip backwards. When you stand, straighten the robe so that it is in the proper position on your shoulders.
- When you are issued a robe as a new court officer, do not allow the robe to be cut when having it hemmed. Do not hem the sleeves.
- Hem your robe by hand. Hemming tape and machine stitching will leave permanent marks on the robe.