Guidelines for Wearing White
Definition of Wearing White
A member wearing white should wear a white dress, or a white suit jacket and skirt, or a white blouse and skirt. White clothing should be considered as ‘business attire.’ Dress slacks may be worn with approval.
A member wearing white must wear white shoes; no flip flop sandals.
White nylons should NOT be worn. If nylons are worn, they must be nude or your flesh/skin tone.
A member wearing white may not wear shorts or capris.
A member wearing white may wear jewelry (but not with a robe). Please refer to Robe Protocol.
The wearing of white on formal occasions is a lovely tradition. It helps us to be more visible at parish and community functions. Wearing white compliments formal ceremonies such as a reception of new members or the institution of a new court.
However, the wearing of white is not mandatory at most events. It may be detrimental to recruitment and attendance at CDA functions. Many women cannot afford the extra expense, and some feel uncomfortable wearing white (especially in the winter months).
We must ensure that all women know that ‘what we wear’ is secondary to ‘who we are’. Unity is a condition of harmony and we must present a sincere welcoming spirit. No one should feel left out of a CDA function because she isn’t wearing white.
- Robes must be worn with white shoes.
- Members acting as color guards or banner bearers must wear white clothing and white shoes. The color guard also wears a red, white, and blue ribbon over the left shoulder to the right hip. Red is on the top next to the neck.
- Members bringing up the Gifts, acting as Readers or Extra Ordinary Ministers of the Eucharistic (EMHC) at State and National Conventions wear white.
- State Chairmen and Past State Regents must wear white to participate in Local and State Processions.
- Membership and Extension chairmen and Ceremonial Coordinators wear white at the receptions of new members and other formal ceremonies. (Page 4, Tools of the Trade)
White is Not Required but Suggested:
- Officers should wear white when being installed.
(Exception - officers of a new court)
- State Officers, State Chairmen, District Deputies, and Court Officers should wear white at the institutions of new courts, multi-district receptions of new members, and multi-district installations of officers.
- Officers and members standing honor guard at a member's funeral should wear white clothing and white shoes.
- Members participating in wake/memorial services should wear white clothing and white shoes as a sign of respect and solidarity with our deceased member.
White is Not Required at the Following:
- Court Meetings
- District Meetings
- Convention Meetings
- Corporate Communions
- Institutions of New Courts
Note: If your court/district is hosting an activity such as an anniversary or Corporate Communion, and you would like to wear white, please feel free to do so. However, the court members should have the opportunity to vote on the issue. Please inform your national, state, and local guests that you will be wearing white in the invitation giving them the opportunity to participate. Wearing white will be your guests' choice.