The Life of The Amish; Reflecting Their Beliefs In Clothes.

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Amish believe that life should be lived without selfishness, so naturally they try to reject things such as vanity and spending too much time on how they look, this is why they dress so plainly. Amish clothing usually varies on the area and church standards, but are all very simple and modest.

Amish women and girls wear modest dresses made from solid fabrics (without patterns) with no shorter sleeves then about 4 inches, as for the length of the dresses they vary between mid-calf to ankle length. The Amish women also wear an apron over their dresses and a white “prayer cap” on their heads with their hair, which they never cut, pulled back into a bun. Amish women do not wear jewelry.

The men and boys wear black or dark colored pants with suspenders, solid-colored shirts, black socks & shoes and ether black felt or straw broad-brimmed hats. Amish men shave theirs beards until they are married, but then still continue to shave their mustaches.

The Amish feel dressing like this helps encourage humility and separation from the world, while helping them to shun things such as vanity and selfishness. To the Amish their clothing is not just a costume; it is a way of expressing their faith and beliefs.

- Marilyn Stoltzfus,          

Daughter of R&G Services founder and owner.