I really only have one real complaint about the Church, and it has to do, of course, with womenâ€™s fashion. I am talking about temple garments. Now to be perfectly clear: I am completely in favor of temple garments and wearing them as instructed in the temple. I served for more than a year as a temple ordinance worker, and the rituals of the temple with their associated theology and covenants are perhaps the sweetest part of the Gospel to me. I willingly and happily keep the covenants associated with the garment. I just do so with a sense of wistful regret.
The regret comes from the fact that prior to her endowment I used to see my wife (who was then my old friend and later my fiancÃ©e) in tank-tops and dresses that exposed shoulders and clavicles. She never wore anything immodest, but she did wear things that are no longer practical with garments. And she looked fabulous.
The garment, it seems to me, is an imperfect arbiter of modesty, and I am not convinced that this is its main purpose. However, de facto it becomes the controlling force in acceptable clothing for endowed Latter-day Saints, particularly women. As a man, I canâ€™t say that the garment places any restrictions at all on my fashion sense, even if I had any. I do, however, regret from time to time the restrictions it places of my wifeâ€™s choices.