While some are fascinated with the sacred temple garment that endowed1, temple-going Mormons wear, another kind of Mormon underwear goes virtually unnoticed!
The Mormon church encourages modest dress and demeanor. Mormon girls and boys are encouraged to follow the guidelines in the For the Strength of Youth pamphlet:
Servants of God have always counseled his children to dress modestly to show respect for him and for themselves. Because the way you dress sends messages about yourself to others and often influences the way you and others act, you should dress in such a way as to bring out the best in yourself and those around you. However, if you wear an immodest bathing suit because it’s “the style,” it sends a message that you are using your body to get attention and approval, and that modesty is not important.
Immodest clothing includes short shorts, tight pants, and other revealing attire. Young women should refrain from wearing off-the-shoulder, low-cut, or revealing clothes. Young men should similarly maintain modesty in their dress. All should avoid tight fitting or revealing clothes and extremes in clothing and appearance.
Since recent fashion trends are toward bare midriffs and sleeveless styles, several clothiers have sprung up to bridge the gap (pun intended) between what faithful Mormons want to wear and what is sold in stores. Companies like Modbe, ComforTeez, and Great Lengths sell a variety of camisoles, cap sleeves, and tank tops that Mormon girls and women can wear underneath their clothes, making it possible to wear a wider variety of styles.
1. Endowed Mormons are those who have participated in a series of Mormon temple ceremonies called the endowment. This usually occur before leaving on a Mormon mission or before getting married. Read more about the Mormon temple endowment.