Talbot’s Preaching Dress

Oh, my. PeaceBang’s stage-motherish heart beats with joy when one of her suggestions works so well for her pigeons. Awhile ago I got a letter from Courtney asking for ideas for a summer preaching dress. I went shopping online and found something from Talbots that I thought was a classic enough shape and had enough coverage to allow a lady preacher in killer heat to preside without fainting dead away. It’s called the Flutter-Sleeve Knit Dress and if I wasn’t shaped like a three-tiered meatball I would own one in every color.

Here is Courtney in the dress I chose, looking just lovely and obviously having survived a day at church. First, her letter. She writes,

Dear PeaceBang,

Thank you so much for the suggestion of the Talbot’s dress. I wanted to send you a picture to thank you! Please excuse the lack of makeup – I just got home from morning worship and after the morning’s craziness (and sweat, and hugs, and handshakes), I’m afraid I look like I have none on. I had some great poppy lipstick on this morning, but it is no longer present!

It is beautiful, and was perfect for my needs. I’ve worn it two Sundays now, and though our sanctuary is not air conditioned and it is currently over 90, it is keeping me very, very cool. It covers everything, is high enough in the neckline and far enough below my knees that I don’t have to pay any extra attention to how I sit, and it looks great with a stole. It moves and breathes and is super comfortable. I’d highly recommend it to anyone.

I wear a thin belt to hook my lapel microphone to, which is the only thing that mars the pretty line of this dress, but it’s necessary until I come up with a better solution.

The only quibble I have with the dress is that’s very revealing. I’m smallish, so I can get away with it, but I still have to wear control top pantyhose to eliminate bumps. I had a bow on the front of one pair of undies that I had to cut off, because it actually showed because the dress’s fabric is so unforgiving.

This will be my summer preaching dress for a long time to come. Thank you. Thank you, thank you, thank you.

Here’s our girl looking swell:


By the way, I should think one could wear this to a summer wedding. Add a big flower in the hair for the reception and change out the shoes for a pair of strappy sandals. Bam. You’re good to go.

8 Replies to “Talbot’s Preaching Dress”

  1. Lovely pastor — FABULOUS HOUSE! Look at all that wood, and the staircase! And the molding around the windows, and the beautiful pendant lamp in the hallway! (Yes, I know I was supposed to be looking at the dress but C’MON!)

  2. Lovely! Did you buy it in petite because the dress looks long on the website but perfect length on you. Please let us know!

  3. Lovely dress. Lively woman. Did she really say she’s wearing control top hose in the summer? There are other options for a smooth line in the lingerie department.

  4. I found a VERY similar dress to this one at a Talbot’s outlet (in black, of course), and have been wearing it with a Woman Spirit Janie underneath so I can keep wearing a Roman collar. Although it definitely is not a maternity dress, it’s one of my precious few options for clericals at 6+months pregnant and 95 degrees. I don’t know if this one would fit a pregnant body (I’m guessing not, because of the waist), but the one I found it amazing.
    In fact, I’m planning to wear it to a wedding tomorrow!

  5. Absolutely marvelous. Courtney, you wear the dress better than the Talbot’s model!

  6. Rev. Brigid – I did order it in petite (I’m 5′ 5″, but fairly short-waisted). It’s plenty long on me!

    And yes, the house is amazing – it’s the manse owned by the church and I feel lucky every day that my husband and I get to live in it!

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