Dear 100 Hour Board,
Can women wear really formal dress slacks to do baptisms at the temple? Like to walk into the temple (I know you change once you get in there). Or does it have to be a dress or skirt?
-My Name Here
From what I understand, the Church doesn't have a clear cut rule of what you can and cannot wear to the temple. This article states that, "You should dress in modest, clean, conservative clothing, like you're going to sacrament meeting." However, I know of many situations when someone, like Alta, who just need to go to the temple and they do it with the clothes that they are wearing at the time. I think it is better to go to the temple than it is to not go because of clothing concerns.
So to answer your question, you do not need to wear a dress or a skirt, but you should do your best to dress as best as you can.
-Sunday Night Banter
Dear Your Name There,
First of all, I don't speak for the LDS Church as a whole, and I'm not a spokesperson for Church policy. That being said...
I have personally worn blue jeans to the temple before and none of the temple workers even batted an eye, so I'm pretty sure dress slacks would be just fine. It was in high school, and one day I just really felt like I needed the peace and solace of the temple. Conveniently, the temple was on the way during my walk home from school, and I had my temple recommend in my wallet, so I decided to just go as I was to do baptisms. It ended up being exactly what I needed and I was glad I went. I changed almost immediately once I got there, and being there was better than not being there, regardless of my attire. But after that I kept a skirt in my locker just in case.
The important thing to remember is that the temple is the house of God, and the way we dress when we go there is a way for us to signal our respect, devotion, and love for Him. As one temple president put it, we would do well to remember that as soon as we pass through the temple doors, we are stepping on sacred ground. So being the person I am now, knowing what I know about the sanctity of temples, I wouldn't wear jeans to the temple again. But if a woman personally feels like she is showing respect for God by wearing dress slacks to the temple, I don't see an issue with that. Most of the temple workers I've met are more concerned with the fact that somebody is at the temple rather than with what they're wearing, and as we know, Heavenly Father looks on the heart, not on the outward appearance.