Jacqueline: I wish I could say that our masses in New York have properly dressed people. I know at the 5:00pm
on Sunday night, I can see that the girls put on shorts and a t shirt over their bathing suits. The shorts are quite short.
They just look inappropriate for Mass.
Then I think to myself, well at least they are coming to Mass. Now a days they don't think to dress properly for Mass.
I agree that I prefer to see others dressed for mass more traditionally. But especially the afternoon masses, those I think are expected to be a little lighter in the expectations for dress.
I don't know about bathing suits and a tee-shirt. Perhaps that might be inappropriate dress for mass, but this usually dressed tradition-for-mass lady, has on an occasional Sunday, been happy to be able to wear more comfortable clothing to mass, rather than miss it altogether. Around here in casual So. CA, and depending upon the parish, it is not usual to see many dressed quite casual for mass.