The Marylike Movement began with a call from the Pope for a Movement for Modesty. Father Bernard Kunkle decided to started the “Purity Crusade of Mary Immaculate” around 1953, which later was re-named to “The Marylike Crusade“. They focused on dressing in clothing that adhered more to what Mary would approve of, so to speak. Making the sacrifice for sinners and souls. There is a link between their motives and Our Lady of Fatima’s call to save souls.
Although many, many Catholic’s promote the Marylike Crusade’s modesty standards as the “Vatican’s Official Modesty Dress Code”, this is false. They are for the members of the Modesty Crusade.
Here are the Marylike Standards for the Members of the Marylike Crusade;
1.Marylike is modest without compromise, “like Mary”, Christ’s Mother.
2.Marylike dresses have sleeves extending at least to the elbows; and skirts reaching below the knees. (NOTE: Because of market conditions, quarter-length sleeves are temporarily tolerated with Ecclesiastical Approval, until Christian womanhood again turns to Mary as the model of modesty in dress.)
3.Marylike dresses require full coverage for the bodice, chest, shoulders and back; except for a cut-out about the neck not exceeding two inches below the neckline in front and in the back, and a corresponding two inches on the shoulders.
4.Marylike dresses do not admit as modest coverage transparent fabrics, laces, nets, organdy, nylons, etc. unless sufficient backing is added. However, their moderate use as trimmings is acceptable.
5.Marylike dresses avoid the improper use of flesh colored fabrics.
6.Marylike dresses conceal rather than reveal the figure of the wearer; they do not emphasize, unduly, parts of the body.
7.Marylike dresses provide full coverage, even after jacket, cape or stole are removed and after assuming a sitting position.