Traditional Plain Dress Resources Traditional plain dress runs quite a gamut, but in general the women wear long dresses, often with a cape or kerchief or other second layer to cover the bosom. Fabrics are usually solids or simple prints. Aprons are also common. Black shoes and stockings are worn by the most conservative. Makeup and jewelry are avoided, , per I Tim. 2: 9,10 "In like manner also, that women adorn themselves in modest apparel, with shamefacedness and sobriety.