In nondenominational churches and numerous evangelical churches the pastor or priest is casually dressed for services. Priests in the Church of England in February will discuss the possibility of allowing casual clothing.
The London Independent reported, "About a quarter of the Anglican church’s governing body backed the proposal, under which vicars would be able to wear ordinary clothes if their bishop and church council agreed."
The clothing that priests wear are called vestments. Vestaments include cassocks (full length robe), clerical collars and mitre hats.
The Roman Catholic Church also requires its priests to wear vestments. Catholic priests Charles Mangan and Gerald Murray defend these rules in their article "23 Reasons Why A Priest Should Wear His Collar" by comparing the clerical collar to a wedding ring: "The Roman collar is a sign of priestly consecration to the Lord. As a wedding ring distinguishes husband and wife and symbolizes the union they enjoy, so the Roman collar identifies bishops and priests ..."