Think of a pan of a crowd in a news segment that catches a priest or sister in religious garb. For that instant, thoughts of Church, God, and Catholicism pop into mind.
When I was a baby priest, occasionally I would be walking down the street and catch a glimpse of myself with my collar on in a store window. It would jolt me into remembering that I was living a very public Catholic life involving powerful symbols and that my actions meant something to other people. It is not about me, a humbling lesson to learn, but about that collar and what it is supposed to represent.
As I previously stated in my post Nuns Should Wear the Habit, which is one of the most popular pages on my blog, all religious should wear a religious habit - not laypeople's clothing. As a priest, I want to wear a cassock and Roman Collar at all times. It's so vitally important for public witnesses of the Truth to be in our world.
I am recommending a recent article on Adoro te Devote on this subject.