High Church vs. Low Church:
Importance of Context.
The term "high church" is contextual and not absolute, as is the use of the term "low church" when used as a contrast. Hooker was "high church" in contrast to Cartwright, but many "high church" today consider him too "low church" and reject him outright as a "protestant" (and he was, but in the best sense of the term as protesting the errors of Rome and Puritan alike). The practices of the Free Church of England may be decried by "the Continuum" today as "low church" (1662 Prayer Book, surplice and tippets, etc) but in the 18th century those practices would have been considered the norm or even "high church" (continued use of the surplice when many in that time rioted against it). The Caroline divines and those who protected the BCP from the Puritans were "high church," but the use of the very Prayer Book they laid out and defended (the 1662) is considered "low church" by those who use the 1928 American or the Missals. Also, the "high church" Scottish bishops from whom we received the 1928 Eucharistic liturgy and the American succession would be considered "high" in their theology but "low" in their practice--they wore only black gowns when consecrating Seabury to the episcopate. And this is why I ask each "faction" to examine the function of why something is being done in a certain way by a certain group at a certain time and be charitable in their judgments.
That being said, when visitors from other Anglican jurisdictions (and from other countries) visit our parish, I'd like them to be able to recognize the vesture and worship as historically Anglican. Indeed, if Hooker or Laud or Wesley entered our parish I'd hope they'd feel at home with what we were doing--preaching Biblical doctrines, using the historic Prayer Book, following traditional Anglican ceremonial, etc. I'm being idealistic (and perhaps not realistic) here; ideally I'd like the minister to be wearing something readily identifiable as some form of historic Anglican vesture (something along the lines of the rubric from the 1928 English book--surplice and stole or alb and vestment/chasuble/cope), so that when someone went from parish to parish they'd see the family resemblance. Black Geneva gowns, suits and ties, lacy cottas, etc, probably wouldn't fit the bill to make this happen.
And with all that being said, a Sunday Eucharist from the historic Prayer Book with a Biblical sermon is more important than vesture.