DFG Designs: “Dressing For God”
Daughters of the King...are you dressing for God or for the world? Do you find yourself chasing after the latest fashion trend? Is your closet full and you just don’t have a thing to wear?
How does the modern Christian woman approach fashion trends, and also maintaining modesty that is pleasing to God?
There are questions that cross our minds when choosing our clothes and fashion accessories.
- Would I wear this to church?
- Is it sending the wrong message to those who will see me?
- Is there too much skin exposed?
- Is it too tight or body-hugging?
- Do I really need it?
Influences On Fashion Trends
As women, we not only want to look good but feel good in what we wear. Clothing has a very basic function, and that’s to cover our body.
Fashion has become a way to express ourselves. For some, wearing designer or brand-name apparel is a must. By doing so, one is conveying to others their socio-economic status. This is not something God desires His children to do.
Trends in fashion are influenced by several things:
- Celebrities and what they are wearing
- Predicting the mood of a culture
Celebrities have the highest impact on trends. Our culture desires to dress like someone famous regardless of how crazy or odd the style may be. The more outrageous, the more trendy it will become. Some go to extremes in buying apparel and accessories that have the appearance of top-designer labels.
How Does God Want Us To Dress?
Our clothing should make us feel confident while enhancing our beauty. However, we need to maintain a modest and pleasing appearance that God desires for us. The fashion industry designs and sells clothing based on worldly influences, and we must be on guard not to fall into the trap of choosing our clothing based on trying to make a false impression or an outward expression that is not in line with our walk with Christ.
“Women should adorn themselves in a respectable apparel, with modesty
and self-control” 1 Timothy 2:9
A tremendous amount of pressure is placed on women to stay consistent in maintaining an updated wardrobe. Wearing outdated clothing is frowned upon in the fashion industry and in our culture. If you aren’t wearing celebrity-inspired clothing, you are an outcast. If you aren’t carrying a handbag that has been featured on the arm of the rich and famous, you are an outcast. Some would go as far as labeling you with a “fashion disability!”
As Christian women, we are to be on guard not to succumb to the pressures of society, much less the fashion industry. Something very important to keep in mind is you are unique, and you are a daughter of the King, and your apparel should reflect your uniqueness and your own fashion sense.
If you have a closet full of clothes and are one of those who stands in front of all those clothes and says, “I don’t have a thing to wear,” then you are probably ready for a spiritual checkup. Focusing on what scripture has to say about materialism may help you to regain a new perspective about that closet full of clothes you have.
“Take care, and be on your guard against all covetousness, for one’s life does not consist in the abundance of his possessions.” Luke 12:15
“There is great gain in godliness with contentment...if we have food and clothing, we will be content.” 1 Timothy 6:6-7
Where The Focus Should Be
The Worldly Way of Thinking
“Clothes are what makes a person.”
The Godly Way of Thinking
“One’s soul, heart, and spirit is what makes a person.”
Dressing from the inside out should be the focus for each and every Godly woman.
Your Inner Beauty
“Let your adornment be the inner self with the lasting beauty of a gentle and quiet spirit.” Peter 3:4
Clothes only compliment the beauty found within.
The Modest Woman
“Women should dress themselves modestly and decently in suitable clothing…” Timothy 2: 8-10
How much is too much? There is no single answer that is spot on and many Christians will disagree on what is considered appropriate. We have simply given a guideline here.
- Chest area should be covered enough to prevent revealing cleavage.
- Hem level for dresses/skirts should not go above 4” inches from the knee.
- Backs should not be exposed.
- Shorts should not expose any part of the buttocks.
When your inner self is happy and Christ-like, your outer self will reflect that in what you choose to wear. The fashion industry has no power over you or your apparel choices and by refusing to follow the “trends,” you are pleasing God and valuing your own self-worth.
You are a modern Christian woman, full of beauty and equipped with the power to overcome!