Christian fashion can be modest; be in good taste; and not offend our brothers and sisters in Christ. You and I like to be in style most of time, and it can be done even with the current non-modest fashions given out there.
Perhaps just a few tweaks and adjustments is all you may need to make and/or redesign your outfit to look great, tasteful, and yet appropriate for all those occasions and events, and for all who may come in contact with you while wearing it.
What you may think of as fashion or stylish may not be to someone else, especially in a worldly sense, but we as believers and followers of Christ should know and understand immediately if what we are wearing is offensive to those who are in the body of Christ. In that sense, Christian fashion should not be at all offensive to the believer or the unbeliever. It must be modest for the most part and not offend another person.
You don't want to cause others to sin or become a stumbling block to those who are weak in their faith.(1 Corinthians 8:9)
Remember that wonderful Bible verse that chimes in our hearts and heads, which remind us of this truth? 1 Corinthians 10:32-33 exhorts the believer, saying, "Give none offense, neither to the Jews, nor the Gentiles: nor to the church of God. Even as I please all men in all things, not seeking mine own profit, but the profit of many, that they may be saved."
You know, when you think of "fashion", you're looking at those particular styles that kind of come and go and flow with the time, era, or season they come in. Every year you'll see a different line of fashion from various designers for each type of clothing they create. Some are genuinely interesting in how they are created!
Even within the confines of Christian fashion, there are various trends that come and go within fashion lines as they are more expressive and sometime dramatic in appearance, generally not lasting for too many years. However, you may enjoy a particular "fashionable"piece of clothing or wardrobe line, and yet can put your own style to it, or twist to the original article. You can truly create your own stylish, modest wardrobe within a particular fashion's line of clothing.
What we tend to do many times, especially if we come upon a really cute outfit or a sharp-looking suit is to quickly think about how good it will look on us, or the attention we may get from others in wearing those clothes. I don't know about you, but most of the time I am thinking of the feeling of pride and joy in which those particular pieces of clothing will offer me if I wear them.
Of course, that is fleshly-thinking isn't it! That's what Satan wants to do--is to get us to concentrate on the feelings we get out of wearing certain clothing, or dressing in a particular way that turns the heads of people towards us, which can ultimately creates feelings of lust and desires in our heart that are not pleasing to the Lord.
As believers and followers of Christ; however, this is not what our dear Lord would have you or me do and/or act. If we are to be salt and light, and a beacon of hope to those who are perishing without Him, we must look first, and heed His instructions on what is correct in the line of our apparel.
You may be a bit confused as to what kinds of clothing to buy for yourself and your family, especially when all you see in today's clothing stores are articles that scream out "sexy, sexy, success, and more sexy"! So, what do you look for when designing, sewing, or purchasing Christian fashion, but making it out to be modest and tasteful as well? Well, consider these pointers as your guide:
Now, there are no words given in today's terminology of "Christian fashion" present in the Bible, but there are various instructions to follow as to what is considered proper Christian attire and what is not. This way, you and I will not become deceived and can discern what is truly modest compared to what is not in the way of Christian fashion.
Consider these following passages of scripture as you examine this issue in your own life:
There are ways to change a dress, skirt, shorts, pants, suit, or mostly any type of clothing that has been made or designed to be sexy, too sensual, too loose, too tight, too low-cut, or just too ugly into something that would be considered as proper Christian fashion.
Now, you may say or think that there is no way in which you can change or modify an outfit that is not fit to be worn as is otherwise; however, even if you have a very small knowledge of sewing, placing buttons, lowering or extending a hem (or adding to the length with lace or fabric), or whatever it might be, you may still be able to alter it in some way that will change the look and feel of the outfit.
Furthermore, if you have no sewing skills whatsoever, or do not want to tackle that kind of task for yourself, there are tons of people (men and women alike) who already know how to do these things and are happy to help you. Just ask around!
Just give that person a detailed idea of how you want to recreate the article of clothing to make it wearable, and to make it look more like it's Christian fashion.
If you don't have enough money, then do some kind of bartering for it. (Examples are: babysitting their children, fixing their car, cook or bake for them, teach their children a useful skill, do their plumbing for them, take a construction job for them, etc.) There are so many ways around something that needs to get done.
You may also find that you have clothing and other outfits that are outdated and need a bit of Christian fashion expertise from other ladies in your church or community. My mother used to make me and my sisters dresses from pretty bedsheets or curtain that had lovely designs on them. She and my father had very little money to live on with five children to feed, clothe, and take care of. She found ways to buy fabric, notions, and other materials needed to make shirts, pants, ties, and suits for my dad and brother.
It's not the fact of being able to sew or design an article of clothing from what looks like the world to that of a more Christian modest style, but you can also become resourceful in where you get the fabric, notions, and materials to recreate your outfits!
Just ask around and you will find people who can help you come up with a great outfit that suits you, looks great on you, but also one that is appropriate attire for a Christian person to wear and not be ashamed of what he/she is wearing whenever out in the world and in public; something that looks and represents Christian fashion and design.
Let the thought and fact that you have been placed here on this earth and in this time for a particular purpose of God trump over what your fleshly and earthly desires may want. Many of us have the tendency to forget that each of us was created and made, not just by God, but for Him, and thus, for His purposes alone.
Let these passages guide your thinking processes whenever you decide what to wear, what your Christian fashion or style should be, and so on. Consider the following verses:
In conclusion, I want to say that God does not expect perfection out of you when it comes to wearing Christian fashion and having stylish clothing, as long as you are representing Him as your Lord and King to the world.
In a world of turmoil, violence, strife, and sexual perversion, you want to represent yourself as a beacon and light that shines for Christ. Matthew 5:16 gives you and me this command to, "Let your light so shine before men, that they may see your good works, and glorify your Father which is in heaven."
Think not just on showing yourself out there in front of others as someone who is stylish, fashionable, or trendy. Yes, that's nice, but you really don't want to be known for this, not nearly as much as being known for that person who demonstrates his/her love and passion for Christ and for spreading the gospel to others.
How could you do this and be effective if you are wearing worldly-types of clothes, right? So consider others, your spiritual testimony, and the kind of Christian fashion and lifestyle you want to be happy in, as well as in pleasing the Lord, and you will have peace, joy, and happiness while honoring Him at the same time!
May the Lord bless you and all your efforts to serve Him!
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