The Big Question About Fashion
Can you love God and fashion?
How can you have a job in something that is deemed “superficial?”
Are you loving this world if you love fashion and clothes?
Is a talent for fashion a God-given ability, or just something you’re good at?
Can fashion glorify God?
These questions have been swirling around in my mind a lot lately. I’m somebody that clears their thoughts by writing stuff down, so this post is more for me than anyone else. However, I know I’m not the only Christian girl out there that has struggled with this same thing, and I hope this help brings some clarity to someone else.
I believe that everyone was born with certain talents, passions, and skills meant to glorify God. Whether you use those skills in a job, a career, at home, in the mission field, or in your community, they are can all contribute to His kingdom.
Some are a lot more obvious than others. A doctor is the most obvious one that comes to my mind. You are helping the sick and healing them with the power of God working through you. To me, this is like the epitome of walking in Jesus’ footsteps.
“When Jesus landed and saw a large crowd, he had compassion on them and healed their sick.” Matthew 14:14
What about a teacher? You are shaping young minds to grow and be our next generation. The same goes for working in childcare and being a mom, just to name a few. It’s pretty easy to see that these are “wholesome,” God-given, make-a-difference jobs.
Then there are other career paths that don’t “obviously” seem like they would glorify God, but they do. You can glorify God by being honest, working for God and not man, growing your God-given skill set, providing for your family, and being a light to those around you. Whether you’re an accountant, janitor, research analyst, construction worker, or banker, you can glorify God with your talents.
“Whatever you do, work at it with all your heart, as working for the Lord, not for human masters.” Colossians 3:23
Okay, so what about jobs that seem to have a bad taste in Christian’s mouths (fashion, beauty, modeling, etc.)?
First, let’s look at God.
It’s no secret that God is a God of beauty. Just look around you if you’re not sure.
It’s also no secret that God knew a thing or two about clothes, colors, textures, and what would look good together. We know God is a God of beauty and detail, and that’s the majority of fashion and other creative industries.
Yes, fashion can definitely have a darker side, but is it blunt or just true to say that everything can have a darker side?
“Working in the fashion industry is no different to any other job. Every industry is filled with lost, unbelievers in need of hope and a saviour. Yes, it’s tough and a place driven by money and lust, but I’m ready to be used by God to change people’s lives. We’re all called to be missionaries, and my mission is the world of arts. Though a dangerous field to enter, I know this is my calling and the place God wants me to so boldly dominate.” –Lisa Walden
“I say this: God is creativity. He created the earth, he created the seasons – he made it so that we need to wear different things at different times of the year. In Exodus again there’s a whole section on designing the tabernacle – God is a designer too. So much of the imagery in the Bible is about garments and clothing, God is interested in these things.” –Simon Ward
There’s so much passion bursting around these creative industries. Did you know there’s such a thing as Christian Fashion Week? Buzzfeed actually reviewed it and didn’t have too many bad things to say about it, imagine that!
For me, fashion comes down to creativity.
I always knew this about myself, but after reading A Cure for the Common Life by Max Lucado, it helped me narrow down my God-given talents into two words: design and create. So that must be why I’ve always loved putting outfits together, decorating my house, upcycling home projects, taking pictures, writing, and more. Cheers for being the starving artist!
“If God’s given you a gift, you want to do whatever you can to honor him through that, and I guess I have this gift about fashion.” -Jerry Lorenzo
So if working in fashion is okay, does that mean you can just wear whatever and call yourself a Christian? Aren’t there rules on how to dress?
Rules? There are none. That is, if you’re looking for “how many inches your shorts should be from your knee” and “how thick your tank top straps should be.” Bikinis? Short shorts? Tank tops? Strapless tops? The list goes on. There is no checklist about what we should and shouldn’t wear, but we do have principles, the most popular being:
“…women adorn themselves in modest apparel, with propriety and moderation, not with braided hair or gold or pearls or costly clothing, but which is proper for women professing godliness, with good works.” 1 Timothy 2:9-10
”Your beauty should not come from outward adornment, such as elaborate hairstyles and the wearing of gold jewelry or fine clothes. 4 Rather, it should be that of your inner self, the unfading beauty of a gentle and quiet spirit, which is of great worth in God’s sight.” 1 Peter 3:3-4
“Therefore, I urge you, brothers and sisters, in view of God’s mercy, to offer your bodies as a living sacrifice, holy and pleasing to God—this is your true and proper worship.” Romans 12:1
What does all of that mean? Notice that there seems to be a reoccurring theme that it all comes back to: the heart.
“If a woman’s heart is inclined toward godliness, she will wear clothing… that does not reflect negatively upon her personal testimony as a child of God. Modesty in dress reveals a modesty and godliness of the heart, attitudes that should be the desire of all women who live to please and honor God.” - Got Questions
So what will set you apart from being just another fashion blogger to a Christian fashion blogger?
We know we’re supposed to be in the world but not of it (John 17:14-19). For me personally, and I think most cases are personal, this means coming to God with an honest, open heart, and be willing to feel convicted by the Holy Spirit about the things I should let go.
For me, this means I will seek God’s wisdom everyday to see how I can best use my God-given talents to glorify Him.
- This post contains excerpts from an original article that you can read on Carolyn's blog HERE.
Carolyn is a wife, blogger, photographer, and chaser of the creative arts living in Iowa. She loves to blog about fashion, DIY house projects, and real life struggles. Carolyn is passionate about Jesus and using her abilities to glorify Him. She loves coffee, sparkly things, all things Paris, and being cozy. Read more on herfashion blog, or connect with her on Instagram.