This article was originally published on VICEStyle.
Growing up in a conservative town in the American Midwest called Zionsville, with its town hall based in a former church, let's just say I'm no stranger to the strong views many Christians have about clothing. And I can tell you that there is a whole lot more to dressing Christian-like than wearing W.W.J.D. bracelets and the souvenir t-shirt you got from Laguna Beach Christian Retreat in Panama City, Florida.
CHRISTIAN FASHION TIP 1: GOD CARES IF YOUR SHIRT DOESN'T COMPLEMENT YOUR SKIN TONE
Do you think it's merely a coincidence that the woman mentioned in Proverbs 31 is clothed in fine linen and purple? Well, “It doesn’t say she puts on her ratty sweatpants and old T-shirt to go about her business," reasons Shari Braendel, USA's "most sought-after Christian speaker on the topic of fashion," in her popular book Good Girls Don’t Have to Dress Bad. After seven years of introspective thought and analysis, Shari came to the conclusion that God does care if the colour of your blouse doesn’t complement your skin tone. “If God addresses a woman’s outside appearance in the Bible, he must think it’s important for us to talk about it too.” Braendel encourages us to consider the following: "Think of yourself as a package, a beautiful package for Christ! If given a choice, would you pick a present wrapped in old newspaper, or one lovingly and carefully adorned with shiny gold paper and a spectacular bow? The answer, of course, is obvious."
Seems like pretty solid reasoning to me. We all know Jesus would totally pick the chick in a shiny golden dress over the chick who just threw on some joggies and socks with sandals, so contrary to whatever you thought, God actually does care what you look like. As Shari concisely puts it, “Friend, our inside and our outside matters. God said so.” Amen Shari.
Shari’s not the only Christian who feels fashion is a very important subject for believers to address. There is an entire world of Christian fashion blogs and ministries, like model4jesus.com, all with tips on how to be the shiny golden present God wants you to be.
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