Have you ever wondered about the topic; 'Christian fashion', if so, you need to check out this fabulous blog post. It'll tell you everything you need to know.
"You are altogether beautiful, my darling, beautiful in every way." - Song of Solomon 4:7
Being Christian doesn't mean you can't be beautiful or care about the way the way you look. God has asked us to treat our bodies like a temple, and part of that treatment involves what clothes we choose to wear.
Oftentimes it feels like the fashion world and Christian values are at odds with one another, but this doesn't have to be the case.
There are plenty of great Christian designers out there, who are fighting to exist in a competitive industry that doesn't always embrace outside ideas.
Just ask Kylie Bisutti, a Christian model who quit her job at Victoria's Secret to start her own clothing line in 2013 called God Inspired Fashion. Five years later and her business is still going strong.
But what exactly is Christian fashion?
We're here to help you answer that question by looking at what it means to create a wardrobe that is both modest and fashionable - that honors God while honoring your own unique style.
Read on to find out what that looks like.
True Modesty Comes From Within
There is no dress code in the bible for the "right way" to dress with modesty, and what's right for you might not be the same for someone else.
You have to find clothes that you feel comfortable and confident in, that you can live your life and do God's work in without worrying about how others are perceiving you.
For many women, this means avoiding low hemlines, low cut tops, and overly tight clothing. Some people are lucky enough to live in cities where Christian boutique stores offer trendy clothes that work with your values, but not everyone has that option.
Luckily there are a lot of tricks and style hacks you can use to create beautiful, stylish outfits that you can be proud of.
It's All About Layers
It's really difficult to find clothes right off the rack in popular department stores that aren't too tight or too revealing.
For instance, we live in a culture that is obsessed with leggings, and suddenly it's okay to wear them as if they were pants, despite how much of your body they show off.
But layers can be the solution to all of your problems. Leggings are fine, as long as you wear them under a dress, a long cardigan, or a thigh-length blouse.
If you find a dress that you love, but the neckline is a little too low, wear a camisole underneath it, or a scarf on top. You can even wear a cute button up shirt under a dress to create a fun, unique look. Think trendy librarian.
The same goes for a dress that's too short. Maybe it shrunk a little in the wash. Simply wearing a slightly longer skirt underneath can fix that right away, and might actually add a pop of color.
Getting creative with your clothes allows you to express yourself while still holding true to your values.
Do Your Shopping Online
It's great to be able to try things on in the store, but doing more of your shopping online opens up an almost infinite world of possibilities.
You may be able to find a brand online that they don't carry in your local stores, one that has styles and designs you're excited about, that you'll also feel comfortable in.
One Faith Boutique is an online store that sells beautiful women's clothes, with an emphasis on providing great style options for curvier women. They're always getting in new styles, and they make sure to have models of all sizes in their photos, so you can see how the clothes will look on real people.
When you find an online store you like, make sure to share it with your friends, and find out what their favorite brands are.
A lot of what you will find when you search for Christian clothing online are printed t-shirts and sweatshirts with inspirational messages about faith.
These are great, but there are many occasions where it's not appropriate to wear a t-shirt, so finding stores online that consistently release new styles you love is going to make your wardrobe sparkle.
Look to Christian Bloggers for Fashion Ideas
While there might not be a long list of Christian clothing designers, there are a ton of Christian fashion bloggers out there who love sharing their style advice.
Jeanette Johnson runs a blog called J's Everyday Fashion. She grew up loving fashion but felt that her faith was in conflict with her passion.
"Jesus and style are like oil and water," Johnson writes, "Or at least that's what I grew up believing."
But a lot has changed for her since then, and she has come to realize that it's possible to uphold her Christian values while sharing her love of fashion with the world.
Erin Morris is another blogger who went through a similar struggle in her youth.
In one of her posts she writes, "I believe the Lord truly created us in His image, and desires for us -- His girls -- to be joy-filled, to be free, to have fun and soak up all the good, good things on this broken but beautiful world we live in. Things that are a small, faded picture of heaven and eternity."
Well said, Erin. Who can argue with that?
The Right Accessories Can Turn Any Outfit into Christian Fashion
Once you've updated your wardrobe to include some more modern Christian fashion ideas, you might want to accessorize with some beautiful and affordable Christian gifts.
Our jewelry also makes wonderful gifts for family and friends.
In the first epistle of Peter, it says, "It is not fancy hair, gold jewelry, or fine clothes that should make you beautiful. No, your beauty should come from inside you - the beauty of a gentle and quiet spirit. That beauty will never disappear and it is worth very much to God."
It is not our jewelry or our clothes that make us beautiful in the eyes of God; it is our Spirit. But that doesn't mean that we shouldn't enjoy and appreciate the earthly pleasures that He has given us.
Contact us for any questions you might have about how our jewelry and gift baskets can bring joy to you and your loved ones.