In the last hundred years or so, women’s clothing has changed a lot and I have to say I think it has changed for the worse. The way it used to be, women’s clothing was much different than men’s. The dresses women wore were distinctly feminine and modest. Then, women began to be discontent with their place in the home. They wanted jobs like the men, money like the men and eventually clothes like the men. With the rise of the Women’s Sufferage Movement women like Susan B. Anthony and others stirred women’s hearts to want a life outside the home and encouraged unsubmisiveness to men’s leadership.
As more women entered the work force, they began to see that if women and men are equal, they should be able to wear the same kinds of clothes as men and have the same freedoms as men. Soon skirts and sleeves began shortening to make way for a new era of revealing shirts, tight jeans, holes in the clothing and more. Fashion designers and clothing manufacturers try to apeall to our selfishness and our longing to be pretty and popular. Of course you all know what I’m talking about so, I have a question. Are those types of clothing honoring and glorifying to God? Read these verses and see what you think:
“The woman shall not wear that which pertaineth unto a man…for all that do so are abomination unto the LORD thy God.” -Deuteronomy 22:5
“In like manner also, that women adorn themselves in modest apparel, with humbleness and sobriety; not with extravagant hair, or gold, or pearls, or costly array.” – 1Timothy 2:9
I think the answer is obviously no.
So, what are we supposed to do? Let’s dress in such a way that is presentable and modest, not to draw attention to ourselves but to tell the world who we are and Whose we are, who we follow and and who we don’t follow. Be content with the way God made you and His will for your life. Let’s be the kind of people that others will see and think “Wow. There is something different about her! Why doesn’t she dress and act like everyone else? I want to know more.” and don’t be suprised if someone just comes up to you and asks if you’re a Christian. Let your light shine in the way you dress and act and always be ready to give an answer to those who ask you about your convictions and faith.
There is a song by Barlow Girl called ‘Clothes’ and it really speaks to this topic in a way I’ve never heard in music before.
Watch it here. Lyrics are below.
Clothes aren’t what they used to be
They don’t seem to fit you and me anymore
Modesty is out the door
Flaunting what we’ve got and more is in
Yeah it’s in
Don’t ask why just wear what we say
You’ll look like a model if you’ll only obey
To get the attention, just do what we say
Pay so much for clothes so small
Was that shirt made for me or my doll?
Is this all I get?
I looked so hot but caught a cold
I was doing just what I was told
To fit in
We’re saying let’s ask why
Don’t wear what they say
Don’t want to be a model
They can’t eat anyway
That kind of attention will fade with the day
So I’ll stand up and say
Clothes that fit are fine
Won’t show whats mine
Don’t change my mind
I’ll be fine