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Does God Care About What We Wear?

On Project Inspired, we like to stress modesty and our style guides often discuss dressing appropriately. However, there are some people who believe that God doesn’t care about what we look like on the outside. While this is the case with our physical appearance, does it count when it comes to how we present ourselves–including our clothes?

It all began with Adam and Eve. After they disobeyed God by eating from the tree of the knowledge of good and evil, they became aware of their nakedness, so they covered themselves with fig leaves. When God saw them, He redressed them before banishing them from Eden.

Unto Adam also and to his wife did the LORD God make coats of skins, and clothed them (Genesis 3:21).

Why did God redress them?

That seems to be the first indication of how important both clothes and modesty are to God. If He didn’t care, wouldn’t He have left Adam and Eve sporting their immodest leafy attire? Why would He clothe them in skins if their fig leaves already covered them sufficiently? There are so many other instances in the Bible that speak of covering up nakedness–not just getting dressed, but covering up and being modest.

In Matthew, Jesus tells a parable about a king who arranged a wedding banquet for his son. When the king came to meet with the guests, he saw a man not dressed for the occasion and called for him to be tied up and thrown out into the darkness. The story basically explains that we should all prepare for our salvation,“For many are called, but few are chosen” (Matthew 22:14). Now, even though the parable is about salvation, why does Jesus use the example of a man dressing inappropriately if dressing suitably is not important?

Scripture also talks about not causing our brothers to stumble. In 1 Timothy 2:9, it reads, “In like manner also, that women adorn themselves in modest apparel….” These references indicate that we are not to call attention to ourselves. We should not dress so extravagantly or sexily that we turn heads.

So with these examples mentioned, and so many more clearly present in scripture, it seems obvious that God expects that we all dress modestly and appropriately, doesn’t it?

Whether therefore ye eat, or drink, or whatsoever ye do, do all to the glory of God (1 Corinthians 10:31).

One thing is for sure, no matter what we do, we should glorify God, and this includes dressing ourselves.

Ladies, do you feel that scripture is clear about how we should dress? Do you believe that God expects us to be modest and appropriate in our attire?

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  1. Project Inspired

    Posted by 96Bekah on November 22, 2012 at 23:10

    yes!He DOES care! we cant dress is a way that makes others stumble. Women do NOT need to wear revealing clothes that are too low and too tight. We need to dress modestly but we can still do it fashionably.
    If you wear a skirt too shirt and tight, people can still see the outline of your body.
    Same thing with pants. They show the shape of your legs and make them to fit women to show. Your legs may be “covered”, but everyone can still see.
    In Deut. it says (paraphrased) a women should wear mens clothes and he shouldn’t wear womens clothing.
    And in the Bible days, they didnt have what we call pants. They pulled the back of their robes through their legs and tucked it in the belt.
    When we reveal our bodies, its like saying “Come get me!

  2. Shevtrixie

    Posted by Shevtrixie on November 15, 2012 at 10:06

    I have a certain way i like to dress and sometimes i get thoughts wether or not im going to attract guys and it makes me think wether or not im dressing modest. gah.

  3. Project Inspired

    Posted by hearthobbitses on November 14, 2012 at 14:30

    People often remark that I dress unusual (I tend to defy trends and go for retro/ hippie clothing 🙂 I think one should dress in what is comfortable to them and focus on if it pleases God.

  4. violinist4Him

    Posted by violinist4Him on November 14, 2012 at 09:13

    my view is that we are not to cause others to sin. Dressing immodesly WILL cause men/boys to sin, and that can’t be argued. I think its not up to us to determine what’s modest and what’s not because we don’t know how their minds work. Its up to them.

    • Eurydice

      Posted by Eurydice on November 18, 2012 at 09:53

      Why should it be up to them? Why can’t they be responsible for their own thoughts and actions? There’s a reasonable level of modesty, and if they can’t handle it, why should we be oppressed for it? Are you going to stop wearing sandals just because some random guy on the street might have a foot fetish? We don’t know what will make people stumble, but we can do the best we can to a reasonable extent.

      • XcanaceX

        Posted by XcanaceX on March 19, 2013 at 10:24

        I agree with Eurydice (again!). Everybody is acting like guys are sex-crazy beasts whose minds and urges are completely out of control and if they see the shape of a girl’s thigh they’re going to immediately start fantasizing about her naked. Girls shouldn’t be expected to go around dressed in sackcloth-shaped clothes because we think guys can’t control themselves. You shouldn’t go around dressed like a hoe either, but there’s nothing wrong with a little bit of showing off the beautiful body shape God gave you.

  5. Project Inspired

    Posted by Kaitlyn14 on November 13, 2012 at 16:08

    Sacrifice not resources

  6. Project Inspired

    Posted by Kaitlyn14 on November 13, 2012 at 15:45

    I think that in the beginning when Adam and Eve sinned And used fig leafs for clothing they were covering themselves because they were ashamed. What I don’t agree with is that he clothed them with skins because he wanted them to be modest, but because tHe loved them and fig leaves were itchy. Also it was the first time an animal was killed for resources. I completely agree that Christian should show modesty, but I don’t think that’s what the verse was saying.

  7. olburrows

    Posted by olburrows on November 13, 2012 at 09:57

    Thanks for going more deeply into the discussion about modesty! I enjoyed your comments about Adam and Eve and how modesty/inmodesty began. Also, I had not heard about the parable before, so that was cool to read as well!

  8. Project Inspired

    Posted by Audrey M. on November 12, 2012 at 15:01

    I really like this. My clothes are very modest all of the time(I don’t look like a nun, though. XD). I feel as if that I need to cover myself up because my mom taught me to dress that way if I wanted to be respected.

    I have a lot of scarves, so if I have a shirt that is a bit too boring or a little too low, I will wear a scarf over it.

    Another thing: Please do NOT wear leggings under miniskirts. Leggings show off the shape of your thighs and calves and they’re very tight and look like you don’t have anything on.

    I’m one of those girls that is kind of curvy, but I am athletic figured too. So it’s hard for me to find clothes that are modest and fit nicely.

    But I just wear my shirts a size bigger because I have a little bigger chest than the rest of my family does.

    And I do wear low rise jeans, but I belt them most of the time 🙂

    God bless 🙂

  9. SoulfulGinger

    Posted by SoulfulGinger on November 12, 2012 at 12:51

    I think we should dress modestly…and dressing modestly doesn’t mean we can’t look beautiful or even “hot”. It shouldn’t be all about societies perspective but God’s. And I know whoever God has made for me will love me whether I’m wearing jeans and a hoodie or dress.

  10. Project Inspired

    Posted by breeny94 on November 12, 2012 at 08:38

    All girls who are true believers should dress modestly to show respect for themselves and other male believers around her. Our body is not our own, it was purchased by God. 1 Corinthians 19 What? know ye not that your body is the temple of the Holy Ghost which is in you, which ye have of God, and ye are not your own?
    20 For ye are bought with a price: therefore glorify God in your body, and in your spirit, which are God’s.
    It is important for us women to feel happy about our appearance but that does not mean we should wear short skirts and dresses. Because if we think about it, why would you wear that type of clothing? to grab attention from others? If so that is not right, we should grab attention by having others see the light inside of us.:)

  11. soccerbabycb10

    Posted by soccerbabycb10 on November 12, 2012 at 08:03

    In a way I think God cares but also doesn’t care. If I am in my room, reading my Bible or praying, God isn’t going to care what I’m wearing. God does care about how our appearances affect other people. If a guy can’t concentrate because your shirt is too tight then that is sin. You are causing that guy to stumble. If you are wearing something inappropriate and a girl judges you, she has sinned but you caused her to stumble. If we lived in a perfect world, where people didn’t sin because of appearances then we would all be naked. So God doesn’t care about what we wear as long as it doesn’t cause other people to stumble.

  12. Paris

    Posted by Paris on November 12, 2012 at 02:56

    The light of God and our modesty should turn a saved guy’s head! 🙂 Not showing our bodies! Which should be shown to our HUSBANDS ONLY.

  13. Project Inspired

    Posted by BeMyLoveStory on November 11, 2012 at 22:35

    I believe we are expected to dress modestly. Not doing so goes against everything. Even if that scripture didn’t exist I would believe we are supposed to. We shouldn’t sexualize ourselves and try to get attention from guys in the wrong way, because we are supposed to stay pure until marriage and dressing provocatively goes against the point and attracts the wrong guys.

  14. horselover0509

    Posted by horselover0509 on November 11, 2012 at 20:27

    I feel that “sexy” has gotten a bad rep, here’s what i mean, Cute, flirty dresses, skirts, or skinny jeans with sweaters can be “sexy” but that doesn’t mean that we have to show off our entire bodies. 🙂

    • tmgaouette

      Posted by tmgaouette on November 12, 2012 at 03:58

      To look cute, pretty, or elegant is different from sexy. The definition of sexy has never evolved. As defined by MW it means: “sexually suggestive or stimulating.”

    • Project Inspired

      Posted by BeMyLoveStory on November 11, 2012 at 22:39

      I agree, I see nothing wrong with skinny jeans. I don’t think we should have to dress in box shaped clothing to hide our figure completely.

  15. Deeblves3

    Posted by Deeblves3 on November 11, 2012 at 20:09

    I think that it is important to dress modest in public and present ourselves properly. We not only do it glorify God but to guard our brothers eyes, and keep them from stumbling. It’s just what ProjectInspired posted not too long ago, about what guys think about Sexual Purity. “The Lord doesn’t look at what the people see” No matter what though, He is always looking in our hearts.

  16. Ashley_Flow

    Posted by Ashley_Flow on November 11, 2012 at 20:08

    What about “A woman shall not wear man’s clothing, nor shall a man put on a woman’s clothing; for whoever does these things is an abomination to the Lord your God,” (Deut. 22:5).This always confuses me.

  17. ruthie27064Him

    Posted by ruthie27064Him on November 11, 2012 at 18:54

    God talks specifically about being a stumbling block for other believers, (Romans 14:13, and Matthew 18:4-9.) And when we as girls dress immodestly, we become stumbling blocks for our brothers in Christ. And that, according to the Bible, is very wrong. Whether we realize it or not, guys are very sensitive to that kind of thing, and we need to be conscious of them, and treat them with respect in how we dress – not being seductive and sexual, but modest and pure.

    And, my teacher talked about this, there are certain things you just don’t wear to certain occasions. No, you don’t wear sneakers and a colored T-shirt to a funeral, or to a wedding, for that manner. And there are certain articles of clothing that you certainly wouldn’t wear in front of your grandmother. These are just a few examples. But what it really boils down to is respect. Your conduct reflects what you think of people/occasions, and we need to be respectful. In our manners, in the way we dress. There are even certain words you say to particular people. You don’t talk to a little kid the same way you talk to an adult. And you don’t talk to an adult like you talk to one of your peers (people your own age). Etc. Basically, treat others the way you want to be treated! And ultimately, be pleasing to God. (:

  18. Emilyitude

    Posted by Emilyitude on November 11, 2012 at 17:29

    I think it’s very important to dress modestly. Even though people shouldn’t judge others by their looks, they do, and we want to show the world the modesty of a Christian, not send mixed messages by our talk and our dress.

  19. Project Inspired

    Posted by curlztheklutz on November 11, 2012 at 16:44

    I believe modesty is important. I have a hard time though, since I have what my family calls “The Bubble Butt” and big thighs. It’s hard to find jeans that fit around my waist and my legs. I’m not chubby, just “curvy.” do you girls have any suggestions on jeans that would fit right? Thanks! 🙂

    • sisterwhocares

      Posted by sisterwhocares on November 18, 2012 at 17:30

      I’d recommend avoid wearing skinny jeans, body-hugging tank tops, camisoles, and turtlenecks. Hope this helps! 🙂 Flowy shirts and bootcut jeans work best

    • Project Inspired

      Posted by AudreySuzzane on November 14, 2012 at 06:37

      I too have the same problem. My mom finally convinced me to go to Christopher and Banks ( a perceived “old lady store”) and try on some jeans. Let me tell ya what, their pants fit like none other. They are cute, stylish and very modest. I think part of the problem is that jeans at stores like American Eagle and Aeropostale, aren’t made for girls with curves.

    • banana2398

      Posted by banana2398 on November 12, 2012 at 17:52

      I have the same problem! I find it easiest to buy womens jeans fron either JC Penny or Kohl’s.They may have a bit of a higher waist than Aeropostale jeans, but they cover more and you get used to it.

      Hope this helped! 🙂

    • melodiousmitsyx3

      Posted by melodiousmitsyx3 on November 12, 2012 at 09:53

      I have the same problem. That’s why I go for high- waisted pants and jeans. Low waisted ones, always seem to hug me too much around my thighs

  20. Eurydice

    Posted by Eurydice on November 11, 2012 at 11:01

    I think you should dress as YOU see fit. I think we have enough sense to discern what is appropriate for certain situations and what isn’t. I don’t find anything wrong with a bikini at the beach, but it’s insanely disrespectful at a funeral. Wear what you think is beautiful and fitting for the occasion. You have every right to feel as sexy as you want or cover up as much as you feel you need to, as long as it matches the occasion.

    • Project Inspired

      Posted by Bmackie on March 18, 2013 at 01:00

      Eurydice, I totally agree. I am my own person! No one owns me and decides how I dress!!

    • XcanaceX

      Posted by XcanaceX on November 14, 2012 at 20:46

      I agree completely. Yes, there are lines you shouldn’t cross, but I see nothing wrong with bikinis at beaches, or tanktops and shorts at the mall. God gave me a beautiful body for which I’m very grateful; why not show it off sometimes?

      • Project Inspired

        Posted by morgi on November 17, 2012 at 08:01

        We don’t show it off because it is a holy. We have the holy spirit that lives inside of us. We don’t just give our body to everyone, it’s like putting a delicious cake out that is only made for God and your husband and then everyone who sees you might only get a taste, but then, how much is really eft for God and your husband? Plus, we Aren’t supposed to do anything that causes others to stumble. Guys are very visual so if they see even a little cleavage, they could imagine everything. And you do not want to help them lust, because it is committing adultery in their minds and hearts. So please, don’t show off your body.

    • Project Inspired

      Posted by Kianamk6 on November 11, 2012 at 22:17

      I’ve read your comments before and I wish you wouldn’t be so quick to contradict the wisdom from PI. You seem out of touch with the bible and Christian values. I mean no disrespect. God bless.

      • Eurydice

        Posted by Eurydice on November 12, 2012 at 18:12

        As for “the wisdom of PI,” I don’t consider the contributors to have any greater authority in these matters than I do. They have their opinion, and I have mine; I just don’t feel very inclined to give their opinion quite as much weight as you seem to.

      • Eurydice

        Posted by Eurydice on November 12, 2012 at 16:54

        You might not have meant any disrespect, but it’s there, and I’m very surprised the comment did not get censored.

        I do not appreciate people making assumptions about me or my faith. I wish you wouldn’t be so quick to judge. You seem to be out of touch with reality…you know, that place where people are made differently, feel differently, and think differently? Maybe you’ve heard of it.

    • texasgirl

      Posted by texasgirl on November 11, 2012 at 16:56

      It’s not about us. It’s about GOD.

    • Kyla

      Posted by Kyla on November 11, 2012 at 16:31

      For the most part, I agree with you. However, we should ALWAYS be modest. When we aren’t it causes others to have their minds filled with list and we are asking for the wrong kind of attention.

    • Project Inspired

      Posted by sunnylass on November 11, 2012 at 15:41

      Hey i get on here frequently so i see a lot of posts and comments. Anyway i noticed you seem to disagree with many of the principles here at PI so my question is why exactly do you come here if you disagree with so many things? Im not saying its wrong im just curious 🙂

      • Eurydice

        Posted by Eurydice on November 12, 2012 at 16:55

        It is a site for Christians, no? Well, here I am. I’m just a little rough around the edges and with a few different ideas about what Christianity means. :p