Beauty & Fashion
Is It Okay to Wear Skinny Jeans and Leggings?
Written by Christi Given | January 11, 2017
Every week, I go through the “Girl Talk” section of Project Inspired and look for those seeking advice and counsel. I want to help answer some questions you may have about living out your Christian life and walk of faith! We want PI to be a safe place where you can ask questions.
This week, a PI Girl said she is only comfortable wearing skinny jeans, but she feels judged in certain settings.
“I only feel comfortable wearing skinny jeans, but in some of the communities I’m in, I feel like they’re judging me. Like they think I’m trying to be sexy or something. I’m not, though. I just don’t like the way boot-cut or flare jeans feel on me. Is wearing skinny jeans wrong or immodest?”
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Personally, I love wearing skinny jeans and don’t think it’s bad as long as you’re not showing your midriff or a lot of skin. It’s best to wear a long blouse to cover your bottom area, especially in worship settings, because some jeans can be revealing. No one is perfect and we cannot eliminate all trendy fashion looks, but as women of God we should think and dress modestly.
Some people argue that wearing skinny, stretchy workout pants, also known as “yoga pants,” can cause men to stumble, so skinny jeans may be up that same alley and we need to be conscious of what message we send. Right now, body suits tucked into jeans are all the rage, and to be honest I like wearing these, but let us be mindful of the young men around us and what is going on in their minds and how we could possibly become a stumbling block for them if we are wearing super-tight jeans or jeggings.
Therefore let us not pass judgment on one another any longer, but rather decide never to put a stumbling block or hindrance in the way of a brother… (Romans 14:13)
There are ways we can be modest and still wear skinny jeans or leggings, with a shirt that goes over our bottom area or that is not skintight. What do you think of this subject, PI Girls? Do you think skinny jeans are okay to wear in church or do you think it is inappropriate?
Sometimes we have to give up the things that we like in order to please God, which is not easy. (I am even speaking for myself.) People may think you are extreme, overboard or too modest, but wouldn’t you rather please your King than man? Wouldn’t you rather skip out on stumbling a young man’s purity over looking hip and trendy? Again, we need to seek out God’s will for us, and we can all debate on fashion, but let us work out our OWN salvation with fear and trembling.
So, whether you eat or drink, or whatever you do, do all to the glory of God. (1 Corinthians 10:31)
Enter through the narrow gate. For wide is the gate and broad is the road that leads to destruction, and many enter through it. (Matthew 7:13)
I pray God showers you with His mighty wisdom and that we may honor and love our neighbor, even if it is taking the narrow road (the unpopular road), and even if it means giving up something sacrificially for the benefit of others. We don’t realize the impact we have on our brothers and sisters and our peers. One choice we make can affect their mindset and/or their day. Let us be Christ-like in all that we do, even when it comes to how we dress.
Do not let your adorning (beauty) be external—the braiding of hair and the putting on of gold jewelry, or the clothing you wear… (1 Peter 3:3)
Likewise, urge the younger men to be self-controlled. (Titus 2:6)
We don’t need to tear one another down and we don’t need to judge others, but let us pray and ask God what HE thinks when we get ready, and all you have to do is ask yourself, “Would this outfit or attire honor God?” It is that simple to decide, and if you ask the Lord, He will give you discernment. How we dress may sound like a silly topic and some may think, “Why would God care how I dress?” but He does care because there are verses in the Bible about modesty.
Likewise also that women should adorn themselves in respectable apparel, with modesty and self-control, not with braided hair and gold or pearls or costly attire… (1 Timothy 2:9)
I encourage you girls before you leave the house to think about your surroundings and what would be appropriate and/or would honor God. You can still be trendy and be fashionable, yet you can be modest!
Remember, PI Girls, modest is the hottest! We love you! Comment below and tell us your thoughts on skinny jeans and any fashion ideas on how to wear them modestly!