We recently read this article that we just loved by Erin Morris on her blog Graceful Womanhood.
Erin had been receiving the same question repeatedly from girls who follow her: “Is it okay that I like clothes and styling and makeup and hair and fashion? Or is it wrong? What are your thoughts on modesty?” So she decided to share a few things from her heart about fashion and the Christian woman. Here are a few of the highlights.
She is clothed with strength and dignity, and she laughs without fear of the future. (Proverbs 31:25)
1. Fashion can be fun, joyful, an expression of creativity and art, and a gift of beauty in this world from the Lord.
Erin learned to love fashion from an early age and realizes it is not talked about much in Christian culture. She believes, however, that it should be because “clothing is a gift. It’s a must-have, actually.” It’s just like we as Christians shamelessly enjoy taking trips to see beautiful places God created and taking time to enjoy tasting delicious varieties of food He’s given us to eat.
2. Fashion is temporary and frivolous, but it can also be meaningful, significant and eternal.
This quote Erin shares from a fellow Christian blogger shows that her love for clothes is a little deeper than meets the eye.
“Although clothing can be frivolous, I love how certain pieces coincide with our memories and take us back to the place we were when we wear them. That’s how I imagine our wardrobes will be when we are older. Not closets full of ‘stuff,’ but rather closets filled with weddings, job interviews, trips and kisses on the Michigan Avenue Bridge.” —Katey McFarlan, Chronicles of Frivolity
3. Fashion represents who we are on the inside.
When it comes to fashion, Erin says, “be classy, tasteful, appropriate, elegant, refined, smart and thoughtful. Freedom, not shame or fear. Be graceful and be you. That’s my motto and that’s my heart on the topic.” She talks about how different outfits are right for different times and it’s not always black and right when it comes to modesty. One example she gives is wearing a bikini on her honeymoon verse with a large group playing volleyball at the beach. There are guidelines but not one-size-fits all rules when it comes to what is considered modest.
4. Fashion can be a tool to connect with the world.
One of the reasons Erin loves fashion is as follows: “A huge reason I have shared outfits, pretty things and style on this blog and my social media (from day one) is because it’s a very powerful tool to connect with the world. It draws people in. More than just black and white words on a page. Pretty photographs, trendy outfits, lovely graphic design, interesting content—it all draws the eye, and can create a ‘feeling’ that sets the tone for and creates warmth on a blog or social media. I truly believe our blogs and Instagram feeds (or Snapchat or whatever your favorite form of social media is) can be like our online living rooms. A place that is our turf, where we can welcome people in, share our hearts, be hospitable, open up and be vulnerable, and also a place where we can set boundaries, talk about what we want, let in what we allow and love on people.”
5. Fashion can be a picture of our hope and confidence.
This quote from Jessica Sheppard sums up how fashion can change your attitude: “Dressing is a form of hope in and of itself…you’re expecting something wonderful to happen. I mean, if you dressed for the occasion, why wouldn’t it? Dress for what you expect.”
Erin believes clothing is powerful. It’s important. It means something. It represents a whole lot. It’s a gift to be stewarded. And it can be a picture of hope. Clothes can give us confidence and make us feel beautiful. We are incredibly loved by our Creator, made in His image, and there is nothing wrong with looking and feeling beautiful!
Lastly, Erin backs up her sentiments with scripture. The Proverbs 31 woman in the Bible “seeks wool and flax and works with willing hands” (vs. 13), “dresses herself with strength and makes her arms strong” (vs 17), “is not afraid of snow for her household, for all her household are clothed in scarlet” (vs. 21), “makes bed coverings for herself; her clothing is fine linen and purple” (vs. 22), “makes linen garments and sells them; she delivers sashes to the merchant” (vs. 24), “strength and dignity are her clothing, and she smiles at the future” (vs. 25) (NASB).
Check out Erin’s full article HERE!
Do you feel the same way, PI girls? What do fashion and beauty mean to you?