Sorry for not posting for over a week! It’s been crazy this week!
Read 1 Peter 3:1-6 Yes it’s speaking to wives, but it goes to all women.
Okay, so this book was most likely written around 60 – 65 AD. Here we are in 2015 and we are still dealing with external views of beauty. We are caught up in the fashion trends of the world and who has the best clothes on, what brand they’re wearing, etc.
Beauty isn’t how you do your hair or jewelry or clothes. It is your inner self! It is your personality and your soul. How many times has your mom said, “Beauty is skin deep.” I hate to tell you this, but 99% of the time, your mom is right. But, you will find that out later in life. This time, she is spot on. Beauty truly is skin deep. It plays a huge role in our society. And it’s a hard lesson to instill in young girls when society views it completely different. But I promise you, your looks won’t make you friends. And if it does, those friends aren’t real friends. My true friends are the ones who know me. They know all my flaws and all my strengths. They love me in spite of my flaws. And keep me around because of my strengths. The clothes you wear and the way you do your hair and makeup will only get you so far.
God wants you to know that it isn’t about the outside looks. Direct your attention to 1 Peter 3:3-4. Beauty doesn’t come from outside appearances. Its not about how you do your hair or the jewelry or the clothes. It truly isn’t. God cares about whats inside. A gentle and quiet spirit is what God sees as great worth!
With all of this, I have a problem with today’s clothes. They are getting smaller. And it’s harder to be seen as a stylish christian lady. 1 Corinthians 6:19-20 says that our bodies are TEMPLES and reminds us that we were bought at a price, God dying on the cross for us, and to honor God with our bodies. So I’m going to try to guide you ladies in how to dress appropriately in today’s styles to honor God!
Okay, so here we have Sadie Robertson with some pretty basic pieces which are my favorite. You can mix and match with several different outfits and styles. You have a swoop neck white tee that is loose fitting. Not skin tight, but loose and relaxed. This can go with literally anything. A maxi skirt, a pair of jeans, a pair of shorts, a cute pencil skirt. This is the most basic piece and I believe every girl needs this in her closet. I specifically like how she has this tucked in to her shorts to add a cute tomboy feel. And we have a super cute printed, oversized cardigan/shawl. Love this! It is once again another piece that goes with anything and can dress up or dress down any outfit. We also have a cute pair of jean shorts. Basic. Paired with adorable booties and you’re set to go! This is a simple look that covers completely. Lose the crop tops and booty shorts. Go with a more simple approach. If you can’t go to church in an outfit, you probably shouldn’t be wearing it.
Here is Carrie Underwood sporting a perfect fall outfit. Skinny jeans with a cute embellished sweater and some cute heels. Skinny jeans are super trendy and a personal favorite of mine. The sweater is cute and embellished for a more ‘done up’ look. The heels are not my favorite. They are super cute, but I personally don’t go for heels. I am already pretty tall (5’8″) and I prefer something that doesn’t kill my feet all day long, like saddle boots or some cute flats. Notice there is no cleavage, no low neck line, no mid drift. I think this is a great example of how to dress trendy and honoring God at the same time!
And last we have Taylor Swift. I adore this look! I can’t pull it off. In the least. But, some can! So we have a button up shirt buttoned ALL THE WAY up. No low buttons ladies. Stay classy. Then we have a cute high rise pleated skirt. If it were me, I would maybe go printed on either one. But plain is adorable too! Also more basic pieces to have in your closet, I think. And go with colors that suit your skin tone. I have an olive skin tone, so I learned to go with earthy tones like green and neutrals. I stay away from yellows and neon colors because they tend to wash me out! My sister has more fair skin and she looks great in blues and pastels. Its all about your personal skin tone and what colors compliment you!
I am no expert in the style field. In fact, when I was in school it was a t-shirt and jeans every day. No make up and definitely hair almost always in a pony tail. So this is all personal opinion.
A friend once said, “I dress the way I want others to dress around my boyfriend.” And that’s how I still check my outfit to this day. Am I dressing in a way that would tempt others? Am I dressing in a way the Lord would be okay with? If I don’t feel comfortable wearing it in front of my grandpa, father or in church, it’s probably not appropriate at all.
I know that in this day and age, its difficult to fit in. And clothes have a lot to do with that. But look for good role models when it comes to clothing choices. And learn how to compliment your body best!
Dear Lord, I pray that you speak to the ladies reading this today. I hope that they understand our bodies are temples and that you look for the inner beauty. Not the outer beauty. I pray that they take 1 Peter to heart. Help them realize how precious their bodies are, and to honor them properly is to dress them properly. In your Son’s name I pray, Amen.