A lot goes into choosing our “look” these days. From tops, bottoms, shoes and accessories. But one thing we don’t often think about when choosing a wardrobe is if Jesus was standing next to you, how would you feel in the outfit that you have on right at this very moment?
When choosing our wardrobe, and our “look”, we must remember to put Jesus at the forefront. (Yes, when we say putting Jesus at the forefront of our lives, we mean in every aspect.) When you choose a top to make the boys stare, is that really something Jesus would want you to do? When you are choosing a pair of jeans to accentuate your features, is that something that Jesus would be proud of? Probably not.
Dressing for the glory of the Lord is not something that we usually think about or put effort into, but is something that we need to focus on everyday. We need to think about what we’re wearing, why we’re wearing it and what’s the reason behind the outfit is.
But before doing that, it’s time to think about what kind of wardrobe you want to have.If Jesus was standing next to you, how would you feel in the outfit that you have on right at this… Click To Tweet
1. Fully covered
This is the type of modesty that the Amish wear. Fully covered from head to toe, dresses only. While a nice, and simple style, this is not something I choose. (To read more about the Amish lifestyle, click here.) I believe that for those who are wanting a more simple and full life, this is the style of clothing for you. It is very functional, and pretty in a plain way. It is easy to come across these pieces of clothing or sew them yourself. I believe this is definitely a wardrobe choice that pleases the Lord, as you are taking the focus off of you, and putting it onto the Lord.
2. Fresh Modesty
Fresh Modesty is my name for the type of modest wardrobe that I’ve chosen for myself. It consists of wearing skirts, dresses and simple yet pretty clothing. Skirts and dresses need to cover at least your knees. Tops and shirts need to cover your shoulders and none of these clothes can be too form fitting. Many people who dress like this also use modest swimwear. This type of dress is most commonly known to people who watch 19 Kids and Counting and Bringing Up Bates. I think it is one of the more up and coming sides of modesty that is cute, yet pleasing to the Lord.
3. Mainstream Modest
Mainstream Modest is seen everyday. It is women who choose to still wear pants, shorts, skirts and dresses, but still choose to cover up. You’re most likely to see these ladies every Sunday at church. While it is a simple and trendy modesty, in my opinion it is only the type of modesty that pleases ourselves and the world, and not a modesty that pleases the Lord.
Once you’ve chosen what look you wish to have for yourself it’s time to go shopping. With every piece of clothing that you look at think to yourself: If Jesus was standing next to me, would I want to be wearing this? If the answer is no, then put it back, if yes, then put it in the cart to try on.
There should never be any question in the modesty of your outfit. You should never be stopped by school administers, get lustful stares from the young men around you, and you should never be getting raised eyebrows by the elders in your church for your outfit choice. This is a surefire way to know that your outfit is innapropriate and needs to be changed immediately.
If you’re not sure in which direction you should go with your wardrobe, a good thing to do is consult the man in your life: whether that’s your father, older brother, grandfather, uncle, male guardian, or husband. They will often be able to help guide you towards a look that is modest and covered.
Also, praying on it for a while is never a bad thing. *smile* God will always lead your heart in the direction He wants you to go in, all you have to do is follow.
So. In choosing your modest look, take time to pray and ask God what He wants from you. Do not think of what others will think of you, because it doesn’t matter. Think what you would feel comfortable in, in everyday life.
What’s your favorite part of your wardrobe? Leave a comment below!
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