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4 Fashion Trends to Reconsider This Spring
By Sarah Komisky
I love fashion. I love the history of it. The way that decades can be reinvented and how it can be an avenue of creative expression; an outlet of our unique design. Yet, what I love most about it is that our sense of style and clothing choices can also be a means of pointing others to the Creator, shining the beauty that comes from Him. However, in contrast, our expression can also be a means of selfish expression if we use it in the wrong way. While God designed women with a female form of loveliness to be valued and celebrated, it was never His intension for her to abuse it in a way that glorifies the self and lures a man into temptation.
Female to female, did you know that you hold an incredible responsibility to either inspire or inflict harm to a man with your wardrobe choices? Ekk! Living in a hyper sexualized culture, men are subjected unlike never before to explicit and provocative media. But it isn’t just in the media. While fashion trends are constantly changing, they are constantly pushing the envelope to seduce women into compromising our bodies in order to be more alluring or attractive.
While some trends are clearly overtly sexual, some options blur the lines. My desire today is to explore some of those options. Not to create a rule-following “do” and “don’t” list, but to say let’s embrace fashion in a way that honors God and honors men. So, if you’re up for it, let’s do a little assessment of our wardrobe, shall we?
- Leggings/Yoga Pants
Ah, ladies, I know these are a staple in your closet. Who doesn’t want to wear ultra comfy pants that are classic lounge wear? Yet, while we sing their praises, we fail to recognize the fact that they give little to the imagination (especially when worn intentionally as pants). Oops, we forgot! Or, have we? Before we start making excuses, saying “pleeze” or criticizing the guy that didn’t look the other way, consider him. Faced with immense temptation daily, we need to help instead of hinder him when it comes to lust. If you don’t want to be objectified, than don’t appear as an object. While I am not saying to burn your leggings and yoga pants, I am saying to reconsider how you wear them. Reserve these items for layering under dresses, long shirts, or duster sweaters instead.
- Destressed Jeans
The 80’s and 90’s have made a comeback on the fashion scene for a few years now. While the uber-cool ripped or “shredded” jean trend might look great with your boyfriend style t-shirt, the barely-hanging-by-a-thread jeans can be problematic. Let me explain. Subtle rips and tears can be street wear but it’s where they are placed that becomes iffy. Many times I’ve seen oversized shredding at the upper thigh as well as on the entire pant leg showing a whole lotta skin. Instead, opt for jeans that play with minimal tears on the lower parts of your knee and leg. They are trendy but subtle offering a good balance to the mix.
- Dipped Necklines
I think this one has been around since the medieval times. Marie Antoinette? Jane Austen? I think yes. But seriously, just because this trend has been around for a long time it doesn’t mean it’s the best. In fact, what’s concerning me is that it’s even acceptable with girls that love God! Ladies, showing off your chest reveals apart of our body that shouldn’t be exposed to the world. So, if you have a V-neck or dress that seems too low in the front, try a cami. Again, if something is too revealing, go a size up with your shirt. Look for options with higher necklines that cover that area (including swimwear!) Know there are other options out there that will suit and flatter your body type, so you don’t need to compromise.
- Spring Dress and Romper Trends
This year’s spring 2018 collection has some great finds when it comes to experimenting with fashion including florals and long, wide-legged boho rompers. Other trends include slits, sheer, silky, cutouts, and tube dresses. Again, none of these are “bad” in and of themselves. In fact, they are cute! However, think about modesty. Try on the outfit, take a friend and ask their opinion and listen to it! Some things to consider are: does it look inappropriate for my body type? Is it too short? Is it too revealing? Does this honor God and men?
Now that we’ve come to an end of our clothing adventure, I hope you consider some of these options that are great gauges when it comes to making solid clothing choices. A big part of this is motive. So, think about what’s in your heart when you choose your outfit. Who are you dressing up for? Remember, you already got it, you don’t need to flaunt it! You don’t need to dress like everyone else because you aren’t like everyone else! You’re a unique masterpiece. Don’t let the world define you and make you feel any less than who Jesus says you are! Own it and shine it! Modesty is a rarity and will radiate a beauty this world longs to know. So express it with your own original style, be free to play around with new trends, and honor God in the process.