Long gone are the days of being forbidden to wear nail polish, makeup, pants (women), or anything that was considered “too much for a Christian.” Inspired by the message of Romans 1:16, “For I am not ashamed of the gospel of Christ…,” today’s millennial Christians have boldly made this scripture their motto. Keyword: Unashamed. From bold fonts containing scriptures and declarations, to accessories meant to serve as a reminder, find out why mixing faith and fashion is more than a trend, but a lifestyle that’s here to stay.
“Jesus is God… And I dare you tell me otherwise.”
Created by poet Preston Perry, this shirt continues to sell out while he travels on the “Poets In Autumn Tour.”
“I have a desire to encourage people to be more bold about their faith in public. This is also an attempt to inspire people to defend the gospel truths by showing that Jesus wasn’t just a mere man, but God in the flesh. The bible says, “He proclaimed the kingdom of God and taught about the Lord Jesus Christ—with all boldness and without hindrance!” (Acts 28:31)
Dana Marie founded Agape Styles – Wardrobe Styling & Consulting, as a mission to uplift and encourage spreading the love of Christ (Agape love), while assisting with wardrobe needs.
“Fashion is such an art in itself,” said Dana Marie. “It has shown to be one of the biggest revolving trends over the last several years and continues to grow in stature. Why not use it to incorporate the Gospel and allow it to be shared with the world.”
Founder of Covenant Gear Apparel, Meredith Parrish, shared why she created the online clothing company.
“Covenant Gear is a line of clothing that reminds people from all walks of life, Christians and those who have yet to discover Jesus, that we have power in this earthly life” she said. “If we simply remember and reclaim the many promises or covenants made by God throughout the Bible, we will win. Absolutely nothing can keep us down. As Christians, we must have a presence in this fashion and retail apparel space. As uncomfortable as it may make us feel, evangelism is no longer a Sunday morning, Wednesday night and sometimes on Saturdays from 9am and 2pm (so long as they game isn’t on) activity.”
But what about modesty, a word that comes up in most conversations about how Christians should dress, in reference to 1 Timothy 2:9?
“Christian fashion for women, no longer consist of long blue jean shirts, tennis shoes and oversize youth department t-shirts that read, ‘On Fire for God!’ As believing women in this generation, we are stepping out from behind the misconceptions of modesty and breaking free from the confines of tradition that tells us that modesty requires us to dress a certain way in order to be accepted in the Christian community,” said Tiheasha Beasley, founder of One Modest Chick. “Our fashion today is a reflection of our relationship with God. We are discovering more and more that true beauty and acceptance is found in our identity and confidence in Christ, so we are aiming to please God with every area of our life! That is the true definition of modesty. “
At the end of the day, fashion is simply expression. It totally makes sense for Christians to express on the outside, what they believe on the inside. It’s simply letting your light shine, fashionably.
Nikki Carpenter, also known as Nikki and The City, is an urban media expert from Chicago who loves to travel and report on issues that impact different cultures and communities. When Nikki was seventeen years old John 15:5 changed her life. Since then it has been her mission to be used by God to change the lives of others. Keep up with Nikki at www.nikkicarpenter.com.