Fashion and the ministry are not always common topics, unless your familiar with Ed Young or you often scour the sacred text for insights on how your supposed to present your most ministerial self to the masses. In modern American life just how is a man or woman leader or church attendant supposed to dress for worship and witness? Is Mr. Fancy Pants or Casual Cathy the best model for Sunday styles?
From my reading, I would advise all fashionistas restrain their search to the Old Testament for sacred smocks instead of the more agricultural hippy style of the New Testament.
"John's clothes were made of camel's hair, and he had a leather belt around his waist. His food was locusts and wild honey," Matthew 3:4.
Clothing oneself for religious life is a topic that pops up fairly often throughout the bible, yet it seems to be a subject that produces hives more than help when it comes to practice. Most discussions I hear revolve around potty policing, modesty matters and privates paranoia or the worldliness of this or that shoe, jean or style. Skirt lengths, to bikini or to not bikini, dress up or dress down topics seem to be the epicenter of most fashion dialogues I have encountered in evangelical land.
In the end it all seems to be far more polarizing paternalism than spiritual or moral guidance on how to live clothed lives in beauty, dignity and character. As a pastor in the nondenominational corner of the playground, it's all up for grabs style wise, we are fashion mutts. I envy the mainline folks with their simple robes, no fuss, no mess, just a uniform for the work.
I'm curious how my fellow ministerial mannequins or other religious service attendees think about these matters? What place to outer things should we folk who follow the God of the inner life give to such things?