All scripture is given by inspiration of God, and is profitable for doctrine, for reproof, for correction, for instruction in righteousness.
2 Timothy 3:16
If you have ever read my blog before, you probably already know that I wear skirts almost exclusively. Yes, even in the wintertime. (Leggings and boots make my skirts so warm and comfortable). The main reasons that I wear skirts are cultural, and not Biblical. However, if we are seeking direction in really, any topic, we can turn to God’s Word for instruction.
Today I wanted to share a few passages that I’ve found concerning dress in the Bible. Ladies, if any of you are earnestly seeking answers from the Lord concerning modesty, I truly hope that this is a help to you.
The following verses are taken from Genesis 3.
So when the woman saw that the tree was good for food, and that it was a delight to the eyes, and that the tree was to be desired to make one wise, she took of its fruit and ate, and she also gave some to her husband who was with her, and he ate. Then the eyes of both were opened, and they knew that they were naked. And they sewed fig leaves together and made themselves loincloths…And the Lord God made for Adam and for his wife garments of skins and clothed them.
From these verses, we can see that after the fall, Adam and Eve made clothing for themselves. This clothing was not sufficient in God’s eyes. For women and men. (Men shouldn’t only cover their loins, while say, swimming). From this text we can understand that what man deems as good isn’t necessarily so to God in regards to dress. Also, we can see that contrary to popular opinion, God really does care about what we wear. If He didn’t, the fig leaf loincloths that Adam and Eve fashioned would have been enough.
So what is God’s preferred standard of dress?
Honestly, there isn’t a lot to be found on this topic Biblically. But clues can be found throughout scripture regarding the type of dress that is most pleasing to God if we look carefully.
Come down, and sit in the dust, O virgin daughter of Babylon, sit on the ground…make bare the leg, uncover the thigh, pass over the rivers. Thy nakedness shall be uncovered, yea, thy shame shall be seen. (from Isaiah 47).
From this text, we can discern that if our thighs are uncovered, we are considered to be naked before the Lord. I’m so thankful that I discovered this verse while prayerfully developing a standard of modesty for our family.
And I want women to be modest in their appearance. They should wear decent and appropriate clothing and not draw attention to themselves by the way they fix their hair or by wearing gold or pearls or expensive clothes.
1 Timothy 2:9 (NLT)
In 1 Timothy 2:9, we learn that as ladies, we should wear modest, decent, and appropriate clothing. Among other things, this means that we should be properly covered, and that our clothing should not be form-fitting. In reference to pants, it is so incredibly easy for me to wear pants that are a bit too snug (not intentionally), since I find looser pants to be an annoyance that tend to ride up when walking, and I don’t believe they look very feminine. I’ve noticed that very thin women can often wear looser pants beautifully and modestly, however, we all should be careful of the shape we might be revealing.
Finally, in Revelation 7, we find the clothing that God Himself chose for us to wear in Heaven.
After this I looked, and there before me was a great multitude that no one could count, from every nation, tribe, people and language, standing before the throne and before the Lamb. They were wearing white robes and were holding palm branches in their hands.
God has chosen for us to wear long, flowing robes in Heaven. Friends, to me this the ultimate example of what perfection of dress to God looks like. Robes cover our bodies almost completely, and are not form-fitting. Throughout scripture, we find that God is our protector, and our covering.
I’m in no means suggesting that men should wear robes in our culture today! However, as ladies, we have the option of wearing long, flowing dresses and skirts that are similar (but nowhere reach the perfection) of the clothing we will wear in Heaven. If we have this option, then why not? I know that for myself, when I dress this way it is a blessing to me. I know that sounds silly, but it really is! While this is in no way a salvation issue, if you are truly seeking to “sanctify” your life regarding dress, this information can be helpful.