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A Biblical Dress Code

I love to people-watch, particularly what they wear. I often wonder if they realize there’s a Biblical dress code.

This started when I had an issue with how my employees were showing up for work. In addition to being an expert on nutrition, I manage estheticians (skin care specialists). I could not understand how they could be in the beauty industry and help customers with skincare when they did not wear makeup, brush their hair, or take pride in having a clean uniform. I started asking them to look in the mirror every morning before coming to work to decide if they looked like someone they would take skincare information from. I am trying to teach the principle of nature that says if you look good, you will feel good.

What we think about ourselves on the inside shows on the outside by how we dress.

Do you have an outfit that makes you feel great? We all do. We keep clothes in our closets because we remember a special occasion when we wore the outfit, or we keep it and wear it when we want to feel special. We stress over what to wear for a date or a job interview. Clothes make us feel a certain way, and the genius of this is to realize this happens every single day – not just on special occasions. Clothes have a spiritual quality.

Through the Bible dress code, God has some thoughts on how we should dress.

Tip #1 – Dress Like Your Gender

“A woman must not wear men’s clothing, nor a man wear women’s clothing, for the LORD your God detests anyone who does this.” Deuteronomy 22:5

The trend of women dressing in “menswear” comes and goes. It seems to be politically correct for gender lines to be blurred. Ladies, let’s look like women, and gentlemen, look like men.

I am not saying that women should never wear a pair of pants. When I was a young mother, my church denomination forbid females wearing pants. It was pretty hard having 3 children under 3 and having to dress in a dress every day. We have come a long way, baby. I am talking about when you have to take a second or third look to determine whether someone is male or female. Let’s celebrate how God made us.

Tip #2 – Be Modest

And do not go up to my altar on steps, or your private parts may be exposed.” Exodus 20:26

“Make linen undergarments as a covering for the body, reaching from the waist to the thigh.”  Exodus 28:42

Don’t show your “assets” to the public. Dress modestly and save exposing all your body parts to an intimate committed partner.

Tip #3 – Bible Dress Code is Not Just About the Clothes

So Pharaoh sent for Joseph, and he was quickly brought from the dungeon. When he had shaved and changed his clothes, he came before Pharaoh.”  Genesis 41:14

Personal care – shaving, bathing, taking care of your hair – are part of your appearance. It is the full package!

We are at a point in history where “anything goes” as it relates to appearance. The at-leisure movement has taken over as the dress code. I can remember when people would dress up to go on an airplane. It was such a special event to take an airplane that you dressed for the occasion. Now I see people who wear their pajamas on the airplane!

Tip #4 – Look in the Mirror Before You Leave the House

Look in the mirror and ask yourself if this is how you want others to perceive you. Is this who you are? Is this what you want others to think you are? Don’t forget the rearview. Others see you from behind. Is your rearview giving the same impression as your front view?

It is not about how much your clothes cost or where you shop. It is about how you feel on the inside.

A good rule of thumb for the Bible dress code is to ask yourself…does your outward appearance speak what you feel on the inside?

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