Hi my LOVES! Oh goodness I am so excited to share with you this week a fun project I was a part of last November. My amazing, tender-hearted, ever so passionate, on fire for Jesus, roommate Jessica Chow recently launched a YouTube Channel discussing how God is in the Entertainment industry. You can find it here! I was honored when she asked me to come on board to share my journey as a Christian in fashion. I was able to dive into what fashion means to me, why it is okay for us to love fashion as Christians, + also how to combat finding + owning your own style + respecting yourself with your clothing. Below I have provided a bit of a synopsis on the biggest topics we discussed + how I would answer them in my own words. I hope you lovelies enjoy [side note: this may be the longest post I have ever written!]!
What called you into the fashion industry?
The moment I truly knew that God called me to be a light in this industry was when I moved to NYC. I moved to NYC a few years after college + was expectant to live out my fashion dream. It wasn’t until I started my career at Barney’s New York that in Designer RTW, that I realized there was a whole lot of lightness missing…..Aka, a lot of JESUS missing. It was ironic because the entire office space was even dark physically. From the lighting to the fact that there were barely any windows…. everything just eluded darkness. This is not to say by any means that the people were all dark, but what I noticed was just a deep sense of identity IN fashion, instead of identity in Christ whilst using fashion as a means of outward expression. It was through this experience that I was inspired to start my blog as a means of encouragement to women specifically in fashion, who felt like they had to conform to the ways of others in order to fit in.
What does fashion mean to you and how do you keep it from identifying me?
Fashion is a means of inner expression + art expressed outwardly. Fashion touches + moves people + in the words of the the fashion queen herself, Anna Wintour, “What more could you ask for from art?”. I keep fashion from identifying me with PRAYER
+ a whole LOTTA PRAYER. What helps me is to always do a constant check in with my heart. I love the pieces in my closet, but they are all material possessions. If God were to sweep in + take away every piece in my closet, I would be completely okay. Yes, I would be sad for a bit because it would be like burning Da Vinci’s greatest piece of work, but deep down I know these pieces are not a part of who I am. They are clothing. Things of this world. If there are ever any moments when you feel that fashion is seeping into your inner core + you are idolizing your possessions then that is the moment to stop + reconsider what is truly important to you + why. Where your true treasure is reflects where your heart stands.
“Do not lay up for yourselves treasures on earth, where moth and rust destroy and where thieves break in and steal, but lay up for yourselves treasures in heaven, where neither moth nor rust destroys and where thieves do not break in and steal. For where your treasure is, there your heart will be also.” Matthew 6: 19-21
Based on the below scriptures, what is your take on Christians who believe that fashion has boundaries so as to not lead men into stumbling or temptation with gold jewelry or accessories that “draw attention”?
“Likewise also that women should adorn themselves in respectable apparel, with modesty and self-control, not with braided hair and gold or pearls or costly attire” 1 Timothy 2:9
“Do not let your adorning be external—the braiding of hair and the putting on of gold jewelry, or the clothing you wear— but let your adorning be the hidden person of the heart with the imperishable beauty of a gentle and quiet spirit, which in God’s sight is very precious.” 1 Peter 3:3-4
To be honest, this question is one that is SO important to me + one that I have thought + prayed about quite a bit. In 1 Corinthians 6:19-20 it states “your body is a temple of the holy spirit within you” + it goes onto say “you are not your own, for you were bought with a price. So glorify God in your body” To me, this verse spans so many areas of our lives, but as it relates to fashion I love to bring up this verse. To me, this question truly comes back to a root issue of women respecting themselves + loving their bodies. As it states in Corinthians 6, we are urged to treat our body as a temple. A temple is a holy place that is sacred + precious. Just like that, so are our bodies. Therefore, when it comes to dressing our bodies, it comes down to loving ourselves, respecting ourselves, AND clothing our bodies in a means that reflect love + respect. Similarly, without clothes our bodies are beautiful, but being without clothes is an extremely intimate + private thing. That is something I wish to only share with my future husband + as such, I would not want to dress in a way that reveals those intimate parts of myself. I love + respect myself in such a way that I want to honor God through my body + also show love + respect to myself + my body.
What does it mean to me to be clothed in dignity and strength?
his is one of my favorite verses in the bible Proverbs 31: 25. To me, this verse actually is one of my staple verses for what has kept me grounded so much in fashion. Fashion truly represents a means to express yourself through more than just clothing, but as a
means to showcase your inner identity of Christ rooted in you. That’s right you heard me, Christ is in you, shining through you, + using you each + every single day! Fashion represents freedom from having to prove to others who you are, + instead is an outward expression of who we uniquely are as individuals. Hear me when I say, you are unique, wonderful, + oh so beautiful. I can hear Proverbs 31:25 over + over shouting “you are clothed with dignity and strength”. The word ‘clothed’ is so beautiful, because it represents that we are covered + surrounded by Christ’s strength + righteousness. Fashion is a representation of all of these beautiful elements wrapped into one, + I wouldn’t have it any other way.
How would you encourage women who want to find their own style but can’t seem to grasp it or find it overwhelming?
I would say, I have a very clear + distinct fashion sense: ultra girly, sparkly, & forever Frenchie. When new trends arise, I mold them to my own personal style. I will never sacrifice my personal style to simply fit in with others. My style derived from my constant desire to dress up as a little girl + then later molded more after living in Paris for 5 months. I have always been the girl to dress up. Often different parts of our lives steer our fashion sense + what we are drawn to. Some questions to consider if you are trying to figure out your style would be : What has touched you throughout your life? Are you extremely active + on the go? Do you get excited about dresses or are you always in jeans? There are some things to think about. Also, always keep in mind that style is always changing. My style still very much evolves, althoughwhen you see me in sparkles it is never a surprise.
Trends are like the toppings on top of your favorite ice cream sundae. Your favorite ice cream flavor remains the same, but you change your toppings with the seasons or your mood. Do this with style. Find your base style, + incorporate sprinkle new trends into the mix that suit + match YOUR favorite sundae.
Even moreso, there are many fashion trends that arise that you may look at + think “hmm, is this something I want to do?’ Lately,
oversized clothing has actually been quite the trend in womenswear, + to be honest this does not fit my personal aesthetic. That does NOT mean I have to still then go out + buy baggy pants + tops to “fit in”. Rather, if I wanted to incorporate this trend, I would probably buy a flare leg gaucho pant + pair it with a fitted top. I will mold the trend to my personal style + oversized clothes does not fit my oh so feminine aesthetic.
When you see a style, make sure you stay true to yourself. If you see something that makes you excited, GO FOR IT. Sparkles may not be the hottest thing on the runway right now, but I will never stop wearing them. Nude lips are more popular than red lips right now, but that’s doesn’t stop me from always wearing a red lip. Also, just because the Kardashians are wearing tight fitted, semi revealing clothing all the time… does NOT mean you have to as well. Find pieces that YOU love that showcase your personality… then add the trend factor on top of it!
I hope this gives you a bit of insight into my journey in Fashion + what it means to me. This very well may be the longest blog post I have ever written, but I sincerely hope you enjoyed hearing my heart for Jesus in the fashion industry! Also, don’t forget to check out my video with Jess HERE! Love you all.
Bisous Bisous -K
Photos by Kat Hennessey