Ok, this is really out there and kind of random. So be warned…
Lately, I’ve been getting into theology. I think that there are many perspectives on the subject of clothing, clothing oneself, and fashion in general.
Clothing in general has been a well-covered topic in many of the world religions. As far as western religions (Christianity, Judaism, & Islam) suggest, clothing is kept on a modest scale. Because I am female, I will focus mostly on female fashion. As with conservative Christianity, women are expected to be modest, baring little to no skin. Islam take clothing a step further with religious wear such as the hijab, the naqab, and the burqa. They focus on covering the hair, the curves of the body, and sometimes even the face. In Jewish culture, Orthodox women also wear very conservative clothes careful to not expose their skin to strangers. However, some of the Eastern religions (Hinduism, Buddhism, and Taoism) take different stances. In India, for example, the clothing custom for Hindus is not all-covering, in fact saris usually expose the midsection.
Going off on a tangent here, but if God created everything, then should fashion be restricted at all. I believe that even the things we wear can be a form of worship for whoever your God(s). Starting with something simple like color–let’s say you choose to wear blue and in doing so basically praise God’s creation (the ocean, the sky, etc.). On a more “extreme”–in the eyes of the Western religions–perspective, a bare-breasted or low cut top exposing a woman’s chest could very well possibly be a way to celebrate the human body by showing its beauty. So, honestly, anything you wear (or for that matter–don’t wear), could be a way of celebrating your deity.
I’m not saying that everyone thinks like this, there are definitely mixed-motives for people (attracting a mate, selfish reasons, etc.), but it would be really interesting if people actually changed their perspective on clothing as a way to further their theological path/relationship.
Again, super random, but this was something I was sort of playing around with in my head.
Opinions? Let me know what you think?