Faith are fashion are not mutually exclusive. In fact, Blessed Afrique Boutique is a Faith based apparel and jewelry brand that uses fashion and creativity to spread the Gospel. It infuses culture in a way that doesn’t change His message. We use a simple means to relay a simple message - That Jesus is for everyone & that He loves us all.
It is quite possible to be simultaneously fashionable and firm in your faith. There is a common saying that - "we are what we wear". We have a tendency to select particular dresses, shoes, T-shirts and of course accessories based on our emotions or how we feel. We often gravitate towards certain colors or styles depending on our mood.
Similarly, our values influence what we wear. As Christians, our faith is at the center of all that we do, it is who we are & if we are what we wear, then our faith should be at the center of our fashion choices.
"We are what we wear" is a phrase that highlights the idea that our clothing choices can reflect and influence our identity, personality, and even our emotions. Here's an explanation:
1. Self-Expression: Clothing is a powerful means of self-expression. The clothes we choose to wear often communicate our personal style, interests, and values. For example, someone who frequently wears vintage clothing may be expressing an appreciation for nostalgia and classic aesthetics.
2. Mood and Confidence: Our clothing choices can be influenced by our mood, but they can also influence our mood in return. Wearing bright and cheerful colors when we're feeling happy can enhance that positivity, while choosing comfortable or favorite clothes can boost our confidence and comfort levels.
3. Cultural and Social Identity: Clothing can be tied to cultural and social identities. Traditional garments, uniforms, or clothing associated with subcultures can signify membership or affiliation with a particular group. For example, religious attire or sports team jerseys often carry strong cultural and social meanings.
4. Adaptation: We adapt our clothing choices to different situations and roles. A professional business suit might be worn for a job interview, while casual wear is chosen for a day at the park. These choices reflect our adaptability and ability to conform to societal expectations.
5. First Impressions: People often form initial impressions of others based on their clothing. This may not be the best way to form an impression of someone, but it's a reality. Dressing neatly and appropriately can help create positive first impressions, which can be crucial in various social and professional situations.
6. Psychological Comfort: Sometimes, we wear specific items of clothing because they provide psychological comfort or a sense of security. This might include a favorite sweater, a lucky charm, or even clothing that reminds us of a loved one.
In essence, "We are what we wear" reminds us that clothing is not just fabric; it's a form of non-verbal communication that can reveal much about our identity, emotions, and how we interact with the world around us.
It is amazing that we can now profess our faith without speaking, simply how we look, how we present ourselves is enough to announce who we are.
Outside of announcing your faith, scripture-based fashion pieces are great conversation starters. They are gorgeous enough for people to inquire where you purchased them but also intriguing enough for people to ask about its meaning, the reason for your faith, your journey or your stories - A great way to evangelize solely by walking into a room.
How thrilling it must be to wear and express your faith proudly through your attire, not just holding it within your soul, all while maintaining beauty and looking glam.
Although they are not mutually exclusive, there is a certain type of influence our faith should have on our fashion choices. Rather than limit us, our faith (Christianity) expands our understanding of what is truly fashionable.
#faithculturedfashion all the way!