Advancement Of Dressing Pattern In Christian Women – (Part one) Nehita Oyamendan

The way cloths are being won in this 21st century is quite disturbing, the evolution of fashion is gradually betraying the actual meaning of cloth as defined by the Cambridge English dictionary which defines cloth as “dresses and trousers that you wear to cover, protect or decorate your body”. Nowadays, the word ‘cover’ as found in the Cambridge dictionary definition of cloth has gradually being neglected. It seems that the main reason why a twenty first century ‘fashionista’ exhibits their designed cloths is to decorate themselves partially, this was very unlike it in the previous centuries and the disturbing thing is that our Christian women are toeing the line of these fashionistas.

The invention/how clothing came into being is one subject matter that archeologists have not being able to unveil in details; nevertheless, I trace the invention of clothing to the days of Adam and Eve. According Genesis 3:21 which says “Unto Adam also and to his wife did the LORD God make coats of skins, and clothed them” (KJV). It was recorded that after their fall, they became naked and God Himself made cloth of animal skin to cover them, this explains how much regard God has on clothing and covering. I would say that the fall of Adam and Eve necessitated the invention of clothing by God and if they had not fallen, we might probably be walking around naked.

The Utah Education Network (UEN) gave four reasons why cloths were made and why we wear them. These are listed below:
1.   For protection
2.   Adornment
3.   Identification
4.   Modesty
These four reasons have been overlooked by the 21st century women, the main reason we wear cloths now is to beautify our bodies and whether the body is covered or not isn’t a subject matter to consider. The modern fashion industries are attached to making cloths that concurs to the fact that beautification is the only reason for wearing cloths. As a result of this, clothing has been categorized into four different categories as listed below:

1.   Causal clothing: clothing suitable for everyday wear and not formal occasions.
2.   Formal clothing: they are the types one wears for job interviews and official occasions.
3.   Party Clothing: These are the type people wear for parties and most times are semi-nude.
4.   Sunday Clothing: These are the most modest type of clothing in our wardrobe.
However, the categories stipulated above doesn’t work in these days, people tends to see clothing as clothing, therefore, one can put on anything and go to anywhere it doesn’t matter. The attire women adorn themselves with to church service these days should be a thing to consider and ponder over to ascertain its perfectness especially as regards to Christian standard.