Spirituality in Fashion
When I first decided I wanted to create a blog, I started off doing celebrity style and fashion news. In doing so, I realized I wanted to have content and a voice that was deeper than what Kanye was wearing. While you still get some of that in my red carpet reviews, the direction of my content began to shift and what I created became more intentional. The focus became Living in Style and reflecting that through style, art, culture, and spirituality; style and spirituality being the focus.
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Fashion and spirituality aren't usually associated; fashion - often perceived to be about material possession - can create a falsehood of shallowness and superficiality, but this isn't always true. Spirituality, on the other hand, connects us to a greater being than ourselves; whether it be a religious figure or conjuring image, spirituality is about being enlightened through prayer, meditation, and religious practices. When we compare the two, there is no relation, but when we look at both in its purest form they can be one in the same. So, where does the notion of connecting style and spirituality come from and are they mutually exclusive?
If we look at the history of both style and spirituality, its somewhat always been intertwined. Within many religions, their practices (dating back to ancient cultures) include dressing and adorning themselves in jewelry and symbolic symbols before ceremonies. The idea of celebrating your greater power and connecting the deeper part of you while wearing ceremonial garments is the connection between style and spirituality. Native Americans believe that everything - living and nonliving - carries energy. Their belief is that energy is in every single material object and that energy is dependent on who has come in contact with it, the color, the fabric, the intention behind it, and how you feel when you wear it. The spirit and the physical are one; connecting to our inner-self allows us to exude who we are on the exterior, through style. Like the old saying, "You feel better when you look better".
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We now live in a world that puts more emphasis on exterior rather than interior, but I believe when we focus on consciously choosing what we wear with purposeful intent, we can empower ourselves. Fashion and style is about self-expression, and in the same way that spirituality uplifts and creates inspiration, style can do the same. Continue to Live Your Life in Style and always Be Inspired. - SCP