Spirituality in Fashion
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When I first decided I wanted to create my [own] 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—that I've now scaled back—the direction of my content began to shift and what I created became more intentional. The focus became Living in Style—reflecting that through style, lifestyle, and spirituality while guiding you to live your best life.
Fashion and spirituality aren't usually associated; fashion—often perceived to be more about material possession and outer appearance can create a falsehood of shallowness and superficiality, but this isn't always true. Spirituality, on the other hand, connects us to a greater-higher 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, it's 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; energy is in every single material object, and that energy is dependent on who comes in contact with it—the color, fabric, and 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.
There are two cultures that I've always felt connected to in both style and spirituality—Asian and Indian. Within the Asian culture, Buddhism exists (a practice of religion I've been studying), and if we look at the traditional garments worn by Buddhist Monks, they are based in spirituality. Their robes create a uniformity of intention to the world; it stripes down all the personal attributes and aspects that could define who they are—making it clear that what you wear does not define who you are before you speak.
In India, many men and women of particular religions identify themselves to one another by wearing distinctive religious symbols. From Bindis (a traditional dot that represents the third eye of spiritual sight) to turbans, religious clothing and adornments are heavily prominent in India. Turbans, often worn by those of Sikh faith was developed in South Asia in the 15th to 18th century and often only worn by those of high elite status. Today, turbans are worn to signify the equal status among the faith’s followers and are worn to cover their head when in public and religious spaces. Because Sikhs believe in following Gods will, they do not cut their hair; the turban becomes part of their identity to cover and contain it.
If you look at every religious or spiritual group, we will find that each has symbols of their faith within fashion. And because we now live in a world that puts more emphasis on exterior rather than interior, I believe when we focus on consciously choosing what we wear with purposeful intent, we can empower ourselves. Fashion and style are 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.
Inspired by this Tom Ford clip