The Space Between My Peers: Modesty in Living Color

The Space Between My Peers

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Location: The Great Northwest

I'm a home-schooling, bible-believing SAHM with an annual clothing budget of about $500 American. The Space Between My Peers reveals my secret passion: analysis of the art and science of what to wear.

Thursday, August 24, 2006

Modesty in Living Color

We are destroying speculations and every lofty thing raised up against the knowledge of God, and we are taking every thought captive to the obedience of Christ,
2 Corinthians 10:5, New American Standard Bible

Recently I ran across a blog discussion of Biblical modesty where the question of the appropriateness of dressing in bright colors was raised. (After pondering the topic overnight, I am unable to find the exact post to link to. I think it was somewhere over here.)

The concept of Biblical modesty as prescribed in 1 Timothy 2:9 and elsewhere is to be orderly and not draw undue attention to oneself.

How does this relate to the colors one chooses to wear?

  • Color is one of the most notable aspects of any outfit. Any outfit which is markedly different from what people in the culture around us are accustomed to seeing is going to draw attention to itself.
  • The face should be the focal point of every outfit. Color is a tool to accomplish that purpose.
  • Conversely, color which doesn't support your natural coloring, or worse - clashes with it, draws unwelcome attention to itself. (People muttering to themselves or their neighbor, "she'd sure be pretty if she'd wear better colors".)
  • Above all, color selection should support your personality and make you feel like yourself.

Previous posts on finding and combining your personal colors:

Find Your Colors
Combining Colors
How to Wear a Black Outfit
Combining Cool and Warm Colors

Previous posts on color theory:

Characteristics of a Color
My Mental Color Wheel

More Fashion Color Resources available at The Runway Scoop.


Anonymous Maria Palma ( said...


Thank you so much for the mention.

I'm curious as to what you mean about "the appropriateness of dressing in bright colors". I believe that God created all the colors for us to use. In some cultures or religions, they only allow certain colors to be worn which I don't quite understand...

5:59 PM  
Blogger Rebecca said...

I agree with you, Maria, and I actually think the other people did, too.

The question that was posed concerned whether wearing bright colors would be immodest, because they are inherently more eye-catching. The conclusion was no, if your personal coloring supports bright colors.

And, of course, there are ways to work most colors into any person's color scheme. Some are just more work.

10:13 PM  
Blogger Jeepers said...

You are a woman after my own heart.

5:20 PM  

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