Prepare to be uncomfortable.
I wrote three years ago about how absurd it is that Christians often are expected to “dress up” as they attend church meetings, wearing clothing that’s more expensive and “proper” than what they normally wear. The reason this is absurd is that the Bible never commands it – on the contrary, it prohibits Christians to wear expensive clothes at all times, not just on church meetings. I’ve made a video when I discuss this:
The New Testament particularly addresses Christian women, telling them to not wear jewelry or expensive clothing:
“I also want the women to dress modestly, with decency and propriety, adorning themselves, not with elaborate hairstyles or gold or pearls or expensive clothes, but with good deeds, appropriate for women who profess to worship God.” (1 Tim 2:9-10)
“Your beauty should not come from outward adornment, such as elaborate hairstyles and the wearing of gold jewelry or fine clothes.” (1 Peter 3:3)
Now, many will say that this is patriarchy; telling women what to wear reflects the culture of that time. And while I definitely think that Paul’s command a few verses later in 1 Timothy 2 about women being silent in the church is culturally bound, I don’t think these are. See, the problem with expensive clothing, make-up and jewelry are the same as the problems with wealth in general, they kill the poor and suffocate one’s relationship with God.
For this reason I am convinced that the command not to wear expensive clothing was a command for men as well; the reason that women are adressed here is most likely that they wore it more often (just as women to this day more often wear jewelry and elaborate hairstyles). Paul later teaches in 1 Timothy that we shouldn’t want to be rich but be content with simplicity and generously give away our wealth (6:5-19).
There are other reasons expensive clothes suck, as I explain in the video above. It’s really time Christians start waging war against the fashion industry. It destroys the lives of the poor and of many young people with its crazy beauty standards and environmental destruction. Only buy clothes second hand and refuse to comply with the beauty standards of this world. That’s the proper way of discipleship.