Calvin Klein vs John Calvin’s Opinions on Clothing

Calvin Klein’s clothing idea is selling and advertising the body with the clothes that one wears.

Klein moved on to design the tight fitting jeans that would sell 200,000 in the first week thus simultaneously launching him into fashion designer/celebrity status in the clothing design industry.

…he had created a designer-jeans craze by putting his name on the back pocket. The jeans were famously advertised with a commercial featuring a 15-year-old Brooke Shields cooing in 1979/80 that “nothing comes between me and my Calvins” and “I’ve got seven Calvins in my closet, and if they could talk, I’d be ruined.”

Here are a few of John Calvin’s thoughts about Clothing

“Where is our gratefulness toward God for our clothing if in the sumptuousness of our apparel we both admire ourselves and despise others, if with its elegance and glitter we prepare ourselves for shameless conduct?”

“Where is our recognition of God if our minds be fixed upon the splendor of our apparel? For many so enslave all their senses to delights that the mind lies overwhelmed.” From Institutes of the Christian Religion by John Calvin.

So whose ideas are closer to yours in your choice of clothing?

I have had several people comment on the fact that I said the Bama Twins were immodest young ladies and should not be held up as an example before the church and our daughters. I am shocked at how little professing Christians know about modesty. This is something that all preachers and fathers should be teaching their church and daughters.

Just yesterday a commenter said that “a turtleneck sweater” and “wearing a dress to the floor” could not be considered immodest. That is incorrect and over the following series of posts I will show that yes, a “turtleneck” and a “dress to the floor” can be immodest.

I’ll caution that the modesty posts will have a frank discussion of clothing and the attitudes behind clothing choices. It will be suitable for women, fathers and church leaders in order to help us as women to not be stumbling blocks to others. But please do not let a discussion on clothing be a stumbling block to you. If this is an area in which you might stumble please avoided the modesty posts.

Modesty Posts:

Maidens of Virtue – Stacy McDonald

The Style Quiz by Nancy Leigh DeMoss

Paul Washer on Modesty in the Church

“Modesty Heart Check” by Carolyn Mahaney

Calvin Klein vs John Calvin’s Opinions on Clothing


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