Faith and Fashion, Can They Mix?

Faith and fashion. Up until about a few weeks ago, I didn’t think the two could, or even SHOULD mix. How can you be a Christian and still love external things like clothes and makeup?!

Houston fashion blogger Elly Brown shares her journey about being an influencer and why it's okay to have faith and love fashion.

Houston fashion blogger Elly Brown wears a pink blazer with a little black dress and a vintage Chanel

For a long time now, I’ve been carrying this guilt… how can I have a fashion blog and talk about external things like beauty and fashion and yet claim to love Jesus? It dawned on me a few weeks ago, when people ask what I do, I would be ashamed to say what I do! Especially when the topic was brought up with other believers or my family.

Houston fashion blogger Elly Brown wears a vintage Chanel with an oversized pink blazer

Houston fashion blogger Elly Brown wears an oversized pink blazer paired with a black dress

But can you be a Christian and love fashion?

Yes. 100% yes. It took me time to realize this and to be set free from the notion that just because I like clothes and makeup, or even talk about it for work, it doesn’t mean I can’t serve or love God. 

Shouldn’t we be concerned with the state of our hearts and not our clothes? Yes, but doesn’t our outer appearance reflect what’s going on internally, or at least to an extent? I’m not saying we should be obsessed and consumed with how we look all the time. Or to be a slave to needing to look a certain way, or to look “perfect” 24/7. And yes, we are not to be conformed to this world or obsess over worldly things, but I believe this is different.

The same goes for being a mom, just because you’re a mom doesn’t mean you can’t enjoy fashion, or wear heels and dress up. Being a mom should not define your closet, or what you can or can’t wear.

Houston fashion blogger Elly Brown wears a pink blazer with a little black dress and a vintage Chanel

Fashion and beauty for me have always been about expressing my creativity. I genuinely love sitting down and playing with makeup, or flipping through a magazine and looking at outfits. And I 100% believe I am doing what I am made to do.

2020 will be a year where I will no longer let the enemy hold me down. I won’t be ashamed of what I do, or that I love Jesus and fashion. Instead, I will the holy spirit use my talents and gifts to give glory back to God. 

And 2020 is going to a fantastic year. I feel it!

Houston fashion blogger Elly Brown wears an oversized pink blazer paired with a black dress

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9 comments on “Faith and Fashion, Can They Mix?

  • Charmaine Ng | Architecture & Lifestyle Blog says: http://charmainenyw.com

    Gorgeous look! I love the pink! 🙂

    Charmaine Ng | Architecture & Lifestyle Blog
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  • TR Hendricks says:

    Two passages in scripture come up when I read this. One is Proverbs 31:22 “She maketh herself coverings of tapestry; her clothing is silk and purple.” The other is Mark 7:15 “There is nothing from without a man, that entering into him can defile him: but the things which come out of him, those are they that defile the man.”

    When you note the “Purple” in Proverbs 31:22, the cloth mentioned was of extreme value in the Late Bronze Age, when it was written. It was a valuable garment. Fashion as a way of saying you take care of yourself and your surroundings is a positive thing.

    • Elly says: https://www.uptownwithellybrown.com

      Yes and yes! Note that they also wore very expensive gold and rubies too!

  • K HaYes says:

    Love this. This is such an encouragement to me. I felt like I had to give up everything for the longest time.

  • Pamela jablonski says: http://www.mennonitemisfit.com

    Good for you! We need to follow the passions God put in our hearts and He May be using you to reach and encourage people that need Him that would never walk in a church or pick up a Bible on their own! I’m proud of you!

  • Natalie Lang says: http://lipglossandpearls.com

    Wow girl, this post really hit home for me. I was raised to really be careful about vanity yet I had this love for makeup. I struggled with my self on if I was a bad Christian for wanting to dress up or play around with makeup. Or even start a beauty/fashion blog instead of a full on christian blog. thank you so much for writing on this and making me feel not alone on this topic!
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    • Elly says: https://www.uptownwithellybrown.com

      You are so welcome Natalie! I think if you felt called and lead to start a blog yourself, then do it! Just don’t lose sight of what really matters, and ask God to give you the wisdom to do it! Beliving and praying for you!

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