Whenever I heard about a “style of our own” I thought back to Moroni’s robe and David O McKay’s vision of the City of God. When I mentioned that I got accused of just wanting clothing that let me see into the bosoms of others, and a friend quipped up that he was interested in a dress code that banned underwear.
But seriously, why aren’t we dressed like the angels, why don’t we encourage men to go unshaven, to reject “the great unisex conspiracy” that C. S. Lewis said came of the devil and resulted in the apostasy of shaving?
There are three reasons generally given:
- Our dress bears witness of what and who we are and we should not bear a false witness to the world of who we are by dressing inappropriately;
- Our dress provides us with a brand image that is valuable and that communicates;
- Our dress communicates inwards — people are affected in how they act by how they dress.
That may be, but all of those assume that we are forced to abide by the styles and conversation of the world.
Why not have a style of our own that abides the styles and conversation of the celestial world instead?