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"What Are You Wearing?": Different Perspectives

Rev. Margaret Minnicks is an ordained Bible teacher. She writes many articles that are Bible lessons.


It is not unusual for someone to ask, "What are you wearing?" However, the meaning depends on the circumstances. Teenage girls ask their friends and classmates that question all the time. They do it so they can wear something similar but not the same thing to school, parties and other events.

Adults ask the same question so they will not show up at social events wearing the same outfits. That is definitely a bad thing when it comes to fashion.

Below are some other examples of when the question, "What are you wearing?" is an appropriate question.

"Wheel of Fortune" Puzzle Clue

Those who watch ABC's popular game show Wheel of Fortune hosted by Pat Sajak and Vanna White know that there is a puzzle that answers the question, "What are you wearing?" Every answer is something that people wear.

Look at the photos below and see if you can guess the answer before you get to the last photo that shows the correct answer to the puzzle. However, you will not have the honor of spinning the wheel and guessing a letter or buying a vowel.


So, you see that "Gold Hoop Earrings" is the answer to the Wheel of Fortune puzzle. The woman in the middle solved the puzzle and got $3,000 added to her account. It didn't matter that she wasn't literally wearing gold hoop earrings. What mattered was that she solved the puzzle when it was her turn. The other two contestants applauded her for her correct answer.


State Farm Commercial

When you watch the State Farm commercial below, you will understand why a woman is questioning her husband when she catches him talking softly to someone on the telephone at 3 a.m. When she takes the phone from him, she asks the person on the other end of the phone, "What are you wearing?"

It is a funny commercial, but viewers see that the husband told his wife the truth. He really was talking to Jake from State Farm. Watch the short video below and see why the commercial is so popular.

Award Shows

Before every award show, celebrities walk the red carpet and are not asked, "What are you wearing?" Instead, both men and women are asked, "Who are you wearing?" The answer is the brand name of the clothing they are wearing. This gives recognition to the designers of the outfits.

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The award ceremonies include the Oscars, Grammys, Golden Globes, SAG, Emmys, Tonys, and People Choice Awards. The outfits are talked about for several days after the event. Talk show hosts give their opinion about the best dressed as well as the worst dressed person of the event.

The Bible

There are scriptures throughout the Bible that answer the question, "What are you wearing? In the very first book of the Bible, Adam and Eve sinned. "Then the eyes of both of them were opened, and they realized they were naked; so they sewed fig leaves together and made coverings for themselves," according to Genesis 3:7.

God saw that humans were not capable of hiding their own sin. Therefore, "The Lord God made garments of skin for Adam and his wife and clothed them (Genesis 3:21). No doubt the skin of animals was more comfortable for them than dried scratchy fig leaves.

The answer to the question, "What are you wearing?" didn't stop with Adam and Eve. When John the Baptist was introduced in Matthew 3:4, he was wearing clothes made of camel's hair, and he had a leather belt around his waist. His outfit certainly would not have made the "Best Dressed List."

There are other scriptures in the New Testament that advise what we should wear and what we should not wear.

Clothe yourselves with the Lord Jesus Christ, and do not think about how to gratify the desires of the sinful nature" (Romans 13:14).

"Therefore, as God’s chosen people, holy and dearly loved, clothe yourselves with compassion, kindness, humility, gentleness and patience (Colossians 3:12).

"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 Timothy 2:9-10).

All of you, clothe yourselves with humility toward one another, because, "God opposes the proud but shows favor to the humble" (1 Peter 5:5).

The Whole Armor of God

One of the best-known passages about what Christians should wear is included in Ephesians 6:10-20. Paul was under house arrest at the time and was chained to Roman soldiers every moment of every day. The apostle looked at what the guards were wearing and gave the spiritual significance of each piece. The pieces are described in some versions of the Bible as "The Whole Armor of God." In other versions, the pieces are described as "The Full Armor of God."

Paul's goal was to let others know what to do in order "to be strong in the Lord and in the power of His might. He suggested that they put on the whole armor of God to be able to stand against the wiles of the devil because we do not wrestle against flesh and blood, but against principalities, against powers, against the rulers of the darkness of this age, against spiritual hosts of wickedness in the heavenly places. Therefore, we should take up the whole armor of God, that we may be able to withstand in the evil day, and having done all, to stand (Ephesians 6:10-13).

Paul listed each of the six pieces of armor the guards were wearing along with their purpose.

  • belt of truth (Ephesians 6:14)
  • breastplate of righteousness (Ephesians 6:14)
  • feet shod with the preparation of the gospel of peace (Ephesians 6:15)
  • shield of faith (Ephesians 6:16)
  • helmet of salvation (Ephesians 6:17)
  • sword of the Spirit which is the word of God (Ephesians 6:17)
  • The Whole Armor of God
    There are several pieces of articles every Christian must put on every day, according to Ephesians 6:10-20.


Hxprof on April 11, 2020:

Hi Margaret. I was hoping you'd share what you think scripture tells God's people about HOW to put on this armor!

Tim Truzy from U.S.A. on April 06, 2020:

Excellent, Margaret. We should dress appropriately in the physical world as well as in our spiritual existence. Fabulous. Thank you.

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