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How has the Bible influenced mainstream fashion?

The Bible has specific mandates about clothing. One appearance-related item about which the Bible is specific appears in I Corinthians 11:15. It reads, “but that if a woman has long hair, it is her glory. For long hair is given to her as a covering.” Today, some conservative religious groups take this to mean women should not cut their hair. In Leviticus 19:19, God told the Hebrews, “Do not wear clothing woven of two kinds of material.” Today, some conservative Jewish groups interpret these verses to mean that it is wrong to wear clothing made of shatnez, which is any linen/wool blend. Observant Jews hire shatnez testers to ensure their clothes do not contain the prohibited fabrics. These are a couple of examples of how the Bible still influences some modern-day believers. The Bible has influenced mainstream fashion as well.


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