(Closed) S/O: Wearing religious symbols as fashion statements

posted 5 years ago in The Lounge
  • poll: I would...
    Ignore the religious significance and wear the jewelry : (26 votes)
    15 %
    not feel comfortable wearing a symbol tied to a religion that is not my own : (116 votes)
    66 %
    only feel comfortable wearing it if it was a gift from a person of that religion : (25 votes)
    14 %
    feel comfortable buying it for myself : (10 votes)
    6 %
  • Post # 3
    3943 posts
    Honey bee

    I just bought a rose gold cross necklace because it was really pretty. I was raised Catholic although I no longer practice.

    i’m not sure i would feel comfortable wearing another symbol that wasnt part of “my” religion. However, if it was a gift from my husband I would happily accept.

    Post # 4
    1181 posts
    Bumble bee
    • Wedding: June 2014

    I have an odd collection of pendents I have found- most of them are religous. When I was a young girl I found a charm with Jesus on it. I am Jewish- but still wear it.

    I also wear Buddha, ying/yang (Which is a religous symbol), a cross.

     For me they are just shapes. I mean there are definite shape/symbols I will NOT wear (especailly any of hatred). But if they have a peaceful or good message behind them I will wear them

    Post # 5
    11357 posts
    Sugar Beekeeper
    • Wedding: May 2009

    @pixiecat:  No, I would not. As a Christian, I would not want to wear a religious symbol that is associated with a faith or belief system that would conflict with my own.

    ETA:  I should note that I would be happy to wear certain symbols of the Jewish faith (a star of David, for example), because Judaism is foundational to my Christian beliefs.   

    Post # 6
    6824 posts
    Busy Beekeeper
    • Wedding: June 2011

    Eh it doesn’t bother me. I have several cross necklaces that I do not put any thought of religion on it. To me it is just a pretty necklace

    Post # 7
    4371 posts
    Honey bee

    It depends. The cross trend was big a few years ago, but they were obviously not meant to associate with the religion. Whereas something like a small cross pendant or  a star of david would represent to me as a symbol of religion and worn by a member of the religion. I would personally not want to wear something where it may come across to someone else that I may be a member of the religion, because I am personally anti-religion.  

    I would be offended if someone gave me something religious to wear, since I am an atheist, and this is obvious to anyone who knows me.

    Post # 8
    3340 posts
    Sugar bee
    • Wedding: April 2013 - Rhode Island

    I voted for “ignore the relgiious significance” and “buy it myself” because I’ve done that before with Celtic stuff.  I think it looks awesome, but I don’t believe in all the stuff they say it stands for.  I feel the same way about Asian stuff (yin/yang, etc).

    I think the only thing I couldn’t ignore the religious significance of would be crosses and Jewish stars.  But maybe that’s because I’m Christian.  😛

    Post # 9
    1284 posts
    Bumble bee
    • Wedding: September 2014

    I voted I wouldn’t, but then I remembered a religious necklace that I inherited from my great grandma. I don’t practice her religion but I wear the necklace and love it, but only because the sentimental value overpowers the religious symbolism to me

    Post # 10
    4371 posts
    Honey bee

    @208bride:  That’s a good point. I suppose if a dying relative gave me something like that as a rememberance gift, I would appreciate it. I’m still not sure I would wear it out and about, but it would be a cherished gift due to the sentimental value.

    Post # 11
    7992 posts
    Bumble Beekeeper
    • Wedding: July 2013 - UK

    Like I said in that other thread… this is HARD. I wouldn’t like to think that I was somehow mocking others by wearing their symbols. I also wouldn’t want to do anything under false pretenses. 

    That said, I have worn hijab before, partly as a gesture of respect and partly to fit in socially and avoid trouble. Also, they really are a very practical garment in the heat, and they can be really quite glamorous.

    … but again, that said… I would never wear niqab, because of my cultural background and social beliefs. Compromise only goes so far.

    It would really depend on what the symbol was. For example, a friend once gave me a necklace to ward off the evil eye. I don’t believe in the evil eye (although I admit that I consider it to be superstitious and cultural rather than religious) but I still wore the necklace.This raises several issues…

    – Do I believe that belief in the evil eye is opposed to my own beliefs? No. Although I don’t believe in it. Maybe that makes it easier?

    – Even if the gift was opposed in some way, would I wear it? Ouch… I would have to say no. I couldn’t wear anything which was diametrically opposed to my own beliefs. For example, even though I’m a huge alt rock, heavy metal and piercing and tattoo fan, I’ve never owned or worn anything with a satanist symbol on it. I just… couldn’t. It seems like such hypocrisy and dishonesty.

    On the face of it, I would say that this was an easy question to answer… G-d hates a hypocrite, honesty is important, blah blah blah. But I think it’s actually more complicated than that… social relationships can be tricksy.

    Post # 13
    9142 posts
    Buzzing Beekeeper
    • Wedding: November 2013 - St. Augustine Beach, FL

    I don’t wear any religious jewelry anymore before I don’t want people to identify me with a certain religion since I am agnostic.  I’m not very style saavy so I could never say that I wear something as a fashion statement.

    Post # 14
    620 posts
    Busy bee
    • Wedding: January 2015

    No, I would not, today.

    I used to wear crosses as accessories in my teens before I became a Christian. I think I also wore necklaces etc, with pagan symbols. I had zero understanding of these things and zero interest in them. They “looked cool” to me, so I wore them. I didn’t care about anything else.


    Post # 15
    12248 posts
    Sugar Beekeeper
    • Wedding: May 2013

    I got an heirloom gold cross from my grandmother (a gift from her father) when I coverted to LDS. I wore it frequently, even though LDS doesn’t use a cross!

    She was just happy I appreciated religion, like her!

    Post # 16
    823 posts
    Busy bee
    • Wedding: August 2013

    @pixiecat:  I guess i don’t care enough to let it get to me if other people do it, but I do have a funny story related to this.

    A few weeks ago, we had my bridal shower and bachelorette all in one afternoon/evening.  We were at the shower, and my sister noticed my small cross necklace and asked if I was going to be wearing it out that night.  When I asked her why, she said that she had just bought a bunch of cross jewelry at Charlotte Russe for the night out and didn’t want us to match! I just laughed and told her that mine was a religious cross and not a fashion trend, so yes I would be wearing it  ;P

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