Spiritual Fashion for Modern Girls

Have you noticed that fashion has undergone a major spiritual facelift over the last few years?

It’s not just in yoga studios as you might think. It’s everywhere. It’s all over the blogosphere, it’s in every Pinterest fashion board, it has conquered nine Instagram accounts out of ten. I’m serious. It’s a spiritual fashion revolution!

As you might suspect, I am thrilled about it. I have been on my own spiritual path for a couple of years now, after avoiding anything soul-related like the plague in the previous years.
Fashion going spiritual is just a blessing for me, and for everyone if you ask me. The spiritual revolution is taking place in more than one field. People are starting to be interested in “woo woo” stuff. But let me tell you, we’re not crazy cat ladies.

We meditate. We celebrate. We co-create. We feel. We are. And of course, we wear spiritual fashion.

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What is Spiritual Fashion Exactly?

When we talk about spiritual fashion we are not talking about the cute orange robes monks wear. Ok, I might have thought about getting a Bhikku’s robe once or twice, but I’ve never indulged into it.

Spiritual fashion is about wearing symbols,  clothes and accessories that recall exotic and soulful cultures. We’re talking about First Nation, Native Americans, Indigenous Australians, Inca, Maya, Indians. It is also about wearing spiritual symbols that might refer to pagan and ancient religions, yoga, astrology, alchemy.

Doesn’t this look like the perfect way to combine our spiritual awakening with our style? I don’t see anything wrong with it. As always, we should always be aware of the symbols that we are wearing and the materials we are wearing. Making conscious choices will help raise your vibrations, our planet’s health and our cohabitants 🙂.

Hamsa Hand

One of my favourite spiritual symbols is the Hamsa hand: I love it. I’m not ashamed to say I didn’t even know what it was until a couple of years ago. I am fairly ignorant when it comes to religions as I went to a Catholic nuns school and I obviously grew up rejecting all kind of religious or spiritual things.
The Hamsa Hand is a palm-shaped talisman, very popular in the Middle East and North-Africa. The open hand is a sign of protection and it’s often worn as jewelry or hung on doors.
In Western countries we obviously print it on t-shirts, tank tops, we tattoo it on ourselves and also wear it as jewelry.

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Eye of Providence

A controversial symbol, it has been used and abused in many ways. The All Seeing Eye of God, the eye of Horus, the eye of the Illuminati, one of the symbols of Freemasons iconography. Whatever the meaning of this eye is, it’s been all the rage in spiritual fashion. And any kind of style, really. It’s not a favourite of mine, but I felt like I had to include it.
In its positive meaning it represents protection and guidance.

Mandala

Here’s another of my favourite symbols! A mandala is a spiritual symbol used in Buddhism and Hinduism. It represents the universe and it’s usually made of a square with four gates and a circle. The truth is that whatever has a circle shape and is quite symmetrical is called a mandala today.
Have a look at these beautiful mandala rings from The Fifth Element. I got myself the Imagination ring. And no, I’m not sponsored by Sarah, I just absolutely love her rings!
A mandala is a beautiful symbol to wear, not quite as the eye of God which can attract negative energies. Mandalas are beautiful, they make energy flow freely and you can also create your own mandalas. It’s highly therapeutic and I suggest you give it a try!

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Dreamcatcher

A dreamcatcher is an object common to a number of Native American cultures. It’s basically a hoop with a woven net or web and feathers and beads to decorate it. In the indigenous culture it’s a symbol of protection and positivity. It should, in fact, change one’s dreams when hung on the bed. When a dreamcatcher is nearby, only good dreams are allowed.
In original dreamcatchers every little bead and thread has a specific meaning. Of course, we have lost those small important features. Sadly, that’s what happens with cultural appropriation.

The Moon

This one is pretty obvious, and beautiful too. The moon has always been linked to the divine side of femininity. It’s also widely used as a symbol in pagan religions and witchcraft. The moon represents the cycles in a woman’s life, our psychic side, transition, balance, progression, intuition. It’s a very positive symbol and of course, I love it. I don’t wear it as much lately though.

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Om

You may not know what a Om or Aum is if you hear the word, but you’ll immediately recognize it when you see it. It’s one of those universal symbols that you must have seen somewhere before, even if you’re not into yoga. It’s a powerful symbol and it’s often used in visualizations as well as pronounced during meditation. The Om is the sound of creation, it’s the vibration of all the existing things in the universe. It’s the energy that creates and permeates the seen and the unseen.

Crystals

Last but not least, rocks and gems! These beauties of nature have been always used as mere decorations in jewelry, but also as healing and balancing tools. I have written about crystals before. If you’re interested in the power and properties of crystals, read this post about it. It’s not uncommon to see people wearing raw quartz points  around their neck, or quartz chips bracelets. Crystals are powerful and highly beneficial to the wearer when chosen appropriately.

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I hope you enjoyed this list of the most common spiritual symbols in today’s fashion, and also some of my favourite ones! What spiritual symbols do you wear? What symbols do you love? Do you think it’s ok to wear such symbols? Join the conversation in the comments below, we’d love to hear from you! 

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Hi, it's Elisa! I'm founder&blogger here on styleBizarre.com, online wizard and costume designer in the "real life". I'm a modern conscious 28 years old wanderer, freedom lifestyle advocate and spiritual enthusiast. Oh, and I'm a total cat lady.

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Larissa

Im also loving this movement towards spiritual fashion! I have a Mandala ring from The fifth Elemant and I wear it everyday! I never knew about Hamsa Hand though! Thats really cool too! Great post x

    Elisa

    I love my Imagination Mandala ring. I am wearing it right now. I can’t wait to get more! I need to order another couple! Love love love them! <3 And I absolutely love the Hamsa Hand too. I perceive it as a very positive symbol!

Nancy Olson

Love the rings but also love the rock jewelry! Glad to see it is making a fashion statement!

    Elisa

    Hi Nancy! Well, boho chic has a little bit of rock ‘n’ roll to it! 😀

desertlilyvintage

I love the Om and crystals. Such a great way to express who you are feeling on the inside to the outside.
x Sara
http://www.desertlilyvintage.com

    Elisa

    Yes, I love them too! I own many crystals, but not so many in jewelry form. I need to get some proper pendants and rings asap!

VamppiV

Interesting! Crystals are really pretty!

Yukova Design

I love tribal fashion!
I rty to maintain it at the moment!
Love.
Yukova
http://yukovadesign.tumblr.com

Purushu

You have beautifully put together spiritual iconography in fashion. Especially staying here in India, many of those crystals, om and even swasthika symbol is very much a part of everyday life.

    Elisa

    Hi Purushu! This is very interesting: do you think it’s offensive wearing the OM symbol on clothes? I was having this discussion with someone on Google+ and we wondered if it is considered offensive. Thank you 😀

Dr. Diana

Hello,

I have clothes with cross symbol. And I think it’s not offensive. Its our thinking that how we are taking this means right or wrong way.

Thanks
Diana

    Elisa

    Yes Diana, I don’t feel offended by anyone wearing any symbol even though I believe in somethings. I feel slighlty appalled sometimes when I’m 100% sure that person knows nothing about the symbol s/he’s wearing tho. 🙂

ameliajhoskins

I am so pleased to hear thoughts which echo my own! That our clothes can use symbols which add meaning to life; to remind us of base elements and ways of being. I’ve already started on my path of spiritual textile design within the upcyled clothes I make. I used to design textiles for industrial printing – no soul to that at all. Some of the last designs I did in the mid 90’s I’m now returning to as they started me off on the path. Other work intervened but now I’m very happy developing imagery in categories similar to those you mention above. So glad its not just me had the vision of a better way to wear ourselves.

Sławomira

It’s rather funny to see how people from western countries ditch their own culture and wear symbols of another culture because this culture is “exotic and soulful”. It’s especially funny when they are religious symbol and the person don’t practice that religion or mix symbols from different religions.

I think that India, natives from both South and North America, buddhism, Australians Aboriginal people are just trendy. It’s not good when natives still have problems with discrimination and are marginalized in their own country.

    Elisa

    Thank you for your comment Sławomira, I appreciate your insights on the issue. I have spoken with several people and everyone has their own opinion on this: some don’t mind you wearing symbols related to their culture or religion, some feel like it’s cultural appropriation. Most of them tho have issues with big brands making big bucks basically stealing their aesthetic (have you read about the Navajo dispute with Urban Outfitters?).
    I refer to cultural appropriation in this article when I mention dreamcatchers: that’s the tricky one in my opinion, as it’s an object that carries a lot of meaning for native American tribes and it represents their artisanal skills; so it’s up to you whether to use the symbol or not. A far better idea would be purchasing a dream catcher directly from an Ojibwe artisan. In this case, I don’t see the cultural appropriation problem at all because I think that when you know the meaning of a symbol, you respect it and you support the culture from where it comes from, then it’s a positive thing. And it might spread awareness about the issue as well.
    As for hamsa hands, crystals, moon symbolism and the eye of God, I don’t see the cultural appropriation there, because those are symbols deeply rooted in many cultures and different religions across Asia, Africa, and Europe as well. Also, I don’t think one should only use a symbol when it’s strictly related to their own religion.
    Again, I don’t see the relation between the popularization of symbols of a certain culture and its discrimination: when done well, the first could actually bring awareness to the second one.
    I think religion are mostly bs (sorry if you’re religious, I don’t want to be disrespectful here) but I love the message many religions have. So I use the symbols. Because I like the meaning and the energy those symbols carry. You might be interested in an article I wrote about symbols; my position has slightly changed since then, but there are some comments that are worth reading and it might be an extension of the topic we’re discussing here: http://www.stylebizarre.com/beware-of-what-you-wear/
    Nowadays, my opinion is that we are all one, and that it all depends on the attitude with which we do things (and wear stuff).

      Sławomira

      Yes, when you know the meaning and respect it wearing the symbol is accurate 🙂

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