The things of God’s law, they are to be accounted great things. If we would prove ourselves to be God’s people. We must have christian modesty; respect to his will and to his glory, and not to the vain fashions of the world. This is in regard to preserve our own and others’ purity in heart and actions.
“The woman shall not wear that which pertaineth unto a man; neither shall a man put on a woman’s garment: for all that do so are abomination unto the Lord thy God.”
The dress distinguishes between the male and the female. It certainly cannot mean a simple change in dress, whereby the men might pass for women, and vice versa. which would betray effeminacy and softness unbecoming men, and would lead the way to many impurities, by giving an opportunity of mixing with women, and so to commit to preserve chastity this law seems to be made; since nature has a difference of sexes made, it is necessary that we should be known by difference of dress, or otherwise many evils might follow fornication and adultery.
Fashion is the greatest of all liars. It has made society insincere. We do not know whether it is an expression of their heart or an external civility. Those who depend for their comfort upon the admiration of others are subject to frequent disappointment.
Therefore is no excuse, under any circumstances, for not being and acting the lady or gentleman. Rudeness is sin. Also as Christianity advances there will be better apparel, higher styles of architecture, more exquisite adornments, sweeter music, grander pictures, more correct behavior, and more thorough ladies and gentlemen.
Topic of garments and modesty is attempting to determine salvation based on the outward appearance, when God clearly told us, He looks on the heart. People are and always will be influenced by trends and society or culture in one way or another.