Celebrating Black History Through Fashion – Church Fashion | Chitown Fashionista

16 February 2011 / By Nikia Jefferson

Celebrating Black History Through Fashion – Church Fashion

Church has always been the place where we dress to perfection…

This set of photos was provided by fellow blogger and shopaholic, Chandra of MoMoMod.com.

The beautiful couple hugged up in the first picture (dated in the late 1980s) are Chandra’s parents. Dad is looking suave in his bow tie but her mom is stealing the show! I simply adore the lace gloves and pillbox hat. Now, I see who is responsible for inspiring Chandra’s love for hats and fascinators.

The picture on the left shows Chandra (on the right) with her parents and sister. I love how the girls are wearing nautical-inspired dresses. With nautical being popular in fashion right now, it’s pretty amazing to see how trends come full circle every few years.

Clearly the ever popular phrase “You can’t know where you are going, unless you know where you have been” applies to life AND fashion. What do you think?

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About The Author

Nikia Jefferson

Nikia Jefferson is the Founder and Editor of ChiTown Fashionista and has always had an affinity for shoes and shopping, in general. In addition to addressing fashion trends and her latest obsessions, Nikia promotes the remarkable, yet underexposed, local shops and designers she encounters in Chicago and beyond. Deemed as ‘the enabler of fashion consumption’, Nikia works to captivate the hearts of fellow shopaholics by featuring the unique treasures found during her shopping adventures.

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5 Comments so far

  1. Kim {The Stylish Life} says:

    I remember dressing up for church and not liking it that much, lol. Chandra's family looks so nice. Those sailor dresses were to die for back then. I had a a whole sailor ensemble when I was six – couldn't tell me NOTHING!!!! LOL!

  2. sartoriography says:

    I love how the history of "dressing" for church has been such a strong one in many communities. These photos are perfect for showing that off. I grew up in a rural community in the South where everyone went to church (or at least it seemed like it) and no one was ever dressed like a slacker. But then, most people weren't dressed like sailors, either. Too bad for them, because Chandra and her sister are CUTE!

  3. Chandra @ShiftC says:

    Kim, I remember having a white/navy sailor dress, too. My mom just enjoyed dressing my sis and I alike. People would ALWAYS ask if we were twins…..ha! NOPE!I somehow came out as a light bright!

    Sartoriography, growing up it was nothing but the best for church. I still think like this and attempt to go to church in my best. I still think my mom did a great job dressing our family for church.

    Chandra
    MoMoMod

  4. Anonymous says:

    I too can relate to the sailor dresses worn by you and your sister. They were such a signature piece for just about every black princess, I love them still.

    Nice pictures Chandra.

  5. ChiTown Fashionista says:

    I had a sailor dress as well. It's so amazing to see how we, from all parts of the country, were dressing the same when we were younger.


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