The Origins of Orthodox Fashion Codes : An Evolution to Match the Times

Fashion is and always has been a representation of the current social, political and economical status in the world.

Without stepping on too many toes I want to make it clear that in this piece I am not condemning any minhagim (customs) of various different religious communities. This is simply a discussion to break down the preconceived notions of the origins of dress codes practiced by the Westernized Orthodox Jewry. For example, historical facts easily refute that Jews in Syria, India, Yemen, Greece and so forth were wearing black hats/white shirts/black pants back in the day.

Yet in most orthodox circles dressing this way constitutes being “religious” and “orthodox” which in a way is robbing those of their ethnic/cultural identity of their particular Jewish dress codes of the past. Firstly however, let me expand a little bit further on how much significance fashion has in the world. Continue reading The Origins of Orthodox Fashion Codes : An Evolution to Match the Times