who is your PH's wardrobe consultant?

>> January 13, 2009

If you got a chance to check out Holly Furtick's blog (mentioned in yesterday's interview) you probably saw that her husband, Steven, was interviewed for the Style section of her local newspaper. In it he credits Holly for his style. "When I was in college I had no sense of style and then I met Holly, and we dated in college, and she's been my wardrobe consultant ever since." He also advises other ministers to, in matters of wardrobe and style, "get some help. Ask your wife."

So, are you your PH's wardrobe consultant too? Who does he go to for style advice? How intentional are y'all, as a ministry couple, about the image you portray through your clothes?


Jessica January 13, 2009 at 2:38 PM  

My PH dresses similarly to Steven, a bit more conservative but we live in Cincinnati. I am not his style consultant. In fact, he is mine! He has a great eye for fashion and actually watches certain designers and runways. We are intentional and you'd be surprised the impact his fashion sense has made on our congregation.

Sarah January 13, 2009 at 7:25 PM  

I was lucky enough to marry a European PH with a great innate sense of style. I consult him and he consults me!

We are both very intentional about the image we present, not only because we are the pastor's family, but also because we are children of God. We both like to be stylish but modest and classy.

However, we choose to always find our clothing and accessories as inexpensively as possible - Goodwill and consignment shops, as well as the clearance rack at outlet stores, are our favorite places.

My PH is especially sensitive to this issue. He never wants any church member to feel that they might be justified in hesitating to give financially to the church because the pastor lives too "well". As a result, we drive two used Hondas, even though my husband's cousin has offered to get him a beautiful used BMW for the same price as the Honda. It is really important to us that we never offer anyone an excuse to question the church's use of finances, and we think a little self-denial helps keep our priorities in the right place.

LeadHership: January 13, 2009 at 11:17 PM  

I am VERY much my husband's stylist. I lay out his threads every day. I pack his clothes when he travels, attach notes to them. And on occasion, have had him iPhone me a pic of how he assembled his outfit frm his hotel rm. It's a twisted part of our marriage. But we love it about ea other & God knew what He was doing.

Colleen McD,  January 14, 2009 at 12:47 PM  

I am my husband fashion consultant. But her makes it very easy. He is very limited (being a redhead) but looks great in everything he wears. We are very intentional in our dress. We both like to "dress up" on Sundays we consider it part or our worship to God but we would never dare impose that on someone else. But that does not mean you would never find us in t-shirts and jeans at a church function.

Sandra January 14, 2009 at 6:43 PM  

I think Sarah makes a good point on dressing well, but not spending too much money on clothes. I get veto power over my husband's clothes, but over all he does well on his own.

Anonymous,  January 14, 2009 at 6:51 PM  

I do all of our shopping ... and that is a good thing. :)

dpm January 14, 2009 at 8:20 PM  

I find myself wishing we had more cash to spend on our "look." My sister-in-law, who is an interior designer, has a great eye for pattern/color/texture combinations and she's constantly buying my PH shirts and ties (he wears suits to church and meetings). If there was more money in the budget, our look would definitely be more intentional and more "us" (less generic).

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