I’ve always been so inspired by young women who boldly stand for what they believe in especially when it comes to what they wear. Especially in high school. Rather than conforming to what society says, they dress to honor God first. That’s exactly what this young lady does. Meet Melani!
Hey! My name is Melani. I live in the rolling hills of Georgia with my family of 10. It’s a loud and crazy house, but never boring! I’m the writer behind Reflections of the Heart. I post modest outfits and articles, such as When Others Don’t Understand Your Modesty Beliefs, How To Build a Modest Closet, and Christian Girls and Romance Novels. Modesty is an issue very near and dear to my heart, and my vision is to show girls that dressing to honor God is showing our true worth. I volunteer weekly at a local crisis pregnancy center, and if I could spend all day reading and writing, I probably would.
fashion meets God: How did you get started with Reflections of the Heart? Have you always been interested in fashion?
Melani Crone: When I was about 13, I did a “guest post” on my mom’s blog, Children are a Blessing. (Which I thought was too fun.) The summer after that I really got into reading Fresh Modesty and another modesty blog, Living and Dressing for my Savior. Though I was only 14, I thought, “Hey, this would be fun!” I prayed about it and Reflections of the Heart came into existence that August.
For your next question, absolutely yes! I was the 7-year-old with the biggest earrings I could get away with and the be-dazzled shirts. Even at that age, I loved pairing together outfits and still do.
fmG: What is your go-to wardrobe piece that you find yourself wearing multiple times, multiple ways?
MC: I think I can safely say that I love my shirts that are slightly too big on me. They’re so much fun to accessorize. You can wear a long necklace or infinity scarf to give it some style, tie the bottom of the shirt into a knot, or tuck it into a skirt residing on your waist! I also love my cardigans/shrugs. I have several different styles and colors and it is super fun to mix and match!
fmG: What does modesty mean to you?
MC: Modesty is presenting your faith through what you wear. It’s saying that you are comfortable with who you are in Christ Jesus and that you aren’t looking for the world’s approval. I think that dressing modestly is showing respect, confidence, and true beauty.
fmG: Can you share with us your testimony and how you came to know the Lord?
MC: Of course! I was 7 years old when I was a part of Awana at my church. I remember several lessons being about salvation, and I really soaked it in. I wanted to be a Christian. I wanted to know Jesus personally.
Over the years, I’ve really seen how God’s hand was on my life. There have been times (especially when I was a preteen) when I know that I haven’t acted like a Christian. I’m so grateful that He has never given up on me and that he slowly draws me back to Him when I fall short. I was baptized when I was 13.
fmG: What are some of your favorite verses you reflect on during challenges?
MC: I have a tendency to over-think and worry too much. God has challenged me to exercise faith through His Word, and a few of my favorites are Joshua 1:9, 1 John 4:18, and 2 Timothy 1:7.
fmG: Being a follower of Jesus in high school as a 16-year-old is not the easiest thing and I’m sure a lot of people can relate. What advice can you give other high school students to stay grounded in their faith?
MC: It’s the hard truth, but we’re not called to fit in. We’re not called to be accepted. Remember that who you are in Jesus Christ is what defines you. Not anything that the world has to offer! Seek to have friends in your life that lift you up and encourage you, and be the same friend to them. Even when things get hard, know that an easy life doesn’t make for a strong person. Also, a deep, real relationship with Jesus is the only path to true fulfillment and joy.
Thank you, Melani! I admire your servant-heart and authenticity! Continue to stand firm in your faith as you grow closer with Him!
Check out Melani’s blog: “Reflections of the Heart”
“Do not let your adorning be external—the braiding of hair and the putting on of gold jewelry, or the clothing you wear…”
– 1 Peter 3:3