Interestingly confusing. From our scriptures, women are supposed to dress modestly, not flashy (or rich), cover their heads at ALL times, not adorn the clothes of men. First of all, I fear that you have already decided that you want us to agree with you.
I do not believe that many Eastern Orthodox females are living up to biblical dress... Obviously the EO nuns do not stray. But the EO laywomen stray. Is this because the church has allowed them to deviate from biblical teachings due to not being sola scripturists and saying "it's more practical this way"? Does the church giving permission opposite to the scriptural teachings make this okay? I know of many EO churches that do enforce a more scriptural approach to womens dress, but many do not.
Where do you stand? Opinions? Discuss?
Yes, women should dress modestly - as should men. Quite frankly, I'm not sure that Scripture prohibits outright the display of wealth, but says rather that material wealth should not be a woman's beauty. However, guidelines for much of what we view as "flashy" are already covered by an understanding of modesty. Modesty also suggests not drawing attention to oneself. I do wonder sometimes if women who dress counter-culturally - and that means some Mennonite sects - are doing so in an effort to draw attention to themselves. One must caution against that as well. I think that overall, it is best for men and women to dress in a way that does not draw special attention to themselves.
Covering heads at all times? Then what do you make of 1 Cor 11:15: But if a woman has long hair, it is a glory to her; for her hair is given to her for a covering. (NKJV, with added emphasis)
As for cross-dressing of any sort: yes, it makes sense that neither a man nor a woman should try to "become" the other by means of their clothing. Men's clothing vs women's clothing is determined by culture and that changes with time and place. Do you dress like a first century Palestinian man? or a first century Roman man? See my point?
Dress modestly and appropriately for the occasion.
The bible in several places speaks of people dressing richly as bad.
For 1 Corithians 11 it is speaking of women covering their heads while praying. In 1 Thessalonians 5:17 it says "pray without ceasing".
1 Corinthians 11:16 is not speaking of the only covering. Verse 6 would not make sense if it were so. Since man's glory is Christ, he prays uncovered. Since a woman's glory is her hair, she is to pray with her hair covered or it dishonors her.
In 1 Corinthians 11 - These commands are that a Christian woman should have long uncut hair, and that it should be modestly covered with a veil. This is something understood by Orthodox nuns, Catholic nuns, Mennonite women, and some Orthodox laywomen (but not all).
It concerns me that through the traditions of the Orthodox church, that this tradition is fading quickly. Even the iconography always depicts women with a head covering.
In consideration of women dressing as men, in our culture, most women wore dresses before the feminist movement was in full swing.