When you think of Sunday church attire, you might think of your modest midi dress, hosiery, kitten heels, and a ladylike, kiss-lock handbag. None of the traditional church-style cues were in sight when Hailey Baldwin and her fiancé, Justin Bieber, attended Hillsong Church in New York City on Sunday.
For the occasion, Baldwin continued to sport her streetwear aesthetic, wearing a casual navy-and-black-striped T-shirt tucked into her wide-legged white trousers and white sneakers to match. She accessorized with a gold watch, hoop earrings, and custom gothic letter necklace from Jennifer Fisher. She also wore her engagement ring in full view. Bieber wore an equally casual ensemble: a graphic T-shirt, basketball shorts, white socks, and sneakers.
Although it might seem like Baldwin and Bieber’s style choices are a bit too casual for Sunday church, they are perfectly in line to wear to Hillsong — a trendy church among celebrity NBA stars and musicians. Bieber and ex-girlfriend Selena Gomez have gone on dates there, as have Vanessa Hudgens and her boyfriend Austin Butler. Kendall and Kylie Jenner have also been spotted at the church on more than one occasion; so have basketballers Carmelo Anthony and Kevin Durant.
Hillsong originated in Australia in the ’80s and has since expanded to locations across the globe, including London, Paris, Moscow, San Francisco, and others. Its concept is far from what your parents or grandparents might deem a traditional church. In New York City in particular, Hillsong services don’t take place in traditional stained-glass churches, but in music venues like the Hammerstein Ballroom and Irving Plaza.
And they are led by charismatic pastors like Carl Lentz, who, from his Instagram, you might mistake for a rock star himself. During his sermons, Lentz wears trendy suede boots, and tees that show off his tattoos. Comfort is clearly key, and his laidback style choices also reflect those of Hillsong’s members.
“When you come into our church, it looks like the streets of New York. There are people who do not care about fashion, and [those] who look like, yeah, they’re from Williamsburg, and then guys who are in suits because they live in the corporate world. So I’m really okay with people being themselves,” Lentz tells Harper’s Bazaar.
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Excited to be speaking to our Kingdom Builders tonight @hillsongnyc… Some of the most consistent and faithful people I have ever been around! It takes many, to continue to promote the available grace of God, which is no respecter of persons. That's the tricky thing about life..We desperately want to classify people in our minds. The picture above, demonstrates this well. Because these individuals are "well known", immediately it will elicit reactions..mostly harsh, because it's easier/lazy to classify that which you can't fully understand, than to pursue depth and reasoning. Projecting insecurity and bad motives is a full time job for too many people..If they were not "well known"? Much more palatable for people! Why? Because we classify that as well and are not threatened by things that fit neatly into our ready made classification prism. My point? We can't dispense grace or love how WE WANT. We must as GOD SAYS! I for one, am grateful for that. Don't deserve an ounce of the ocean of grace God has given me…Somebody once told me "humility is the great mediator. It will always be the shortest distance between you and another human being." Should make it really easy for all of us who claim to follow Jesus, to show grace and love exactly how we were given it: freely and quickly, regardless of our SHARED, INHERENT "class". Sinners… grace?? It changes the story..Have a great Thursday! #occupyallstreets #weezyandbeezy #throwback #whatatimetobealive #idontwritebooks #justlongcaptions #feelsright
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He adds, “Fashion is a part of New York City, so therefore, it’s a part of our church,” Lentz added. “But just like poverty, and just like pain, and just like people who have nothing, that’s also a part of our church. So we’re not sitting up here trying to have a fashion show, we’re just trying to be who we are. It’s less intentional, and more, I think, genuine to who we are.”
If you are a fan of Baldwin’s laidback Sunday church look, shop three similar versions below.
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Mango printed trim T-shirt, $10, mango.com; McQ Alexander McQueen wide-leg pants, $144, stylebop.com; Fossil Carlie Three Hand Rose Gold-Tone stainless steel watch, $125, fossil.com; Stella & Dot delicate double pearl pendant, $49, stelladot.com; Comme des Garçons play women’s Chuck Taylor 1970s low-top sneakers, $135, barneys.com; Melanie Auld mini modern hoops, $85, intermix.com.
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