Clothes are an everyday part of our life.  We spend a lot of time styling them, buying them, and looking for more ethical and sustainable options.  But have you ever wondered what you might wear in heaven?  Might you be wearing the same types of clothing in the afterlife that you wear now?

There are many religions with different beliefs about the afterlife.  Many of them agree that we will wear clothes in the afterlife and they will be righteous and beautiful.  Other details like color, and style varies from each religion, though there are some similarities. 

All though what we will wear in heaven is not the main topic of religious texts, there are still numerous mentions of what these clothes might entail. Below we will investigate what the major religious texts have to say about heaven’s attire and the context and reasoning behind each description.

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Will We Even Wear Clothes? 

Will We Even Wear Clothes?

In the bible in Genesis 2:25, the first two people on earth, Adam and Eve, were naked “and they felt no shame.” It was only after they disobeyed God by eating from the Tree of Knowledge that they became ashamed of their nakedness and covered themselves in Genesis 3

Since clothes are worn on earth due to original sin, and heaven is sin-free as said in Revelation 21:27: “Nothing impure will ever enter it, nor will anyone who does what is shameful or deceitful”, will clothes be required? 

Some people believe that when we die and arrive in heaven, we may not be in human form, but in another form or a spirit form, such as the beliefs of Spiritism. However, according to 1 Corinthians 13:12, when that time comes, we will be known in heaven as we are known on earth.

That is, we will look and be in human form as in heaven, just as we are on earth and therefore need clothes to cover our bodies. 

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What Kind Of Clothes? 

What Kind Of Clothes?

In Revelation 3:4, people are already described as wearing clothes, “Yet some in the church in Sardis have not soiled their clothes with evil. They will walk with me in white, for they are worthy. All who are victorious will be clothed in white.” 

Jesus is described as wearing a robe in Heaven in John 19:23,  “Now the coat was without seam, woven whole from the top down.” 

Why a robe you might wonder?  Why not a dress or pants and a shirt?  In the bible, clothing is described as such: “These are the garments that they shall make: a breast piece, an ephod, a robe, a coat of checker work, a turban, and a sash.” (Exodus 28:4).

The Bible was written in the 10th century BCE and in this time, robes were common attire due to the ease of construction and practicality. 

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Two Layers 

Two Layers

In the bible, robes had two layers, an inner coat called a raiment and an outer coat as described in Revelation 3:5. The inner coat is worn next to your body and the outer coat or cloak covers up the inner robe. 

The inner coat is what God clothes us in and is therefore considered sacred and should not be taken off or given away (Revelation 3:5). Since such robes are gifted by God, it makes sense that many believe we would wear them in Heaven when we are reunited with Him. 

The inner layer is also shown to be sacred when Jesus instructs Matthew to give away his outer cloak but not his inner coat in Matthew 5:35.

White Robes 

White Robes

The robes worn in heaven in the bible are described as being white: 

“After this, I looked, and there before me was a great multitude that no one could count, from every nation, tribe, people, and language, standing before the throne and before the Lamb. They were wearing white robes and were holding palm branches in their hands.” Revelation 7:9.

Why just the color white?  White is considered clean and sacred in the bible as shown in Revelation 19:8, “It was granted her to clothe herself with fine linen, bright and pure”— for the fine linen is the righteous deeds of the saints.”  

Since those who enter heaven are free of sin and unable to sin as stated in Revelation 21:4–5 and therefore ‘pure’ white seems to be an appropriate color to be robed in.  Only the color white is used to symbolize purity and a pure heart throughout the bible.

Other Colors 

Other Colors

Even though the majority of people are described as wearing white in the bible, there are a few instances of robes being described as not white.  For one, Jesus is described as wearing a red robe to symbolize his blood sacrifice for those who have sinned in Revelation 19:13.

In Revelation 15:6, angels are described as wearing gold sashes and bright linen, in contrast to other passages only describing white robes. 

This matches with the Muslim belief that those in heaven will wear bright-colored garments as stated in the Quaran:

“..They will be adorned therein with bracelets of gold, and they will wear green garments of fine silk and heavy brocade. They will recline therein on raised thrones. How good the recompense! How beautiful a couch to recline on.” [18:31].

The Symbolism of Clothes In Heaven 

The Symbolism of Clothes In Heaven

The symbolism behind wearing white robes in heaven seems to be rooted in righteousness. This is demonstrated in Revelation 19:6-10 when the bride of Christ is wearing white and is considered righteous.  

This also explains why clothing is worn in heaven.  Further described in this verse, it states that if we are not righteous, then we would be naked. 

This circles back to Adam and Eve who had to be clothed only after committing the first sin on earth. 

Though these are the more popular beliefs on what we wear in heaven, they are not the only ones.  What do you think we will wear in heaven? 

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