May 21, 2012 — -- The black and white world of the clergy is getting some color and creativity thanks to Ed Young, the pastor that oversees Fellowship Church based in the Dallas-Fort Worth area and Miami.
"People have asked me for a long time 'where did you get your clothes,' said Young. The inquiries led the fashionable pastor to launch a website called PastorFashion.com.
The pastor, who says he has loved fashion since he was 2 years old, told ABC News, "I think people that are followers of the word should be the most creative people on the world."
"We should be at the forefront of fashion," he continued. "I think we have the ultimate message and should dress up with the times."
The pastor says he has advised hundreds of people about the latest in fashion. And, people throughout the country ask the pastor if they can send text messages for help on what to buy such as coats, ties and suits.
Young's blog, which was launched earlier this year, advises pastors and members of the clergy on what to wear -- and what not to wear -- and offers fashion tips about the latest trends. The idea is to help keep God current by avoiding fashion-victim status.
And, while you can't judge a book by its cover, Young states, "You need to make the cover as good as possible so people will read the book."
In a blog post titled "From the Runway to the Pulpit," Young writes, "pastors aren't typically known for their fashion. Most people don't think of the runway leading up to the pulpit. But why not?! Why can't the men and women of God set the standard for the rest of the world in fashion as well as faith?"
That's what he sets out to do in blog posts that range from "Do You Wear the Right Collar" to "Skinny Jeans and Testosterone."
He says people have been receptive to his blog for the most part. However, "you're always going to have people that don't understand," said Young.
"If people take a step and think about it they would see it. God created color, God created design. He created things that look nice and we're simply doing what he wants us to do. Being a follower of Christ should be cool because God is cool, God is hip. We should live that out," he says.
Here are some fashion do's and don'ts from the fashionable pastor:
Don't try too hard to be hip or trendy. "Let your clothes be an extension of your personality," says Young.
Don't buy clothing that's too big. Young says a common problem for people is they buy a size too big or dress for comfort. "That's fine if you dress for comfort when you're in your pj's," says Young, who considers fit to be the most common fashion faux pas.
Don't wear skinny if you don't have the right body type. Excluding Justin Bieber and Mick Jagger, "there's not a lot of people that look good in skinny jeans," says Young. "You have to know your physique if you're a guy. If you have big bones you don't want to go with skinny jeans."
Don't dress sensually or have things on that would take away the focus of what we're talking about. "As someone becomes a follower of Christ, I think a lot of people try to dress too sensually and sexy. God invented sexy and sexy should be between a man and a woman in marriage," says Young.
Do buy classic styles. "I don't think we dress classy enough," said Young. "We get tethered to the trendy as opposed to the classic clothes.
Do consider slim-cut pants.
Do have the staples in your closet if you're a man: a dark suit, a blue blazer, gray slacks that are slim and properly fit, and several dress shirts that fit.