Your beauty should not come from outward adornment, such as braided hair and the wearing of gold jewelry and fine clothes.
Instead, it should be that of your inner self, the unfading beauty of a gentle and quiet spirit, which is of great worth in God's sight.
Many believers have misinterpreted this verse as meaning beauty can only be within and no one should be wearing jewelry or decorating themselves. In reality God is saying to the church to focus on the inside first.
Notice the writer does not say never adorn yourself. He says that beauty should come from within. True beauty is seen within the person and it can grow from the inside out.
Too many times we judge the book by its cover rather than looking inside for what is within.