Thursday, August 25, 2011

How tight should our dresses be?


I tend to agree with this comment. I've seen teenage girls walk around with clothes that are so baggy, and hair cuts that are so short I had a hard time figuring out if they were a girl or a boy.

I by no means think you should wear skin tight clothing, but I also don't think we should be totally paranoid about showing some sort of figure when we wear a dress.

I'd love to hear your thoughts on this! Please answer with loving words, even if you disagree!

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At August 25, 2011 at 8:52 AM , Anonymous Anonymous said...

I do agree! I just recently was convicted of the clothing that I wear being too revealing. My husband and I talked and I was never aware of the way that men feel about modesty. I think that many women think that because their skin is covered that their clothing is modest, but I disagree. Men know what a woman's body looks like and when our clothes are so tight that they can see the entire outline of it, it is just as tempting to them as if our skin was showing.

 
At August 25, 2011 at 8:57 AM , Blogger tiffibug said...

I agree with this. I personally love the 1950's style dresses with the buttoned tops and flared skirts, I think they are called Day Dresses. If I could stock my wardrobe with those I would be perfectly happy.

 
At August 25, 2011 at 9:07 AM , Anonymous Missy said...

I agree, just because we are trying to modest, does not mean we should look like a sack of potatoes! Our chest and legs should be covered with a nice, feminine dress. I just found a pattern for a "1950s" style dress that is modern, I just need to convince my husband to buy it for me! LOL

 
At August 25, 2011 at 9:08 AM , Blogger Blessed said...

I AGREE COMPLETELY!!! I have 3 daughters and the are constantly trying to change my mind about the clothes they wear. If we train them now that modest dress is beautiful then they grow into womanhood carrying themselves respectfully and acceptably. Image IS the first impression.

 
At August 25, 2011 at 9:14 AM , Blogger The Whatever Girlz said...

I wholeheartedly agree!!

 
At August 25, 2011 at 9:15 AM , Blogger Mrs. Stam said...

I think this is a beautiful quote, and understand the confusion with not being able to differentiated some boys and girls (by clothing and hair style alone) it's like we have the 2 extreme : Ultra sexy and the gender-non-specific type of clothing...

The way I see it, there should be a middle, a more modest and yet feminine way to dress ourself.

 
At August 25, 2011 at 9:17 AM , Blogger Sneakers Of Faith said...

I also agree & love that quote! I have been more & more convicted lately regarding my clothes. I have always felt that I dress modestly, but I was also never aware of how men really felt about women & modesty until I met my fiance. I have begun wearing dresses & skirts almost daily now & have noticed that when I DO wear jeans or shorts I am physically uncomfortable! Skirts are way more comfy & I love feeling like a lady! :)

 
At August 25, 2011 at 9:48 AM , Blogger Crystal said...

Yes! I love dressing like a lady, and that does mean showing off that I AM made differently than a boy! I would wear sundresses all day every day if I could.

 
At August 25, 2011 at 9:59 AM , Anonymous Hannah said...

I have also heard this comment for the length of skirt "Your skirts should be short enough to show you are a woman but long enough to show you are a lady." I, personally, believe that we should dress beautifully for our husbands. We should dress in a way that shows we respect ourselves and our husbands. We should also feel pretty, when women don't feel pretty they get depressive. I think several women have already said this but the 50s dresses and skirts I think are everything we are trying to achieve now. They are modest, pretty, long but not too long, show that we are women without showing every single curve we have.

 
At August 25, 2011 at 10:45 AM , Blogger Lisa said...

I agree! My daughter and I wear skirts/dresses everyday, and I have made a real effort not to look like a sack of potatoes lately, lol! :-) The rule of thumb that my daughter and I use is that our skirts should go to our knees or a little below. They are not floor length, but not mini skirts, either.

We are on vacation at the beach and it is so difficult to keep telling my boys to avert their eyes, because they would be tripping over their feet 100% of the time, lol! It is so sad that women/girls today feel that they have no worth except for their bodies. It makes me so uncomfortable seeing just how short the shorts are. They would make prostitutes blush. It is so sad. I pray for those young girls and their parents everytime I see it. They just seem to get younger and younger.

That being said, I don't have a problem with some of my curves showing. Curves are natural on a woman. I would love to find some 50's style dresses. Can anyone share websites where we can find some that are stylish, yet modest?

 
At August 25, 2011 at 11:15 AM , Anonymous Gabe said...

I love this quote. I think that so often we connect being modest with being frumpy. There is a middle ground. We should look like women/ladies, but be covered up and our clothes should not be too tight. I want to feel beautiful in my clothes, I want my husband to think I look beautiful, AND I want my daughters to look forward to being a grown woman as well.

I like the 50's era dresses that other women have mentioned as well. I wish it was easier to find those types of dresses. I like that they usually have buttons down the front, making nursing possible.

 
At August 25, 2011 at 11:15 AM , Blogger Martha A. said...

Have you checked out Shabby Apple? Some of them fit the bill!
Anyhow, I totally agree with this comment! I grew up sort of thinking if you dressed with care, you were vain. You can be modest is a sweatshirt and loose skirt, but look like the bag lady and I don't think that is honoring to God!

 
At August 25, 2011 at 11:56 AM , Blogger Julie said...

I agree. Mostly because a big baggy dress makes you look homely, not feminine. I believe we're called to holiness, not homeliness.

 
At August 25, 2011 at 12:34 PM , Blogger Hidden Treasures said...

I agree! I think we should look like ladies. God gave us figures because He wanted us to have them and then He told us to be modest. I think it brings Him glory when we cover our feminine bodies with modest clothing! Great quote!

 
At August 25, 2011 at 1:36 PM , Anonymous Stacy Makes Cents said...

This post reminds me of one I read this week from Homestead Revival. You might like it too. :-)

http://homesteadrevival.blogspot.com/2011/08/dear-daughter-keeping-our-femininity.html

 
At August 25, 2011 at 4:45 PM , Blogger Rebekah said...

I agree with this. Have to address the baggy sweatshirt/ long skirt issue too. You know there have been times over the decades that a baggy sweatshirt was perfectly in style, and there are long skirts in any season that are in style as well, so don't throw the baby out with the bath water either. Balance, discernment, and wisdom are so key.

 
At August 25, 2011 at 6:00 PM , Blogger Don and Shelly said...

I agree as well. It IS possible to be modest while obviously feminine at the same time. As far as tightness goes in a skirt, we feel that anything tight enough to define the "division in the bottom" or show panty lines is too tight.

 
At August 26, 2011 at 9:17 PM , Blogger jrdubroy said...

Land's End has some great shirt dresses that remind me of the 50s. They also often have good sales so don't let the price get you. Maybe a good Birthday or Christmas gift idea.
http://www.landsend.com/pp/34sleeveChambrayShirtdress~227792_59.html?bcc=y&action=order_more&sku_0=::EOL&CM_MERCH=IDX_Women-_-DressesSkirts&origin=index

 
At September 6, 2011 at 12:08 PM , Anonymous Anonymous said...

Edith HEad, by the way, was at her most active in...the 1950s. She was a Hollywood costume desginer who designed for the likes of Audrey Hepubrn, et al (I also realize Miss Audrey didn't have the curves, but that's not the point). Thank you for reminding meof the source of that quote!
-Katie

 

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