Part 1 Study for Modesty using Strong's
Part 2 Modest Dress~Brief Guidelines
Part 3 How to Transition Away from Pants
I think for a lot of modestly dressed women they just kind of "wake up" one day
and see that either their jeans are as revealing as wearing a leotard would be
they see that their Levi's & Sweatshirt are boyish and looks just like the
outfit their husband has on.
Or maybe they see both.
I keep saying this but I think the main point is having a panel of fabric
obscuring the bottom area is a good way to achieve modesty.
That panel of fabric can be a skirt, dress, jumper OR it could be super long
shirt (which is a dress, if long enough) and this panel of fabric can be worn
over pants, bloomers, a second skirt, underpants...all kinds of divided leg
The more immodest look is to have form fitting pants and a short shirt.
Plain and simple.
As to the "pertaineth to a man" a Scripture from Deut 22:5 I think that is
simple to understand too. It says there:
"A woman shall not wear anything that pertains to a man, nor shall a man put on
a woman's garment, for all who do so are an abomination to the LORD your God. "
Don't cross dress. Don't wear apparel that is solely man's apparel. When we get
to clothing that *both genders* wear then it gets confusing but IF YOUR OUTFIT
would look totally normal on YOUR HUSBAND then you may be crossing that line
between the genders.
Ending on this....sometimes a dress is more immodest. Some skirts/dresses are
too short or too sheer OR are bound to blow up over head while climbing the
ladder to the roof.
It's not just "pants" or "skirts" it is looking in the mirror and seeing what
you are "saying" with your clothes.
I could look very s*xy and say to you, "Hey, I'm wearing a dress. Sure it's
short and tight but it's a dress."
I look in the mirror and ask myself if I look like a women professing godliness.
I've quoted that often but I'll quote it again because that verse is my best
barometer. "Pertaineth to a man" helps me too but as we look at several opinions
we find that verse is more subjective.
Here is the I Tim 2:9-10 verse that helps me the most:
"...the women adorn themselves in modest apparel, with propriety and moderation,
not with braided hair or gold or pearls or costly clothing, but, which is proper
for women professing godliness, with good works."
Lady Violet's notes: While I do believe that dresses and skirts more readily show the distinction between men and women, I think we must remember that many do not yet have this realization. It took me many years after being born again to realize this, especially since I had always been like "one of the guys" before being saved (but then again, not really, because a girl is never just one of the guys). It took me a while to be comfortable in skirts and to realize that though I was covered up and modest, I wasn't really feminine. Let us lead other women by our example and be kind to them when we speak of these things. Like me, they may not have the resources to replace all of their clothing, nor their children's.
This post is being linked to The Domestically Divine link up at Far Above Rubies.
God bless you today.