As you can tell, I shortened the sleeves, but I also made the skirt of it to tea-length (before, it was almost ankle length). So now I can wear this in not-so-cold weather *and* cold weather (I can layer it with a cardigan or jacket).
I know that this subject is a very controversial one, but anyway– just wanted to weigh in on it for a bit. Mind you, nothing too philosophical, but kind of just off the top of my head.
First off, I certainly can’t say I have much of a concreted belief on the whole subject– my view is kind of “evolving” as I learn more about what it means to be a Christ follower.
^That^ being said, I don’t want to come across like I’ve figured out this whole thing (’cause I haven’t), but this is just my understanding of the subject.
This is a good place to insert the definition of modesty (according to the Merriam-Webster Dictionary. Emphasis my own):
- The whole reason we wear clothing: Adam and Eve (in the Garden of Eden– see Genesis chapter 3, in particular verses 6, 7, 11, 12, 21) were unashamedly naked. But when they sinned, they became ashamed [of their nakedness]. The need for a covering/clothing is a direct result of Adam and Eve’s sin. A really interesting part of it all is that their sin was based in pride (the opposite of the definition of modesty/propriety/moderation, by the way)– they figured they knew better than God. (see Genesis 3:1-7)
- I believe that clothes shouldn’t draw attention to ourselves (once again– pride). Rather we should seek to draw attention, with the end result being God’s glorification, to the work we do in God’s name. (1 Peter 3:3-4; 1 Timothy 2:8-10)
- Motives. What are our motives for wearing a certain garment? If our motives are based in pride (the opposite of modesty/propriety/moderation)– seeking to show-off how fancy we are, or even trying to show off how we’re-“so-good-because-we’re-not-wearing-revealing-clothes” (the holier-than-thou attitude); then we’re sinning. (Proverbs 16:18; Proverbs 18:12; Proverbs 21:4; 1 Timothy 6:17; 1 John 2:16) If our motives are to receive sexual attention from those who aren’t our spouse, then we are sinning. (Hebrews 13:4)
- Self control. A lot of times, Christians seem to consign “modesty” to the role of a woman; and tend to also focus on “tangible modesty” (i.e. clothing). Men need to use self-control, so as not to think impure thoughts about women (among other things)– no matter what the women are wearing/acting/saying. *Side note*, I firmly believe that women need to use self-control in their thought life as well (we can just as easily think lustful thoughts about a guy, which is a sin– see Matthew 5:27,28). It’s also important for all Christians (men and women) to implement modesty in the way we dress (and think, speak and act)– as in, not wearing gaudy clothing, or having the wrong motives for wearing something that isn’t gaudy in our perception (a.k.a a plain t-shirt and jeans can be immodest if we have wrong motives/intentions).
Shirt (chambray): thrifted gift
Blouse: borrowed from my sister
Necklace: made by me
Shirt (chambray): thrifted
Sandals: garage sale
Dress: made by me
Sash (it’s really a scarf): gift
Shoes: borrowed from a sister
Floral crown: made by me
Dress: made by me
Cape: made by me (refashioned)
Quiver, bow and arrows: borrowed from my brother
Dirndl (jumper/dress): made by me
Shoes: borrowed from my sister
Brooch: gift (was my great-grandma’s)
Hat: from an antique mall
Earrings: borrowed from my sister
Gloves: borrowed from my sister
Dress: thrifted (I think)
Fascinator/hat: made by me
Earrings: Borrowed from my sister
Hair comb: borrowed from my Mom’s (used to be my great-grandma’s)
…That dark blue could look great with pink? Certainly not this gal right here! X) But, it happens that I’m wrong every once and a while. 😉 And this was one of those times.
A friend recently gave some clothing to my sisters and me, and this top that I’m wearing in the outfit (the blue top, not the pink one under it) was one that she gave us. Anyway, it had a bunch of big, frilly flowers on it– I didn’t much care for them *on* the top (I’ll definitely use them in a craft project though), so I took those off, and there was this cute “rope” design under them. I left that on one side and took it off the other side. It was a quick, easy, and fun refashion project. I love this top now! 😀
Headband: made by your-truly
Pink top: borrowed from a sister
Blue tunic: gift, modified by yours-truly
Thanks to my younger brother for taking these photos! 🙂
eShakti (www.eshakti.com) recently contacted me, and asked me to do another product review (I did one back in February of this year). Of course, I gave my delighted agreement, and the dress arrived at my door within two weeks. Once again, I was very pleased with the custom sizing options— the dress fits me perfectly. 🙂 I also like how this company has a large selection of modest dresses, which you can customize to your standards. One of the pluses about this particular dress is the fact that the waist tie is removable, so I can wear it either as a waist tie/belt or as a headband. 🙂
eShakti offers sizes 0-36W, a whole host of customizing options–stuff like pockets or no, varying dress lengths, sleeve lengths/types, etc.
A big “thank you” to eShakti for honoring me by requesting this product review!! 🙂 Go check them out: www.eshakti.com. 🙂
I loved how this scarf, that I already owned, went perfectly with my lovely polka-dotted dress! 🙂 This will be a new autumn outfit fave!
Some other options to pair with the dress— a brown shrug and I also used the belt as a headband. 🙂
I was shopping at Salvation Army a few weeks ago when I found this adorable spring/summer skirt with flowers embroidered along the hem. I showed the skirt to my mom, but since the hem hit me barely below my knee, mom was hesitant to let my buy it. But she and I both quickly (yes, right there in the store) thought of a way to add length to the skirt. I thought it’d be rather tricky, since the skirt was so full. About a week later, we went to Hobby Lobby and purchased the gingham fabric, which I then cut to the right size, and started sewing away. Although we had some minor hurdles along the way, I am quite pleased with the way the alteration turned out! 🙂
Purse: borrowed from my sister
Skirt: thrifted, and then up-cycled by me
Bracelet: gift (from my sweet friend, Katrine)
Thanks to my sister, Phoebe, who took these outfit photos. 🙂