You know how sometimes when you walk into your local Goodwill, and you find that certain rather weird item of clothing that you are subconsciously drawn to, and know will “work”, even though it may seem a bit big, or wild, or whatever? Well, that’s what happened with this dress…
I pulled this bright frock off the rack, held it up to show Mom and asked her what she thought, even though I had already made up my mind that this dress was coming with me to the dressing room. She said that she thought it was cute, though perhaps a little big. I said I didn’t care and would make it work, an excited grin spread across my face. When we walked out of the store a little while later, re-used grocery bags filled with our recycled treasures, this dress was among them being my only loot from the trip.
Now I can’t go on without mentioning that when I did try it on, we found it short. Too short, as my Dad put it later when we had got home and I tried on the dress for his approval. Well, when I love something, I do whatever I can to make it work. I become the determined little steam engine, chugging up the 85˚ angled hill, resolved to get to the top. And so, little steam engine that I am, I did get to the top, or rather, figured out how to make this dress long enough to fit our family’s modesty standards (thank goodness for 1″ long hem facing!) 🙂 Although I know it is still right on the edge of being a little too short, I think this dress fine for everyday type of wear, and its lack of fullness helps.
Sandals: ModCloth (my color is no longer available) // Earrings: F21
There is something that has been laid upon my heart to write about here on the blog, which I think ties right into this outfit post; that is the topic of standards of modesty. I have to be honest and admit that I was and am a little nervous about posting this outfit on the blog. I know all of us have different views on how to interpret the Bible’s passages on modesty and women’s garments, and I think that is something we all have a right to. We girls have never really posted any outfits that are a bit more on the, well, questionable side for most people in the Christian circle, so I understand if some of you might be disturbed, or even offended at the content of my outfit today (i.e- my dress length being above the knee). Please know that I understand and respect your views. All I ask, however, is that you also respect my and my family’s views as well.
We girls have been subject to criticism before on the blog around our views of modesty, and we know that they can be very different than most. They can also be very similar too, however. If you think about it, the condition of the heart on the inside is interpreted by our clothing, hair, makeup choices and physical actions that we display on the outside. So really, if your heart is in the right place, then your clothing choices will reflect that place in your spiritual walk. Now, this is not to say that if I wear an above-knee length dress, then my heart must not be spiritually sound. God puts different convictions in everybody’s heart, and it is our God-given duty to respect and honor those positions, and to not cause our brother to stumble because of them (Romans 14:14-23). If you think that my dress is too short, but I don’t, then I should respect your position and not cause you to stumble through my convictions. It works both ways, as well. “The kingdom of God is not eating and drinking [or dressing, in this case], but righteousness and peace and joy in the Holy Spirit.” (Romans 14:17 NKJV) Personally, I believe that if we are to affront or criticize another’s views on modesty, we should first check where our heart is. Are we attempting to evoke peace and righteousness and joy through what we are saying, or is it merely for our own sake of perhaps jealousy or desire to be right? Will we sow seeds of discord, or harmony, forwarding the kingdom of God?