Well, this is a little different, isn’t it? I must say that I warned you in my last outfit post about my change of style. That’s right, m’dears: I’m a converted skinny jeans & tunics wearer! 🙂 I would be amiss if I didn’t state that I have been mulling over this style transition for a while now. And, as I am beginning to emerge out of my teen years, I feel it is about time for change.
A few months ago I approached my Mom and Dad about the idea of wearing skinny jeans more often, and we set down the guidelines to help me navigate this new style demurely and gracefully. I have been having a lot of fun with it lately, and I hope that I can inspire some of you who have been wanting to adventure into this style, but aren’t sure how.
Tunic & T-Shirt: ThredUp / Jeans: Forever 21 (old) / Clogs: Hanna Andersen (0ld) / Earrings: Loft Outlet
So why skinny jeans? Why am I drawn to this style, and how am I going about it in a modest, deliberate fashion?
- I have always secretly loved the style, even since it first came out; but haven’t taken the leap to try it until now. It is a thin line to walk, I know, and these pants are definitely one of those clothing items that can be worn all wrong and in a very immodest fashion. But I don’t think that they are inherently bad: it just depends upon how you style them.
- I have come to the conclusion that skinny jeans are not for every figure, even though they are advertised as such in our culture. Just like pencil skirts or shift dresses look better on some girls than others, skinny jeans fall into the same category. Having a very skinny, stick-straight figure with little-to-no curves, I can pull off this style quite easily, and it’s one that really flatters my figure.
- Having worn them for a couple weeks now, I have realized just how practical these pants can be! Not having to be concerned with keeping your skirt down in a gust of wind, hiking and climbing without fear of your skirt getting caught, and all the other small impracticalities of skirt-wearing has become rather nice. 🙂 This isn’t to say that I am converting 100% to skinny jeans only (goodness knows I still have a ton of skirts hanging up in my closet!); it just means that I have a new field of fashion to experiment in, which is always so fun 🙂
- In case you were curious, my modesty guidelines for wearing skinny jeans are as follows: all dresses & tunics worn over them must cover the hip area, and go even further down if possible.
Now, I want to acknowledge that everyone’s modesty standards are different. Some people may totally disagree with me on my standing on skinny jeans, and that’s ok. While the Bible does command modesty (1 Timothy 2:9), there is no place in the Scriptures that strictly sets down rules and guidelines on modesty (hemlines, tightness, depth of necklines, etc.), and all standards are relative to your family’s beliefs, what the Holy Spirit convicts you of, and the culture around you. I respect and whole-heartedly embrace all the guidelines that my parents set down for my sisters and I, knowing that the Lord has put them over me to help me gain wisdom and understanding as I walk through life, drawing ever closer to my Savior. And ultimately, modesty starts in the heart, which is way more important than how long your skirt is, or how tight your pants are.
This is a big change from what you all are used to seeing on this blog, so please be kind 🙂 One of the points that we girls always make when sharing on our blog is to try not to hide anything, and be upfront and vulnerable with you all. The reason why we do this is because we know that our readers (you all!) are very considerate, compassionate, and kind; and we are SO blessed by the incredible community that has surrounded us on this site! And, as always, posts can be inspiring and relatable to some more than others, but I hope that I can encourage at least a few of you who love the skinny jean look as much as I do, to go about it in a demure and modest fashion, even if our standards vary.
Are you a skinny jeans wearer?
-Charlotte, the youngest sister