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A friend of mine, whom I would consider very modest but stylish, took her pre-teen daughter to a mother-daughter event recently. My year-old friend was devastated, until she saw the actual fashion show. And then she was so appalled by the clothes that she whispered to her mother: And I do believe that sometimes the Christian modesty message can veer in a dangerous direction, causing women to be ashamed of their bodies.
First, I do think modest should mean no cleavage, and no drawing attention to particular parts of the body deliberately. So no super-tight T-shirts, no low-cut shirts that look more like bikini tops, no super short skirts or shorts, and no tank tops UPDATE: I meant to say tube tops.
We here in Canada used to call tube tops tank tops, but I know tank tops are something different now. Sorry for the confusion! I find most people look better in these anyway. But to say modesty means much more than that, I think, puts women in a bind, sounds very legalistic, and can be dishonoring to men.
Personally I wear skirts most of the time in the summer, because finding shorts that fit is difficult, and I love skirts. A nicely cut pair of jeans with a pretty blouse in my opinion is far more feminine than a shapeless denim skirt. But there is a difference between tight and clothes that simply fit.
How many girls are really going to follow that? As a married Christian woman, I feel that my responsibility is to dress modestly but fashionably.
I want my husband to be proud of me, and if I were only wearing denim skirts with button down blouses, he would not be proud to take me out in public. I would stand out like a sore thumb.
I think sometimes that the Christian wives who advocate the long, shapeless skirt look with the baggy t-shirt forget something. And how many husbands like walking around with wives who are dressed in shapeless clothes?
Why not just look fashionable, attractive, and fun, without trying to attract attention as a sex object? Looking like you put some care into your appearance says that you respect yourself and you respect your husband. My friend Terry, over at Breathing Grace, wrote a post recently where she said that her standard of beauty is her husband.
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