This series is specifically targeted towards creating a modest wardrobe. I can’t tell you what that will look like for you, as everyone has different guidelines of what they feel is acceptable. There are, however, some general guidelines I’d like to set down. I’d also like to present a few questions to ask yourself as we get started.
It might be time to purge some things out and introduce a few new things to your closet. If you are just recently feeling convicted in the area of modesty, this might be especially painful to do. How do you part with your favorite articles of clothing? Well, just tell yourself that you are going to get new favorites!
As you look through your closet, consider these things.
Can you walk comfortably in that skirt or dress? Is it so tight and fitted that you have to move a certain way in it?
Does it reveal a lot when you bend over? A top might look ok standing up, but when you bend over everything might be on display for the world to see.
Sit down in a chair in front of a mirror. Does that shorter skirt come way above your knee when you sit down? Seriously consider if that that is acceptable or not.
When you are wearing a skirt or dress that has a lot of spandex in it, see if it is clinging to your every curve. Some maxi skirts can be long and flowing, but at the bottom and hip area they can cling so tightly everyone sees the outline of your underwear, not to mention your backside. You don’t want that! You can wear a longer shirt or cardigan over the maxi to cover your bottom area.
Finally, consider clothing that has words on it. Do you really want to wear a t-shirt that has the word “hot” written all over your bust? Are those jeans that say “Sassy” in jewels all over your bottom really appropriate? Ask yourself what message you want to give to others.
I was watching an episode of the Duggars where Jill picked out her wedding dress, and Michele said that her girls try to pick out clothing that brings attention to their countenance first. That is a good rule to follow. Are you wanting people to notice your face, or your cleavage?
As you consider what clothing you have in your closet, it might be good to ask your husband or a close friend what their thoughts are on certain outfits. My personal advice? Set some sort of personal guidelines for you to go by and purge your closet against those rules. If your husband is willing to be involved, that is the absolute best way to go.
If you have questions about certain guidelines, or feel confused about where to draw the line, leave a comment and maybe others can help you out! While you ultimately need to follow the direction your husband is leading, some husbands don’t want to be terribly involved and trust their wives to just dress how they see fit. It can be helpful to chat with other women when that is the situation you are in!
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