(Reposted from my personal blog, My Spare Oom)
Hello, CYW readers! I thought I'd share with you a series of posts I started on my blog, called Monday Mondays. I've felt strongly called to start this series and am very, very excited about what God will do with it. Each week I post a modest but stylish outfit that I'm wearing each Monday, along with some thoughts on modesty.
(Here's the first Modest Monday post. And here's Week II: Being a Girl of Substance in a World of Fluff if you're a new reader or are catching up.)
Because I believe you don't have to sacrifice fashion for purity.
Modesty does not = frumpy.
These are outfits I really, truly wear in my day-to-day life. I'm a girl determined to live a life of purity, modesty, and plenty of style.
So many girls feel the need to wear tight, clinging clothes to make a statement. After all...they have to be bold.
That's what the world tells them.
But what is different? Is it looking like every other girl or woman out there who happens to have the same idea? Is skinny jeans or wearing only a tank top for a shirt actually original?
Last week, I said that modesty is liberating - and that is true! When you are properly covered, you don't have to worry about shirts riding up, jeans/skirts sliding down, or the neck of your top gaping.
When modesty is your first priority, your outfit becomes something you can move with ease and comfort in. And when you're comfortable, your style shines through. You're not preoccupied with making sure your clothes don't start misbehaving. You can dress with as much chicness, cuteness...or attitude as you want.
Case in point? Today's outfit.
I wore this not too long after the Taming of the Shrew performance I directed for a college class this spring for Honors credit. I chose to place the play in a modern setting, so for Katherine (who I played), we went for a "street punk" look. The actual costume included fire engine-red jeans. I'm much more of a skirt girl, so this was my "real-life" take on Kate. :)
Plaid shirt (borrowed from my sister's closet), Gap black camisole, thrifted black skirt, a friend's studded belt, beanie, and peach Croc flats.
Everything from the waist up was part of my costume; I decided to soften the look and add a further touch of femininity with one of my favorite black tea-length skirts. The fluffy tulle layer at the bottom sweetened the overall look and balanced out the studded belt (which I loved, loved!).
If you don't have a studded/spiky belt, I highly recommend investing in one. It does wonders for your confidence. ;)
Stripes. They make me happy.
The red-and-black beanie was a fun pop of color and added another pattern to the mix, picking up on the plaid shirt. I used to be afraid of mixing prints and patterns, but I'm enjoying mixing them and stepping out of my comfort "everything-has-to-coordinate-perfectly" zone. This actually belonged to my friend Ariel who ended up giving it to me during the play. I'm looking forward to being able to wear it more frequently in the fall/winter!
What's your usual style? What's the hardest part about being modest for you? (For me, definitely finding things that aren't too tight. Companies seem to make clothes that run snug on purpose!)