Friday, February 18, 2011

Home Management: Dressing for the Home

How to dress modestly in an immodest world...for ourselves and our daughters.

Some tips to try:

1) The most beautiful clothing draws attention to the wearer and not to the clothing, itself. That principle not only promotes modesty, but it enhances style, as well. Think of your clothing as the frame and yourself as the portrait within. Artists choose frames to bring out the best qualities in a painting, but they don't want people to become so distracted by the frame that they miss the artwork. Likewise, choose clothing that frames your inner beauty, rather than distracting from it. In this way, people will notice and remember you for the person you are, rather than dwell on what you wear.

2) Try on things already in your closet or that you plan to buy. Bend over. Sit. Move in all the ways you would ordinarily move around in that outfit. Take note of whether you can move freely and maintain modesty in that garment or not. If it's already in your closet and you find that it is too revealing -- especially when you move around -- ask yourself if there is a way to make it more modest. Often, you can find a way to make it work. If not, get rid of it. If it's something you are considering buying, ask yourself if there is a way you can wear it modestly or not. If not, pass it by.

3) If you have problems with tops revealing too much when you bend over, buy some double-sided clothing tape. This will help your tops stay in place.

4) Make sure that your undergarments fit you well and will stay in place. Also, make sure that they aren't exposed.

5) Learn how your clothing should fit. The proper fit is always more modest than something that is ill-fitting. This is especially true for pants, but it can be true of dresses, tops, and skirts, as well. Remember that size is not always a guarantee of fit. For example, one style of pants in a certain size may fit you modestly, while another style in that same size may be too tight.

6) Similarly, determine whether you are curvy or straight in body line; whether you have an hourglass figure or a pear-shaped figure, etc. Some styles are modest for one body type and not for another. Also, you may find that one particular brand or designer makes clothing that flatters your body shape better than another brand or designer does. Experiment until you find what works for you.

7) Layering garments has been in fashion for some years now and seems to still be in style. Some items you find on the rack may be meant to be worn with a layer underneath. You must add this layer in order for the garment to be modest. Even for items that weren't designed to be used in layering, clever layering can make them more modest.

Happy Home Keeping!

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