Thursday, January 17, 2013

Thrifty Fashion: Modest is Hottest (and stripes!)

I've not hidden the fact that I'm a member of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints (LDS, aka "Mormon"), but it's also not something I am "in your face" about. It's just a part of who I am - like curly hair, my family, sneezing in threes, and pretty much anything else that's integral to my life. And so it's natural that just like my personality, colors, patterns, and weather effect my clothing choices, so do my religious beliefs. I was raised LDS, and I remember my parents always teaching from a very young age to dress appropriately, modestly. When I turned 12 and graduated from "primary" to "Young Womens" I was given a small book "For the Strength of Youth" that further clarified the way we should dress, act, and treat others. As an adult I've tried to maintain these values and standards, though I am human, and do fail at times, especially in my treatment of others. I need to be better about that. When my husband and I were sealed to each in the temple other (a little while after we were married) we made new covenants to each other & with the lord - one of them being to dress modestly. So, unless I'm running (or participating in another physical activity, like swimming, etc), I don't wear anything sleeveless, low cut, short (I stick with knee length), etc. Essentially, like I was taught as a teen, I try to think "Would I feel comfortable with my appearance if I were in the Lord's presence?" That's a pretty good guideline. I don't find this limiting at all, and I don't think my "fashion sense" has suffered for it either. Though I'm certain my parents disagree with me & my "fashion sense." ;)
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