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A Week In Skirts {a modest fashion link up}

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A little over a week ago I was asked to take part in a link up hosted by Libby, a fellow stay-at-home daughter. This link up is called “A Week in Skirts,” where she has invited a group of young ladies to take pictures of {skirt} outfits for one week for some fun inspiration on how to wear skirts and dresses. Well, I love to dress up, so I agreed! Here is my week…

 

I started on Monday, May 5th

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Outfit #1: Almost ALL of my skirts are knee length, just like this one which I bought at Old Navy. I really love flowers, so I have a lot of floral patterns on my clothing. I also have a lot of purples (which you will see in the outfits to come!) The top I bought at Plato’s Closet, a consignment store, for just a few dollars! Now, the sleeves on this shirt are kind of on the short side, and my personal preference is to avoid sleeveless most of the time, so I paired it with a purple sweater that someone gave me in a hand-me-down bag. My shoes are actually a recent addition to my (rather large) collection. I really love old-fashioned, vintage style so these shoes were a fun grab at a local thrift store ($5)! My hair wasn’t exactly the freshest that day, so I pulled it back and put on a blue headband! Quick, easy fix for in a pinch.

 

Tuesday, May 6th

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Outfit #2: This was a fun one for me! I actually made the skirt I am wearing here. It’s very simple, but for a beginner like myself it was very exciting! The top I’m wearing here is another hand-me-down from a friend. I get a lot of those, and am so thankful for it! I almost always find something I really like and use often. The back, however, was a tad see-through so I paired it with my denim jacket that I bought at Old Navy. TIP: denim jackets are NOT cheap, but I bought this one for SEVEN dollars brand new! Always be on the look out for sales! And if you are a military dependent make sure to ask for a military discount! They have one at Old Navy which definitely helped lower the cost of this wonderful jacket I use ALL. THE. TIME! The shoes I am wearing are a pair of turquoise blue sandals I bought at a consignment store. Sorry you cannot see them, that’s what happens when you wear a maxi skirt! For my hair, I have found that when I am having a bad hair day, pulling half of it back into a ponytail really helps… and still looks good.

 

Wednesday, May 7th

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Outfit #3: I love bright spring colors, as you can see in this outfit! The skirt I bought at the thrift store. The shirt I bought at Belk. The cardigan was given to me in a hand-me-down bag. My sister bought the wedges I am wearing at Target. Love them! Hair is flat ironed – which doesn’t happen often! And, I love to accessorize! You cannot see it very well in the picture, but I’m wearing an Eiffel Tower necklace and Eiffel Tower earrings. Want to know something funny? I got them separately at completely different times, but they go together perfectly! I want to travel someday, and Paris is definitely on my list!

 

Thursday, May 8th

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Outfit #4: The skirt I am wearing is actually the same style and brand as the one I wore in day one, just white! I bought it at the thrift store. Wherever you live, find a good thrift store! It will become your best friend! The shirt I bought at Belk on sale (again, always watch for a good sale!) The cardigan I got from a consignment store. The scarf I bought at Old Navy on sale. And the shoes… one of my absolute favorite pairs! Teal blue heels! I got those at Burlington. Funny story, I originally got them for my high school graduation, but during rehearsals when I saw the big stage with lots of stairs, I chickened out and wore sandals. Oh, well!

 

Friday, May 9th

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Outfit #5: One of my favorites of the week! The dress was given to me in a hand-me-down bag. And that is the same purple cardigan I wore on Wednesday. I get a lot of use out if it because I love that shade and purple is one of my favorite colors. The belt I bought at a consignment store. The leggings I bought at Target for 50% off! One of the main reasons I wear the leggings is because the dress doesn’t come down as low as I would like, so they kind of offer a little extra help as far as the modesty factor goes. The boots I also bought at a consignment store and wear them a lot! I love cowgirl boots!

 

Saturday, May 10th

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Outfit #6: I wore this to my mama’s baby shower this past Saturday! I got the dress from the same lady who gave me the one I wore on Friday, as well! I paired it with a white tank top and white footless leggings that I bought at Target. Almost all of Target’s leggings are $5, and they have a good selection of colors. So I really like buying from there. The shoes I am wearing are probably my most worn shoes. White ballet flats I bought from Target. I pulled my hair back into a bun (I didn’t have time to let it dry before having to leave) and “fancy-fied” it up with a flower headband. Like I said, I love flowers and wear them in my hair often.

 

Sunday, May 11th

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Outfit #7: Church outfit! I bought this lovely dress at New York & Co. last year during Easter – which means GREAT sales on dresses! It is sleeveless, so I pair it with a small blue jacket that I bought at JCPenny. The orange belt I bought at Target. Yes, I buy a lot of accessories at Target. They have really cute things and a coupon app called “Cartwheel”. If you like to shop at Target, get this app! It is great! The necklace I bought online on Amazon. Again, I love old-fashioned vintage things, so when I saw this I saved it and eventually bought it for less than $5. The shoes I am wearing are some of my favorites (alright, I think I have said that about all of them. But I really like shoes.)  It’s also one of my mama’s favorite pairs. They were kind of a splurge. I got a gift card to DSW (Designer Shoe Warehouse) and found these Italian handmade FLOWER sandals. If “Italian” and “flower” are two things used to describe a pair of shoes, more than likely I will really like them. So, I bought them! P.S. Remember me mentioning wanting to travel? Well Italy has been at the top of my list for as long as I can remember! So that’s one reason I was so excited about the sandals.

 

While I definitely don’t dress up this much every single day, when I go out I like to look nice. Usually jeans and a tee are my at-home outfit. Dressing modestly but with style is something that I really enjoy doing. So this link-up was a fun way for me to show some of the things I do, the places I shop, and some things I’ve learned. I hope you have enjoyed reading this! Please stop by the blogs of the other young ladies who are taking part in this link up, as well:

 

Elyse at Elyse Lauryn

Caroline at Life as Caroline

Abigail at Jubilant Joys

Rebekah at Lively Laughter

Katie at His Princess Warrior

Sarah at Sarah Plain and Average

Libby at A Noble Calling

Libby and Emmy at The Dutch Umbrella

Julia at Sweet as JAM Photography

Cameron at Follower of Christ’s Blog

Clothed With Modesty, Part 2 (Link Ups)

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Last week I shared with you my personal beliefs and convictions concerning modesty. This week, I would like to do some link-ups to other blogs who have shared their thoughts on modesty.

(I didn’t want to overwhelm anyone with an extensive list, so I only shared a few links that I thought would be great for this post…)

 

What Guys Think About Modesty

It is really important to understand just how much men struggle with lust. And while, yes, controlling their thoughts is something that men need to pray about and strive to do, we as women need to help them by respect through our clothing choices.

 

Modesty: From the Heart

This is a wonderful post that talks about how modesty starts with the heart. Modesty is so much more than how you dress, it’s how you walk, talk, and what is in your heart.

 

5 Things Modesty Never Taught Me

This blog post goes through some of the most common “excuses” the world throws at ladies who try to dress modestly and how growing up modestly never taught her any of them.

 

The Modesty Survey

This survey, which was taken by many men of all different ages, is a great source for knowing just what guys think about all things modesty. It is long, but very thorough and I am sure there is something in there that you can learn from.

 

 

 

These are just a few of the things that have encouraged me along this journey of living modestly. I hope that you have found encouragement through one or all of these links. Also, if you like what you have read and want some more resources, comment and let me know. I would be glad to recommend some more to you. I only shared a few, because I did not what to have an exhaustive and overwhelming list for you to look at.

What are some of your favorite quotes/links about modesty? Please share in the comments!

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“What? Know ye not that your body is the temple of the Holy Ghost which is in you, which ye have of God, and ye are not your own? For ye are bought with a price: therefore glorify God in your body, and in your spirit, which are God’s.” -1 Corinthians 6:19-20

“Do not let your adornment be merely outward—arranging the hair, wearing gold, or putting on fine apparel— Rather let it be the hidden person of the heart, with the incorruptible beauty of a gentle and quiet spirit, which is very precious in the sight of God.” -1 Peter 3:3-4

 

I want to start by saying I am writing about modesty today. Yes, it’s a very controversial topic among women today, and honestly, it makes me a bit nervous to write about it. But it has been on my heart ever since I started my blogging journey, so here I go.

I think it only right to, before going straight to the point of modesty, talking about why it is even something that should be discussed or even thought about. The first passage I shared says, “bought with a price”.  When Jesus came to this earth, He came with a purpose: to make a way for us to receive salvation through paying the price for our sin. And that price was death. Thank the Lord that it doesn’t end there, though! Jesus rose from the dead and ascended into heaven. And because He rose from the dead and is alive in heaven, the Holy Spirit dwells within us here on earth – “know ye not that your body is the temple of the Holy Ghost?” Have you ever thought about that? Your body is a temple in which, when you receive Christ as your Savior, He lives inside of you.

Why did I start out with this? Because I believe modesty is just as much a spiritual issue as it is a physical one. It is a choice that must be made out of respect and love toward Jesus Christ, because when He dwells in us it is our responsibility to represent Him through our actions, attitude, and (physical) appearance. Through those three things, more than anything else, we shine God’s light and love to this world. This is not merely something your grandmother made up. The Bible teaches us women to respect ourselves through dressing modestly.

“Likewise also that women should adorn themselves in respectable apparel, with modesty and self-control…” -1 Timothy 2:9a

 

I want to go a step farther and say that while we as women should do this out of respect for ourselves and our heavenly Father, we should also do it for the men around us. I have been told growing up that guys think completely different than girls do. That’s a fact of life that we are going to have to accept. One of the examples older women mentors have given is the saying, “Give them an inch and they will go a mile,” for certain areas on us ladies, and because of that I have tried to learn and respect that and avoid short/low clothing items.

I know the world says that it is not your problem or responsibility to respect others, especially the men you are around, through the way you dress. But if you desire to know the truth about what the Lord has taught us women, it says so clearly 1 Peter 3 and 1 Timothy 2 how God views modesty and wants His daughters to dress.

Modesty is so much more than a fashion statement. It is not meant to make us women feel like we must cover from head to toe and be ashamed. Modesty is meant to show the world that we cherish our relationship with Christ and respect ourselves. Below are some of my favorite quotes concerning modesty:

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That last quote hits on what I believe to be the single most important reason for modesty, which is representation of Jesus Christ. I, as a woman of God, feel it my duty to live modestly because of my relationship with the One who lives in me. Relationship with God comes first. All other things follow, including modesty.

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Before I close, I wanted to share with you some of my own personal standards of dress for modesty. I realize that modesty will, to a degree, look different to everyone. But I know that I enjoy reading other ladies’ convictions and beliefs about what God has laid on their hearts concerning modesty, so I thought I would share my own.

First off, I believe modesty begins before dress. It is about attitude and how I carry myself. Truly, it begins in the heart. It begins with love and sacrifice for my God and for the people around me, especially men.

As far as bottoms/pants/skirts go, I love wearing all different types. Jeans, shorts, capris, skirts, and dresses. But I have a rule that they must come to knee length. In fact, I try to make my dresses come down a little lower, because when I sit or bend over the back of my dress will ride further up. I do have a few dresses that are a little shorter than I would like, so I usually pair them up with a set of leggings. For jeans, I try to steer clear of skinny (or anything else that is tighter than that), because I feel most are deigned to fit too tightly. I do love a good pair of straight-legged or boot-cut, though!

For tops, something that’s too low can almost always be fixed with an undershirt. Also, it is a good practice for me to do hand-over-top-of-shirt when bending over, just to be safe. If something is sleeveless or even strapless, I will wear a jacket, sweater, or some sort of cover-up to take care of bare arms. And I have collected a lot over the years, so I have a good selection.

Like I said before, these are a few of my personal preferences and convictions. Not standards I expect all young ladies to follow. I believe each one of us should lay this, just like anything else, in God’s hands and let Him guide us in our modesty journey.

If you are on Pinterest, please feel free to follow my board, “Made In His Image“. I share quotes on not just modesty, but being a godly woman.