If you’re wondering, “Why would anyone want to be skirts and dresses only?” the above are some of my posts on the subject; go ahead and check them out.
For starters, here’s a quick list of my reasons:
- They help conserve a distinction between the sexes (dresses and skirts for ladies and girls, pants for men and boys).
- They can be more modest than pants (if not too tight, short, see-through, or with showy slits).
- They help to remind me of my womanly role (according to the Bible).
Wearing only skirts and dresses can sometimes be a challenge. So, if you already do so, or if you are considering being an exclusive dress and skirt wearer, here are a few tips that might help:
- Wear leggings underneath. You don’t want to have a “Bruce Almighty” experience when the wind picks up. In the movie Bruce Almighty, Bruce (actor Jim Carrey) uses his god-like powers to create a gust of wind in order to lift up the skirts of a pretty girl he sees walking down the sidewalk. Not good. Wearing leggings underneath, or slip-like pantaloons, would at least protect you from being seen stark-naked if it happens to get windy–or your toddler pulls up your skirt.
- Don’t wear leggings made out of mostly synthetic fiber. I’ve found that synthetic fabrics causes a lot of static cling! Soooo annoying. Stick with leggings that are made mostly of cotton, with maybe a bit of spandex. It is sometimes tempting to go without leggings (it’s easier, less hot, less bulky, etc.) but unless you’re SURE that there’s no danger of your skirt accidentally lifting up, it’s better to wear something underneath, just in case. It’s also warmer in the winter, and keeps your skin from chafing in the summer (a big rash-creating problem if your legs rub when you walk). At Walmart, you can find cheap leggings in the Faded Glory brand. If you need them to be shorter (capri, or knee length), just cut and hem accordingly.
- Don’t wear voluminous skirts. It’s better to get skirts that are straighter rather than fuller. Again, when the wind picks up, that full skirt which is so pretty when the air is calm will be ruffled up around your waist in a breeze.
- Choose heavier fabrics. This helps on a gusty day, since heavier fabrics aren’t as easily picked up by the wind. They are also not see-through, and don’t cling to your body like thinner fabrics do. Denim and khaki are good choices.
- Longer is better. Again, longer skirts stay put better in the wind. Also, they are more protective of your modesty when you kneel down to help your little one button her jacket, or cross your legs to prop up your baby when nursing. It just makes sense.
- If nursing, buy dresses with buttons down the front, or simply wear skirts instead. I’ve worn dresses without buttons when nursing, and it was a pain. Don’t do that to yourself. The other dresses might be prettier, but they’re not worth the effort. Just get the dress with the buttons and be done with it.
- Buy skirts with elastic waists. If you’re like me, and your waist size goes up and down because of being pregnant, then not pregnant, then pregnant again, then not pregnant again, it is wise to get a stretchy-waisted skirt. That way, you won’t have to have a section of your closet for size 8, another section for size 10, etc. One size fits all. There you go.
- Go shopping at the second-hand stores. It is often hard to find skirts and dresses that meet one’s criteria for “modest,” but used-clothing stores give us a better chance. Don’t worry if it came from the nineties; make it look good with some cute accessories.
- Don’t sweat it if you look different. It’s okay to not be a cookie-cutter version of the latest fashion. It’s actually NICE to be unique, quaint, sweet, charming, motherly, flowery, and…feminine! You will look beautiful in floral print! You will look soft in a flowing style! You will look lovely in pleats and gathered waists! Tune in to your tender side.
What about yard work? What about bicycle riding? What about hiking? Well, where there’s a will, there’s a way! But, if you feel you need to wear some loose pants for those specific tasks, that’s okay! Just stay modest, and make sure that wearing pants remains the exception, and not the rule. However, I would encourage you that if you use your creativity and inventiveness, you will be able to make almost any task doable with a skirt or a dress. It just takes some thinking.
You know, if you’re considering wearing skirts and dresses only, but it seems too hard, think about this: the only reason you find pants so easy and comfy is because you’ve probably been wearing them your whole life up until now. But, pants have issues of their own. What do pants do when you bend over? They tend to get tugged downward, and show the skin close to your behind–yuck! How do you deal with it? You wear a longer shirt, right? So it is with skirts; if you have a problem, you just look for a way to deal with it. Easy!
I hope this has been a help! Feel free to ask questions or to comment in the comment section. I love to hear from you!
Note: all my girls wear leggings underneath their dresses. This is a MUST for little girls who naturally will be playing, running, jumping, etc. My oldest girl is actually wearing a dress that is longer than it appears in the picture; since she is sitting crossed-legged, it pulled up some. But that’s okay, because she has leggings on underneath. Longer is better, though, even for young girls. I have recently found some small women’s skirts from Goodwill that I am gathering in to fit her smaller waist. However, even regular stores have some longer, maxi dresses for girls, which do pretty well. For my littlest girls, I don’t do anything special, because the store-bought dresses seem to fit them just fine.