I have been dresses and skirts only since the Spring of 2012. That means I’ve been doing this for four years, as of now.
The inspiration to begin this path came from another woman who had started dressing this way. I finally found the bravery to ask her about it, and she told me her reasons for the changes she had made in her life: to be modest, and to have a reminder of how she needed to submit to her husband. Wonderful!
As a younger woman, there had been a time when I was influenced by some articles in a Christian young ladies’ newsletter that I should wear skirts and dresses only. However, when I shared this idea with my mom, she was strongly against it.
It wasn’t until later, after seeing the changes this friend of mine was making in her life, that I revisited the topic. After thinking it through, and asking my husband his opinion and advice, I decided to jump in.
Sometimes, we need to give ourselves the permission to do something (almost) unheard of. We can do that when we receive the confidence from seeing other people who have already trail-blazed before us. It isn’t that we are copying them, but rather, that we are inspired by them to do what we had not thought of before as a possibility.
So, even though I had read God’s word about modesty, I had never allowed myself to consider the option of wearing dresses and skirts only (except for that one instance I mentioned); it may also be because my mother had never allowed me to, either.
Well, that young woman I told you about stopped wearing skirts and dresses after about two years. When that happened, she never told me about her decision, and I never asked, since by that time, I didn’t feel our relationship was stable enough for me to “probe” into the issue. I did feel, nevertheless, much disappointed…and abandoned. She had been one of only two women I knew personally who had worn dresses and skirts exclusively. That other woman had quit, and then she had, too. But I kept going.
I can be somewhat stubborn sometimes; but in this case, the reason I keep on is because I’m convicted by a very strong sense of right and wrong. My reasoning is biblical and solid, and no amount of discomfort can induce me to sacrifice what I know to be right.
I must add, though, that I am not so strict I can not concede that the use of loose pants may sometimes be appropriate for activities such as bike riding, rock climbing, etc. However, wearing pants must remain the exception, and not the rule. It would be ideal, though, to be inventive and creative in finding a way to continue to be feminine and modest while involved in such sports…or, to avoid those sports completely. Modesty and femininity are always more of a goal for me than having fun, since I place morals above convenience and pleasure. But, that’s not to say that I can’t have fun and be modest and womanly at the same time! It is possible!
I have found much comfort in viewing other dress and skirt-wearing ladies’ blogs. Their perseverance has encouraged me. And I, in turn, want to encourage you!
Please allow me to share a few samples of the dresses and skirts I wear:
I hope these pictures were at least a little encouraging to you. If you are like me, and wear dresses and skirts only, please keep up the good work! Reinforce your practice of doing so with Scripture and solid logic. Continue to share tips with us about how we can make this work.
And, if you haven’t yet started, perhaps now is a good time to look into it :). I haven’t regretted a single day of wearing dresses and skirts only; it’s been such a blessing from God in my life, to learn how to be more modest, feminine, and obedient to Him!