A little modesty tip here:
-make yourself think outside of the box.
This dress was a strapless dress with a matching fabric belt. When I saw it hanging on the rack at a garage sale, my first thought was "Ah, I LOVE the texture of that fabric. So gorgeous!"
My second thought "WHY does it have to be strapless? There's no way that thing would stay up!" =)
Third thought "hmmm...wonder if I could fix that?"
I bought the dress.
Once I got home I took the fabric belt, cut it in half, made two straps, and sewed them in.
Now I just add a cardigan, and it is perfect. I don't have to worry about the neckline sliding down because the straps keep it tight and in place.
Boots: Ross, $35
White Sundress: garage sale, $5
Cardigan: Consignment, $6
Belt: Thrifted, ?
Necklace: Made by my sister, bartered
(I sew things for her, she makes jewelry for me =))
just a little advertisement for her here-her jewelry is amazing!
she wrote the word "dream" out on paper, and then made the necklace with that.
I'm definitely no fashion expert. But I do love studying and researching colors and style personalities and all that. Remember, how we are dressed is often the first thing people notice about us. And we only have one chance to make a first impression for Jesus!
The most important thing of all, though, is that we always have our heart and motives in the right place. Our Sunday School lesson at church yesterday was partially about this (heart + motives) and I was very convicted once again-it is so easy to pat ourselves on the back and say "oh, well I dress modestly" and have a heart full of pride and judgement towards others who don't dress just like we think they should. Having that kind of attitude is completely missing the point and heart of modesty. Modesty is supposed to be a reflection of a heart that is in the right place, wanting to please the Lord and dress in a way that will honor and glorify Him. If our heart is in the right place, everything else will fall in with that.
At the same time, we've all heard people say, "well, man looks on the outside, and the Lord looks on the HEART." ("For man looketh on the outward appearance, but the Lord looketh on the heart". Samuel 16:7b) When people use that verse to justify their opinion that the Lord doesn't care how we dress, they completely miss the point. Yes, the Lord does look on the heart, and man does look on the outside! But... the heart is reflected on the outside. So essentially, the only way for man to see what is in our heart, is what they see reflected on the outside by our dress and actions. Sobering, isn't it? But so true.
"Keep thy heart with ALL DILIGENCE, for out of it are the issues of life." Proverbs 4:23
Have a marvelous monday!