This homesteading life has changed a lot of things about me that I never imagined would be effected by our simple living goals. Not only have my diet, priorities, and faith been changed, but over the past several months I’ve noticed my clothing preferences changing as well. Now, I don’t have many clothes. Not because I wouldn’t like to have more! I simply can’t rationalize spending money on clothes for me when there are things that my kids need more. And most of what I do have, I’ve had since high school. Seriously.
I’ve been feeling the need for a more mature wardrobe update.
And I wonder if it should be more… feminine.
Up until lately, I’ve been a jeans and t-shirt kinda gal. They are quick, comfy, and durable. But sometimes I think of the way my kids look at me, you know, as an example, and I wonder if it might be better for them to see me wearing something a little more girly.
I imagine myself working around the home wearing a flowing casual dress or long skirt, and it seems to me the picture of a godly mother. Now, I’m not saying that I believe a Christian woman should always wear a dress. (Although, when I imagine the Proverbs 31 woman, I can’t help but picture her in a long dress.) I’m just saying that when you see a mother wearing a long dress or skirt, she seems to stand out from the rest of the world. It just isn’t the norm anymore. Let’s face it, she looks motherly.
And I think men appreciate a woman who dresses like a lady as well. Even little Titus notices when I put on a dress, and never fails to tell me how pretty I look.
So, I’ve been working on getting some casual but pretty skirts for everyday wear. Last summer I found a couple at a yard sale that I wear pretty often. I just think dressing more lady-like is a good example to all of my children. I want my girls, and my son, to grow up seeing a woman dressed in modest, feminine apparel.
It’s hard to find affordable clothing that fits this description though! I’ve had a really hard time finding anything that I like, that’s cute, isn’t too low cut, or tight, or short. I’ve searched the internet high and low and just can’t seem to find a modest dress that doesn’t look like… forgive me… something from grandma’s closet? (Why, oh why, all the big poofy sleeves and gigantic collars??)
I’m working on it though. I still wear jeans often, just ’cause I don’t have many skirts. But I’ve been wearing a long skirt a lot more often lately. And I’ve found that I’m beginning to prefer skirts. They’re actually quite comfortable!! And you know, I feel good dressing like a lady.