I have to say that I’ve had a pleasant surprise lately. After reading Wendy’s books, I decided to take a good hard look at my closet of clothes. Now, mind you, I’m a mother of three kids and by no means do I dress immodestly. That being said, after a good bit of thinking and pondering, I decided to place my clothes into two categories: the Modest Category and the Borderline category. In the latter category, I placed all of the shirts and dresses that weren’t “technically” by today’s standards immodest, but DID make me feel uncomfortable when I wore them.
So, I’m staring at this pile of what I’ll call slightly immodest clothing, and I’m thinking about what I’m trying to accomplish by wearing a shirt that I’m constantly having to jerk upwards and downwards simultaneously. This is no small feat, let me tell you. Wardrobe adjustment is such a tricky thing and it takes such a large amount of mental energy and finesse to make it look like a graceful part of the conversation. What, I pondered, would I think of wearing clothes that did not require that I assume the “pledge of allegiance” position every time I move?
Hmmm…..well THERE’S a novel thought. Why haven’t I considered this before?
I’ve made my decision. If modesty is the newest fad, I want in and I don’t ever want out. I cheerily announce this fact to my husband. He raises one eyebrow and looks worried. I suspect that the main worry is not that he’ll be seeing less of me, but that he’ll be seeing less of his money when my wardrobe gets a modesty overhaul.
Some intense shopping and ten shirts later, I have successfully accomplished my modesty goals. Overwhelmed by (modest) joy I happily ditch my low v-neck shirts and model my new “look” for my hubby. He is relieved on so many levels. Especially since I didn’t revert to Little House on The Prairie styles and I am fully able to still look trendy and feminine while being modest at the same time.
Now for the much anticipated surprise! Are you ready? I am a thousand times more comfortable in social situations! I actually feel freer in both mind and body. When I am not constantly fidgeting or worrying about my clothes, I am so much more inclined to participate in witty repertoire or the more serious discussions of politics, spirituality, love and life.
Now isn’t that amazing? Who’d have thought that a simple neckline change could have the power to do that?