Dec 072010

Seven Days in a Dress – are you joining us on this journey?

Click to read through if you’ve missed any of the previous installments:
Take the Challenge! (Introduction)
Day 1 (Sunday “Go To Meetin’ Clothes”)

So, here is the photo we took of our outfits yesterday:

Miss Jewel is wearing a very cute red dress, with black tights and her very-favorite-shoes-in-the-whole-world boots. Her hair is in a simple ponytail. Yes, the dress is actually too short by our standards. It was given to us as a hand-me-down, and since she liked it so much, and it was at least close, I told her she could wear it once before we re-gifted it.

Tiffany is wearing a denim jumper with a gray polo shirt, black textured tights, and the black Sanitas shoes again. A grey plaid flannel shirt is standing in for a jacket. Ponytail and white headcovering round out the ensemble. (Gotta say it again: I adore my Nursing Jumpers and Hanging Veils from Katie’s Mercantile!)

Let’s talk about shoes for a minute, since it’s probably already obvious to you that my shoe wardrobe is limited.

There are a number of factors at play:

  • When I began dressing more modestly, I got rid of a large portion of my shoe wardrobe along with clothes. Tough financial times, and other priorities, have kept extra shoes low on the priority list.
  • I have hard-to-fit-feet. Being tall, and not a tiny person, shoes that fit are hard to come by. Even if I just want a pair of cheapies, Payless or similar stores have very limited options in larger sizes.
  • I’m a homemaker, and the mother of small children. Ideally, this would not mean that one is frumpy, but it does make it more important that shoes are comfortable for the days’ activities, and less important that one’s shoes are “cute.”
  • Weak ankles. Boy, that sounds like a cliche, eh? Seriously, though, I have badly sprained both ankles in the last few years, the left one twice. I’m nervous about my footing, especially if I may have to walk on slippery surfaces or uneven ground (which is always likely with little kids!). Frankly, most of the time I wear sneakers, and my church shoes are a black pair and a brown pair of the Sanitas.

Now, even with all that said, I am not entirely content with the state of affairs.

For one thing, I think my husband would enjoy the way I look more if I had some more interesting footwear – at least from time to time.

As part of my commitment to try and add a bit more variety to my wardrobe, beginning with this Challenge, I am also going to work on getting another pair or two of shoes into the rotation… But it may take a little longer to implement.

Please take a moment to share your journey with us!

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  6 Responses to “The Challenge: Day 2”

  1. Where do you find tights? I bought a couple pairs that say they fit up to 6 feet tall and 195 pounds. They’re so tight and short I can’t stand them. Maybe 6 feet tall and 120 pounds would work, or 5’3″ and 195 pounds, but definitely not together.

    • That has always been an issue for me, too, Lisa.

      The few pairs I am wearing right now are actually leftover maternity ones!

      It’s an issue I have avoided confronting head-on by living in Florida the past three years! LOL!

      I’m thinking footless tights may be the thing, with warm socks…

  2. I really like knee high or thigh high warm, knit socks. I’m pretty tall myself, so they never go quiet as high as they claim to, but at least they’re not tights. I’ve never liked how tights and panty hose fit.

    For shoes, I’ve been really impressed with the Sketchers line of ladies shoes. They’re a little pricey, but very well made and last a long time. I really like them because they look like dress shoes, but are built more like sneakers. They are so comfortable that I can spend all day in them, and yet I get compliments about what lovely shoes I have.

    I’ve been “skirts all the time” for about a year now, and headcovering for about nine months. It seemed like quite the transition at first, but now I can’t imagine going back. :)

  3. I have been going back and forth on the head-covering thing for some time. I always loved when I saw Tiffany with her covering, it just seemed right to me. I can remember even in high school thinking about it. The problem is that my hair was my thing, I was known by my long, thick hair. I wore it long when no one else did. I know in some parts of the country women do still wear long hair, but not in Miami, and certainly not in Highschool. When my eldest was born my hair was to my calf. With each child it has gotten shorter. It is now shoulder length, and I am still debating a head-covering. Gonna have to give in and give it a try. Skirts seem to be working, so why not?

    • I like the way you think!

      I will be posting more about headcovering soon, God willing, as it’s obviously a topic of interest to other people besides just me! :)

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