Seven Days in a Dress… Time to reflect on the journey!
Here’s the links to the history, so you can read any of the previous installments:
Take the Challenge! (Introduction)
Day 1 (Sunday “Go To Meetin’ Clothes”)
Day 2 (Shoe Musings)
Day 3 (Family Photos)
Day 4 (Work Day)
For starters, I’m going to step through the excellent questions that are posted at the Challenge’s home, Feelin’ Feminine. These are not as exciting or thought-provoking for me as they might be for someone doing the Challenge from a standpoint of not being accustomed to wearing skirts all the time…
- How was the experience for you?
- Did wearing skirts rather than pants affect:
- The way you felt about yourself?
- The way you acted?
- The way you carried yourself?
- Were you able to go about everyday activity as freely as pants?
- How did people respond?
- After the challenge do you desire to keep wearing skirts more regularly, or were you desperate to wear pants again?
I was challenged by the suddenly chilly weather, which we were not entirely prepared for. It forced me to find a way to get through the situation, while maintaining my commitment to modest, feminine dress.
This week did not change that, as I have been full-time in skirts for quite a while. But it definitely does remind me always that I am a woman, and gloriously different from a man!
It does change the way I act somewhat, as it reminds me of my femininity. It serves as a nudge that I do not need to put on a show of feminist virtues… I graciously allow men to open doors for me, assist me with packages, and open stuck jars. It’s God plan, and it’s wonderful!
This, too, changes when I think of myself as a feminine lady in a flowing (even if not so much!) skirt, rather than just potentially trudging around in pants.
I have found absolutely no occasion where my activities were limited by my skirt as opposed to pants. I see this as a totally fabricated excuse/issue.
Jewel rides her spring horse, jumps on the trampoline, rides a bicycle, and climbs jungle-gyms.
Our fore-mothers did far more strenuous work than most of us will ever be asked to do – keeping a homestead without any modern conveniences, taming the wilderness of the frontier, and on and on…
I have made an interesting observation about this.
Before I was saved, before marriage and children, I dressed in a typical worldly “attractive” fashion. I enjoyed the attention that I received from men, and the fact that I always got good service, doors were held open for me, etc.
When I was a frazzled new mom, I did not take as good care of myself as I should. And when I was newly saved, I began to understand the basic principles of modesty. The result was something entirely, let’s face it, frumpy. There was a season of my life when no man looked twice at me, and I opened all my own doors.
But when I truly began to try to understand God’s design for femininity, things shifted yet again. I am still overweight, and I still do not dress in a sensually “attractive” manner. But I do dress in a distinctly feminine manner, and in a humble manner (head covering, etc.). And do you know what? I am again accorded respect from men. Young men at the oil change place are eager to help me, and people regularly do me such courtesies as opening doors.
Like “magic,” I have obtained the same results as the earlier “sexy” dressing – while maintaining my dignity and honoring the Lord!
There is no question that “skirts only” is the rule, for me and my house.
What about you?
I hope you’ll think about these questions, and any other observations you may have made during your Seven Days in a Dress. If you’d care to share, it would help us all on our journey to be able to share our wisdom with one another…
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