This Monday is not a profile, since I have (sadly!) run out of modest ladies willing to share their testimony with you. If you know someone, please let me know!
Today I want to share my personal clothing dilemma with you. Sounds exciting, eh? It isn’t “about modesty” necessarily, just about my adventures with modest dressing.
As you probably know, I was not raised dressing in the modest manner I do now. Nor have we had an excess of money at any point in our marriage, whith which I could just run out and buy a whole new wardrobe (even if I wanted to).
So, what happened, was a gradual transition.
I picked up a skirt off the department store clearance rack. I picked up a skirt at a thrift store.
I bought a couple of men’s short-sleeved button-down shirts at a discount store. The fact they are “men’s garments” here seemed to weigh less heavily than the fact that the “women’s” styles available all had plunging necklines, or a too-fitted cut, or other similar issues.
Every once in a while (birthday, etc.), I would be able to order an item from a WAHM online shop that made modest clothes to order. A jumper here, a skirt there…
And headcoverings happened the same way. A couple purchased here and there, a couple won on blogs and giveaways, a couple of gifts.
But the end result is quite a hodgepodge of, well, themes.
Ideally, I’d like to have the most combinations and options available from the relatively small number of items I might have in my closet.
Although this photo (from Wardrobe 911)doesn’t match my modesty choices entirely, it gives you a good visual:
All three bottoms … go with all four tops … go with both jackets.
With just the seven base pieces, you have twelve outfits (plus the jacket options). And you’d never have the last clean top not match the bottom you wanted to wear.
My current wardrobe, however, doesn’t work that way. (I’m leaving the “church clothes” and “serious work clothes” out of the equation, since they don’t need to be mixed and matched in).
Plain jumper (brown)
Three patterned jumpers
Denim skirt with “pinstripe” pattern
That’s plenty of bottoms, really. But then there’s the tops:
White blouse – goes with anything
Tan blouse – goes with anything
Green blouse – goes with plain jumper, one pattern jumper, both denim skirts
Green/white check blouse – goes with plain jumper, plain denim skirt
Greenish “Hawaiian Shirt” – goes with plain jumper, plain denim skirt
Okay, that’s still a pretty good setup, if maybe not “ideal”.
Then there’s the headcoverings.
Now, it’s true that I could just wear a white one, and it would go with everything. But I have some other cute ones that I’d really like to wear!
The trouble is – they don’t play well with others.
I have a really neat headcovering from Sowers of Hope that is a brown and navy print on white. (The one pictured is from their shop; not mine, but to give you an idea how the bold prints can look).
So, I can’t wear it with anything patterned. That leaves out all the bottoms except the one plain jumper and one plain denim skirt (I could probably get away with the pinstriped denim) — and then only if worn with a plain top in a coordinating color. Hm.
And there’s that adorable tichel I have that’s tan with dark brown stars. I’ve only worn it a couple of times, since it only really seems to work with the brown jumper and white blouse.
Too many patterns!
The easiest coordination system would be with no patterns at all, but that could get a little dull.
Maybe the answer is to only have one category patterned – tops, bottoms, or headcoverings. If everything in the other two categories was solid colored, that would make for a lot more combination options.
What do you think? What do you do?