Jul 062012
 


Another new resource on the Modest Clothing Links page is Mikarose.

Mikarose is a clothing company that specializes in modest, elegant and fashionable dresses. Our company’s idea evolved when the owners realized how difficult it was to find modest dresses in today’s market. We are sure you have had similar experiences when looking for a modest dress. After many frustrating outings, we formed Mikarose. Our goal is to provide an extensive line of modest dresses, without having to sacrifice style. You will be able to wear our line to a broad range of functions: from everyday events to corporate parties. We hope to not only meet the needs of women looking for modest wear, but all those who are seeking elegant dresses.

Glancing through the Mikarose website you will not see cleavage, bare midriffs, or micro-mini skirts. It is true, however, that we all have different ideas of what modesty looks like.

Personally, I would like to see some longer skirts, as well as longer sleeves. Another question some modest dressing ladies have raised with regards to similar websites is whether it is missing the point to have models posed in ways that seem intentionally sexy or provocative, when one claims to be promoting modesty.

In the interest of bringing together all resources of value, though, we are welcoming Mikarose into the family.

A review will be coming up in the next couple of weeks, but I just couldn’t wait to offer you their generous giveaway:

One lucky As For My House reader will win a $50 Mikarose Gift Certificate!

Just enter using the Rafflecoptor form below – and good luck.

I was not compensated in any way for this post. Mikarose is providing the prize for this giveaway, directly to the winner.
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Jul 032012
 


It’s always a delight to find new resources to add to the Modest Clothing Links page!

Introducing the Honor Your Head Etsy shop and Facebook page.

I have not yet had the chance to try on of the lovely coverings from Honor Your Head, but I have enjoyed chatting with Rosi, and look forward to the opportunity!

Honor Your Head would like to offer a headcovering (your choice!) to one lucky As For My House reader!

Just enter using the Rafflecoptor form below. Good luck!

I was not compensated in any way for this post. Honor Your Head is providing the prize for this giveaway, shipped directly to the winner.
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Feb 272012
 

Our Modest Matron for today is Alicia.

Faith?
I am a Christian and attend an Assembly of God church.

Life Situation?
I am married to a godly husband, Marty, and we have been blessed with 3 wonderful children. I am a home schooling mom that owns a small business.

How long have you been dressing modestly?
I have been wearing modest apparel since the year 2000. I grew up in a Christian home and my parents gave me a wonderful foundation in the Lord. My family did not dress this way in my youth. However, we all do since discovering the truth about God’s dress code.

Can you share a little about your journey to modest dress?
I have experienced the deeper things of God in my walk with Him in adulthood. Through prayer and a willingness to seek His will for my life, my eyes have been opened to many things including the way my family dresses. I threw out all mini skirts, tight skirts, tight dresses, pants, shorts, overalls, and pajamas because they did not meet God’s standards for a woman’s dress. Of course there are many that do not understand the way I live, but my life is about pleasing Him in all I say and do.

Deuteronomy 22:5 states, “That woman shall not wear that which pertaineth unto a man, neither shall a man put on a woman’s garment: for all that do so are abomination unto the Lord thy God.” Many people cast this scripture aside because it is in the Old Testament; however, we are still under the moral law of the Old Testament. How we dress and how it effects others is a moral issue. Abomination is a strong word that you will also read in the Bible in reference to certain sexual sins that you would never consider doing. I for one do not want to commit an abomination in the eyes of my Lord.

I came across this article while preparing for the interview:

“In Biblical days, women did not wear crotched garments. Pants have a crotch. Men in the Bible days wore crotched garments. Not only that, women in any society did not wear pants until close to the middle of this century. Pants are called britches in the Bible, and britches were worn exclusively by men for the first 5,950 years of human existence (which means up until about fifty years ago). Even the garments worn by men and women in the Bible days were different. The woman wore a long flowing robe, and men wore a shorter tighter robe. Underneath a woman’s robe would be nothing. Underneath the man’s robe would be a pair of short pants that would go down to the knees. Whenever a man would have to do some type of labor, such as to team up an ox, pull a trailer or dig a hole, he would pull up his skirt and tuck it in his pants that were under his skirt, and that was called in the Bible “girding up your loins.”” (The BIBLE’S DRESS CODE www.momof9splace.com/sermon.html) Want Biblical Proof? “In the Greek the word modest is the word katastolh or (katastole), and it means a long flowing garment. Remember I said that in the Bible days men wore a short tight skirt and women wore a long and flowing robe. That was a katastole. The Bible in I Timothy 2:9 tells women to adorn themselves in a long flowing garment, not a short tight garment.” (The BIBLE’S DRESS CODE www.momof9splace.com/sermon.html)
Even though pants can qualify as long, they are not flowing and draw attention to a woman’s figure; just like a tight skirt can. Only long, flowing garments such as dresses and skirts that are long and flowing qualify as katastoles. I am sure that you have heard it said many times that men are visual creatures. It is true. They are stimulated by sight. That is why that most pornography is purchased by men. Do we Christian woman want a man to fall due to the apparel we choose. Paul, through the guidance of the Holy Spirit, wrote about Christian attire: “that women adorn themselves in modest apparel, with shamefacedness and sobriety; not with braided hair, or gold, or pearls, or costly array; but (which becometh women professing godliness) with good works. My Full Life Study Bible goes on to explain this scripture in further detail:
2:9 WOMEN…IN MODEST APPAREL, WITH SHAMEFACEDNESS
It is God’s will that Christian women be committed to dressing modestly and discreetly. (1) The word “shamefacedness” (Gk. aidos) implies a certain shame in exposing the body. It involves a refusal to dress in such a way as to draw attention to the body and to pass the boundaries of proper reserve. The source of modesty is in a person’s heart or inner character. In other words, modesty is the outward manifestation of an inward chastity and purity.
(2) Dressing in an immodest manner that may excite impure desires in others is as wrong as the immoral desire it provokes. No activity or condition justifies the wearing of immodest apparel that exposes the body in such a way as to cause immoral desire or lust in someone else (cf. Gal. 5:13; Eph. 4:27; Tit. 2:11-12; Mat. 5:28)
(3) It is a sad commentary on any church when the Biblical standard for modest dress is ignored and the world’s customs are passively adopted. In a day of sexual permissiveness, the church should act and dress differently from a corrupt society that casts asides and ridicules the Holy Spirit’s desire for modesty and purity (cf. Rom. 12:1-2).
2:9 BRAIDED HAIR, OR GOLD.
This possibly means the braiding of hair with gold or other articles of luxury.” (KJV Full Life Study Bible, pg. 1905)

We need to ask ourselves: What does my dress tell others about me? Does it draw attention to me or does it bring glory to God. We should not be swayed by the things of this world and what has become accepted by man. We should keep in mind these 4 Biblical rules for the way in which we should dress:
1.) Does it pertain to man?
2.) Is it with modesty?
3.) Is it with shamefacedness?
4.) Is it with sobriety (moderation)?
*When in doubt, throw it out!

“What? Know ye not that your body is the temple of the Holy Ghost which is in you, which ye have of God, and ye are not your own? For ye are bought with a price: therefore glorify God in your body, and in your spirit, which are God’s.” (I Corinthians 6:19-20)

Jan 222012
 

We went to visit Church of the King today, to help them celebrate the “Grand Opening” of their new building.

Nick has really been blessed by the Youth Ministry there, and [Youth] Pastor Gabe is really a neat person.

We dressed as we always do. Wolf and R.T. were by far the best dressed men in the place, including pastoral staff. We got a lot of comments about how cute R.T.’s suit was, since it was such a novelty to them.

Being aware of the climate there, and working towards balance with a growing-up young man of 17, we allowed Nick to wear his “good jeans” with a button shirt and dress shoes. Not what we would choose, but still a step above the general dress of the congregation.

(The photo is my handsome son, but unrelated to the specific outfits mentioned in this musing).

We came home afterwards, and most of us began changing out of our “church clothes” into more casual apparel for a relaxed afternoon.

Nick, on the other hand, was going to a “dress rehearsal” with the mock trial team. He began changing to dress up - into his suit and tie.

Hmm.

To me, this would indicate that the mock trial competition is more important than God. Or that making a good impression on the “judge” is more important than making a good impression on the Lord.

It’s not a new concept, of course, in our house. You can read all about it in Wolf’s post Are You Ready?

Dec 232011
 


I’ve found another great shop for modest clothing – Kosher Casual!

They were kind enough to send me one of their lovely Open Drape Cardigans for review (like the photo, only in black). The garment is well-made and attractive, they were a pleasure to deal with, and the shipping was quick.

Kosher Casual features a lot of products good for layering. They seem to follow the philosophy that if the skin is covered to a certain place, then you are modestly covered.

To that end they have layering shells, snug tanks, stretchy “sleevies,” etc.

And, hey, they include a piece of Israeli Kosher Bazooka bubble gum with each order! Bazooka Joe speaks Hebrew!

My personal taste is to have clothing be less form-fitting, so I really like the draped front of this top. Unfortunately, the sleeves are cut rather snug. With stretchy fabric, it’s not that it’s binding, or too tight – just not me.

My loss is your gain, however:

I’m going to pass this lovely item on to one of my readers!

Just enter using the handy-dandy RaffleCoptor form below before the year ends…


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Dec 122011
 

I have read and heard a lot lately, among Christian women who consider themselves “modest”, about what that means.

There are the obvious “finer points” debates, about exactly how long a skirt should be, or what the appropriate length is for sleeves.

There are some more significant choices debated, about whether women should wear pants, how to handle swimming suits, etc.

And there are some totally philosophical arguments. One extreme says that “they” are being vain about their appearance and that’s not a modest attitude; while the opposite camp insists that a woman should make herself look good to appreciate the gifts God has given her and to please her husband (among other reasons), and “they” are getting holier-than-thou and being proud of being frumpy. Whew!

One thing that I realized from all this debate is that we are spending a lot of time and energy talking about this, thinking about this, and writing about this.

What if we didn’t have to?

If you’re a “conservative Mennonite” like these ladies, you and your friends don’t have to worry about debating the finer points.

While you may or may not consider the group’s “dress code” to be 100% in line with your deepest personal beliefs, you, and everyone else at your church, have agreed to follow them.

So you know what length your skirt and sleeves should be.

No stress, no debate.

And, obviously, they are modest.

That seems to me like a valuable thing. One less distraction on the path. One less question that the Enemy can use to start a nagging concern in the back of your head, or an afternoon debate over coffee with a friend.

Couldn’t that time and energy be put to better use? Studying Scripture? “Debating” how to implement a new service project? Or playing with your kids?

Me? I’m willing to die to self a little more, for that gain.

Nov 142011
 

Welcome to Modesty Monday!


Our Modest Matron for today is – Tammy!

Faith: I am a Bible Believing, Truth Seeking Baptist

Life Situation: Married nearly 16 years, with 7 childen (#8 is due any time now!). I am a stay-at-home wife and mom, homeschooling my children. We are church-planting missionaries living in Guatemala, Central America, since 2002.

How long have you been dressing modestly? My parents were not really strict about it but did express distaste if I pushed the limit. I guess it’s been about seventeen years since I made the personal decision to dress modestly.

Can you share a little about your journey to modest dress? My manner of dress has gotten progressively more modest over the years. I was kinda chubby when I was a child (and suffered some teasing because of it), but blossomed by the time I reached high school age. I had a nice figure and I knew it. I guess I was a little hungry for the attention, because I would show it off sometimes, violating my own conscience. I knew God was calling me to something greater, and I’d have to give up my self-centered ways. While in college I decided to stop wearing jeans and slacks, because I realized how they showed the form of my body (read: rear-end and thighs). I’ve been wearing dresses and skirts since then.

Through the years, I’ve also considered the modesty of certain types of fabrics, and the cut of certain dresses. Not everything which covers from “here” to “there” is actually modest. Does it cling? Show every curve? Clothing was made (in the beginning) to COVER, not to reveal.

I also came to realize that modesty is more than just covering the body, it is a state of the heart. What are my motives for wearing this today? If it is to draw attention, and catch a man’s eye, to make girlfriends jealous, to show off wealth… these are not modest attitudes.

Thank you for “joining” us today, Tammy!

And be sure to stop by Tammy’s blog, This Pilgrimage, if you’d like to hear more from her.

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Please remember that I am always looking for new ladies to profile for this column. If you or someone you know would be willing to share, please let me know!

Nov 072011
 

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).

I have:

Plain jumper (brown)
Three patterned jumpers
Denim skirt
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?

Oct 312011
 

Every time I post a Modesty Monday profile, I get terrific feedback.

Sadly, though, I don’t have a queue of posts ready to roll out for you each week.

I have a couple other ladies in the process of completing their Modesty Monday profiles, but I would really appreciate your help in finding more!

Who do you know that dresses (and behaves!) modestly? A blogger you know of? A WAHM with a cottage business? A friend from church? YOU?

Please pass along the request to anyone you know who would be a good guest for Modesty Monday. The “requirements” are very simple, and very flexible.

They (or you) can email Tiffany at: tiffany (at) tiffanyblitz.com

Thank you!

Oct 262011
 


Are there a lot more wonderful clothing sites out there than there used to be, or I have just been blessed with running across more of them lately?

Anyhow, I’d like to introduce you to Ringger Clothing, a family-run business that I have somehow missed since they moved online in 2003 (they started from home in 1987!). That’s their beautiful family in the photo.

They ran a special over the summer for a “we pick the fabric” pair of A-line skirts, which I decided to take advantage of for Jewel.

Of course we added pockets for Miss Hankie, and they were happy to customize for her tall, skinny measurements. They were also wonderful about allowing us to have input into the colors / patterns we’d like, from the pieces they had available for this promotion.

Here’s Jewel, replacing a lost statue on the grounds at Beauvoir, wearing one of the lovely skirts we received.

We were delighted with the skirts, and especially delighted with the service. I would not hesitate to recommend Ringger for all your modest clothing needs.

One thing you definitely need to do is head over to the Ringger Clothing website, and sign up for their newsletter. That way you’ll hear about all the great sales and specials that come along!

AND … Amy of Ringger Clothing would like to offer some specials just for you, the faithful As For My House readers!

Through the end of November, you can take advantage of these great offers. And naturally, knowing how I am about them, she included POCKETS!

To take advantage of these, place your order through the website for the “basic” skirt(s), then send them an email to Amy (ringgerclothing (at) gmail.com) with your “upgrade” request, mentioning that you saw the offer on As For My House.

  • Also, you can visit their Unique and Preowned page and choose a free item worth $20 or less if you place any order on the website (from that page, or custom made) over $75. This deal is only good until Nov. 7, 2011.

Don’t forget – you’ll find Ringger Clothing, and many other great resources, listed on the Modest Clothing Links page!

(This is not a sponsored post)