I love clothes. I love shoes. I love everything there is regarding fashion. I’m a freak of nature because whilst I love to be in the know of the current trends, I despise shopping malls and trying on clothes. I know, right? It’s like I’m destined to be miserable. (But then God created the Internet…and I have fell in love with online shopping.)
I want my daughters and I to be trendy, but I am also teaching them you can still be a fashionista and practice modesty as well.
The Principle of Modesty
“Some Latter-day Saints may feel that modesty is a tradition of the Church or that it has evolved from conservative, puritanical behavior. Modesty is not just cultural. Modesty is a gospel principle that applies to people of all cultures and ages. In fact, modesty is fundamental to being worthy of the Spirit. To be modest is to be humble, and being humble invites the Spirit to be with us.”
~ Elder Robert D. Hales of the Quorum of the Twelve Apostles, “Modesty: Reverence for the Lord,” Liahona, August 2008, 18; Ensign, August 2008, 34
In today’s fashion world, it isn’t easy to find modest and stylish clothing. Modesty does not mean you must look like an old maid. To maintain an attitude of humility it starts with your clothing choice. It truly is an example of “Cause and Effect.” Let me explain:
Your clothing does effect your attitude. Have you ever spilled something on your brand-new outfit and immediately find yourself less outgoing because all you’re thinking about it is that stain? When we dress provocatively, then our attitude is going to be provocative. Feel sexy? Well, you’re going to portray sexy. A sixteen year old girl wearing an immodest outfit with the attitude of being provocative doesn’t always end at her clothing choice. She feels sexy. She has more of a relaxed view now of the principles she was raised with and her guard is down. More often than not, the immodest clothing choice leads to reckless behavior.
I know, you are probably thinking I’m being an alarmist and one of those Molly Mormon types who wear her skirts to her ankles. Nope, not at all. I speak from experience. I was once one of those teenagers who ignored the values I was raised with to dabble in activities that were not becoming of anyone…at any age. If I’m truly honest with myself, I can see it started with how I wanted to present myself in public. It started with my outward appearance.
“Is what we are wearing detracting from the Spirit?”
Modesty is one of those things you must pray about and develop into your own conscience. As a Mom, I want my children to be able to express themselves and find their own style. Fashion is fun and when we adapt a modest attire, we adapt a modest attitude…it doesn’t mean the fun has to end.
Modest Online Stores:
I love shopping on Etsy for original outfits. I could be on Etsy all day shopping. (I have.)