Real Catholic Modesty IS beautiful, but
by Rita Davidson
Whoohoo! My favorite way to be modest – with beautiful clothes!! It was so lovely outside yesterday I couldn’t stay in! I can admit I didn’t get ANYTHING done I wanted to get done. But ohhhh summer will be over soooo soon?
But LOOK at these AMAZING CLOTHES??
This is a MAXI skirt that I got from Walmart in the spring for $15. Since then I have been making my own MAXI skirts and sharing them on my FACEBOOK page.
This shirt is a lovely, billowy, lace trimmed skirt and this scarf was from Walmart. So two questions beg to be asked;
- Why do BEAUTIFUL clothes always have to be form fitting to be beautiful? *HINT – THEY DON’T!
- Why does EVERY blog I see about modesty, always shares how CHEAP they got their clothes. It’s as if having ALL our modest clothes as “Hand-me-downs” is a great feat and “used” and “second hand CHEAP” is another big BONUS!
I mean seriously, why do we feel guilty for purchasing beautiful, modest clothes?
Granted yes, there is so many suffering needs in the world and the Church today. So many bills of our own we struggle to pay. Yes there are times when beautiful modesty will have to be sacrificed for practical modesty. Right?
But there is no reason that our modest clothing should come LAST in our budget. We have a duty to God, ourselves, our spouse and our children to be modest. BUT we also have a responsibility to be agreeable and pleasing looking to the best of our ability.
That means if money is truly tight, then it’s time to be very clever with your money so your modesty doesn’t look like rags. Today more than any other time, we are watched for how we dress. Outsiders judge our family and our faith by how they see us. Our family judges us by how we look each day. “Is mom cranky today? She looks tired again, we better not bother her again.” What kind of impression are we leaving with our children by how we dress?
It’s so easy to give up and wear drab colors that are inexpensive and hide our overweight flaws. After all, we are modest and yes, that is the #1 priority. But it is much harder to be colorful and beautifully, modest. And many people are TOO AFRAID to TRY to look beautiful. Right after our house fire, I never wore a pair of pants. We were homeless yet I made the effort and I used a donated scarf to dress up my donated skirts and clothing.
Here is another outfit from this week. This is one of the Maxi skirts I made this week for under $20. Do I like to SEW? NO, but I use what I can to improve the clothes I have. Now I’m not saying I’M BEAUTIFUL (oh heavens help me) but from all the comments I get from these pictures on my FACEBOOK page, all I hear is how “beautiful I look”, “how lovely”, “Very beautiful, you always look lovely” and such from everyone.
See how so many people are inspired by how I look? THAT is how everyone around YOU SHOULD be. Find a way to be BEAUTIFUL and MODEST. It is our Beautiful Modesty that inspires people around us. Real Catholic Beauty is the language we speak when words cannot convey our love for God. Let your clothing speak your love for God, by showing respect for yourself with your Real Catholic modesty.
Rita Xo 🙂