I love that look

I have been wearing long skirts and dresses for several years now. I also wear my hair up in a simple bun. Usually I wear tennis shoes or boots, even with the dresses. I no longer even own high heeled shoes. (I bought flat sandals to wear on the cruise for formal nights) Aside from a few Christian friends, few really say much about how I dress. I had one woman who works at the dialysis center where dad goes ask me about my cape dress. This lead to a great discussion about recipes and home made cooking.

However, yesterday afternoon I was in a gas station getting a snack. I was wearing one of my cape dresses. While I was deciding, the clerk says “I LOVE that look!” I wasn’t sure what she was referring to or even if she was talking to me. When I turned, she said she loved my tennis shoes with a dress. She wasn’t being sarcastic or anything. I told her it was very comfortable. She agreed, and we briefly discussed the drawbacks to high heeled shoes while I made my purchases.

It’s amazing what we do to our bodies for the sake of fashion. We punch holes in ourselves (yes, I have pierced ears). We inject ourselves with ink drawings (I don’t have a tatoo). We squeeze ourselves into tight clothes. Women paint their faces. They balance on tiny shoe heels while squeezing their toes into a point to make their legs appear longer and thiner.

Why? Will these make us any better as people? Will it bring us any closer to God? Probably not. I’m not saying, you shouldn’t want to look nice. Your clothes should be properly fitted and reasonably clean without rips or tears. However, it shouldn’t be taken to extremes. Otherwise, they bring your focus away from God onto man and fashion. We need to embrace modesty, function and practicality instead.

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9 Responses

  1. You will have to post a picture of your cape dress. The benefit to wearing sensible footwear is not only comfort today, but avoidance of bunions, hammer toes, and other ailments that come with age to the chronic high heel wearer.

  2. So glad I’m not the only one~I ALWAYS wear sneaks! Painful feet just are NOT worth it!!! (((((HUGS)))) sandi

  3. Years ago I decided to wear what I like. As I have become comfortable with myself and my style, I’ve been surprised when someone comments on something I wear being cool. Ok, well other than my black leather motorcycle jacket.

    I’ve finally, found some high heal shoes I would consider. Crocs now makes some rather comfy high heals.

  4. Martine,
    Since I’m the one usually taking the pictures, I don’t know if I have any recent ones of me. Perhaps now that my son is using a camera I can have him take some.

  5. Sandi,
    That makes me feel better. I was wondering if I was the only one.

  6. Dee,
    I think not being comfortable with yourself drives a lot of fashion. Look like the crowd so you don’t standout. And they call Christians sheep. I know it’s a Biblical term by Jesus himself, but sometimes I think it’s everyone else who acts like sheep. I raised sheep 7 years. Sheep are definitely herd animals without much independent creativity. When one or two do something different, the others usually follow in a short time.

  7. Funny how that Plain look looks right sometimes! I get that with the apron over a jumper and blouse that I usually wear. “Wow! That’s a great look!” Yes, it’ about seven hundred years old…always in style…

    I found an old pair of mocassins at the cabin where we are staying. They are mended and beat up, but boy are they comfortable.

  8. PS I had pierced ears but they are long-healed now. And um, well, a youthful mistake in the way of ink…but it doesn”t show.

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