submit any questions you might have for me. Well, here are just a couple of the dozens I received about clothing. Hope you enjoy!Exactly a year ago, I asked y'all to
What are your modesty standards?
Real practically, my standards are: 4-fingers below collarbone to knees. Shirts should not show the outline of the bust and skirts should not outline the rear. I don't wear sleeveless except occasionally around the house. Try to wear skirts all the time, but if I wear jeans I wear a long shirt with them. Pretty simple!
Where do you personally get your modesty standards from? Is it something your church has decided or that you have prayerfully decided independently?
I held my modesty standards before coming to my current church (and my previous never really discussed it), so I can't say I got my standards from them. I basically get them from what my dad has said and what I feel is okay. I'll admit, I have not studied the Scripture for specific standards, but have asked other girls who have studied the topic their convictions. Another thing I did was read through The Rebelution's Modesty Survey to see what was a stumbling block for guys and that really helped cement my convictions and gave me so many pointers. I encourage y'all to read through the results.
What is one trend you are loving right now?
I love that femininity is so "in". It seems like a few years ago the boxy, masculine, goth, dramatic styles were popular, and it was hard to find lovely things. With ruffles, lace, layering, florals, and muted colors in style, it's becoming a bit easier to find garments I like to wear. :)
What would you say your style is- fashion-wise?
That is such a hard thing to put into words. If I had to try though, I would put it somewhere at "Updated classics with a cheery twist".
Do you use culottes, (split) riding skirts, or skorts for jobs around the house? Did you make them yourself? Do you have a good pattern for this sort of workskirts?
I'm looking for useful feminine clothes for cycling in a windy place.
Beyond trying a pair on in the store, I have never worn culottes. I am really not a fan of the style, so I haven't looked into it much. If I'm doing a job that I can't do in a skirt, its usually because I need to not have a lot of fabric around me inhibiting my actions, so culottes don't serve that purpose. When I bike, I either wear a long denim skirt and just be a little careful, or I wear jeans with a long feminine shirt. :) Sorry I can't be of more help here.
Could you maybe tell a bit more of your fashion back story-fashion consciousness development?
If you don't mind, I'm going to quote from a previous post where I shared about this: "I think I’d have to say I got “into” fashion when I discovered QVC and HSN, the shopping channels. :D When I was about 9-13, I would watch the fashion and make-up shows for hours on end, soaking up all the information. :P That’s when I realized how different pieces work with different things and the beauty of mixing styles. I learned what was flattering and what was not, the power of heels, and all sorts of other things. :D I don’t really recommend that for a fashion education anymore, but it sparked an interest in me for pretty, quality, well-done things, although it took a while to sink in. :)"
Have you read any fashion and/or modesty and/or makeup books-if you have do you recommend any?
As far as I can remember, I haven't read any fashion/makeup/ or strictly modesty books, but, I do HIGHLY recommend the "Reclaiming Beauty Study Course". I am going back through it now, and it has profoundly impacted how I view fashion, modesty, and beauty. Totally worth every penny.
Do you have any tips for tall people? I'm 5' 9" and it's really hard for me to find skirts that are long enough and most dresses are really short onme. Even finding leggings that are long enough is difficult.
Hm, well, this is hard for me to answer, because I'm only 5'2". :-P Tall people can pull off some awesome layering looks with "slips" under dresses to make them longer and such that us shorties just don't have room for. :) You might ask Ashley or Natasha for shopping advice because they're on the tall side. :)
Where do you stand when it comes to pants/jeans?
I don't believe there is anything inherently wrong with wearing jeans at all. I do, however, see a need to be extra careful as we wear them to not distract others with our outlined rear-ends. If I'm going to be around guys, I try to wear a longer shirt so that my backside is covered.
I would love to dress modestly, I do not want to wear denim skirts. It seems like all modest fashion bloggers love them - how would you suggest getting around this problem?
I told myself when I started dressing modestly that I would never wear a denim skirt. :P However, living on a farm, I realized that I needed some extra durable skirts. But when I lived in the city, I loved my cotton skirts. I lived in knee-length skirts and heels with pearls for several years, ha. :) But, no need for that. If you need durable skirts that aren't denim, I would suggest printed cotton, twill, and/or linen. The nice thing about denim is that you can mix so many different tops with it. Linen skirts are great for that too, you just have to be careful about stains if they aren't printed. :)
What is your closet staple?
My denim skirts and Forever21 tanks. :)
What is your absolute favorite outfit and why do you like it?
Oh, so hard to choose! I think this outfit : My Sweats : is my favorite-- I've worn it so often it has basically worn through. :-/ Absolute favorite I'm not sure about. :P
What is your favorite accessory?
Earrings. I wear them every day. The bigger the better, lol. I think they're a great way to add class and sparkle to everything.
What is your favorite way to accessorize?
Y'all have probably noticed, I don't do a ton of accessorizing. I prefer to keep things simple and let my smile be the focal point. I stay pretty strict to the 3-item rule. Three areas of accessorizing-- earrings, necklace, and rings. Or earrings, bracelets, and rings. Or belt, earrings, and rings. Sooooometimes for church I'll do earrings, hat, belt, and rings. Okay, so I always wear my ring and don't always count it in the 3-item rule, but like I said, simpler is better. :)
What is your favorite sport? And how would you advise wearing modest workout clothes?
I'm not a real sporty person. :D I'll play soccer or volleyball if folks have a game going, but I'm not the go-getter. I love to exercise though. I'm not real sure about the work out clothes-- I usually work out in my bedroom in my pj's and when I go running or biking I have to wear jeans because of snakes, ticks, and vicious branches. :P I have seen some cute modest running skirts online, though.
What are y'alls answers to these questions? Have any advice for tall girls or for modest workout clothes?