Wednesday, November 26, 2014

Week In Feminine Dress // A Story

Hey y'all! A few weeks ago, I was contacted by an editor of LAF asking if I would be interested in participating in a Week In Feminine Dress with some friends on Ladies Against Feminism

I squealed! Really, I did. Why? Because WIFD is how Fresh Modesty came to be. 
You see, back when I was a 13/14 year old trying to figure out what was important to me, I stumbled into the Sense and Sensibility sewing forums and began absorbing everything the women there were about. About twice a year they would have these Week In Feminine Dress where they would post pictures of themselves wearing skirts, along with a description of where they got each thing and what they did that day to encourage each other. This was about the time my standards were changing and I was growing up a little bit, so I loved seeing practical examples of what dressing modestly and femininely looked like. 

But, honestly, I saw a lot of outfits that just weren't my taste, too, and most of the ladies participating were much older than me. I wanted to create a space where I could try my hand at sharing modest, pretty outfits for girls my age, because I knew I wasn't the only one looking for inspiration. I also met several slightly-older girls on there who had fashion/sewing blogs and began following them and participating in the fashion weeks they held on their blogs in later years. Ashley from Bramblewood Fashion was one of those girls. :D

 
These are pictures from the archives from the first Fashion Week challenge I participated in with this blog. Aren't you glad I don't over-edit and choose grunge backgrounds anymore? ;) This was 2009 about 6 months before we moved to Tennessee. 

Just a little bit of history, because I'm feeling nostalgic. If you'd like to participate with the WIFD, please hashtag your entries with #beautifulwomanhood and #thisisfemininity on Instagram. :) Your account needs to be public for us to see your entries.

Tip of the day: Wearing a cardigan that has "long lines" with a short, stocky skirt helps create a more flattering silhouette. The necklace I wore also helped elongate this otherwise flouffy outfit. 

// outfit details //
Cardigan: Forever21 (sorry, clearanced 2 years ago)
High-necked Cami: Modesty4Me.com
Skirt: Handmedown from an aunt
Fleece-lined leggings: Groopdealz.com (also available at ModeEsty.com)
Boots: Ariat

I hope you'll join in the fun! 

So, I'm curious-- did you know how Fresh Modesty came about? How long have you been following?



53 comments :

  1. I found your blog on Shining Arrows, Sayna's blog. I have been following avidly for about a year or so. :)

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  2. I love using long cardigans with skirts! Such a beautiful outfit with gorgeous colors. I've been following since June of 2011 or 2012.... can't remember. ;) Your blog has encouraged me so much. Thanks for the time you spend on it.

    craftswithoutborders.blogspot.com

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  3. Wow this looks amazing Olivia! Love love the outfit, its beautiful! Haha and thank you for the tip! I definitely have to agree with you, that as young teenagers, its hard to find role models and inspiration, but ever since coming across your blog through someone else's its been SO helpful to me! Its been a huge blessing, so thanks for all you do!

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  4. Love your outfit! Great colour on you. ~ Vicki

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  5. I've been following your blog for over 18 months now. I love it :)

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  6. I have been following fresh modesty for about two years now. It started with me wanting to know why Christians dressed the way they did and now I'm a Christian myself and dressing modest everyday. Could you do some outfit for tall girls with long skirts. I'm 6ft and I only wear ankle length skirts and dresses. But it makes me look even taller than I already am.

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  7. Love the outfit!! And your hair is so lovely like that!!
    I've been following your blog for about a year... I didn't know that's how you came about. ;)

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  8. Hey Olivia! Thanks for sharing! Actually, I did not know how Fresh Modesty came about. It must be neat for you to look back at where it started and see where the Lord has brought it.

    I've been following your blog for . . . oh, my, I really don't know. Maybe 18 months? Maybe more?

    Thank you so much for doing this blog. As I say, it's one of my favorites!

    ~ Moriah

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  9. Olivia,
    I am one of those "slightly" older women that loved the encouragement as well on the S&S forum, I found your blog through that and have since enjoyed reading it. The Lord has blessed your hands and heart indeed. The last WIFD was a year ago. I miss them it was a wonderful place to be reminded to dress and act as a lady throughout the day, as well as receiving inspiration for outfits and sewing. Your outfits are beautiful , thank you for being the example that you are. If I may. Friends of fresh modesty posts would be a good place to help encourage plus size girls as well. As a plus size woman I know it would have been such a blessing to have had the example and confidence growing up that you help with now. God Bless.
    Virginia Pyle pylesfive is my S&S name

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  10. I love your outfit! :) Happy Thanksgiving!

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  11. I love that your outfits are modest without being shapeless. It's good for young girls especially to know there's nothing immodest about the shape they were given, and it's good to be different. Modesty isn't about hiding your body or being ashamed of it and I want to thank you for doing a good job of conveying that.

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  12. I've only been following for about 3 months. You have been such an encouragement to me in how to be modest and feminine without being legalistic. Thank you for the support, especially since I don't really have that from my mom right now and this is a point of conflict for us.

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  13. Gorgeous outfit today, Olivia! Just beautiful. :)

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  14. Good question! I actually found you years ago through Suddenly Darling.
    Probably about 2009 ish!
    I also found Ashley through the S&S board. Back then I was making regency dresses :)
    I have to admit, for me, it's a bit strange to look back on old photos on my blog-I've grown so much! I cringe sometimes when I see some of the outfits I thought were cute! Really???
    :D
    Natasha
    A modest fashion blog:
    www.natashaatkerson.blogspot.com

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    1. Ah! Thank you for reminding me the name of that site! I was trying forever yesterday to remember Suddenly Darling, lol! Glad you found me and me you. :)

      Have an awesome Thanksgiving, Natasha!

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  15. An extremely interesting back-story; thanks for sharing! :) I started my blog purely on an impulse from God, because I felt it was something He wanted me to do. I run it purely based on His leading.
    I would love to hashtag some of my outfits, Olivia, but I A) don't like taking pictures of myself, B) don't usually wear skirts, and C) don't have an Instagram. :) Thanks for the post!
    ~Sheridan, www.beautyeternal.blogspot.com

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  16. That outfit is beautiful! You look lovely! It's been ages since I've commented, but I assure you I still read every post of yours. :) I've been reading your blog for about three years or perhaps a little longer. Thanks for sharing your story of how Fresh Modesty came about! The Lord has really blessed it, hasn't He? :)

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  17. What a gorgeous outfit! You remind me so much of Taylor Swift in these photos for some reason :)

    I didn't know that was how Fresh Modesty started. I've been following for maybe a year, or a year and a half--I haven't been part of the blogging world that long :)

    Happy Thanksgiving!

    dance a real

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  18. I really like how you paired the slimming cardigan with the skirt, the color scheme, necklace, etc! Lovely and perfect for fall.:) Blessings!

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  19. P.S. And I've been thinking about possibly getting some fleece-lined leggings, so gracias for the links! =)

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  20. It was great fun to hear the story of how you got started! I've read for about six months, I think :).

    I love your outfit in the third picture from your first participation with WIFD! I don't have an Instagram account, or I'd probably join... oh well. Y'all have fun!

    Blessings,

    Bri :)

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  21. This is such a pretty outfit Olivia! :D Thanks for sharing about the Week in Feminine Dress; I've never heard of it.
    Well, I've been following you for over a year now. :)

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  22. Love your old pictures! Oh my, you are so much more professional now! Love the outfit, too!

    By the way, I challenged you over at http://randomramblingsofruth.blogspot.com/ to post fifteen things you're thankful for! If you don't have the time, I understand, but I thought it would be fun!

    Love,
    Ruth

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  23. I think I have been following for about a year.... maybe more I can't remember but I had no idea of how you started. That out fit is really nice.

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  24. Well, now I have some reading/laughing at how close minded some people are to do on Ladies Against Feminism. (PS: You can be a Christian lady and still support feminism!)

    But nice outfit.

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  25. hmmmm ive been following your blog for around 3 years now. my grandpa actually told me about your swimsuit post. And then Ive been attached since. although I dont really wear skirts/dresses i find your blog very inspiring and interesting:)

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  26. I have been following your blog for about 3 months now :) I found Christ 2 years ago, so I am still learning. You inspire me.

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  27. Can we all just pause and reflect on the fact that an organization called "Ladies Against Feminism" is something we should probably all be running screaming from? Feminism is belief in and advocacy for equal rights between men and women. It is not in opposition to modesty, classical femininity, or dedicated motherhood (though of course many radical feminists do oppose these ideals). It genuinely disturbs me to realize how many Christians have really problematic and unbiblical ideas about women as a societal group submitting to men as a societal group.

    Miss R.

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    1. I don't know that it's necessarily something we should "run screaming from". Without knowing anything about the organisation, I would say that being against "feminism" is different from being against "femininity". The problem isn't necessarily even with the concept of feminism itself, but when groups of women march through city streets in their underclothes chanting "my clothes are not my consent" and label themselves "feminists", I don't want to place myself under the same label. I for my part stand pretty strongly opposed to the modern feminist movement because of some of the things it stands for. I don't know if that makes sense to you, but that's how I see things.
      ~Sheridan, www.beautyeternal.blogspot.com

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  28. Ahh...I remember those old outfits of yours like it was yesterday. ;) Also, I still love that Grecian top [if I remember correctly] that you found in a bag of clothes that your friends gave you. :D Btw, your skirt is amazing!!! The detail on it has me drooling over here.

    Also, Forever 21 had some flow-y cardigans like that a few months ago in their stores in several colors, so they could still have them in-stock.

    Bramblewood Fashion

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  29. Ah! I adore this simply gorgeous, autumnal ensemble. And did you say fleece-lined leggings?! Need to get me some o' those. They sound so cozy and comfortable. I was not aware how Fresh Modesty was established, but am now enlightened! That is so neat. :) I think I've been following for at least a year, most likely more. Actually, I think it might have been spring of 2013 that I "discovered" you (my sister showed me your blog). And ever since then, I've been enjoying endless wardrobe and life inspiration! :D

    Have a wonderful Thanksgiving! <3

    P.S. I really appreciate the change on the distinguished time you published the post... the clock time was not quite as helpful! ;)

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    1. I live in the fleece-lined leggings. :D
      So glad your sister showed you Fresh Modesty! I love reading your comments. :)

      Haha, I finally changed the date, yes! I thought I was going to have to go into the code to do that, but it ended up just being a 3-click fix. Wish I had known that a long time ago! :P

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  30. Adorable outfit! I have a cardigan like that that I wear ALL the time, so this totally looks like something I'd wear.
    I've been following your blog since the end of January (approx.) But I went back and read almost every post and finally caught up at the end of February. I remember you were on the second day of the "1 button down, 3 days, 3 ways" blog event the day I finally started reading them as they came. :)
    How awesome that you get to participate in the very thing that started this all! God has truly blessed your effort and commitment to this blog, it's amazing to see how far you've come! Thanks for all the advice and encouragement you've given us through this blog. Happy Thanksgiving!
    ~Abby
    p.s. I don't have an instagram, or I would love to participate, or at least see what everyone else is doing. Hope it goes well for everyone!

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  31. Love your cardigan! And your boots.....well, they are great!

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  32. I love your outfit!
    If I want to join the challenge, what do I have to do?

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  33. I have only been following your blog for about a week or so! One of my friends recommended it to me, and i'm glad i decided to check it out:-) Lovely outfit, by the way!

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  34. hey just a quick question i looked on target to try and buy a beret but i couldn't find it anywhere. Do you know where else i could find them?

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  35. That's a great tip about flowy cardigans over short puffier skirts, I'll have to try that. I absolutely love the colour of the cardigan on you!

    ~Esther of Oz

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  36. Adorable outfit! So how old were you exactly when you started your blog?
    Naomi Rae

    livingasmodestgirls.wordpress.com

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  37. Is your hair naturally curly, or did you curl it? I Love the outfit!

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  38. Hi there!

    I found Fresh Modesty on a fellow blogger (sorry, don't remember who) and that was about 3 years ago. I found your blog very encouraging! I realized that you didn't "flaunt" yourself online, you were just being an example. You also gave me comfort! I wasn't the only girl out there that wanted to dress modesty for the Lord. I am just so thankful Olivia that you are being brave in the Lord to be an example and an encouragement to us girls, your age, older, and younger, to stand against the patterns of the world, to obey the Lord.

    Thank you Olivia!

    Love Always,

    Hannah

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  39. I found your blog on pinterest and just started reading like 5 minutes ago.

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  40. I have been reading your blog for probably about 2 years now. I did not how it got started, so that was fun to learn about!

    -Hannah

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  41. love your outfit! And thank you so much for the tip! ;)

    I've been following you for....hm....aw man, are you going to make me put my math skills to work? Just kidding! It's been four years since I first discovered this wonderful blog of yours!!!

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  42. I just started looking at your blog and I LOVE it! You're gorgeous!! :) (I'm friends with Sara S - you might know her?)

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  43. Why would any reasonable Christian be against feminism?

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    1. Because believing in treating both women and men with respect and kindess is different from a movement that encourages women to march through streets topless, demand free abortions, and ecourages young single women to treat sexual purity like it is dirt.
      This is why I, a christian woman, am against feminism.
      -StephanieM.

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    2. I agree with you, Stephanie. 100%. Funny I should see this comment (I have no doubt it's the result of some divine planning) because I'm in the middle of "praying out" (I don't plan things, I pray them out, searching for God's leading) a couple of posts on my blog about the differences between suffrage and feminism and between femininity and feminism, and on finding the right balance between wanting the same rights as men and seeking to overthrow the role God has created for women in his society. Whether you expected it to be or not, your comment was encouraging. Thanks, StephanieM!
      ~Sheridan, www.beautyeternal.blogspot.com

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  44. I think that’s a pretty general statement to make. It rests entirely on how one defines “feminism”. I’ve already posted one or two of my many arguments against the broad generalisation of feminism. Feminism and femininity are NOT the same thing.
    ~Sheridan, www.beautyeternal.blogspot.com

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  45. My name is Catherine in Canada, and I followed a link from Pinterest, because I loved the outfit you were wearing, and I loved the idea of modest dress. I am a middle school teacher, and I think it's important to demonstrate pride and self-respect in my own clothing choices, in the hopes that the girls I teach will avoid some of the other choices they're being offered in the media and in the shopping centres. I'm a little shocked that something called Ladies Against Feminism exists, though. I think you can dress modestly, nurture your faith and enjoy femininity and still be a feminist - I certainly am, anyway. But I guess everyone has their own understanding as to what feminism is, and whether to accept it. Thanks for the great outfit ideas!

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  46. This is going to sound crazy but I found you s few days ago from a blog comment - Lies Young Women Believe. Several people recommended you so now I'm liking you too!

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  47. Oh, sorry. I commented about LYWB - my name is Aliyah. ;)

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  48. Hey, Olivia... I was just curious if you might do an occasional outfit for girls who aren't girly girls. Maybe some church outfits, still modest and cute, but just more for girls who don't like dressing up. You have alotvor super cute outfits just things I would never be able wear.

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Fresh Modesty is fashion blog which encourages girls to "Dress outside your box, but inside His Book!" I allow anonymous comments so those without accounts can comment, but I would really appreciate it if you would identify yourself by some form of a name. :) Thank you for taking the time to comment!