Hey there! I've wanted to talk about modesty (and fashion too) for some time now, and I thought I'd finally get around to doing it now rather than later. I've really enjoyed hearing from all of you, or not hearing from you 'comment-wise' per se, but seeing my visitor number counter skyrocket up over the last past week or two.
Since I've started writing about the tougher topics, and gotten so many comments and visitors it has really filled my heart with hope, faith and joy! Honestly I didn't know how the blogging world (my readers, to be more exact) would take to my having written about Courting and Pre-marital Sex of all things recently.....from what I have heard though the entries have been inspiring and eye opening for you all.
I had high hopes for the Lord to begin to speak into your lives and to use this blog, through my writings, to His great glory! I want to see young people (of both genders) strive to please him in their faith, families, friendships, dating/courting relationships and in their every day lives. I want to see Jesus reflected in the hearts and faces of us all....and that my friends is why I feel so compelled to write about the tougher topics that Christians, and non-Christians alike, face and battle with every day...but don't want to talk about.
Okay....so....modesty...right... I do think that being modest is hottest. I also believe that there's a lot of power that a woman holds in her dress and attitude towards modesty...and this includes using her body as a canvas to voice her heart. For me dressing in a more modest manner has always been in my genetic makeup. I don't know why I've always been hyper-aware of what is appropriate and inappropriate....for the most part, that is...of what to wear, but I just always seemingly have.
Modesty, for me, is not just about throwing a large baggy burlap sack over my head, and calling it a day, so that I won't cause any 'primal males' (sorry guys, this phrase is not my own, I've heard it from you guys) to drool over me and my body. Modesty is so much more than my clothing choices alone...it's also about a 'heart thing' for me too!
For my wardrobe I love to wear earthy colors, rich purples, and shades of brown. I love wearing batik printed fabric dresses and shirts. I love to wear skirts of all shapes colors and lengths, well I do now at least. Rolled up jeans that double as capris are also a favorite staple of mine. Wearing hoodies, jeans, a tee 'n' sneakers are a fave outfit of mine, and also wearing very different interesting eye catching necklaces and cool rings are fashionably 'my thing.' You don't have to dress like a nun to be modest, honestly!
I am NOT the most fashion conscious young woman out there....yeah, I said it. I typically wear prints, colors and styles that are within the realm of being uberously comfy and not so much 'fashionable' or 'trendy'. I wear what is simply 'modestly me!' lol
So onto an introduction of the co-writer of this particular blog entry, an then onto a guy's and girl's perspective Q&A of modesty shall we?
I would love to introduce you to my beau, Jared Fisher (pictured above.) You can find Jared's writings at his blog: This Red Thread. (Leave Jared a few comments to spur him on...perhaps he'd write more often if he had some encouragement and a few more followers on his blog. Hehe!) Jared has graciously agreed to work with me (his chock-full of ideas, scatterbrained, heart-filled and purposefully-wanting-young-women-and-men-to-seek-Christ-daily, girlfriend) from time to time when I write about certain topics on my blog that need a guy and girl perspective on things.
I think that there is more than meets the eye when it comes to modesty. There are two sides to the story of modesty...and perhaps modesty isn't just all about the girl, maybe it's about the guy too....just a random thought of mine. I believe that modesty is not just about what clothes we wear on our outer selves, but also it is about what clothes our inner selves....our hearts need to be modest as well! With all of that said, and Jared's introduction being taken care of let's get this convo rolling!
Below are a few questions which I have asked Jared about on the topic of modesty, and a few that he had for me too:
(Sarah:) Q-So I've always believed that modesty is not just about what you wear, but it also about how you carry yourself as a person...about what kind of words come out of your mouth and about how well you guard your heart and your fellow brother's in Christ's hearts too. What are your thoughts and views on this....and on what the definition of modesty really is?
(Sarah:) Q- Is modesty just a 'girl thing' or do guys have a 'modest code' or something that they follow too?
(Sarah:) Q- I wore a bathing suit to a car wash last Summer, and I had a tank top underneath my tankini, but after washing all of those cars I got grease all over me....so I went and took the undershirt out from underneath my swimsuit....which obviously was a HUGE mistake! I never had a second thought when I looked in the mirror in the bathroom to see if it was okay on me or not. I had thought my top was fine, and then I ended up with a guys eyes stuck on my chest and not on my eyes later because of what I was wearing...his eyes and mind were affected that was for sure! For guys is it about how tight the clothing is on a young woman, is it about how low cut/high cut what a girl is wearing is that affects you all, or is it about both that is too revealing and causes young men to falter and to leer at young women?
(Sarah:) Q- I've heard that layering a tank top over an undershirt (which has ample coverage) is totally appropriate, but what is a guy's vantage point on when a young woman wears just two flimsy low cut tank tops one over the other....and let's say her bra straps were showing by accident out from underneath her low-cut flimsy tanks? How does this make young men react....what do they think of when they see young women dressed like that? What about long necklaces being draped around girl's necks that are worn over a low scoop necked shirt.....does this have any effect whatsoever *I've always wondered this*?
(Sarah:) Q- Do you think flirtation plays any role in immodesty whatsoever?
(Sarah:) Q- What makes a young man see a young woman as a modest young woman of God exactly? Is it her dress, speech, makeup, knowledge and love for the Word of the Lord? What specifics do you see within young women that makes them the most modest and attractive in young men's eyes, as well as your own?
(Jared:) A- It really just comes down to character. Looks work fine, but if a person shows that they really do think the way they do and act it out in their lives, it shows. Modesty is about acting modest. Now don't think you have to crank the level of stodginess up to eleven and become a prissy character that allows no people close that aren't modest enough or genuine enough, that's just as bad as acting trashy. The key is genuine respect, for yourself, for the Lord, and for the guys.
(Sarah:) Q- Modesty is also about beauty too; inner beauty for the most part I think. How do you think guys and girls can both work on their inner 'beauty' and 'handsomeness' to glorify God and protect their brother and sister's hearts?
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At the end of the day I think both young men and women know how to act, speak and dress appropriately...to some extent...and if you don't then I hope our blog post has opened up your eyes a bit to the 'delicate power of modesty'. We (girls) may not always think about what really makes a young man struggle, because it might just seem cute, fashionable and "in" to us, but we should strive to guard our brothers' eyes and hearts at ALL COST.
I know I sure didn't know what a guys thoughts were on modesty, having grown up in a house full of only girls. I don't have any brothers to ask all of the questions that I wish I could have. Luckily, the Lord has always blessed me with wanting so desperately to be a pure young woman, even when at times I wasn't sure of how to do so exactly. I've managed....and it's been a blessing in my life to be living as a young woman who is empowered by modesty.
Here's a gauge, if you struggle with knowing what is right or wrong:
We've always got that little voice whispering in our ears telling us "...whatever is true, whatever is noble, whatever is right, whatever is pure, whatever is lovely, whatever is admirable- if anything is excellent or praiseworthy- think about such things. ~Phil. 4:8" Oh yeah, and that little voice....it's called the Holy Spirit...and I'm so glad He's been there to whisper into my ears and heart my whole life about what is right and pure and admirable to the Lord, modesty-wise and in all things otherwise! :)
.....and just to show you that you can be a young woman who is MODEST here are some photos of myself wearing what I feel is pleasing to the Lord, fashionable, and is also appropriate for my fellow Christian brothers to see me wearing daily.
'The Neo-Victorian' look. I am wearing a grey-blue shirt from Rue21 that has lace on the one shoulder, an Old Navy denim skirt (that I bought at a Goodwill store for $3) and some 'grey dancer heels' (that were on sale, from Sears.)
'Green, with a side of grace....no envy.' I am wearing a long blue denim skirt (not pictured that I got at Goodwill for $3), a long green v-neck tee (from Maurices), a knitted cream over-shoulder sweater (from Maurices), and a long brown 'n' cream beaded necklace (gift from a friend.)
'Lumber-Jill!' I am wearing a pair of artist ae jeans that are rolled up into 3/4 length style capris, leather caramel colored boots from Germany (left by my cousin), and a flowy plaid tank top (from Maurices) with a taut cream undershirt underneath (also from Maurices.) The great thing about this undershirt is that when/if you lean over 'nothing spills out' because it is taut! If ya know what I mean! ;)
The pink mum ring on my right hand, middle finger, was a 21st b-day gift momma n daddy got me from Etsy.....'Sweet & Simple Jewelry Design.'
I hope Jared and I have debunked a few modesty mysteries for you, and that we perhaps have made you think about your clothing choices, so that by dressing modestly, both you young men and women will guard one another's eyes and hearts...and please the Lord all the while through your dress, speech and actions. If you have ANY questions, or anything to add to this discussion please feel free to leave a comment for me/Jared/Jared and I, or if you'd prefer to remain more anonymous about your questions and thoughts please feel free to send me an e-mail at: EvenstarHeart@gmail.com.
Modestly yours & HIS,
-Daughter of the King