Why Should It Matter How I Dress?

Should I wear my hair in a ponytail?
Should I dress myself up in Chanel?
Do I measure me by what you think?
Absolutely not, absolutely not!

If I go to work in a mini-skirt
Am I givin’ you the right to flirt?
I won’t compromise my point of view
Absolutely not, absolutely not!

I used to sing this song as a teenager; I loved the beat and I loved the attitude!

Why did people always like to get people to conform to their own ideals? How was it my business if men got turned on by what I wore? So what if the ‘V’ of my jeans drew attention to my crotch or my skirt drew eyes to my derriere? Wasn’t it up to them to control themselves?

Then one day, instead of listening with my ears, I listened with my heart. And as I communed with the Holy Spirit, I realised that for me, it wasn’t really about being controlled by the views of others, but by what the Scriptures say. And what does the Bible say?

In like manner also, that women adorn themselves in modest apparel, with shamefacedness and sobriety; not with broided hair, or gold, or pearls, or costly array; But (which becometh women professing godliness) with good works.

Selah. Pause, and calmly think of that.

Over a decade later, I’m thinking about what modest apparel means for me today not just as a woman but also as a wife who will by God’s grace be raising a daughter  for His glory; because it is what pleases Him that matters.

I would like to know your thoughts too.

 

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