I used to post an outfit post either every week to every month depending on various factors: We used to have more money so I could afford to buy more clothes (Rob never complained about me doing so since he likes how I dress) or companies would send me free clothes at times or people would give me vintage clothes that belonged to family members who either died or had no use for them any longer (mainly vintage or handmade items).
I had hoped to mix up some of my older clothing a bit for newer posts and I did post maybe two outfit posts early on in the year. Now that the end of the year is nearing, I realized I failed in this goal, but at the same time, I am glad about this.
I used to make it a priority to buy clothes and it was for the purpose of showing how modesty can be beautiful in a culture filled with sexualized fashions. I did it as a sort of way to promote beauty through modesty without being frumpy, and it was swell for the time I did so. I still hold true to my thoughts on the importance of modesty. It is odd to me at times how I can get hit on by men or cat-called wearing modest clothing even. If I were dressed immodestly, how much worse would that be? I recently went somewhere with my children and parents, but my husband was working. I was wearing jeans, Converse All-Stars, and a muscle tank that covered me (so no cleavage, a 3″ shoulder coverage, and slightly baggy rather than fitted even and high in the pit area). A guy who worked at the place we went to asked me for a date in front of all, giving me a meeting place and time on the spot, and thought I was my sons’ sister! I appeal to men I meet without trying to draw any of their attention. If I were dressed immodestly, I am sure it would be much worse. I value my relationship with my husband and leave my immodesty for our times alone.
At the same time my lack of clothing posts is because before I even did these outfit posts, I had all my clothes in a box in our closet that I lived out of and I had absolutely no problem doing so. I wore the same things pretty much every week or daily. I had one pair of jeans and a few skirts (most that ended up ripping because I wore them so often) and a few shirts and maybe two dresses. To me that was enough and even maybe too much. I like living simply. I like trusting in God with this scripture: “Therefore I tell you, do not be anxious about your life, what you will eat or what you will drink, nor about your body, what you will put on. Is not life more than food, and the body more than clothing? Look at the birds of the air: they neither sow nor reap nor gather into barns, and yet your heavenly Father feeds them. Are you not of more value than they? And which of you by being anxious can add a single hour to his span of life?[ And why are you anxious about clothing? Consider the lilies of the field, how they grow: they neither toil nor spin, yet I tell you, even Solomon in all his glory was not arrayed like one of these. But if God so clothes the grass of the field, which today is alive and tomorrow is thrown into the oven, will he not much more clothe you, O you of little faith? Therefore do not be anxious, saying, ‘What shall we eat?’ or ‘What shall we drink?’ or ‘What shall we wear?’ For the Gentiles seek after all these things, and your heavenly Father knows that you need them all. But seek first the kingdom of God and his righteousness, and all these things will be added to you.” -Matthew 6:25-33The truth? I have a hard time seeing people post pictures of the loads of clothes they buy from places and how expensive some of them are. I see people who photograph their closets filled with clothes and I see they can wear one dress per day for a few months and it boggles my mind because it is excess! You don’t NEED all those clothes. Why do people need to have 7 pairs of jeans? I will gladly live in a pair of jeans every day for three weeks before even washing them (yeah, maybe that makes me a bit of a dirt bag, but I don’t wash them so often because I want them to last since I wear them so much and washing them also wears them out faster). I recently looked through my clothes and noticed that I seriously stain things so badly. I wear things until they get ripped, torn (and I try to fix them if possible). I wear a t-shirt that has paint all over it that never washed out, but because it matches a color on the shirt, people don’t notice and still compliment the shirt, even though I’ve owned it for 7 years. I now have a dresser (hand-me-down that is also falling apart haha) and sometimes it pains me how full it has become even if they are mainly over-worn clothes. . .I want to live out of a box again. As a follower of Christ, I shouldn’t want clothes at all. I shouldn’t worry about those things. I stopped following loads of fashion blogs because it just made me want more and I’ve felt discontented in what I had. I don’t want to want, but be thankful and content with what the LORD has given me and be blessed that I have something to wear each day at all.
This outfit pictured is a dress I bought two years ago on sale at some store at the mall because I wanted to wear something “modern” and not vintage to my high school reunions (I went to two schools in high school and was invited to both reunions even though one I only attended in 9th grade). I also wore this dress to my friend’s wedding in that same season. It pretty much is my “wear-to-events” dress. These photos are from early June (to explain the tan). Sorry for the delayed outfit post. I never posted an official outfit post until now for this dress.
I may or may not post outfits in the future….depends on if more and more clothes keep ripping where I can’t fix them any more. I’ll probably end up thrifting whatever I do get for extra cheap though. I’m cool with wearing what I have for another year or two if they last that long though. Another reason why I don’t buy so much is because of all the slave-made clothing too…..oh but that is a whole other story in itself!!
If you read this post, don’t feel guilty at all about what I’ve said as this is a personal thought being revealed and doesn’t mean you should do what I do. This has been a deep conviction of mine for 8 years and although I had fun doing outfit posts over the years, it made me vain and ruined me in various ways. I feel pretty free lately as God lifts these burdens from me. God has been re-prioritizing my life and I am thankful to Him in so many ways.