Ahh…beautiful spring weather, mile high blue bird skies, and temperatures well above normal for this time of year makes one want to get outside and enjoy the gift of nature. It is so nice to be able to put up those winter sweaters and replace them with light, short sleeves; stash away those snow boots and drag out the flip flops. With the limitless beauty offered at this time of year there is so much to behold. Unfortunately, as with most things, there are certain downsides to the warmer weather and the shedding of clothing.
Everyone has heard the saying, “If you got it, flaunt it.” Well, I do not agree with that statement at all simply because “If you got it” does not reflect a person’s true appearance, but rather what they “think” they look like. Let me specify, a grown woman should not look like she went shopping in her six year old daughter’s closet.
My mom has always made it clear to me that I am not to show too much of anything. She was adamant about teaching me self-respect, because if you don’t respect yourself then how do you expect anyone else to?
It’s just like opening a present at Christmas. If it is wrapped up tight with just enough showing to keep you interested then the excitement builds, but if you can clearly see what in on the inside then by the time you are presented with that gift it is old news. This is exactly the reason I wonder why girls allow themselves to be put on full display. Why not dress classy and not trashy? There are a million ways to look sexy without showing too much.
Women are beautiful creatures that deserve to be respected and admired, but we rob ourselves of that power when we choose to wear “unflattering” clothing. You do not have to be model thin to dress sexy. As I said women are beautiful in every form, but it is how we present ourselves that truly portrays how deep that beauty stems. I was looking at summer shorts in one of my favorite department stores and I could not believe how skimpy they were. I have seen underwear that covers more than those things. With the amount of sexual predators in this crazy world just waiting to ogle an innocent child, why choose to dress them in revealing clothing?
I have finally reached a point in my life where I realize my body is no where near as youthful as it used to be. It took a little bit of convincing because denial is a powerful deterrent, but I have chosen to accept the inevitable. My closet contains very few shorts. I hate wearing shorts or a swimsuit. I would be perfectly happy going to the pool in a t-shirt and shorts. But with age comes a little wisdom, I guess. Instead of the shorts I have decided to stick to skirts. Skirts are lovely little garments that are not only stylish, but very good at concealing those lingering side effects of carrying four children.
Nothing irritates me more than for a girl walk around as if her underwear were part of her outward clothing for the day. Who told girls that wearing a pair of thong underwear halfway up their backs while their shorts hung around their hips was attractive? Guess that gives new meaning to the old truth of making sure you had on clean underwear.
What happened to modesty? I’m not saying we should walk around covered from head to toe. God would not have made women so beautiful if He did not want us to be appreciated for our appearance. But He also expects us to be respectful of our bodies. I get so tickled listening to my granny’s comments about modern day fashions. She has reached the age where she can pretty much say whatever she thinks and really doesn’t care who may get offended by it. The truth is the truth.
A good friend of mine laughed as she recalled taking her mother across a busy college campus one summer day. After taking one look at some of the skimpy fashions she exclaimed, “Well look at that, she’s showing Christmas and the cake ain’t done yet.” You can make your own interpretation of that one.
As a woman it is uplifting to wear a pretty new dress, or slip on an outfit less cumbersome than winter wear, but there are certain limits that should be followed. True beauty comes from within and no clothing or lack there of, can change that. I am all for shaking what your momma gave you, but just make sure that it is covered. Allow those fellas to wonder instead of giving free peep shows.
Have a great week everyone and enjoy this beautiful weather! “Bless the Lord, O my soul. O Lord my God, thou art very great; thou art clothed with honour and majesty.” Psalm 104:1