Thursday, April 12, 2012

Transitioning to Wearing Skirts Exclusively - Q&A

I have received numerous questions from women asking for more specifics on transitioning gracefully in to wearing dresses or skirts exclusively.  Questions like,
"What if our church is just casual?"
"How do I explain to others why I've chosen to wear skirts exclusively?"
"How do I start a new wardrobe, specifically?"


I'll share with you what I have learned on these subjects.  *smile*  It's really simple once you've thought it through, and I would encourage you not to worry too much about the whole thing.  But I did ask these very same questions myself just before we made a decision to wear dresses & skirts exclusively ourselves about 3 1/2 years ago.  Hopefully I will be able to put your mind and heart at ease, and encourage you to just begin your new journey the Lord is calling you to with joy.  *smile*


Question 1:  "What if our church is casual?"

You can still fit in easily whether it's casual or dressy.  *smile*  Wearing dresses or skirts does not have to mean wearing rayon fabric, nylons, and pumps all of the time.  I would personally freeze 10 months out of the year here in Washington.  And I would be very uncomfortable trying to hold babies or toddlers so much while standing on high heals all morning on Sundays.  You can dress modestly and still be comfortable, and feel like you fit in.  There is a huge variety of skirts and dresses out there to really fit any style preference.  The main thing is that the skirt is longer than your knees.  The point of skirt wearing is to hide the crotch area (for more on this see my post Modest Dress:  The Heart of the Issue Surrounding Clothing, Sexuality & Biblical Femininity, and the book, Dressing With Dignity, by Colleen Hammond).  

One of the several considerations for skirt wearing is to make an effort to protect men's eyes and minds by not exposing them to sexual temptation in their thoughts.  Men are prone to think and feel this way through what they see, so we should gracefully cover up the crotch area to make life easier for them.  But it's a little more than that.  When women wear short skirts, studies show that mens' eyes still tend to follow the natural lines in a woman's legs up to the ending point.  Still drawing his mind towards lustful thoughts.  So longer skirts are important.  However the style you choose is not as important.

If your church is casual, then you could choose a casual style of dress or skirt to wear on Sundays.  Denim if you desired.  Blue denim, beige cotton in Old Navy, Gap, or Eddie Bauer (Outlet) style is what I personally like for a casual look.  Or you could wear a tiered, ruffled style with a heavier or medium (non-rayon-type) fabric, which can still be pretty casual.  Or a strait skirt if that's more "you".  You can wear sweaters, tee shirts, button down shirts; more jewelry or less; more make up or less; dressier flats or heals...dress up or down your attire.  There's a whole continuum out there from casual to very dressy for church-goers, and you can fit your wardrobe to any style of longer dresses and skirts that you would like.  Many, if not most, women have a skirt or dress or two in their closet; you don't necessarily stick out just because you're wearing one one day.  I bet no one would even really notice that you were wearing skirts exclusively until they started seeing you in your every-day, away-from-church clothes more frequently and discover that you're still in skirts, although casually, and they may ask you why.

But don't be afraid.  *smile*  Just have an answer prepared.  If you understand yourself why you wear skirts exclusively, you should be able to give an answer. 


Question 2:  "How do I explain to others why I've chosen to dress differently?"

I encourage you to remember that your decisions to grow in faith and take steps towards that do not effect others life style or choices - unless they choose for it to effect them.  Each person is responsible to the Lord for their own choices.  Everyone walks their own "walk" of faith.  God does not call everyone to the same things simultaneously.  So you really don't need to be concerned with telling anyone else what they should be doing; you simply share what you are doing.

Ten years ago I wasn't even trying to understand why some people would wear dresses exclusively.  Four years ago I was not considering wearing skirts exclusively myself - but I did wonder why so many wonderful Christian families we saw around made this choice, and  for the life of me I couldn't figure it out by just observing people.  Three years ago some close friends of ours made this transition in their choice of attire, and I finally had the opportunity to ask all my questions with someone I could speak frankly with and receive practical information from.  She didn't feel threatened or defensive, she simply gave me answers, and with a smile.

First she recommended an awesome book called, Dressing With Dignity, by Colleen Hammond (written from a Catholic perspective, which we personally do not endorse, but there is nothing that I recall specific to Catholicism in this book outside of a couple quotes from the Pope).  This book gives a very clear explanation as to why wearing skirts and dresses is so important.  After reading it, Bob and I totally understood.  And many other friends of ours have had the same conviction once understanding the scripture behind dressing modestly, the information about why society dresses the way it does today, how advertising uses that to it's advantage in the marketing world, how men are effected by modest and immodest dress, and what that means for our daughters.

So when someone asks you why you are wearing only dresses now, you could say something like,
"Because the Lord has been teaching me about dressing modestly."
That may be enough information for them, seeing where the conversation is going, and they may move on to another subject.  *smile*  Totally fine.  If they ask for more information by saying something like, 
"How is wearing dresses more modest than wearing jeans?"
Then you'd have an open door to explain a little more.  You may say something like,
"I wondered the same thing!  So I asked the Lord to teach me, and He did.  *smile*  I was introduced to this great book called Dressing With Dignity which explains how being able to see the crotch area of a woman's body effects men, causing them to struggle with lustful thoughts."
If they ask for more information, by all means share it!  You never know when someone is really searching for this information - just like I was.  I would just encourage you to keep your own communication in the first person.  Speak in "I messages".  Such as, "This is what the Lord is teaching me..."  Or, "This is what I've been learning."  Not to say, "This is what scripture means to me...", because scripture does not have multiple meanings for different people.  Truth, scripture, is meant for all people, in all places, at all times in history or present.  It has one intended meaning.  But the person you're speaking to may not be ready to make the same decisions that you are.  The Lord will prompt people toward what He desires for them in His perfect timing.  We do not need to judge anyone else's decisions, or judge where they are in life - we are only called to be a good witness, and to share with them God's Word on the subject.  That's all.  The rest is between them and the Lord.


Question 3:  "How do I start a new wardrobe, specifically?"

First, I would encourage you to pray about it.  Ask the Lord, who loves you and understands you, to show you how to find the style of clothes He desires for you.  I've been pleasantly surprised so many times when the Lord brings things in to my life that are just what I like; just my style.  *smile*  That skirt that just makes me say, "Oh!  I love that!  It's so 'me'!"  Or that shirt, or coat, or shoes, or warm under clothes, or hair styles to match...Items that are pretty, attractive to your eye, and within the budget.  The Lord delights in blessing you!  And He desires to honor your decision to honor Him.  *smile*

Then I encourage you to shop used clothing stores so as to not break the bank building your new look - and to avoid striking fear in to the heart of your husband when you tell him that you're seeking a new look.  *laugh*  I've recently written a detailed post on Becoming a Master Used-Clothing Shopper, where I explain how I shop, when I shop, what I look for, how someone could find their new style, gradually accumulating a very full wardrobe, and how to do it very inexpensively.  I hope you find that information encouraging and empowering.

Some basic starting points.  First look for some staple items for your wardrobe.  Such as a denim skirt or two, and/or a beige skirt.  These will initially probably go with many of the shirts or sweaters you already have, so you'll have some outfits right off.  Later you can look for more fun or unique items if you like.

Also look for some casual shoes that look nice with a skirt to wear that are probably more dainty and feminine than you've worn with jeans up until now.  I wouldn't wear my running shoes with skirts for an every day look, but I love to wear a Merry Jane style of tennis shoe.  This has less bulk to it, a lower toe line, and either a strap across the top of one's foot or a short section of laces.  It looks not necessarily dressier, but like it would better compliment a dress or skirt.  More feminine & petite than some shoes.  Here are some of my fall/spring/summer Merry Jane style shoes.  *smile*


You don't have to have "my look" of course, I'm just giving you an example of what can go with skirts.  And there are all colors and styles of Merry Jane style shoes out there.  You can find leather, canvas, black or white or pink, tiger striped, polka dots, or plain.  Or you may prefer a sandal, or some flats.  But I would start with your "every day" look first, as that is what you wear primarily, and then shop for a dressier look for church (if that's what you desire).

If you desire more information on all kinds of aspects of "skirt wearing", such as how to wear your hair, or how to be sure you're warm enough, or what types of things even go together with skirts and dresses, here are some posts I've collected from a couple of blogs I like and have linked to to help you.  *smile*  One post is called, "She Wears Skirts" - More on the Who, What, Where, When, Why and How of Dressing Modestly; or there is the, "31 Days of Femininity Series".

It did take me about a year to acquire a new basic wardrobe for dresses and skirts, shopping at used clothing stores.  Of course this did also include pregnancy time for me, which meant shopping for maternity clothes, too, which is very doable as well.  And then probably another year before I had a nice, full wardrobe that I was really happy with, for all seasons of the year here in Washington.  But it was very affordable by shopping used.  And, by shopping used I was exposed to a whole wide variety of styles that would have taken me forever to see by going to all kinds of stores personally!  It does take patience shopping used clothing stores, but my husband is so thrilled with my wardrobe and with the amount of money I spent to acquire it ($6-$12 at a time on average), and so are our daughters enjoying wearing skirts exclusively.


I hope you've been encouraged to see the simplicity, and non-scary truth about making a transition like wearing skirts or dresses exclusively.  It's really a matter of catching a vision; gaining understanding and ideas yourself, so that you can explain to others if or when it's appropriate, and so that you can be comfortable in your new wardrobe.  I am so very comfortable in dresses and skirts now I can't imagine ever going back to pants. 


May the Lord honor your decision to dress modestly,

You may also be interested in reading my posts:

Recommended book:
Dressing With Dignity, by Colleen Hammond  (written from a Catholic perspective, which we do not endorse, but there is nothing that I recall specific to Catholicism in this book outside of a couple quotes from the Pope).

44 comments:

  1. Thank you so much for this post. I know you don't have experience with this exactly, but I'd love to know your thoughts...is it possible for girls to be skirts-only in public schools? Last summer I started moving my girls into skirts, only to be derailed by PE during the school year.

    Also, at what age do you move your girls from using the jungle gym to being more "behaved" in their dresses?

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    1. Oh sure, I'd encourage you to have them wear skirts all day but request that the teacher give them a couple of minutes to change in to pants/shorts (if no one else is taking time to do this) just before PE. It's good to be graceful and not too difficult for people. Just do what you can.

      And we don't ever get to a point when we tell them the jungle gym is no longer appropriate. =) We simply make sure they always have on thin, cotton pants or shorts underneath so that they're free to have fun.

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  2. I'd like to add that The Modest Mom Blog hosts a link up every Monday that many skirt wearers link up to with great tips as well!

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    1. Thanks! I love her blog - I just don't often have time to do link-ups right now, as valuable and fun as they can be. =) But I encourage others to read those great tips!

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  3. My five year old daughter and I started wearing skirts exclusively last fall. As spring has sprung, I've been challenged with what to put underneath her dresses during the warmer weather (Kansas gets HOT!) so I've purchased a couple packs of boys' boxer brief underpants and sewn lace around the legs to make some cute little boomers for my girl. She still wears her regular panties but puts the lacy boomers over them. Seems funny to have her wearing two pairs of underpants but it provides a thinner coverup than regular shorts. I considered leaving the lace off but felt the little boxers were too short.

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    1. Lightweight cotton or poly/cotton bloomers are a great cover up for little girls. It keeps them modestly covered as they play, but aren't as heavy as some shorts. And they're cute too. :) I love seeing little girls in bloomers/pantaloons. :)

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    2. Casey - Oh, that's such a cute idea! Cool, and very inexpensive. =) Love it.

      Miss Sarah - we love bloomers, too, especially since they're cool.

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    3. Casey - I wear a USA made spandex short under all my dresses/skirts during the summer. So I get them for my little girl, too. They work out great!

      I notice that same respect and curtesy when wearing a skirt/dress also. ;) It's very refreshing!

      It's so true about the eyes being drawn to the crotch area by the lines the legs make. If you think about the artist who paints a picture and how they use lines coming to a point in a "V" shape to draw the eye to the subject of the painting, it all makes sense. :)

      It's great to talk about this and encourage women to embrace womanhood in this manner. Thanks Erika!!!

      God Bless!!!

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  4. My now 8 year old daughter and I have worn skirts/dresses exclusively for about the last 3 years or so. I have found that I am treated with more respect no matter where I go (doors being held, being called "ma'am," etc.) I have only heard a little flak from my mom, but that doesn't surprise me, lol. :-) I loved the book "Dressing with Dignity." It had a great impact on my decision. I remember fondly my grandmother, who passed away 12 years ago, who wore a dress everyday of her life. My grandfather, who has been gone 14 years now, till the day he died, tipped his hat when he saw a lady or passed in front of a church. I long to return to that time when respect was first and foremost, where modesty was the norm, etc. Thank you so much for this post! Many blessings! Lisa

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    1. Lisa - Yes, I notice a really big difference when I'm wearing a dress. Doors are always opened up, people smile, and even the most seemingly unlikely guy seems to have a natural instinct to behave a certain way when there's a lady in a dress present. Interesting. =) I hope one day our society remembers that beauty is in femininity, and starts returning to that. I was pleased to walk in to Old Navy the other day to exchange an item my mom gave me for our twins, and discovered that they're selling several "new arrivals" that are long, ankle-length, light weight skirts! Ha! Yay! =D What a refreshing fashion change!

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  5. I am newly pregnant and my jeans are already uncomfortable around the waist. To avoid buying a "gazillion" pair of maternity pants, I have switched to dresses for the summer. They are just above knee length (when I stand they brush the top of my knee, but my "crawling on the floor with my son callouses" are plainly visible...not terribly feminine, but hey, I'm a mom too.) As long as I am not sitting in a completely immodest position, like indian-style, they cover without a problem. I could not comfortably go shorter, though because I don't want to have to worry about exposing myself to anyone if I choose to get on the floor with my son. I found some cute dresses at Walmart, they are thin and shorter. So I am looking for a short full slip to provide coverage and if I buy them, I will sew a wide band of lace at the bottom to lengthen them. I was surprised to find that dresses are so much more comfortable than pants (to me, anyway). Also, I love the look of Maxi dresses, but I am afraid I will trip over them if I have to get on the floor with my son (I have done that before with some of my longer skirts). All this being said, I don't know if I will continue wearing skirts/dresses into the winter or not. I really, really, REALLY don't like to be cold. (PS. I love using parentheses when I write) :)

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    1. Jennifer, I REALLY do not like being cold, either. And this year I found the perfect solution for me and our girls! I feel so comfy it's dreamy, and warm. I wear a camisol on top that is stretchy white coton/spandex (I guess) from Wal Mart, which is tank top style so it never shows at my neck line. Keeps my torso really amazingly warm. In the winter I wear a long sleeve "Cuddle Duds" top (Target) that is so warm, yet thin and stretchy so not bulky. I also wear long "Cuddle Duds" pants (that go under my dress) which are also fitted so not bulky, and stretchy. They feel so soft it's like wearing pajamas! Or in the summer I wear a nylon pants slip (Sears) that is cool, but keeps me feeling modest when toddlers or babies are under my skirts. ;)

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    2. that is also what I like to wear, some underpants in the winter, and some slip like shorts or some cotton danskin-walmart shorts under to keep me from feeling exposed. and more comfortable as well ( I don't like my thin=ghs rubbing) Great tips ladies.

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  6. Thank you for posting this. I have been somewhat transitioning for over a year now. Only to be slightly derailed by two consecutive pregnancies in which I was given lots of maternity clothes (jeans especially) from friends and found that there really aren't a lot of maternity clothes that are 1)skirts or dresses and 2)modest. I know it may sound weird, but I was having a hard time finding things that weren't too clingy, low cut on top, or too short. It has never ceased to amaze me that pregnancy would be a time when anyone would actually want to wear revealing clothing, but I digress. So, during my pregnancy last winter, I purchased several vintage maternity sewing patterns on ebay and made do with jeans until I got enough of them sewn. However I am now 20 weeks pregnant again and face the same problem, so I am either wearing my wool and jean skirts I made last winter or making do with the jeans until I get more warm weather skirts and dresses made (I made some three winter dresses, one denim skirt, and three wool skirts last winter, so they're aren't feeling so great already where we live). We live in a very rural area that let's just say it isn't very affluent, and it's actually kind of hard to find good used clothing here. So, I was just wondering what you found to be a good and cheap clothing solution for pregnancy? I love to sew and it has worked out well for me, but a lot of people I know don't sew and I would like other options for myself as well. Thanks again! Oh, and wearing jeans at home and saving the few skirts or dresses that I had/have for outings actually helped me transition until I had enough to make it through a laundry rotation. Love in Christ! Sarah

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    1. Congratulations on the skill you've developed to sew your own clothes. =) Wonderful. Here's another site I'd recommend for long maternity skirts, www.NewCreationApparel.com. =)

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  7. Oh, your way of explaining things to people using "I've been learning", "God's been teaching me" is such an answer to questions I've had, although it seems I should've seen it myself. It's so helpful I explaining things to my daughter ( or son) when she wanders why others don't do certain things. I never wanted her to automatically say they aren't Christians but also didn't want to undermine the Truth.

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  8. I have a question...What if my husband isn't so keen on the idea?

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    1. Camie, Funny you should ask. =) I'm planning to write on that subject next week; also a popular question.

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  9. I'm totally not a dress/skirt person and can't imagine wearing them everyday. I'm not morally or religiously obligated to do so so this question is more or less out of curosity. What about full leg pants? You know the kind of pants that are light weight and flowy. It looks like a skirt, but is actually pants. They usually come to the ankle or mid calf. I'm not sure how else to describe them or what they're called. I hope you know that i'm talking about. Anyway, what do you think about those?

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    1. I personally don't care for that look and never have, so would never wear them. I suppose they're fine as long as the bottom/crotch area was drapey like a skirt, and not tight like pants. But I know people who like to wear those for exercise walking, or such.

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    2. goucho pants-I love them, for comfort, exercise or chores and whatnot.

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  10. I love wearing dresses but my body shape . . well, I just look pregnant all the time when I wear most dresses or skirts. Do you have suggestions for plus size with big bellies by chance?

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  11. Well, you could look for dresses with an "empire waist", which is higher up than a usual dresses waist. It's more like around your rib cage, which takes any emphasis off of your hips and/or tummy (I personally like these especially due to my varying sizes between pregnancies). You could also wear more skirts, which would have less of a "tent" look.

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  12. I loved your post. Here is another good article I have found on the subject. http://www.dividedbytruth.org/Evils/clothing.htm

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    1. Thank you. I disagree with this post, however. I didn't read the whole thing, just about the first half, but she spends a lot of time talking about how women are not to dress like men and vise-verse. But who is to say that pants are only for men? Or short hair is only for men? The Bible does not say that women should wear dresses specifically, it tells her to not look like a man - but she could wear pants or have short hair and still look totally feminine. The Bible does say, however, that women are to dress modestly, and highlighting the crotch area of women is not modest (according to scripture, and according to research - one good reference, book: Dressing with Dignity.) This is one of the reasons we advocate, and choose to wear skirts exclusively.

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    2. Hi Erika...found this by accident while browsing for modest swimwear. I thank you for adding another perspective on why pants are immodest even though they "technically" cover more skin than many skirts!

      As a fundamental Baptist in the heart of Silicon Valley (!), I have worn skirts exclusively for about 14 years now, and that is all my daughters (10 & 6) have ever known. I work full time in Property Management, go camping, fishing, etc. in skirts or culottes and it is simply the way we live, no "thinking" required anymore!

      I just wanted to add one thought about your comment regarding what the Bible teaches about men & women not wearing each other's clothing...God never gives a command that is impossible to fulfill. In Bible times, BOTH men and women wore long flowing robes...pants are a rather modern development. So the modesty aspect, while huge, is still only half of it. If pants were not always worn by men, then what would it mean to say "do not wear clothes that pertain to the opposite sex"?

      The answer lies in the fact that every culture in the world has very distinct "traditional" modes of dress for men vs. women. Even in countries where they both seem to wear a similar flowing styles, or where ladies appear to wear pants, the cut of the clothing is actually so distinctive that one could easily distinguish between a man and a woman just by the silhouette of the attire! It is only in modern times that even rural cultures have opted to break down that barrier with "unisex" styles. So everywhere in the world, women are faced with a choice every day of choosing either a woman's attire, or a man's...not just here in the US with regard to pants vs. skirts!

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  13. If you finish reading the article it goes into detail of your questions.

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  14. What about riding bicycles? We love riding bicycles and not sure how best to handle.

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    1. We haven't found a great answer yet. This is only our 3rd or 4th year wearing skirts, and bicycles are a seasonal activity here in the Great North West. =) So we don't come across it year-round. We've tried having the girls wear shorter-than-usual skirts, an sitting on part of their skirt to hold it up, but the 6yo still moves so much on her bike that she drags the dress all over the back tire. So far this year we've been having the girls put on jeans (they each own 1 pair, just for this reason). But I buy the jeans very roomy and loose fitting and not tight at ALL; not even fitted (I mean they fit the child, but they're not snug). That's the best I can do so far. =(

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    2. Thank you for the info. Our family is in the process of transitioning to skirts/dresses only and have been unsure what to do about bicycle riding. For safety reasons, we may have to do like you have mentioned. It may be best to have the girls and myself wear modest pants in order to accomplish this. :)

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    3. This blog: http://freshmodesty.blogspot.com/ Is one of my favorites about dressing modestly, (Erika, I think your older daughters would probably like it a lot - if they haven't found it already :)
      The reason I referenced that blog is because I remember reading one of her posts (I'm sorry I couldn't find it specifically) in which Olivia says she has done just about everything in a skirt (including working on the farm - and all that entails) So in regards to the above question about riding bikes in skirts, she would probably have a good answer (she is pretty great about responding to questions) Also her blog has fantastic tips and ideas for dressing modestly and chic.

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  15. I found your blog through Val's Blog, the more i read your posts,the more I love it...
    Blessings,Renee
    http://iamonewearethree.wordpress.com/

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  16. What about running or exercising? Thanks, I love your blog! :)

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    1. I've had some discussions with people about this in the comments sections of one or more of the "wearing skirts" posts, if you don't mind skimming those comments sections. Some people have given links for work out clothes that are modest, and even sport skirts. I've known many people to wear the skirts that are actually pants (in the comments section of this post, too, I think). I personally exercise on our elliptical trainer in the garage, so I've been wearing shorts for that and just haven't taken the time or money to find another option yet as I'm not in public, and our little sons are still so young it hasn't seemed like an issue yet. When they're older I'll pay more attention. When the kids and I go on walks I just wear a comfy skirt or dress and I'm cool and covered and fine. But that's not really hard exercise of course. Our daughters do the same things as me, even with the elliptical.

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    2. Thanks! I'll definitely go check out the other posts. I was also thinking today...what if I'm not so "hot"? Lol I don't see that any man would lust after me. (I'm about 30 pounds overweight at the moment - I have 9 blessings too lol) I may be wrong, but I just don't feel like anyone would really look at me like that. But, I am still considering wearing dresses and actually have been thinking about it and studying it for quite some time...just haven't taken the plung yet.

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  17. I love reading blogs and things that encourage me in the choice my husband and I made about 8 months ago. We chose skirts because first my husband loves them on me (that's the best reason for me)and because in a world where woman and man are dressing/acting the same I want to stick out as a woman and of course modesty is a big thing to us. I'm trying to pick up as many ideas as I can to be modest but also stylish. Thanks for your post!

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  18. We started the switch to skirts about 7 years ago. My teenager was not happy. But my little girls have never worn pants.
    The money was a big thing for us--even at thrift stores. Also, I simply could not justify getting rid of all our perfectly good "at home" clothes. So we stopped wearing pants when we left the house, but continued at home. By the time our "at home" pants wore out, we had enough skirts that were worn looking, and no longer a good choice for errand day, etc. So those became our new "at home" wear.
    Although my teen was not happy, she was prepared to go to Christian college, where there was a no pants for girls dress code=).

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  19. Beautiful family. But a horror story for Mother Nature. I wonder if you have published your mitigation plan or environmental impact report to show how the World can accommodate a 500% increase in your family size in one generation?

    If a thief is defined as one who takes without asking you are horrible thieves, taking all our resources, open space, etc without asking.

    Or do you have some plan where you kids dont eat (85% of all the fish in the oceans are gone) dont need a swer plant, cars, etc???

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    1. You should try seeking some truth about over population theories. It's all bunk. We've studied it.

      And 'without asking'? Asking whom? We asked the Creator of the universe and He gave us children. And thankfully He is in charge and will keep all things on this planet going until the end of the time He has established from the beginning of time. I have to laugh. Taking resources and open space? C'mon - it was all created for our use and enjoyment, and we are charged with being good stewards of this planet and all that is created on it.

      My husband will have lots of great facts to share with you about the resources we use vs. the added benefit they will bring to society and to YOUR social security...

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    2. Wow Christine! I am new to this blog and just read your reply to this post. I am also passionate about caring for the environment and what you would call a 'greenie', but come on, calling a larger family thieves for simply having more members in a family is ridiculous. 1 person who is environmentally irresponsible can create more waste and take more from this earth than a larger family who are environmentally conscious. As a christian i believe in being a good steward of this earth but God never sees human life as waste.

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  20. Thanks for your perspective on the "pointing to the crotch" issue. Never considered that. I was just searching for WHY women choose this. I have a few people in my life (not super close) that are choosing this and I wanted to know why. I always thought it was a femininity issue. Around here, the women that choose to wear skirts all the time, frankly, look like slobs. They usually look very unkempt and like they don't care about appearance at all. My husband is a bit horrified by this when I've asked his opinion. I couldn't understand, "Why is wearing the long skirt, with white socks pulled way up and tennis shoes more feminine than pants?" Thanks for shedding a bit of light on it.

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  21. Thank you for your blog. I am transitioning to skirts. I have prayed about this and I know this what God wants me to do. I am struggling with explaining to people why, and will I have the strength to keep it up when it's tough. But I know with prayer I can do it!!! I do have a couple questions. So what do you wear when you work out, or tough chores like gardening or outside work? Thank you!! Your family is beautiful!!

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    1. Well we work out at home, so we just wear loose-fitting/running shorts and an exercise tank top. When doing all else like cleaning toilets or gardening we wear denim skirts or stretchy, sweat-pants-material-type of skirts. =) Works great. I like loose-fitting strait skirts that are more slimming on me, but with a back slit I can still work well. Flowy skirts do get in the way more.

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  22. Thank you for the post We too love to wear skirts to hide our crotches. Our male kin seem to favor pants which can be a little tight and bulge out. How does your husband handle this ? Are there any types that are looser?

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