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The Challenge – Wrap Up

Seven Days in a Dress… Time to reflect on the journey!

Here’s the links to the history, so you can read any of the previous installments:
Take the Challenge! (Introduction)
Day 1 (Sunday “Go To Meetin’ Clothes”)
Day 2 (Shoe Musings)
Day 3 (Family Photos)
Day 4 (Work Day)
Day 5
Day 6
Day 7

For starters, I’m going to step through the excellent questions that are posted at the Challenge’s home, Feelin’ Feminine. These are not as exciting or thought-provoking for me as they might be for someone doing the Challenge from a standpoint of not being accustomed to wearing skirts all the time…

  • How was the experience for you?
  • I was challenged by the suddenly chilly weather, which we were not entirely prepared for. It forced me to find a way to get through the situation, while maintaining my commitment to modest, feminine dress.

  • Did wearing skirts rather than pants affect:
  • The way you felt about yourself?
  • This week did not change that, as I have been full-time in skirts for quite a while. But it definitely does remind me always that I am a woman, and gloriously different from a man!

  • The way you acted?
  • It does change the way I act somewhat, as it reminds me of my femininity. It serves as a nudge that I do not need to put on a show of feminist virtues… I graciously allow men to open doors for me, assist me with packages, and open stuck jars. It’s God plan, and it’s wonderful!

  • The way you carried yourself?
  • This, too, changes when I think of myself as a feminine lady in a flowing (even if not so much!) skirt, rather than just potentially trudging around in pants.

  • Were you able to go about everyday activity as freely as pants?
  • I have found absolutely no occasion where my activities were limited by my skirt as opposed to pants. I see this as a totally fabricated excuse/issue.

    Jewel rides her spring horse, jumps on the trampoline, rides a bicycle, and climbs jungle-gyms.

    Our fore-mothers did far more strenuous work than most of us will ever be asked to do – keeping a homestead without any modern conveniences, taming the wilderness of the frontier, and on and on…

  • How did people respond?
  • I have made an interesting observation about this.

    Before I was saved, before marriage and children, I dressed in a typical worldly “attractive” fashion. I enjoyed the attention that I received from men, and the fact that I always got good service, doors were held open for me, etc.

    When I was a frazzled new mom, I did not take as good care of myself as I should. And when I was newly saved, I began to understand the basic principles of modesty. The result was something entirely, let’s face it, frumpy. There was a season of my life when no man looked twice at me, and I opened all my own doors.

    But when I truly began to try to understand God’s design for femininity, things shifted yet again. I am still overweight, and I still do not dress in a sensually “attractive” manner. But I do dress in a distinctly feminine manner, and in a humble manner (head covering, etc.). And do you know what? I am again accorded respect from men. Young men at the oil change place are eager to help me, and people regularly do me such courtesies as opening doors.

    Like “magic,” I have obtained the same results as the earlier “sexy” dressing – while maintaining my dignity and honoring the Lord!

  • After the challenge do you desire to keep wearing skirts more regularly, or were you desperate to wear pants again?
  • There is no question that “skirts only” is the rule, for me and my house.

What about you?

I hope you’ll think about these questions, and any other observations you may have made during your Seven Days in a Dress. If you’d care to share, it would help us all on our journey to be able to share our wisdom with one another…

Please use the linky to share a link to your blog post (or even a public photo, or an album).

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The Challenge – Day 7

Join us on the journey – Seven Days in a Dress.

Here’s the links to the history, so you can read any of the previous installments:
Take the Challenge! (Introduction)
Day 1 (Sunday “Go To Meetin’ Clothes”)
Day 2 (Shoe Musings)
Day 3 (Family Photos)
Day 4 (Work Day)
Day 5
Day 6

Today is thus actually the eighth of nine postings for our seven days. The Introduction preceded it, and we will follow up tomorrow with the review and reflection…

As I mentioned, I am photographing the outfits one day ahead, for ease of posting – so this is actually Saturday’s outfits. I am also preparing this post Saturday, as we will of course be celebrating Sabbath tomorrow. Nick will be singing with the Youth Choir, so it should be any extra joy-filled service!

Tiffany is wearing a cotton print jumper (which is really, really NOT winter attire!) with a coordinating light blue long sleeved blouse. White head covering, socks, and Keds-like shoes complete the outfit.

Jewel is wearing a fun new (to us) winter jumper, with a white long-sleeved shirt, woolly tights, and black boots. She has colorful rubber bands in her ponytail, and a bright red headband.

Enjoy your Sabbath in a skirt… You are honoring the femininity with which the Lord blessed you!

Please use the linky to share a link to your blog post, a public photo, or an album – along with a thumbnail photo. We can all use some support and inspiration along the way!

The Challenge – Day 6

Seven Days in a Dress. It’s never too late to begin your own Challenge!

Click to read any of the previous installments you may have missed:
Take the Challenge! (Introduction)
Day 1 (Sunday “Go To Meetin’ Clothes”)
Day 2 (Shoe Musings)
Day 3 (Family Photos)
Day 4 (Work Day)
Day 5

Today’s photo shows us – in profile! The bright sun was tormenting us, so we told it to “talk to the back”!

Tiffany is wearing a denim skirt (note that this is not the same as the denim jumper!), a navy/green/brown/cream striped sweater, a navy head covering, and brown socks and shoes.

Jewel also has on a denim skirt. She’s wearing a brown long-sleeved t-shirt under a pink sweater, with pink tights and brown boots. The pink knit cap is a popular item lately, too – she also has gloves! I’m sorry you can’t see the tights or the shirt layering in the photo… It’s really very cute!

Okay, hold on…

Well, at least you can see the tights!

So, how are you feeling? We’ve come most of the way through a week already… Was it harder or easier than you thought?

Please join our fellowship! Use the linky to share a link to your blog post, a public photo, or an album – along with a thumbnail photo.

The Challenge – Day 5

Seven Days in a Dress. It’s never too late to begin your own Challenge!

Click to read any of the previous installments you may have missed:
Take the Challenge! (Introduction)
Day 1 (Sunday “Go To Meetin’ Clothes”)
Day 2 (Shoe Musings)
Day 3 (Family Photos)
Day 4 (Work Day)

It was chilly, I tell ya! But bright sun causing squints, sorry…

Jewel wears sporty pigtails with her blue skirt, and a black long-sleeved t-shirt under a colorful fleecy pullover. Black tight and her black dressy shoes round out the ensemble. We typically save these shoes for dressy occasions, but Jewel wanted to match with the tights and look good for 4H, so we went with it.

Tiffany has on a black/grey/white striped “cargo” skirt – not my favorite, but good for variety. I found a black tank top to wear under this black sweater, the very one I wasn’t able to wear last Sunday because I felt the weave was too loose to be modest. The accessories are a white head covering, black tights, and my white “Keds” sneakers (these are pretty beat up, and I’m trying to decide if they are a good thing or not worth replacing).

So, how are you feeling? We’ve come most of the way through a week already… Was it harder or easier than you thought?

Please join our fellowship! Use the linky to share a link to your blog post, a public photo, or an album – along with a thumbnail photo.

The Challenge: Day 4

Seven Days in a Dress. It’s never too late to begin your own Challenge!

Click to read any of the previous installments you may have missed:
Take the Challenge! (Introduction)
Day 1 (Sunday “Go To Meetin’ Clothes”)
Day 2 (Shoe Musings)
Day 3 (Family Photos)

Today is another work-around-the-house day, so not a fashion spectacular. I hope some of you young ladies with prettier clothes will post your photos for all of us to enjoy!

The denim jumper makes an encore appearance! Tiffany is wearing it with a navy blue and grey shirt, a navy head covering, navy blue knee socks (“Look, Ma! I got some cute winter socks!”), and – here they are – the sneakers. Hey, they have blue on them, so they match, right??

Jewel is wearing a lovely black and white herringbone dress, with black tights, and her crazy pink tennis-shoe-boots (she’s five, so we accept these things). She especially wanted to show off the hairstyle she did for herself today: a ponytail with additional rubber-band decorations down the length.

Not having appropriate winter clothing has made this challenge actually a challenge for me. Someone with more disposable income might choose to go buy a few items to add to their wardrobe and more easily overcome such obstacles.

But I guess what I want to say to any of you who are facing obstacles in your journey is this – if you wait to begin your trip until all the traffic lights between you and your destination are green, you’ll never leave your driveway. Just take that first step, in faith…

Come share the journey, and support our Sisters – Iron sharpens iron! Using the link tool below, you can share the link to your blog post, or to a public photo or album – hopefully this version will allow a thumbnail of one of your photos to be displayed, as well.

The Challenge: Day 3 and Family Photos

Seven Days in a Dress – are you joining us on this journey?

Click to read through if you’ve missed any of the previous installments:
Take the Challenge! (Introduction)
Day 1 (Sunday “Go To Meetin’ Clothes”)
Day 2 (Shoe Musings)

Today’s photos are slightly different (hopefully better)… We just had our family portraits done for this year, and I am sharing them instead of trying to take our own duplicate picture of the outfits. Thanks to the miracle of digital photography, there’s not a delay of weeks while we wait for developing and printing them!

We wanted to have Wolf and Nick in their uniforms (Wolf from the Air Force Reserves, Nick from Civil Air Patrol), so we thought it would be fun for the kids and I to wear “knock-off” clothes made from the Air Force’s ABU camouflage pattern.

Tiffany is wearing a custom-made nursing jumper, with a coordinating tan blouse. White peds and brown Sanitas on the bottom, a camo bandanna as a head-covering over a ponytail on top. (Boy, my legs were cold! But I didn’t have any tights or warm socks that matched.)

Jewel is wearing a jumper I made, with a tan blouse (same fabric as mine). She has on her favorite boots, and a camo headband (with ponytail). In a couple of the shots she also has on the hat that is actually part of R.T.’s outfit.

I got a great comment on my Facebook wall yesterday –

‎2 days in skirt & hose, lovin the compliments

Hooray!

So, how is your Challenge going? Are you noticing a difference in the way you feel? In the way people react to you?

Using the “Linky” below, you can share the link to your blog post, or to a public photo or album. Let’s share the journey, and support our Sisters!

The Challenge: Day 2

Seven Days in a Dress – are you joining us on this journey?

Click to read through if you’ve missed any of the previous installments:
Take the Challenge! (Introduction)
Day 1 (Sunday “Go To Meetin’ Clothes”)

So, here is the photo we took of our outfits yesterday:

Miss Jewel is wearing a very cute red dress, with black tights and her very-favorite-shoes-in-the-whole-world boots. Her hair is in a simple ponytail. Yes, the dress is actually too short by our standards. It was given to us as a hand-me-down, and since she liked it so much, and it was at least close, I told her she could wear it once before we re-gifted it.

Tiffany is wearing a denim jumper with a gray polo shirt, black textured tights, and the black Sanitas shoes again. A grey plaid flannel shirt is standing in for a jacket. Ponytail and white headcovering round out the ensemble. (Gotta say it again: I adore my Nursing Jumpers and Hanging Veils from Katie’s Mercantile!)

Let’s talk about shoes for a minute, since it’s probably already obvious to you that my shoe wardrobe is limited.

There are a number of factors at play:

  • When I began dressing more modestly, I got rid of a large portion of my shoe wardrobe along with clothes. Tough financial times, and other priorities, have kept extra shoes low on the priority list.
  • I have hard-to-fit-feet. Being tall, and not a tiny person, shoes that fit are hard to come by. Even if I just want a pair of cheapies, Payless or similar stores have very limited options in larger sizes.
  • I’m a homemaker, and the mother of small children. Ideally, this would not mean that one is frumpy, but it does make it more important that shoes are comfortable for the days’ activities, and less important that one’s shoes are “cute.”
  • Weak ankles. Boy, that sounds like a cliche, eh? Seriously, though, I have badly sprained both ankles in the last few years, the left one twice. I’m nervous about my footing, especially if I may have to walk on slippery surfaces or uneven ground (which is always likely with little kids!). Frankly, most of the time I wear sneakers, and my church shoes are a black pair and a brown pair of the Sanitas.

Now, even with all that said, I am not entirely content with the state of affairs.

For one thing, I think my husband would enjoy the way I look more if I had some more interesting footwear – at least from time to time.

As part of my commitment to try and add a bit more variety to my wardrobe, beginning with this Challenge, I am also going to work on getting another pair or two of shoes into the rotation… But it may take a little longer to implement.

Please take a moment to share your journey with us!

Using the “Linky” below, you can share the link to your blog post, if you are blogging about your journey. If you don’t blog, you can leave a link to a public photo or album (this can be done on Facebook, Flicker, Photobucket, and many other free sites!).

The Challenge: Welcome and Day 1

Seven Days in a Dress – are you ready to join us on this journey?

To read my introduction and guidelines, head back a few posts, or just click for the Take the Challenge! post.

As you probably know, we already wear skirts full-time, so that part of it is not as much of a “challenge” for us. We are excited to host this event, though, since this is a cause we feel so strongly about. I am also making a bit of a personal challenge to add a little more variety and pizazz to my wardrobe this week (when you see how bland it still is, you’ll laugh at the idea that this is more variety!).

Since I wanted to post my post each day while I typically have a moment – first thing in the morning… and since Jewel, the lighting, and I are not typically all ready to photograph until later in the day… I decided to do my photos a day ahead. In other words, I took a picture of us yesterday, which will appear today. This afternoon I will document today’s outfits, but that will actually appear in tomorrow’s post.

So here are Jewel and I in our “Sunday Go To Meetin’” clothes:

I’m sorry for the poor exposure. I didn’t look at the picture until after we were all changed into our pajamas! Lesson learned…

Miss Jewel is wearing a lovely long-sleeved dress with a green velveteen bodice and a creme skirt with layers of tulle over a solid lining. She completes the outfit with white tights and shoes. Her hair, hiding in this photo, is in a bun, with a flounce of creme ribbons nicely matching her skirt.

Tiffany is wearing a black skirt with a red and white rose print and a long-sleeved black mock-turtleneck (extra warm because it’s a nursing top, so two layers!). A cotton slip/petticoat, black tights, black Santia shoes, a coordinating watch, and a black lace covering veil over a bun complete the outfit.

Honestly, we were caught off-guard Sunday morning by the cold. Having lived the past three years in South Florida, I was fortunate to be able to find a warm top, and some extra layers for the bottom.

It’s still cold today – maybe it’s actually winter? – so we’ll see what else I can find!

Are you joining us? If you’re blogging about your Challenge, please share your link so that we can all enjoy each others’ adventures, and learn from one another – iron sharpens iron!

You may use the Linky whether you’re “on time” with our week in December, or joining us later… Just post your entry here whenever you have your “Day 1″!

I look forward to reading your entries, and seeing you back here tomorrow!

Take the Challenge!

If you’ve been reading a while, you’ve probably already heard about from Feelin’ Feminine: Seven Days in a Dress.

As For My House will be hosting the December 2010 edition of The Challenge, beginning next Monday, December 6th. Jewel and I are proud to be your guides for this exciting adventure!

The idea is to wear only skirts/dresses every day for a week. You can mix-and-match outfits, accessorize, and have fun styling your hair.

We hope you will also take a picture of your outfit each day, post it on your blog, and share with the other participants. I will include a “Linky” share with each of my daily posts.

Of course there are no “rules”, as each person is on her own journey, but to honor the spirit of the challenge, and the integrity of readers of both genders, we ask that all outfits posted be a skirt that reaches at least to the knee, and a modest top (nothing sleeveless or with plunging necklines, etc.).

Even if you don’t have a blog, or don’t want to share (or even choose to share just once or twice during the week!), I hope you will take up the challenge. Give it a try, and see just how much – or how little – your attire impacts your life, in a variety of different arenas.

At the end of the week, you may wish to refer to (and perhaps even post and share your answers to!) Feelin’ Feminine’s list of questions for reflection:

  • How was the experience for you?
  • Any particular stories?
  • Did wearing skirts rather than pants affect the way you felt?
  • The way you felt about yourself?
  • The way you acted?
  • The way you carried yourself?
  • Were you able to go about everyday activity as freely as pants?
  • How did people respond?
  • After the challenge do you desire to keep wearing skirts more regularly, or were you desperate to wear pants again?

To honor everyone’s Sabbath, we will have the post-intensive beginning and end of The Challenge on Mondays. Since we have readers in both camps, and this is definitely My Father’s Business, I will continue to post our outfits and a Linky on both Saturday and Sunday next week.

So, how about it? Will you join us? See what it’s like, and how it feels and works for you?

What have you got to lose?

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