The topic of dress is so fascinating to me! There are debates about what is modest, what is unacceptable, what is too masculine, etc. Feminine dress seems often to be regarded as an outdated fashion that we got to "throw off" thanks to the feminist movement, left only for the ultra-conservative, jumper-wearing crowd.
Too often we get caught up in the "pants versus dress" argument which I think is just a distraction. This article is not about that.
In a culture where grunge is in, gender lines are grossly confused, and women have finally achieved the "freedom" to dress as they please, I think a fun look at "the power of feminine dress" is in order.
What if women realized that their real power lay in what God had already given them...their femininity? What if we considered it a privilege to be a woman and we weren't afraid to show it?
A few years back I received this letter from a college professor sharing his "two cents" about the power of feminine dress.
"Here's a man's view on women and skirts.I'm a college lecturer, ok? So I'm "smart". Big deal!
Costume is powerful. It's more than just something to wear.A woman in a skirt or dress looks feminine. There's something almost mystical about that. Skirts make me stop and think. "She's a lady, not just a female clone trying to act like a man, or imitating a man.
"Oh" some women say, "pants are more practical". Sure they are. But you lose something.
"But", some women will say. "My job requires body positions that skirts interfere with."Really? Pioneer women WALKED (not rode) alongside covered wagons going out west. And they wore skirts. They had identity as women (distinct from men)
Queen Elizabeth (the first) wore gowns....not pants. She was powerful.And if skirts make your job more difficult there's a feminine alternative: Long pants sewn with wide legs....in silky fabrics and soft colors....and almost as feminine as a skirt.
Of course, if you're a woman who only cares about the masculine value of "efficiency at all costs", if you don't cherish your feminine power,as a woman; not a clone of men.....then by all means, keep wearing those pant suits." -Fred Bear
I challenge you to an experiment by which you dress femininely for a week, even at home. Pay close attention to how you feel, how your family members treat you and how strangers treat you.
I think you'll be pleasantly surprised!
God created glorious womanhood and a mysterious power--an appropriate power--for women who embrace their design.