Wednesday, August 17, 2005

Does Shopping for Clothes Leave You a Little Depressed?

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Shopping for clothes leaves my teenaged daughter very depressed because while a lot of clothes may be "cute", most of them are inappropriate and immodest. I don't want the world to know quite that much about my daughter, and, while I hate the idea of enforcing very rigid rules of dress, I find that guidelines are very necessary. The real problem for us seems to be finding items that fall within those guidelines and do not look frumpy or matronly. If we do find items that fit the descriptions of modest and cute, it doesn't fit the body or the budget. Oy!

Will we give in to today's slut-wear just because it is difficult to find clothes deemed acceptable by modest standards? Heaven forbid! If women desiring to be virtuous stoop to that level, to what level will the world (or young girls watching our example) stoop? Someone has to stand in the gap. Someone has to be the keeper of the gate. Will it be you?


Donna said...

Calla, I have a 13-year-old daughter and we have also struggled in the past to find appropriate clothes. She attends a Christian school with strict standards, so school shopping last year wasn't that fun. This year clothes shopping went a lot easier because of below-the-knee skirts and jackets being back "in". We got several nice skirts and fitted jackets at Target, and a few colored summer t-shirts (on sale cheap!). With just a few items Lizzy can create several different outfits. Oh, and we have also found some great items at thrift stores. Keep looking, decent stuff is out there! Blessings.

Calla Lilly said...

Thanks for the tip! We were back in the trenches today and did have some success. I also purchased some white eyelet and black eyelet to make inserts for T-shirts that are too low cut. Too often the camisoles that we find are low cut, so I had to resort to creativity. :)

Donna said...

Calla, glad you were able to find some items. The inserts are a good idea. I hadn't thought of that, but then I'm not that creative.

Rosesandtea said...

Eyelet! What a great idea for those v-neck T shirts I didn't realize would be so low on me (mail order).

I'm hoping that the more modest fashions you all are seeing in the US will be found over here too this year. I am so tired of finding nothing for my daughter except for the rows and rows of "jr street-walker" attire that I won't buy.