Thursday, August 18, 2005

Short Review of Dressing With Dignity

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This little book, while written from a decidedly Catholic perspective, is informative, helpful, and inspiring. Colleen takes us through the history of fashions and the motives behind changes in some fashions. She challenges us to discover true femininity (not all ribbons and curls!) and to dress for respect towards God, others, and ourselves. Mrs. Hammond also give some very practical guidelines in helping us to purchase appropriate clothing.

One such clever hint is the following "Heads, shoulders, knees, and toes" test.

1. Put your hands on your head. Does the skin around your waist show (stomach or back)?
2. Put your hands on your shoulders. Are your shoulders still covered? Check your neckline, too, and make sure it isn't too low.
3. Bend over and put your hands on your knees. Does your dress or shirt hang open and away from your body? Does your clothing cover your knees? If so, then you probably don't have to worry about showing something you don't want to.
4. Bend down and touch your toes. Does your back show?

There are many other practical guidelines and tips in this little book that are well worth the modest price of the book. You can find the book through Keep in mind, however, that this is written from a Catholic point of view.

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