In the News...Feminine Dress: Tight Enough and Loose Enough . . .

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Tight Enough and Loose Enough . . .

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Ever heard of Audrey Hepburn? Grace Kelly? Not so long ago they were the epitome of modest femininity. Is there an equivalent today? Britney Spears? Well, no, she doesn't exactly exemplify modesty, and neither do Madonna or Lindsay Lohan for that matter. So where are the examples and icons of modesty and loveliness in dress for young women and girls to follow today? The sad truth is that there aren't very many.

In her article, "Too Young to Be Sexy," Patricia Dalton explains that the sexual revolution of the 1960s and 70s gave a false feeling of sexual freedom to the young people of that era.

Unfortunately things haven't gotten better. The sexualized lifestyle has become pop culture and it now affects children, particularly young girls in their dress and conduct. When young women wear immodest, revealing clothing, their younger sisters follow suit. And many parents today aren't insisting that their children wear modest clothing.

What can young women do about this? First, by knowing that they set an example for younger ones, they can be careful in their choice of dress. Clothes carry a very clear message.

Clothing that is low-cut, extra tight, low riding, super short and see-through sends a specific message—lack of sexual restraint.

Look at the clothes in stores. If the above adjectives describe them perfectly, then one should probably look for a more modest alternative. Modest doesn't mean dumpy; it means classy and chic!

To paraphrase 1940s era Hollywood costume designer Edith Head, "Your clothes should be tight enough to show you're a woman and loose enough to show you're a lady" (The Washington Post, Dec. 16, 2006). A young lady of God should dress as if she were in God's presence (because she is) and not according to the dictates of this world's fashion.