One way that I've had to be very creative is my clothing. In my mid-teens, God really convicted me about the way I was dressing. So, after going through all of my clothing with my Dad and letting him throw out whatever he didn't deem to be modest (boy, that was hard and I lost a lot of my wardrobe), I set out on a new path. I knew I loved being stylish... or at least looking nice. And I also knew that a lot of the "in" styles weren't modest at all. So, what's a girl to do??? I could have worn a potato sack... that certainly would have been modest.
But I knew that wasn't what God would want me to do. Was that the message I wanted to send to every person I met? "If you want to be modest and honor God, you have to look plain, baggy, and downright unattractive!" Ummm... NO! So, I knew there was only one other option: GET CREATIVE!
Layering has saved my life! Having undershirts of lots of different colors has been such a help when putting together outfits! Going to thrift stores... altering shirts that didn't fit right but were too awesome to not buy! Please take note: I'm no seamstress! If I can alter shirts, so can you!!!
I've also had fun with the "extras". Shoes (I don't like wearing extremely high-heeled shoes... mostly because they really aren't good on your feet! Also, only a couple inches of heel easily make me six feet tall... so, I'm tall enough without the extra!), jewelry (I started with making it for myself in the colors I likes and it has blossomed into actual jewelry design and selling my creations!), having fun with hairstyles (you can actually do quite a bit with long hair), belts, and scarves... you name it!
One thing I tried recently while I was at Goodwill shopping was browse the dress section. Now, I rarely do that since I much prefer wearing a skirt instead of a full-length dress usually. But, this time I was on a mission. And, guess what? I was victorious!!! I found a very pretty dress that fell a little above my knees. It was too big, but the alterations were VERY easy and all I had to do was loosely tie the little sash around my waist, pull on a pair of jeans underneath, find some jewelry to match, and VOILA!
I wore this to church on a Wednesday night and the highlight for this outfit was when one of the older ladies at my church looked at me with a smile on her face.
"Most girls would think that's a dress, wouldn't they, Rachel? But you know better! It's a shirt!"
Yes, you can turn shorter dresses into very pretty, flowy, feminine blouses!!! And for me, being a tall girl struggling to make the normal length of shirts work modestly, that is the best news I've heard in a long time!!!
Do you try to be creative with your styles??? If so, how?