|(All photos are included to give you an idea of how I dress on a day-to-day basis)|
The people around me have sometimes tried to supply answers or give reasons for why I wear skirts.
"They must be... comfortable?"
"I'm pretty sure you're Amish."
"I told him to go get a girlfriend and then he'd understand why girls do things."
"You must be very religious."
All of these statements I have heard at one time or another. The truth is that none of them are entirely accurate. People often get confused ideas about why I choose to wear skirts over pants, or why I choose to dress modestly at all. I hope that with this, I can make it a little more clear.
Now, I realize that my choices in life are not for everyone. So if you believe differently than I do about this issue, that's totally fine, and I would love to hear about your perspective. My hope is that in sharing what God is doing in my life, I can encourage you and perhaps inspire a few people to consider if God might be calling them to a similar path.
My first reason for wearing skirts is simply that it is something God has called me to do. He put it on my heart to work at being intentionally modest and feminine in my dress. Besides being modest, skirts also can work as a witnessing tool. Although the people around you may not say anything, they do notice. I have had both guys and girls ask me why I dress the way I do, and I am able to share what God is doing in my life. Even some of the more ridiculous comments above led to conversations where I could help them understand the "why" in what I do. In John 15:19, it says, "You are not of the world, but I chose you out of the world." By wearing skirts, I can show that I am different from the world. For me, it is a way of saying, "God has done a big change inside of me, so I am going to show that through a big change outside of me."
" A woman shall not wear a man's garment, nor shall a man put on a woman's cloak, for whoever does such things is an abomination to the Lord your God."
In this time period, both men and women wore tunics, so I don't think it specifically relates to the skirts vs. pants issue. However, I do agree with Nicole from Children are a Blessing that the verse does show that "God likes a distinction between male and female clothes." While I have seen many girls wear outfits with pants that were distinctly feminine as well, I believe that, in general, wearing skirts makes it easier to achieve that goal.
|Pumpkin Patch Outfit|
There are times, it is true, when pants would be more modest. For example, when riding roller coasters, playing in the snow, or going horseback riding. In those situations, though, I would probably try to make sure I had a long shirt of some sort such as the type referenced here.
For myself, I find skirts much more comfortable. I can throw on a maxi dress with a sweater and look classy, when secretly, I am wearing it just for how comfortable the knit fabric is. Interestingly, I have also found that if I wear pants, I tend to feel subconscious about how I look and mentally compare myself to other girls. Just a thought.
(I am working on getting a picture of my swim dress, but taking photos in 40° fog does not sound fun to me :)
So in closing, yes, skirts are comfortable, but that is not the primary reason I wear them.
No, I am not Amish, and I probably wouldn't be wearing a bright blue floral skirt and lifeguarding if I were.
Will getting a girlfriend help a guy understand every facet of the female mind? Most likely not. (Feel free to see my previous post for more on this subject.)
Am I "very religious"? That could be an entire blog post in and of itself. But, yes, I dress the way I do so that, "in everything I do, whether in word or in deed, I do it all for the glory of God."
Here are two other great resources!
Why I Wear Skirts All the Time