Hello, I have a question for the ladies/families here. Have any of you had a personal reform in dress after a conversion, reversion, or at any point in your spiritual life?
I reverted to the faith about 4 years ago, and I’ve recently decided I want to start dressing differently. I grew up in shorts and tanks and the like, and I’ve no problem with them, or pants, sleeveless shirts, etc, but ever since I was a little girl I felt that I was a lady and I wanted to dress like one, and that God wanted me to reflect the feminine ideals I held as a part of my Catholic faith. No issue, right? many women today are doing the “dresses only” thing, going for more traditional attire.
Well, I’ve always been drawn especially to old-fashioned gowns. Regency to Victorian to Edwardian, and especially to ruffled prairie dresses. In late high school, I started wearing long peasant skirts and jumpers and button up blouses and denim dresses, all of a fairly modern sense, though. But now, being away from a judgemental family, I’m feeling drawn again to show my personal sensibilities of modesty and feminine dress with the long, collared dresses I’ve always thought were so pretty. WE have a large German menonite population here, and their pretty dresses always make me more aware of my own style of dress, and my desire to follow my sense of personal dignity. I feel so joyul, feminine, and find my prayers, my religious studies and my Church attendance are much more orderly and focused when I feel like I’m dressed to reflect my beliefs.
I still feel somewhat self conscious, though. The clothes I want to wear are NOT fashionable at all; think FLDS in the nineties; wide ruffled collars, pintucks, patterns with roses and trellis flowers. I don’t want to dress in a way that suggests I’m a Menonite, or Amish, or fundamentalist mormon, bt I do find the style of clothing they wear reflects what i want to show in my Catholic devotion.
Anyway, in conclusion, what are your thoughts on Catholics following an ultra-conservative style of dress? I’ve seen sites on the PLain Catholics, but I don’t mean that simple, as I enjoy lace, patterned clothes and varied necklines. Do you think a Catholic can dress this way without being seen as a wrong religion? Do you know anyone who’s made a change to something like this?