[quote=Cupofkindness] And dresses of the 19th century are very beautiful. But we’re not in that century. The past is past.
When it comes to fashion, I’d say that the past is future! There’s only so much one can do with clothing, and the styles tend to get repeated and re-hashed. Hemlines go up, hemlines go down, etc. Looking back, when I was in high school in the late 80’s, the 1950’s were in fashion: preppy sweaters, penny loafers, etc. Then there was the return of the hippies – who, in their own day, were doing a “return to the 19th century,” with their flowered skirts, granny boots, etc. Then there was the swing dancing craze. And now we’ve seen the return of bellbottoms! :eek:
I’d say that there’s nothing wrong with wearing vintage styles, as long as they’re modest and attractive. Even if her chosen look isn’t “in” right now, who knows, maybe she’ll start a new trend. AFAIK, there’s no law saying that Catholic women have to be followers in the fashion world, or make themselves look as “average” as possible.
(The only concern I can think of with vintage clothing is that she wouldn’t want to be mistaken for a “goth.” There wouldn’t be much chance of that, though, if she’s avoiding jewellery, fancy fabrics, and elaborate or revealing styles. Not to mention the twelve coats of mascara. )
[quote=Cupofkindness]In my opinion, if you want simple clothing order outfits from a place like Lands End. Nothing is plainer or more simple.
I get the impression that the OP would prefer to sew the clothes herself, or pay a seamstress to make them. She doesn’t say why, but I can think of many good reasons: desire to support a local craftswoman; concern for human rights (most Lands End clothes are made in China); not wanting to support a retailer who profits from immodest clothes (Lands End is owned by Sears, which sells some dreadful stuff); or just wanting to have the style and fit that she likes. In any case, she isn’t just looking to choose from the offerings of the major retailers.
[quote=Cupofkindness]Why would you want to wear garments that might cause you to be stared at by others trying to figure out what your dress signifies?
I agree that this is a concern. It seems inappropriate for a laywoman to wear a habit. The Confraternity of Penitents (similar to the group mentioned above) has this to say:
The CFP Rule: The CFP Rule defines modest clothing as clothing that is meant to conceal rather than reveal. The CFP Rule does not mandate or forbid styles. Rather it requires its members to always wear modest, solid colored clothing in neutral colors (black, gray, white, beige, brown, ivory, charcoal, and other solid color earth tones) or blue and to mix and match styles and colors so as not to give the impression of a habit. The objective of the clothing part of the CFP Rule is to blend in with the crowd, not stand out from it. (…)
Virtue: Detachment: Certainly this “giving up” of one’s personal effects is a great penance. In addition, dressing so that no one suspects that one is wearing a certain type of dress is going to prevent a penitent from succumbing to spiritual pride which can come from appearing “holy.” With this relinquishment of effects and their effect on others comes a great gain, the virtue of detachment.