Hello! If you don't remember me from my first post, my name is Megan and I blog over here. I'm so excited to be guest posting about my beliefs in being modest.
When I was in high school, dressing modestly was honestly not hard for me. I was confident in myself and knew who I was. I didn’t question the teachings from my parents and church leaders to stay modest and clean. In fact, I loved developing my own style and standing out of the crowd! I never even so much as felt tempted to wear a two-piece to the pool. It just wasn't for me and I knew it.
Jump ahead about four years and my feelings changed pretty dramatically. I started feeling obligation and frustration with finding modest clothes. I would see all these cute girls with short skirts and sleeveless dresses and feel incredibly frumpy. I felt like I just had layers and layers of bulky clothes keeping me back from being able to be one of the fashionable.
Add those frustrations to a pregnancy and all of the body changes that come with it and I was miserable. I felt like this modesty thing really started to cramp my style.
I remember venting to my husband about it one day when he helped put things in perspective for me. He told me that being modest wasn’t just about tons of layering. It is more about an outward expression of my own self-confidence and respect. And when I truly understood my own self-worth, taking care of my body would just come naturally.
I took my husband’s counsel to heart and tried to change my attitude. I started enjoying finding cute, modest clothes and styling them just right. I regained my passion for quirky and eclectic designs. And more importantly, I learned to more fully love myself.
Did/do you see modesty as an obligation? How do you accept it in your own life?