Monday, May 30, 2016

Why I Wear Skirts

I have recently been following along with a few modest fashion groups on Facebook.  (Modesty for the Modern Mom hosted by Caroline of the Modest Mom Blog, Modest Young Women hosted by Christina of Our Wood Home, and Modern Modesty hosted by Lauren of the blog Modern Modesty.)  I have loved seeing all of the outfits people post, and have gotten inspiration to try pattern mixing, pairing different colors, and creating outfits I might not have thought of on my own. 

Participating in these groups has also had me thinking about skirts.  I wear skirts.  I wear them a lot, enough that my grandfather once told me he "didn't recognize me," because I was wearing slacks!  Unlike many women who participate in these groups however, I do not find wearing skirts and dressing modestly mutually exclusive.   While wearing skirts is definitely a huge part of my modest wardrobe, I do not think it is necessary to wear skirts and modesty is not the primary reason I choose skirts.

So you may find yourself wondering - just why do I wear skirts so much? The short answer - I like wearing skirts.

A Few Reasons Why I Like Wearing Skirts: 

I like that wearing skirts makes me feel feminine.  When I am wearing a skirt I feel ladylike, and I find myself more aware of my attitude and behavior.  When I look like a lady I want to act like a lady!  It reminds me of asking my grandmother why she wore skirts so much when I was a child, she replied "I'll start wearing pants when men start wearing skirts."  I like that a skirt is distinctly "woman." 

I like that skirts make me feel connected to my faith.  In my area the majority of women who wear skirts, at least those who wear them regularly or exclusively and are seen wearing them for "normal" every day activities, are Christian.Though I do not wear skirts out of spiritual conviction, I know that wearing skirts frequently may be perceived as a statement of faith.   I know that in wearing skirts, many people will automatically view me as Christian, and I want to act accordingly!  I want to be sure I am giving Christians a good name, and to make my demeanor and attitude reflect the joy of my faith. 

I like that wearing skirts make me feel strong.  When I am wearing a skirt, I feel connected to the women of yesteryear.  The women for whom wearing skirts was an everyday norm.  I think of the strong women who helped build this country in skirts.  The women who walked the Oregon Trail to new lives.  The women who toiled alongside their husbands on the frontier.  The women who marched for Civil Rights.   When I wear a skirt, I feel like I can do anything!

This blog is linked up at some fun places around the web, including:
Modest Monday @ The Modest Mom BlogTell It To Me Tuesdays @ Foundational, Titus 2 Tuesday @ Cornerstone ConfessionsNo Rules Weekend @ Sincerely, Paula


  1. I love how you said wearing skirts make you feel strong, because I totally agree! When I do a difficult task wearing a skirt, I'm reminded that women before me did this and more without complaint.

    great post!


    ps: thanks for the group shout-out!

    1. Yes that summarizes it well! Glad you enjoyed the post. And thanks for the group :)

  2. I would love to wear skirts more and your reasons have outlined why it's good to wear them! I am not sure what kind of skirts to wear though... do you have any suggestions?


    Ruth :-)

    1. Hi Ruth thanks for the comment! I don't wear skirts daily, but I love wearing them frequently for the reasons I mentioned, plus I find them very budget friendly, but that's a story for another upcoming post :) As for what type of skirt to wear - that would depend on your style, and also on what occasion you plan to wear the skirt for. Personally I really like maxi length skirts - I have a lightweight knit one which I can dress up or down, and then another which is a bit "more structured" that I wear for work. I also really like knee length pencil skirts. I have two black ones, and a denim one all of which I wear frequently - I like that they are neutral basic pieces that I can wear with just about anything. I think a basic skirt like a neutral pencil, or a denim skirt is a good place to start since you can work it into many different outfits! All three of the ladies whose blog links I shared above, share outfit posts with skirt outfits so that could help you get ideas. I know that Christina posts a "weekly outfits" post on Our Wood Home every Friday, and the "Feminine Friday" posts on the Modest Mom blog also have some good ideas.