Does How We Dress Send A Message?

I know that I have written before about dressing at Mass. Since then I’ve seen this topic pop up again in a Catholic Professionals group that I am a part of, and it  seems to be a constant concern for folks across the country. But as I was logging on recently, my news homepage lit up with another pressing issue that is related: how younger people are dressing in general. Never mind going to a religious service or dressing for an interview; this was discussing how younger people (girls more specifically) are dressing every day, and the great lengths that parents are going to to combat it. It would seem as though the pendulum has swung so far in the direction of the acceptance of provocative dressing with young girls, that it has come time to swing the other way. As younger and younger girls are wearing clothes, make up, and accessories that you would not typically see until more adult years, parents are confronted with dealing with related issues far earlier than they would have thought.While I will not get into the diatribe of how provocative dressing could be interpreted by those around you (and whether or not folks should think and act in these manners), I will comment about the beauty of modesty. The confidence, respect and beauty of dressing modestly will always shine across, despite the audience. True beauty, that is the inner heart, soul, and dare we say likeness of God that is in every person, can only be acknowledged when outside distractions and lures are put aside. Just as a person’s skin, looks or weight can tempt us to judge them based on outside appearances instead of discovering who they really are, so can the manner in which they dress. This message seems to be lost on younger generations, and stories of parents going to great lengths to bring this to their child’s attention are making the news.

One that caught my eye was about a concerned father in Utah, who was so fed up with verbally fighting his daughter’s desire to wear short-cut shorts that he decided to send the message of what is decent by cutting his own jeans into “daisy dukes” before going out together. (See the article here) By the end, the daughter admitted she got the point and refused to get out of the car one more time with him dressed this way. From reports like this to reports of “daddy approved” dresses on Duck Dynasty,  it would seem that parents have reached a point where they can begin again to speak of modesty without getting rolling eyes in return. Or have they? What are your thoughts?

As I always thought of it, modesty keeps you from revealing everything too soon to someone (no pun intended). Once you are fully exposed, what is there left to share (pun possibly intended)?

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