It seems summer has finally hit the Ozarks. I am definitely not complaining. I know it could be a lot worse than it is. I would definitely take this over the torrential rain we experienced over the last few weeks.
The humidity is increasing and so is the temperature. As the temperature increases so does the temptation to dress immodestly. I just want one day to wear shorts and a tank top.
I've found myself trying to justify the decision.
Maybe I'm making this last longer than I should.
In the grand scheme of things, does it really matter if I wear shorts on one day?
Surely a tank top isn't really that big of deal.
Honestly, it is a big deal.
“Not everyone who says to me, ‘Lord, Lord,’ will enter the kingdom of heaven, but the one who does the will of my Father who is in heaven. On that day many will say to me, ‘Lord, Lord, did we not prophesy in your name, and cast out demons in your name, and do many mighty works in your name?’ And then will I declare to them, ‘I never knew you; depart from me, you workers of lawlessness.’ (Matthew 7:21-23, ESV)
Maybe this is a heavy scripture to put in a post about modesty, but I don't think it is. Modesty is something the Lord has asked of me. If I choose to knowingly disobey something as simple as that, what will that lead to later? I don't want to be someone who hears the words, "Depart from me." I want to live a life that is fully committed to Him and to His purpose. I want to do it whole-heartedly. I don't want to compromise with my flesh.
So how do you dress modestly in the summer? This is new experience for me. Here are some tips I've complied that will hopefully help.
1. Skirts & Dresses.
From maxi to knee-length, skirts are the way to go in the summer. Not only do they make you feel more girly and more dressed up, but they provide more air flow and an overall cooler experience.
2. Wear shirts with a higher neckline.
I'm not telling you to wear turtlenecks in the middle of the heat. If they have a higher neckline and aren't sheer, you don't necessarily need a tank or cami underneath them. Eliminating layers you don't need is a sure fire way to be cooler in the hot part of summer.
3. Wear you hear in a top not or braid.
I hate ponytails. I also have a love-hate relationship with long hair. If you feel the same way I do, get it off your neck (not by chopping it all off). Besides, Pinterest has a million and one tutorials on how to style your hair at all different lengths
4. Drink lots of water.
Making sure your body is staying hydrated is a must in the summer time. I know this has nothing to do with the way you dress, but it is the longest standing way to stay cool.
Looking at this list, I can see how they all seem too obvious. If you're anything like me, sometimes the obvious is what you miss. If anything, it's a way to know that you are not the only one who is struggling. The layers thing was life-changing for me.
And just for fun, here's a little reminder of the winter.