Monday, July 29, 2013

A Weekend In Feminine Dress

For A Weekend in Feminine Dress I post pictures of my outfit (or a friend's outfit) that I take sometime over the weekend to encourage other women to dress like a Catholic lady!  I'm also posting where the outfit was purchased to hopefully give you some ideas for finding modest clothes!

I am always looking for volunteers to submit pictures of their modest, feminine outfit, so please don't hesitate to do so at, thecatholiclady@gmail.com
 
 
Yesterday we had beautiful weather and a busy day!  We went to a Legion of Mary function at a local parish and this picture was taken outside the Church:
 
Beatrice is all grown up and wearing shoes!
 


These pictures were taken outside our house.
 
 
 
Hair
 
 
 
I'm Wearing:
 
Watch- Flea Market
Black Flats- Payless
White Blouse- Thrift Store (originally from Eddie Bauer)
Black Cardigan- Target
Red Floral Skirt- I made
(Simplicity 2655)
 

Saturday, July 27, 2013

Modesty and Identity


"Of course I know that the enemy also wants to detach men from themselves, but in a different way.  Remember, always, that He really likes the little vermin, and sets an absurd value on the distinctiveness of every one of them.  When He talks of their loosing their selves, He means only abandoning the clamor of self-will; once they have done that, He really gives them back all their personality, and boasts (I am afraid, sincerely) that when they are wholly His they will be more themselves than ever.  Hence, while He is delighted to see them sacrificing even their innocent wills to His, He hates to see them drifting away from their own nature for any other reason.  And we should always encourage them to do so."
-C. S. Lewis, The Screwtape Letters


Sisters Adorers of the Royal Heart of Jesus receive Holy Communion.


Modesty identifies a woman as...being herself.

Modesty is a virtue very important for a true Catholic lady.  It is naturally very charming to behold in a woman.  In order to attain modesty, a lady must first empty herself of all that is selfish.  But this does not mean giving up her identity.  By giving God all that is selfish and wrong, He gives back those things that are natural or unique to her nature, character, and temperament.  In this way, modesty identifies a Catholic Lady both personally and publicly.

Modesty should be part of every woman's identity.

Do you agree?
"Let your modesty be a sufficient incitement, yea, an exhortation to everyone, to be at peace on their merely looking at you."
-St. Ignatius of Loyola

Monday, July 22, 2013

More for A Weekend In Feminine Dress

Here is a photo from my friend, Melissa for A Weekend In Feminine Dress!  I think her outfit looks lovely and feminine!
 
 
 
 
 
Thanks!

A Weekend In Feminine Dress

 
 For A Weekend in Feminine Dress I post pictures of my outfit (or a friend's outfit) that I take sometime over the weekend to encourage other women to dress like a Catholic lady!  I'm also posting where the outfit was purchased to hopefully give you some ideas for finding modest clothes!

I am always looking for volunteers to submit pictures of their feminine outfit, so please don't hesitate to do so at, thecatholiclady@gmail.com.

These pictures are from yesterday evening, taken inside at our house:
 
 
I wore a red floral dress that is one of my favorites!
 

and a hat!
 
 
Shoes
 

Beatrice
 
 
I'm Wearing:

Red Floral Dress- Thrift Store
White Cardigan- My Sister
Hat- Kmart
Brown Cutout Flats- Payless
Earrings- My Sister
Necklace- My Sister

Saturday, July 20, 2013

Is Modesty Objective?

After published my last post on swimwear, it seems appropriate to follow it up with another question.

Our Lady of Good Success, 1611
Is modesty objective?

If modesty is objective, a lady's standards of modesty do not change depending on time and place.  If modesty is subjective than it changes with circumstance.  This question is vital to determine when discussing the subject of swimwear.

There are three reasons for wearing clothes: identity, modesty, and function.  Clothes identify the wearer as in a nun wearing a habit.  They protect the virtue of modesty by not revealing too much of the figure or the skin; and they keep the wearer warm or cool depending on the season.

Clothing identifies the wearer subjectively based on sex, age, position, and/or profession.  The function of clothes is also subjective, depending on the time and place where garments are worn.  But modesty?  Is it subjective as well?

"...Let parents keep their daughters away from public gymnastic games and contests; but if their daughters are compelled to attend such exhibitions, let them see that they are fully and modesty dressed.  Let them never permit their daughters to don immodest garb."
-Donato Cardinal Sbaretti, Prefect, Congregation of the Council, Rome, January 12, 1930

Our Lady of Fatima, 1917
I would agree with the Cardinal Sbaretti and say no to subjective modesty; rather, modesty is always objective.

Our Lady has always appeared in similar garb throughout the centuries of her apparitions.  Sisters of different orders also wear habits that identify their orders uniquely, but do not compromise modesty.

The Catholic lady as well should hold an objective standard of modesty that does not change at the beach or at the cocktail party, despite the moving trends of society.

Blessed Jacinta of Fatima said, "Those who love God do not follow fashions...the Church has no fashions...God is always the same."

Modesty is objective.

Do you agree?




Friday, July 19, 2013

On Suimwear



Swimming and what to wear is a subject of great controversy in many different circles.  Some women say that bikinis are perfectly modest.  Others criticize the bikini in defense of a "modest" one piece swimsuit.  Others argue that shorts or a tiny skirt cover-up make it decent enough.  And still others wear "modest" swimwear that includes knee length pants, skirt, and short sleeved top.  Of course there are ladies who do not swim at all and walk the beach in an ankle length dress instead...

So obviously there are many standards for women's swimwear.

Where did these standards come from?

In the first public "baths" of England there were laws enforcing women to wear a full costume consisting of long skirt and bodice and puffy sleeves.  As public bathing progressed into the early 1900's women used bathing machines to enter the ocean and still wore bloomers, stockings and a knee length dress with sleeves to swim.  In the 1920's and '30's women's swimwear began to get smaller and tighter.  This style continued throughout the '50s and it was not until the 1960's and '70's that the bikini entered the picture.

The bikini made its debut in France in 1945.  It was so scandalous that regular models would not wear it and prostitutes were hired.  Newspapers said that the bikini was, "Liberation from oppressive Christian morals."  Modern Girl Magazine in 1957 said, "It is hardly necessary to waste words over the so-called bikini since it is inconceivable that any girl with tact and decency would ever wear such a thing."  It was banned in Catholic countries such as Spain, Portugal, and Italy and also in many American states.  The National League of Decency, a Catholic organization, tried very hard to prevent the bikini from reaching Hollywood.

Today the bikini is commonplace.

Some argue this is the inevitable progress of society.

But what drives this "progress"- or, more appropriately termed, Revolution- of bathing suits?  Perhaps a close look would reveal that it was no accident.  The slow undressing of women was not a liberation as some like to think.

Where will it end other than in fully accepted public nudity?  If this is liberation, it is only from morality and higher ideals.  It is so easy to see the gradual slipping of standards.  To reverse the process is impossible without grace.  That is why it is necessary to be Catholic as well as to be a lady.

Wearing a swimsuit that fits some place along the line is not going to change this Revolution.

(Read my post on The Revolution of Fashion here:
http://thecatholicladyblog.blogspot.com/2013/04/the-revolution-of-fashion.html)

So I will leave you with a question

Does a true Catholic lady swim?

Wednesday, July 17, 2013

True Devotion To Mary

I have recently been thinking about the Total Consecration to Jesus Through Mary of St. Louis De Montfort.  If you have not yet made this consecration I highly recommend that you do so.  Every truly devout and pious person that I know has at some time made the Consecration.
 
The preparation for Consecration to Jesus Through Mary includes reading from Thomas a Kempis' Imitation of Christ and St. Louis De Montfort's True Devotion to Mary.  I have read the parts of True Devotion to Mary required for the Consecration preparation but I have never read this book start to finish.  Here it is if you are interested:

http://store.tfp.org/products/True-Devotion-to-Mary.html

True Devotion to Mary is the secret of the saints.  It summarizes how to find the intense devotion and confidence that some souls have for Our Lady.  It is more than praying the Rosary everyday; it is loving the Rosary.  In short, it is a necessary read.  Perhaps I will report more on this when I am finished...

Monday, July 15, 2013

On the Parasol

Parasol
When parasols were in fashion they allowed a woman the freedom of femininity.
 
She was able to walk about in the sun without burning her skin, encouraging freckles, or becoming too affected by the radiant heat.
 
Parasols also could be used as an expression of delicacy, annoyance, or mystery.  They were quite useful and actually the subject of intense and interesting etiquette.
 
I have thought about how much I would like to carry a parasol in the summer.  It would probably be useful as a weapon not only against the heat, but against feminism as well.  Can you imagine how much feminists would hate a parasol?  It speaks of weakness in the most exquisite sense, or at least the so called "weakness" of a woman accepting her feminine nature.
 
Actually, a real lady is quite strong if she takes advantage of these "weapons" of femininity such as the parasol.  Men respond to this higher influence with a natural chivalry and they are unlikely to ignore anything a lady divulges while beneath the parasol.  What a way to get people to listen to you!
 
Remember to be careful of what you say when under the influence of...
 
the parasol.

A Weekend In Feminine Dress

 
 For A Weekend in Feminine Dress I post pictures of my outfit (or a friend's outfit) that I take sometime over the weekend to encourage other women to dress like a Catholic lady!  I'm also posting where the outfit was purchased to hopefully give you some ideas for finding modest clothes!
 
 
These pictures are from my photo archives of everyday outfits...  I thought the change would be interesting.
Jacket- Dress Barn
Scarf- gift
Skirt- Thrift Store
Top- Gabriel Brothers
 

Top- New York and Co.
Cardigan- Consignment
Skirt- Gabriel Brothers

Top-  Thrift Store
Skirt- Thrift Store
Shoes- Payless
 

Monday, July 8, 2013

A Weekend In Feminine Dress

 
 For A Weekend in Feminine Dress I post pictures of my outfit (or a friend's outfit) that I take sometime over the weekend to encourage other women to dress like a Catholic lady!  I'm also posting where the outfit was purchased to hopefully give you some ideas for finding modest clothes!

This was yesterday morning before Church.
 



I wore a long purple skirt and black top with...a hat!!!
 
 

I love this skirt!
 
 
 
I wore my hair in a scarf bun!
 
 
 
I'm Wearing:
 
Purple Skirt from Consignment Store
Black Top from Consignment Store
Brown Shoes from Thrift Store
Scarf (in hair) from Consignment Store
Hat from an old lady friend
Necklace from Gabriel Brothers
Watch from Church Flea Market
Earrings from Consignment Store
 
That's a lot of second hand shopping!

Tuesday, July 2, 2013

37 Conversation Rules for Gentlemen from 1875

Level of Womanhood

 
"To a great extent the level of any civilization is the level of its womanhood. When a man loves a woman, he has to become worthy of her. The higher her virtue, the more her character, the more devoted she is to truth, justice, goodness, the more a man has to aspire to be worthy of her. The history of civilization could actually be written in terms of the level of its womanhood."
-Archbishop Fulton Sheen

Monday, July 1, 2013

Skirt Shop Update

For those who have been wondering...
 
The Catholic Lady skirt shop is coming along and I expect to open my etsy store sometime this month!  So far I have four skirts (three ladies and one baby) and I will be adding new designs for the Autumn/Winter months.  I hope everyone is still as excited as I am!
 
 

Let me know what you think...

A Weekend In Feminine Dress

 For A Weekend in Feminine Dress I post pictures of my outfit (or a friend's outfit) that I take sometime over the weekend to encourage other women to dress like a Catholic lady!  I'm also posting where the outfit was purchased to hopefully give you some ideas for finding modest clothes!
 
I did not wear this outfit yesterday, but recently when we went on a trip to D.C. to see the Marine Corps Evening Parade.  The trip was wonderful!  Here is what I wore:
 
These pictures were taken after we got home in our kitchen.


 

A black and white dress with pink cardigan.
 
 
 
Full dirndl skirt is gathered all around; love it!!!
 
 

Shoes recently from Payless, but expensive:(
 
 
 
Beatrice in her Sunday best.
 
 
 
I'm Wearing:
 
Black and White cotton retro '50's dress I made!
Pink cardigan from Consignment Store
Brown cut out flats from Payless
Sweater Pin from Thrift Store
Necklace from Gabriel Brothers
Diamond post earrings- a gift
 
Beatrice is Wearing:
Floral baby dress from Consignment Store
Pink headband- a gift
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