Thursday, August 29, 2013

Online Modest Clothing Stores

Hi ladies!

In my last post about modest clothing sources I basically just put out ideas for where to find modest clothing inexpensively (or the places that I most frequently shop).  Today I'm going to add some online sources for modest clothes that are a bit more expensive but usually worth it, especially for a special occasion.  I usually do not buy from these stores because I usually need to try something on to make sure I like it first, and being 5'6", most dresses and skirts are too short for my preference.  *Please note that not all these stores sell exclusively modest clothing and I may be listing them just because it is occasionally possible to find a modest outfit!*





Dillard's
Dillard's has LOTS of dresses, AND a surprising amount of modest ones!





April Cornell
Haley Ladies Jacket
Very romantic, feminine clothing, skirts and dresses.
Coldwater Creek
Beautiful, more expensive long skirts.
ColdwaterCreek





Christopher & Banks
Very conservative retailer, usually some nice skirts in stock!
Christopher&Banks




Sierra Brooke
Cute dresses and skirts *some are short*.




Shabby Apple
Cute clothing but *not all modest*.




Land's End
High quality, classic clothing.




Vermont Country Store
Floral Print Rayon Dress
Pretty nightgowns and some modest skirts, dresses- older styles.




Chadwicks
One of my favorite sources of long skirts and nice dresses.





Mikarose
Very pretty dresses!  *some short and tight, etc.*




Eshakti
Tipped trim Peter Pan collar dress
Customize any dress' length, sleeves, and size!




Dainty Jewells
Small shop for cute, modest dresses with a Southern flair, made in America!

Monday, August 26, 2013

Fall Fashion!

I've read that feminine fashion is in this Fall!  So don't neglect to enjoy putting together some fun outfits!  I just love Fall colors like brown, green, and orange but if you don't look best in these colors (like me) they can be mixed up with neutrals or pretty patterns!  Here are some inspirational pictures:
i like these colors
Now this is my style! <3
corduroy skirt for little girl - tutorial  by the way, this site has great sewing tutorials


Fall : Dress & Cardigan Outfit
i never would've mixed the patterned tights with the patterned dress.... but it's CUTE!
Dress, cardigan, scarf, boots. I could live in clothes like this.

A Weekend In Feminine Dress

A Weekend In Feminine Dress is when I post pictures of myself or a friend wearing a modest, feminine outfit.  I am looking for volunteers to submit pictures, so if you are interested please contact me at thecatholiclady@gmail.com.  I really enjoy taking and posting pictures!

 
 
We actually took these before Church for once, so I look kind of tired in the pictures!

I wore this skirt before; but I love it!

 
 
I'm Wearing:
 
Floral Skirt- I made
Black Top- Gabriel Brothers
Raspberry Cardigan- Burlington Coat Factory
Black Flats- Payless
Bracelet- Claires
Necklace- my Sister
Earrings- Consignment Store
 
 
 
   I have been thinking about the importance of elegance and femininity in every aspect of a lady's life, like in manner and walk...  What do you think about that?  Should a lady keep a code of behavior too in order to influence her soul?

Friday, August 23, 2013

The Formation of Feminine Character Part 3: Our Great Apostolate: Femininity

The following is from a presentation on The Formation of Feminine Character that I gave at a ladies conference and tea a couple of years ago.  It is presented here in three parts.  If you missed Part 1 and 2, read them here: http://thecatholicladyblog.blogspot.com/2013/08/the-formation-of-feminine-character.html  http://thecatholicladyblog.blogspot.com/2013/08/the-formation-of-feminine-character_22.html


Part 3: Our Great Apostolate: Femininity
 
a) Femininity in a Nutshell
    Femininity is simple being pretty the way God made you to be!  I read an article recently in which Jennie Chancey (from Ladies Against Feminism) defined pretty as, "A mutually enriching balanced combination of beauty and projected innocence."  Here is a deeper definition:
 
Beauty- The quality present in a thing or person that gives intense pleasure or deep satisfaction to the mind, whether arising from sensory manifestations (as shape, color, sound, etc.), a meaningful design or pattern, or something else (as a personality in which high spiritual qualities are manifest.
Projected- contemplated, devised, planned, a large or considerable undertaking.
Innocence- the quality or state of being free from sin or moral wrong, pure, guiltless, not involving evil intent or motive, being in the state of grace.
 
   So what is femininity in a nutshell?  It is the 'great undertaking' of deliberately maintaining a 'state of grace' and inspiring 'deep satisfaction for its highly spiritual qualities'.
 
b) Role Models
   "Remember your leaders, those who spoke to you the word of God; consider the outcome of their life, and imitate their faith.  Jesus Christ is the same yesterday, today and forever.  Do not be led astray be diverse and strange teachings; for it is well that the heart be strengthened by grace..." Hebrews 13:7-9.
   Of course Our Blessed Mother is the ultimate model of Christian perfection.  How true it is that we need to strive to imitate her and the saints everyday!  A few of my heroines include: Marie Antoinette, Madame Elisabeth of France, Madame Royale, St. Elisabeth of Hungry, St. Gemma, St. Anne, St. Therese, Queen Beatrice the wife of King Ferdinand and St. Bridget to name a few.
 
c) Build Society
  "The hand that rocks the cradle is the hand that rules the world!" rings true more than ever today!  It is apparent that the Revolution knows this from a letter between two Freemasons from 1838: "In order to destroy Catholicism it is necessary to commence by suppressing women...but since we cannot suppress woman let us corrupt her..."
   The Christian family is the basis of civilized society and as such we must fight with every ounce of our strength to preserve it.  This is not an easy task!  In this sense women are at the heart of the battle for Christendom when we teach our children to fight against the perverse ideas that invade society today!  Fornication, cohabitation, children born out of wedlock, homosexuality, "gay marriage", transsexual children and gender confusion, gender neutral restrooms, and more are out there trying to bring down the Christian family.
   Do not give in.  The Catholic Lady fights for Christendom by out rightly rejecting all that is evil, taking her place as the heart of the family, keeping traditions, social customs, and especially God's law.
 
 
Thanks for reading The Formation of Feminine Character series!  Please let me know what you think in the comments below!

Thursday, August 22, 2013

The Formation of Feminine Character Part 2: How to be Feminine

The following is from a presentation on The Formation of Feminine Character that I gave at a ladies conference and tea a couple of years ago.  It is presented here in three parts.  If you missed Part 1, read it here: http://thecatholicladyblog.blogspot.com/2013/08/the-formation-of-feminine-character.html


Part 2: How to be Feminine
 
a) Cultivate the Soul
    St. Padre Pio wrote in a letter to a noblewoman: "There are, moreover, three virtues which perfect the devout person with regard to control of his own senses.  These are : modesty, continence and chastity.  By the virtue of modesty the devout person governs all his exterior acts.  With good reason, then does St. Paul recommend this virtue to all and declare how necessary it is and if this were not enough he considers that this virtue should be obvious to all.  By continence the soul exercises restraint over the senses: sight, touch, taste, smell and hearing.  By chastity, a virtue which ennobles our nature and makes it similar to that of the Angels, we suppress our sensuality and detach it from forbidden pleasures.  This is the magnificent pictures of Christian perfection.  Happy the one who possesses all these fine virtues, all of them fruits of the Holy Spirit who dwells within him.  Such a soul has nothing to fear and will shine in the world as the sun in the heavens."  (Padre Pio, Volume II- Letters, Correspondance with Raffaelina Cerase, Noblewoman (1914-1915).
   A real feminine soul connects virtue with the senses.  Flowers, ribbons and lace, beautiful antiques, delicate food, soft materials, pretty scents, fine craftsmanship, and good music help us to understand God through all of our human senses.  It is the job of women to surround themselves with beauty!  Here are some tips:
 
-Pray to Our Lady, study and meditate on her life and imitate her virtues.
-Read about great saints and role models; remember femininity does not have to be soft as most of these women were not!  Magazines like Victoria and Southern Lady can also be nourishing to the feminine soul!
-Clean and decorate your home in a beautiful way!  Ambiance is very effective on character formation.  (If you want to feel extra feminine, wear an apron while you're at it!)
 
b) Cultivate the Body
   "It is often said almost with passive resignation that fashions reflect the customs of a people.  But it would be more exact and much more useful to say that they express the decision and moral direction that a nation intends to take: either be shipwrecked in licentiousness or maintain itself at the level to which it has been raised by religion and civilization." Pius XII, 1957
      There are three things to consider when choosing attire: modesty, style, and function.
   Modesty is in itself a great apostolate.  A Catholic lady does not stoop to gaining attention with her body!  If a dress is questionable attire for Church then how can it be appropriate for other respective gatherings?
   As for the style of a lady's clothing, a Catholic lady delights in demonstrating her femininity in the outward expression of her body, which is after all the direct representation of the soul.  As an old philosopher said, "The habit does not make the monk, but identifies him."  A lady must be convicted of what she is saying with her clothes.  Feminine dress, hairstyles, accessories and movements can all be cultivated to a fine art.   And really, doesn't that sound enjoyable?
    The function of clothes must also be carefully considered since some clothes will be appropriate for gardening and others for Church.  This is probably the most neglected aspect of fashion and it is necessary for a lady to study.  It is often difficult to decide what is appropriate to wear in this day in age when almost anything goes!
   Feminine dress does not require much money either.  With a little ingenuity, it is possible to be beautiful and feminine without being expensive!
 
c) Cultivate the Spirit
   "It takes a real lady to get attention through the sweet mystique of femininity," says Dr. Hyles  (What in the World Should I Wear? by Mrs. Cathy Corle, pg. 36-37)
   "The sweet mystique of femininity" is a beautiful way to describe the spirit of a lady.
   A modest spirit is rare.  Women are taught to get what they want with the "I am woman hear me roar" attitude.  It doesn't work.  People don't know how to respond.  Men especially are affected adversely by this attitude.  (This could possible be why men are becoming more feminine by the generation.)  We live in an epidemic of feminism!
    But a woman possessing a "modest and quiet" spirit (1Tim 2:9-10) appeals to the higher nature of men and is mysteriously attractive!  Wearing a mantilla to Church is an example of this sweet mystique of femininity.
   This does not mean a lady must be shy, just conscious of her femininity.  This means being cheerful, helpful, well-mannered.  St. Francis de Sales says, "I would have devout people, whether men or women, the best dressed of the company, but the least pompous and affected.  I would have them adorned with gracefulness, decency, and dignity."
   There is no prudishness for a Catholic lady.  Rather, modesty is the trademark of her spirit.
 
 
Stay tuned for Part 3 of this series: Our Great Apostolate: Femininity!

Wednesday, August 21, 2013

The Formation of Feminine Character Part 1: Why Be Feminine?

The following is from a presentation on The Formation of Feminine Character that I gave at a ladies conference and tea a couple of years ago.  It will be presented here in three parts.

Part 1: Why Be Feminine?
 
a) God
      Who does not love romantic stories of ladies and knights?  Sleeping Beauty, Beauty and the Beast, Cinderella, or Snow White?  Have you ever noticed in these classic stories that the man always rescues the woman?  Feminists hate this traditional storyline because of the way it appeals to the soul.  (Have you seen a modern princess movie such as Princess and the Frog and noticed that the woman is the hero?)  We naturally love to see knights in shining armor rescuing damsels in distress!
   Why do we love these stories of princesses and knights which the modern world tells us are medieval and ridiculous, or even more, oppressive?
   Could it be because God made us to naturally love what is right?  There is something very true about fairytales that appeals to both the human and the spiritual nature.  Chesterton said, "Fairytales are more than true not because they tell us that dragons exist, but because they tell us that dragons can be beaten!"
   This is a good description of chivalry, tales of beauty and innocence to inspire great deeds!
   Women inspire chivalry.  They inspire their husbands to work and provide; they inspire their children to want to please God; young ladies of virtue inspire young men to set an example of justice, honor, and bravery.  Who can say this is not a noble calling?  One poet even said, "The hand that rocks the cradle is the hand that rules the world!"
   So, why be feminine?  God created and desires us to be so.
 
b) Yourself
   "A good man is good because of what he does, a good woman because of who she is," says Chesterton.
   It is important to note that not all people are equal.  Sex, vocation, intelligence or situation all affect the manifestation of one's personal spiritual journey.  St. Maximilian Kolbe wrote a beautiful prayer to Our Lady about the "noble rivalry" of honoring her.  The saints knew how much God loves us to contemplate unique ways to serve Him daily according to our state in life.
   I heard a story of St. Therese who was travelling in the country and noticed the contentment of the French peasants.  She admired their appreciation for their vocation and satisfaction with their station in life.  But rather than put on a peasant dress and learn the folk dances of the people, she kept her place, her dress and her customs.  She was wise enough to appreciate the beauty of inequality.
   To be able to accept and even admire one's unique place in God's service is a grace.
   Think of the stares a lady might get in the summertime at the beach or pool or even on the street if she decided to wear a feminine outfit among the crowds of immodesty.  But actually, I think some women would envy her happiness.  Women desire to be safe and protected.  There is naturally a tendency in every woman's heart to love modesty and elegance and even the apostolate of femininity.
   So, why be feminine?  Women are most happy as God created them.
 
c) Others
"The chaos of habits that always goes with males when left entirely by themselves has only one honorable cure; and that is the strict discipline of a monastery...(that is) why it was decided by the wisdom of St. Bernard or St. Benedict that if men were to live without women, they must not live without rules." (Chesterton, "What's Wrong With the World," Chapter 13: Wisdom and the Weather)  
   Archbishop Fulton Sheen also says, "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 noble her character, the more devoted she is to truth, justice, and 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 women."
   To achieve this highest level of social relationships, we must resist the outside push of modern television, music, advertisements, magazines, etc. which intentionally work to influence us away from God in the most repugnant ways.  Femininity is an ideal way to counter these forces as it was created by God as an instrument of grace.  A feminine woman moves and lifts society into a spiritual realm that is receptive to God's work.
   So, why be feminine?  To inspire others with this noble apostolate!
 
 
Stay tuned for Part 2 of this series: How to Be Feminine!

The Catholic Lady Etsy Shop!!!

The Catholic Lady shop is officially open on http://www.etsy.com!
 
I am so excited to finally make this announcement and welcome you to my shop for gently used ladies and girls modest skirts and dresses!
 
There is not much actually listed in my shop yet, but hopefully there will be new items listed daily; so keep checking!
 

 
Ladies Linen A-line Skirt
Size 8
$16.00 at
 
Ladies Linen Aline Skirt

 
 

On the Petticoat

   I once read a book (one of the Royal Diaries I think) in which I learned that eastern European ladies used to wear petticoats to signify their position.  I was struck by this idea.  In the particular story I read, an Italian lady wore as many as ten skirts to portray her wealth!

  It was actually a very beautiful custom and one which has died over the course of history.  Women do not even wear petticoats anymore (except maybe in ethnic costume).  I don't think many women even wear slips!

   I realized how much petticoats tell about history.  In the most civilized times they have been at their height.  They were worn primarily to puff out the skirt into an elegant bell.  Petticoats were used to add to the design of the dress also, during fashions where the dress was slit in the skirt.

   I wonder longingly why petticoats have lost their timeless allure?  Could it be that egalitarianism has eaten away at the heart of feminine fashion to such an extent that women no longer consider how appropriate their dress is?  How much it tells about them?  How it should identify their very soul?  I find it harder to believe that women willingly dismissed the petticoat in favor of shorts and t-shirts!

 This is the death of culture, when women cease to embrace the charming customs that religion and civilization have placed at their disposal...  It is so sad!

   And there is still another reason why petticoats have been so heartlessly thrown to the wind.  Modesty.  Revolutionaries have plotted the destruction of Christian civilization very carefully.  The beautiful virtues (especially female virtues) upon which western society is built are attacked ruthlessly.  No wonder petticoats are gone.  Virtue is gone as well!  Immodesty fills the streets and feminine elegance languishes...   

   But it does not have to disappear!  Perhaps some women are left to relish the beauty of those would be forgotten eras?


                                               What do you think about petticoats?

Monday, August 12, 2013

A Weekend In Feminine Dress

A Weekend In Feminine Dress is when I post pictures of myself or a friend wearing a modest, feminine outfit.  I am looking for volunteers to submit pictures, so if you are interested please contact me at thecatholiclady@gmail.com.  I really enjoy taking and posting pictures!
 
These are from yesterday.  We went to a picnic and it was very hot so I tried to find something comfortable to wear.  Unfortunately, it rained a lot by the time we got home, so these were taken in our living room.
 
 
I wore a navy blue and white blouse with a lace cardigan from Dress Barn!

 

I tried to dress this up with a pearl necklace and bracelet.  It really helped I think.
 
 

Shoes
 
 
 
I'm Wearing:
 
Blue and White Blouse- Thrift Store
White Lace Cardigan- Dress Barn
Black Skirt- Consignment Store
Brown Cutout Shoes- Payless
Pearl Jewelry- Aunt

Wednesday, August 7, 2013

More for 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
 
Here is a picture from my friend, Christine, who kindly took the time to send me a photo of her beautiful outfit for my blog!
 
 
 
I love it!
 
Thanks, Christine!
 

Tuesday, August 6, 2013

The Catholic Lady Skirt Shop...It's Still Coming Soon!!!!!!!!

 
 
 
I was thinking lately that some of my readers are probably wondering about The Catholic Lady Skirt Shop!
 
Well, there have been a few changes to my plans...


The good news is that it is still in the works!!!

The bad news is that it is taking me a little longer than expected to get my shop opened...

During the process of starting The Catholic Lady Skirt Shop, I have decided to change it from custom made new skirts to a second hand modest clothing shop for ladies' and girls' skirts and dresses.  This is going to be much easier for me to manage since I already have many skirts and dresses I have collected over the years that are just not right for me but probably would be perfect for some other lady out there!  Not only does this require much less work for me, the prices will be much less for like new items that are already made!  So...my shop is slowly progressing as I collect more beautiful items and list them online for sale.  Please be patient!  I expect to be up and running in about a week!

So, thanks for following my progress and I hope to welcome you soon to The Catholic Lady Skirt Shop!

I hope you're as excited as I am! ;)

Monday, August 5, 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
 
I'm sorry these are not great photos; it was a beautiful day but for some reason I did not get around to taking pictures until late and we had to do it inside!
 
I wore a black skirt and pink top!

My hair was up in a clip earlier, but by now it is in a ponytail...

Beatrice!
 
 
 
I'm Wearing:
 
Black Skirt- Consignment
Pink Top- Loft
Sheer Pink Top- Goodwill
Brown Flats- Thrift Store
 
Beatrice is Wearing:
 
Yellow Dress- Hand-me-down
White Cardigan- Carters
Sandals- Goodwill
Headband- Gift
 
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