Monday, March 31, 2014

A Weekend In Feminine Dress

Welcome to A Weekend In Feminine Dress!  This is when I post pictures of myself or a volunteer wearing a modest outfit to encourage women to take up the rewarding apostolate of feminine dress!  If you want to submit your pictures, please contact me at: thecatholiclady@gmail.com.

Here are my pictures taken in an ugly bathroom but showing my outfit nonetheless.  I tried to mix it up a little today by changing the colors in some of the pictures!  I love this outfit since a shrug seems to me to be so incredibly southern...!  And I am wearing my new pearls that my sweet husband got me as a combination birthday and St. Valentine's day gift this year!



  




I'M WEARING:

Top- Dress Barn
Shrug- Gabriel Brothers
Black Skirt- Gabriel Brothers
Shoes- Payless
Necklace- Gift
Earrings- I don't remember
Headband- my sister



Thanks for visiting!



Friday, March 28, 2014

Dressing With Dignity



Here is a wonderful short video by the author of the book, Dressing With Dignity, by Colleen Hammond.  She talks about what made her write the book.  If you haven't read it, it is an excellent resource!

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=wN1AiRKo7lo

Wednesday, March 26, 2014

Against the "Modest Swimsuit"

(This post was originally published in July 2013)
 
 



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.  Even then, sea bathing was considered scandalous.  In the daring 1920's and '30's women's swimwear began to get smaller and tighter.  These styles 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)

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

So I will leave you with a question

Does a true Catholic lady swim?

Monday, March 24, 2014

A Weekend In Feminine Dress

Today is Monday which means it's time once again for A Weekend In Feminine Dress here on The Catholic Lady Blog!  This is when I post pictures of myself or a friend in a modest, feminine outfit (and where it was purchased) in order to encourage women to dress like a their ideal, "The Catholic Lady".  The body and soul are not separate.  Therefore, how we live is what we are!  If you are interested in submitting your photos for publication please contact me at: thecatholiclady@gmail.com.

These pictures are of what we are wearing today:

 
Beatrice

 

 

 

 
 

 
 
 
 

 
 
 
I'm Wearing:
 
Black Top- Faded Glory
Lace Shrug- Consignment
Pleated Skirt- Thrift Store
Shoes- Payless
Earrings- Kohl's
 
 
Thanks for visiting!!

Tuesday, March 11, 2014

The Psalm of Young Mothers

Raoul Paul, S. J. Christ in the Home



"A young mother- very true to her role of mother and at the same time very artistic- got the idea of comparing her role with that of cloistered sisters.  Between washing, her cooking and care of her youngest, she managed to compose The Psalm of Young Mothers which appears in the 1938 November issue of Marriage Chertian.  It is full of love, full of spontaneity.  Every mother will recognize herself in these passages we are quoting:

"O my God
Like our sisters in the cloister
We have left all for you;
We have not imprisoned the youth of our faces in a guimple or under a veil,
And though we have cut our hair, it is not in any spirit of penance...

Deign nevertheless, O Lord, to cast a look of complaisance
On the humble little sacrifices
Which we offer You all day long,
Since the day our groaning flesh gave life to all these little Christians
We are rearing for You.

Our liberty, O God, is in the hands of these little tyrants who claim it every minute.
The house has become our cloister,
Our life has its unchanging Rule,
And every day its Office, always the same;
The hours for dressing and for walks,
The hours for feeding and for school,
We are bound by the thousand little demands of life.
Detached by necessity every moment from our own will,
We live in obedience.

Even our nights do not belong to us;
We too have our nocturnal Office,
When we must rise quickly for a sick child,
Or when between midnight and two o'clock,
When we are in the full sleep we need so badly
A little untimely chanter
Begins to sing his Matins.

We practically live retired from the world:
There is so much to be done in the house.
There is no possibility of going out anyway without a faithful sitter for the little ones.
We measure out the time for visits parsimoniously.

We have no sisters to relieve us on another shift.
And when the calls for service reach high pitch for us
We have to sweep, wash the dishes, scrape the carrots for the stew, prepare a smooth puree for baby and keep on going without stopping
From the children's room to the kitchen to and fro.
We do big washings we rub and we rinse
Aprons and shirts, underclothes and socks
And all the baby's special things.
In this life of sacrifice, come to our help, O Jesus!"

Monday, March 10, 2014

More for A Weekend In Feminine Dress

Here is more for A Weekend In Feminine Dress!  I think that Mrs. Gordon is a really beautiful example of modest and feminine dressing!!


Hi Mrs. Zimmerman,
 
I was inspired by your photos and those submitted by other lovely women, so I decided to submit a few of my own.  It is a challenge to find clothes that are both modest, comfortable, and pretty, but I like a challenge. : ) The denim shirt and brown skirt were thrift store finds. The shirt has fancy metal buttons and a cinch tie at the waist which dress it up.  I can wear different shirts underneath for color. This is an “everyday” outfit of mine.  Another “everyday” outfit is the long denim skirt from Chadwicks with a sweater from a consignment store.  On cold winter days, I almost always opt for tall leather boots when I go out. They just keep me warm. The last picture is with my husband.  We are getting ready to leave for a Twelfth Night Ball that we coordinated for area home-schooled teens and adult folk dancers. Although the photo is kind of dark, I am wearing a tea-length sleeveless gown in teal, with a silver sweater.  The dress was from a seller on ebay and the sweater came from Macy’s this past fall. Flowing chiffon skirts are fabulous for dancing and I tend to like darker colors for formalwear! The bracelets in the pictures came from Crafts 2000. I hope shrugs never go out of style, because they help make modern formalwear more modest and comfortable without adding unnecessary bulk. God bless the work you do to further modesty and all things truly feminine.
 
-Val Gordon

 



A Weekend In Feminine Dress

Welcome to A Weekend In Feminine Dress on The Catholic Lady Blog!  This is when I post pictures of a modest, elegant outfit to encourage women to not only dress modestly, but with feminine grace as well!  I am so excited today to post these pictures from two beautiful girls who look so inspiring with their dresses.  Here is the letter from their Father:

+
IHS

Dear Mrs. Zimmerman, Salve Maria!

    I am attaching some photos of my youngest daughter, Clare on the
left and Margaret on the right.  They just purchased these dresses at
our local Dillards in Topeka, KS (dillards.com).  Both of these dresses
were originally priced in the 70 and 80 dollar range.  They purchased
them for around $17 dollars on clearance.  Dillards is starting to sell
decent clothing again.  With a little adaptation these have turned out
to be beautiful dresses.

In Domina,
Francis Slobodnik



 
 
Thank you, Margaret and Clare!  You look lovely!

Saturday, March 8, 2014

Two Cups, Two Cultures

I thought this article was interesting when considered in relation to everything in the home!



"Which of the two reflects a more inspiring and elevated culture?"

Read more here:
http://www.tfpstudentaction.org/politically-incorrect/restoring-our-culture/two-cups-two-cultures.html

Monday, March 3, 2014

A Weekend In Feminine Dress

Happy Monday and welcome to A Weekend In Feminine Dress here on The Catholic Lady Blog!  This is when I post pictures of myself or a volunteer wearing a modest outfit in order to encourage other women to take up this important apostolate of feminine dress.

Today I have photos from a kind friend who sent them to me with the following message:

Dear Mrs. Zimmerman, Here are some pictures of me wearing skirts or dresses. Two of them show me in a dirndl, a traditional dress here in Austria and Germany.  I really love them and wear them as often as possible.   I hope that there are some that are suitable for you!   God bless you! + Sincerely, Alexandra

 
 
 

 
 
 

 
 
 
Thank you, Alexandra!
 
 
 
And here is another lovely picture from Louise, a faithful blog follower:
 
 
 
The skirt and blouse were bought at the Goodwill.  The sweater was a gift.  No jewelry today. 
 
 
I think she looks beautiful too!  Thank you, Louise!
 
 
 

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