Friday, January 30, 2015

A Weekday in Feminine Dress

A Weekday in Feminine Dress is when I post pictures of my outfit (or a friend's outfit) to encourage other women to dress like a Catholic lady!  I also include where the outfit was purchased to give women 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.
 
Here are some photos from Theresa for today:
 

 
THERESA IS WEARING:
Sweater and boots - Goodwill
Skirt - ? (probably St. Vincent de Paul)
Earrings - A little shop in Barkerville, Canada
Hair band - Ebay
 
 
 
 
 
THANK YOU THERESA!  YOU LOOK LOVELY!
 
 
THANKS FOR VISITING!

Friday, January 23, 2015

Long Skrts: Why Women Like Them



A businesswoman wearing a long black skirt and dress boots entered an elevator with me the other day.  She had on a nice coat; she was very classy looking and talkative.  I immediately warmed to her, liking both her style and manner.

This woman probably didn't wear skirts as a principle, but she liked them.  She found herself in a skirt and she was a woman who appreciated and loved femininity.  I respected her for that unstudied and easy elegance.

This singular instance made me notice how it seems to be more common to see women wearing long skirts.  The maxi skirt trend makes long flowing skirts more readily available, sometimes able to be found in better fabrics and reasonable length from more conservative retailers.  Women identify with skirts in a way that they can't explain.  It is inherent to a woman's nature to love her femininity and the more feminine the clothing, the more she should like it, because it is her.

What a novel idea!

Women love class.  Women love elegance.  Women love order and beauty.  Women love being themselves!

I am looking out for this now.  I want to see women find themselves in long skirts and begin to fully appreciate who they are, maybe for the first time.  I am interested to see if women notice how wearing a long skirt really does influence their behavior and gives them the freedom and satisfaction they are looking for.

WHAT DO YOU THINK?

A Weekday in Feminine Dress

 
 A Weekday in Feminine Dress is when I post pictures of my outfit (or a friend's outfit) that I take sometime during the week to encourage other women to dress like a Catholic lady!  I also include where the outfit was purchased to give women 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.


My husband and I travelled down to Washington, D.C. yesterday for the annual March for Life.  We helped to get this petition signed: http://www.tfpstudentaction.org/get-involved/online-petitions/every-pro-family-person-should-sign-this-petition-to-pope-francis-before-the-next-synod.html.  (Please sign it if you have not already.)  While I was getting signatures I ran into some girls who read The Catholic Lady Blog!  It was very exciting!

It was so good to be there as always and this is what I wore:
 
 
 
 
 
 

 
 
 
 
I'M WEARING:

Coat- Old Navy
Skirt- I made
Boots- Consignment
Scarf- Gift
Earrings- Gift
 
 
 
THANKS FOR VISITING!

Chadwicks Skirts


Chadwicks has some nice skirts this season!  Check them out at:
http://www.chadwicks.com/category/400148/skirts

A Good Article: Divorce and Romanticism

"Saint Angela Merici wisely observed, “disorder in the world is the result of disorder in the family.” Over the last generation, the disorder in American family life has grown exponentially. In 1940, there was one divorce for every six marriages; by 1975, the U.S. divorce rate had climbed to one in two. Liberated from the matrimonial ties that bind, families are cast adrift. Amid their wreckage we find our children. A million divorces affect children each year. One in ten children will suffer three such marital dissolutions. “Perfect married life means the spiritual dedication of the parents for the benefit of their children,” the Angelic Doctor Saint Thomas Aquinas counsels, but social scientist Travis Hirschi reports that “the likelihood that the biological parents of a particular child will marry and stay together throughout the period of child rearing is lower today than at any time in the past.”"

Continue reading here:
http://nobility.org/2015/01/15/divorce-and-romanticism/

Tuesday, January 20, 2015

What Does Modesty Look Like?

"A dress cannot be called decent which is cut deeper than two fingers breadth under the pit of the throat; which does not cover the arms at least to the elbows; and scarcely reaches a bit beyond the knees. Furthermore, dresses of transparent materials are improper."
-Cardinal Vicar of Pope Pius XI 1930
 
 
 
 
In 1930 the Vatican found it necessary to give out these guidelines to women in regard to dress.  They are a good rule of thumb for The Catholic Lady.
 
But it is not difficult to define modest dress for women.  It helps to consider the following points:
 
-We are creatures of God.  As Christians we believe in Original Sin and thus the purpose of wearing clothing at all.  We know that God created all people to glorify Him and one day enjoy the happiness of Heaven.  We seek after happiness by our nature but we understand this desire cannot fully be gratified until we enter Eternal Life.  In the meantime we reject materialism and fashion in the worldly sense.  We appreciate feminine and elegant garments because they please God who made femininity beautiful.
 
-We are women.  God defined our nature to be complementary to the masculine sex, a very beautiful thing when we accept it.  Embracing femininity requires serious consideration of what we wear since we should love being ourselves and therefore love the contrast of men's and women's clothing.  We wish to protect the nobility of this relationship and the mythical ideal of chivalry.  Thus, modesty.  We are also repulsed by the modern trends of unisex clothing and defy the horrible abomination of homosexuality and same-sex "marriage" with our modest and elegant dress.
 
-We believe in tradition.  It is very important to consider tradition when choosing our dress.  Centuries of Christian civilization determine that long, full skirts are a beautiful definition of feminine elegance and grace since this style accents our natural traits.  We think about the good taste that our ancestors had to refine their dress based on their heritage, coloring, temperament or work.  Is this why I love the charming fashions of more virtuous eras?
 
-We stand fast.  It is so easy to slip these days when all around us is a cultural war against traditional femininity.  It takes constant effort to resist modern fashion.  It is necessary to analyze each fashion trend as it emerges since we cannot trust these trends are coming from a good source.


 
WHAT DO YOU THINK?

Monday, January 19, 2015

How Dresses Lost Their Sleeves

"It is January and frigid, so of course stores are full of sleeveless dresses.
Gorgeous wool flannels, brisk tweeds, soft knit cashmeres—just the sort of warming fabrics one wants in wintry months, except they leave the arms bare. It is one of the great curiosities of fashion: Women want more sleeves, and designers love to make dresses without them..."

Read more here:
http://www.wsj.com/articles/SB21981194542622794422204580397862875523330

A Good Article

"When she was ten years old, she resolved to imitate Our Lord in everything: “How will I go about it? By combating all the obstacles that keep Jesus from growing inside me: my faults, this pride of mine, my laziness… It is going to be a daily battle.” She made these three resolutions: “I must have: 1) cleanliness (of soul); 2) appropriate clothing; 3) ornamentation ― the good actions we do of our own accord (supererogatory works). Anne wrote: “My soul is destined for Heaven. People are very preoccupied with their outward appearance and hardly at all with the soul . . . My soul was made for eternal life, to be infinitely happy or infinitely unhappy. The good Lord wants it to be eternally happy. That depends on me alone. Mamma cannot do that work for me.”

Read more here:
http://nobility.org/2015/01/12/anne-de-guigne/

Weekend In Feminine Dress

 A Weekend in Feminine Dress is when 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 also include where the outfit was purchased to give women 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.

I feel like it has been very busy around here lately.  My children were sick for over two weeks with a horrible cough and cold and so I have been pretty much constantly wiping baby noses (which is actually more cute than yucky).  Then yesterday was Rebecca's 1st Birthday!  We celebrated all weekend with extended family and now we are quite worn out.  Here is an outfit picture I managed to get in the meantime:


 
I'M WEARING:

Top- Burlington
Skirt- Thrift Store
Shoes- Consignment
 
 
 
 
And here is the happy birthday girl:

Message from a Reader

Below is a short article written by one of our readers!  I was so excited when she sent it to me!
 
 
It is eight o’clock in the morning and I’m sitting in a classroom with forty-some other students at a public university. Glancing around, it is easy to spot many extremes of dressing. There are students who have just rolled out of bed, still yawning and wearing their pajamas. There are other students wearing low cut tops and skin tight jeans. Others fall somewhere in the middle of this spectrum. T-shirts, jeans, and sweatpants are a common sight on my university’s campus, however.
It is very hard sometimes, to be surrounded by this modern day environment while still upholding my ladylike standards. Often, I feel overdressed even in a causal skirt and nicer looking top. If it’s cold outside, I wear a warmer skirt and nice sweater rather than a causal pullover hoodie like the rest of my classmates.
A college campus is not the only place you will find people dressed properly. You will find this just by looking around you as you go about your day to day life. Our society has become so accustomed to the causal T-shirt and jeans that if you even so much as put effort into dressing you are questioned or looked down upon. People don’t put much thought into what they wear anymore. The young women I have met at my college campus do not seem to care how they dress and put no thought into dressing with dignity!
If there is one place that every woman should dress as a lady, that is at Mass. Some friends of mine recently wore pants to daily Mass because it was a weekday and they did not want to look too dressed up. However, at Mass it is important to show respect towards our Lord in the way we dress because He is truly present in the Eucharist!
Why does it matter to live as a lady? It would be so much easier to follow the crowd and fit in with everyone else and is something I have struggled with especially here at college. The world and our society wants us to think that no one cares how you dress and that skirts are outdated. We must not compromise our ladylike standards, especially in today’s society!
Although it is hard to dress modestly and like a Catholic lady in today’s society, especially on a college campus, I continue to do so even when others are following the crowd. Why? I do not want to compromise my standards just to fit in with the rest of the world. I am a Catholic lady and one way I can portray this is by my feminine and modest way of dress.



Monday, January 12, 2015

A Weekend In Feminine Dress

 A Weekend in Feminine Dress is when 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 also include where the outfit was purchased to give women 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.
 
 
I did not get around to posting the extra outfit photo on Thursday like I said I would because we all came down with a bad cold this week.  Thankfully, I received these beautiful outfit photo's from Theresa and I have something to post today!  Here's her message:
"Here's a couple pictures for A Weekend in Feminine Dress. The whole outfit came from St Vincent de Paul except for the necklace and earrings. The necklace is from Paparazzi and I'm not sure where the earrings came from.
Many blessings,
Theresa"
 
 

 
 
THANK YOU!

Monday, January 5, 2015

A Year in Feminine Dress

 A Weekend in Feminine Dress is when 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 also include where the outfit was purchased to give women 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.
 
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Merry Christmas and Happy, Blessed New Year to all of my dear readers!
 
I am resolved this year to put a bit more effort into my Weekend in Feminine Dress posts.  I plan to add a mid week outfit post in addition to my usual Sunday outfit post to hopefully encourage the important apostolate of feminine dress both in my readers and in myself!
 
Despite my resolution, I did not get around to taking pictures yesterday!  Instead, I decided to post a selection of some of my favorite outfits from 2014.
 
My expressions are not the best in many of these photos since for much of the year I was really sick with the disease Hashimoto's (an autoimmune thyroid disease that caused me to swing from hypo to hyperthyroid for most of the year).  I felt the worst I could have ever imagined.  I look forward to my coming photos from the next year as I move towards recovery and better health.
 
 
 
February 2014
 
 
 
 
 
 April 2014
 
 
 
 
June 2014


 
 
July 2014
 
 
 
 
 
August 2014
 
 
 
 
October 2014
 
 
 
December 2014
 
 
 
 
THANKS FOR VISITING!  I HOPE YOU ARE LOOKING FOWARD TO THE NEW YEAR AS MUCH AS I AM!

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