|A good woman must think about her clothes and dress for principle, not popularity!|
I love to shop, especially for clothes, as most of you have probably realized. It's hard for me in the Spring when I enter the dresses section of a department store and admire the rows of pastel printed frocks!
Until I take one off the rack and hold it up.
Way too short.
I'm not trying to sound prissy, like my standards are better than everyone else's. I think many other women out there agree. We want dresses a bit longer. They just don't exist.
I go through the racks keeping my eyes hopefully on the hemlines. Nothing. They are all so short! Occasionally I find one slightly longer and pick it up. But when I try it on later I am even more disappointed. Now I don't consider myself that tall at 5' 6", pretty average height I thought, until I look at those dresses and fruitlessly hope to find one that is decent. I just want it to cover my knees, maybe a few inches past. Is that too much to ask?
Those pretty floral prints and pastel colors, beautiful a-lines and feminine laces (sleeveless dresses are another issue, but at least I could easily fix that with a cardigan), they are all useless to me and any other woman desiring to look decent at Easter Sunday Mass or a wedding or any other event this year. It is so disappointing!
Someone might ask, "Why do you care about a short dress so much when all the rest of the world accepts it?" I do care! Just because social standards are slipping, doesn't mean I let mine go too!
There is a lesson to learn here that is important. It would be easy to let it go and wear a dress that is almost long enough. Goodness knows, no one would notice with what other women are wearing today and I would soon forget my compromise of principle. But one thing would lead to another. I know it. Deep down I know that temptation only leads to more temptation and standing up for principle pays out in the end.
Here is a quote from the Vatican in 1930:
"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." The Cardinal Vicar of Pope Pius XI