Our family (kids and grandkids- 13 in number) was enjoying a few days in the mountains, so of course the” girls” had to have a couple of hours shopping in the small village. My granddaughter, Sydney, age fourteen, had been looking for a dress for her school’s spring dance and we found one in a small dress shop that we thought might fit the bill but we had no time for her to try it on.
The next day we returned to the village to enjoy lunch in a local restaurant. Afterwards we once again passed the dress shop and, we had the time, so Sydney went in and tried the dress on. There is a saying that the clothes make a man. Of course we know that isn’t always true but at that moment, when I saw her emerge from the dressing room, I was reminded once again that clothes indeed speak volumes. The message in that dress was simply beautiful and feminine and innocent and in it, she literally took my breath away!
Years ago my husband coined an expression that has stuck with me as I clothed my daughters when they were young and also now look for clothes for myself. It is “purely alluring” and it seems to fit perfectly with God’s idea of His well dressed daughters. Purity speaks of wearing nothing that would be a stumbling block to others. It is part of the sign that says my body is sacred, a temple of God, a daughter of the King. But then the way we dress should be attractive, alluring to others, in fact it appears that the Proverbs 31 woman dressed beautifully. Alluring says that we wear nothing that is offensive and yet because of what we wear, people will be initially drawn to us. Attractive dress does…well…attract.
Sydney’s dress was once again a good reminder for me. Beauty and modesty go hand in hand and complement one another. I have several more granddaughters and many more proms and special occasions where beautiful dresses will be chosen. I am looking forward to each one of them “taking my breath away” by being purely alluring!
The King’s daughter is all glorious within;
Her clothing is interwoven with gold.