The Problem with Sizing
My first child, Annie, is almost 3 years old. She’ll turn 3 at the end of June. When I was shopping for her summer clothes at Wee-Cycle It, I didn’t buy 3-T clothing. I bought 4-T. While she isn’t an overweight child, she is stout and she has a long torso.
I questioned myself several times before checking out. Did I need to buy 4T?? They looked so BIG. But yes, I did need to go up a size. And here’s why: she’s going to be 3, and I don’t want her showing her booty to the entire free world.
If I go with the size of her age, the skirts will be shorter than I like. If I go with the size of her age, when she lifts her arms, I’ll be able to see her belly button.
Let me tell you something…no woman has any reason to be showing Target shoppers her booty every time she bends over. When I’m at Ingles and I see a woman reaching for the rice on the top shelf, I don’t want to have an extensive view of her abdomen. As women, we have the job of keeping ourselves covered up and modest. The only person we should be baring our booty to is our husband…not the stocker on aisle 3. Ahem.
1 Timothy 2:9 – “And I want women to be modest in their appearance. They should wear decent and appropriate clothing and not draw attention to themselves by the way they fix their hair or by wearing gold or pearls or expensive clothes.”
Teach Her Early
So, let me ask you something. Do you think that if I let Annie show her booty and belly right now that when she turns 13 I can suddenly change the way she dresses? Nope. I have to start teaching her NOW what is appropriate and what is not. I need to let her know NOW that she needs to dress modestly and cover herself up…and if that means I have to dress her in larger clothing, so be it.
What Does Modest Mean??
Dressing modestly doesn’t just mean that when you bend over, everyone can’t see your panties. It also includes the things that ARE covering your rear end. Are your pants painted on? Can you breathe when you sit down? Is your shirt see-through? For me, this means that neither Annie nor I will ever wear anything that says “JUICY” across the bottom. And let me be frank…having CUTIE plastered across your rear isn’t “cutie” after the age of 2.
1 Peter 3:3-4 – “Your beauty should not come from outward adornment, such as braided hair and the wearing of gold jewelry and fine clothes. Instead, it should be that of your inner self, the unfading beauty of a gentle and quiet spirit, which is of great worth in God’s sight.”
Now, dressing modestly doesn’t mean that you wear a burlap sack every day. It means that you cover yourself up. You CAN be cute and covered up. For me, it means that I let Annie wear knee-length skirts and longer. I like her shirt to cover her stomach…and I refrain from buying her booty shorts that read BOOTYLICIOUS on the back.
I realize I’ve likely ticked several of you off. Sorry about that. I have been told that I am too opinionated…but at least I’m opinionated with my booty covered up.
And because I’m a Mama…and because I make “cents,” I’ll be spending my cents on clothing that teach my children how to dress modestly while looking beautiful.
**One of my best friends, Erinn Linkous, has just started a blog called Embracing Everything Emma. She’ll cover (pun intended) a little bit of everything, including MODEST childhood fashion – on a budget…because that’s how she rolls. I can’t wait to see where her blog goes….because she’s my fashion consultant.
*This post is linked at Proverbs 31 Thursday on Raising Mighty Arrows, at Weekend Whatever on Your Thriving Family, at Works For Me Wednesday at We Are That Family, at Homestead Barn Hop at The Prairie Homestead, and at Simple Lives Thursday on GNOWFGLINS.