CLASSIC CLOTHING TO FIT YOUR LIFE AND PURSE

All of you should clothe yourselves in humility toward one another, because God opposes the arrogant, but to the humble He gives grace. 1 Peter 5:5

And why are you anxious about clothing?  Consider the lilies of the field, how they grow: they neither toil nor spin...   Matthew 6:28

Because I want gprevived.com to be "simple" and easy to read, just giving the facts without a lot of talk, I'm going to keep this section simple also.  I'm always looking for your opinions, thoughts and suggestions.  Don't be shy.  I love to hear from folks who have seen my site.  BTW, critics are welcome also.  : )

My mother was a terrific seamstress and clothing designer.  She taught me this art as a young child when I was around 7 years old.  My first lesson was designing and sewing clothing for my baby doll.  Because of her patience and brilliance in the area of color and design, I learned how to mix and match patterns and fabrics to create clothing that was distinctly my own. 

Fast forwarding to the present day, I have discovered that buying clothing from department stores is not always ideal.  Many times the prices are extremely high, the fabric used to make the outfit is of poor quality or the current styles are just not something I would personally wear.  So, what's a lady to do? 

For decades, I have been shopping at the thriftiest stores I can find...thrift stores.  I have several that are my absolute favorites.  I can spend $20 and come out with several items that would have cost much more in a regular store.  The trick here is to know what you want or need before heading out.  And, be sure to pray.  That's of utmost importance.

Should I consider style or what looks best on me?  Do I know what colors enhance my complexion?  Do I take a good look in the mirror and decide which parts of my body to bold and which to hide?  Am I tall or short?  Slim or plump?  What clothing do I already own that just needs a little something to make it "pop"?  Remember...what one person thinks is in style, another will consider it "out" of style.  Dress for yourself...not for your friends.  Seriously!

Check out the lady in the photo to the right?  She is wearing what I call classic style.  It is basic, modest and simple, yet she looks like a million dollars in her black pants or skirt with belt, black top and lovely beige jacket that has a bit of black on the pockets.  To this she has added silver or beige necklace and earrings.  That's the classic look I find attractive and easy to do.  I'm hoping to teach you folks what my mother taught me.  The cost for an interchangable wardrobe is minimal.  Forget buying high priced clothing.  That same skirt or shirt is probably waiting for you at the thrift store with the department store tag stilled attached! 

And, as I stated before, I would love to hear your ideas.

 

THE BATHING SUIT

Speaking of modest, classic clothing, we can't forget swimwear and its origin.  Attached to this article is a simple history of bathing suits.  You will notice that the huge push for lesser fabric in this type of "clothing" was truly a gift to us from Hollywood actresses and movies.  

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/History_of_swimwear

As a young teen, growing up in FL and eventually living on a sailboat as an adult, the idea of wearing such skimpy outfits never bothered me...until I became Born Again in the Spirit.  That is when I realized I was actually like the king in the "King's New Clothes" story.  I was wearing my underwear and calling it a bathing suit.  Hmmmm.  Do we ever stop to think that the only difference is the fabric?  Today, women are wearing fancily decorated bras thinking they are outer wear.  I suppose the next trend will be total nudity?

So, is there such a thing as a "modest" swimsuit?  

DRESSING LIKE A QUEEN

Yesterday while checking out the news, I saw a photo of Queen Letizia of Spain.  She generally dresses modestly and looks elegant.  Now, I here some of you say, well, she can afford it.  That's the wrong kind of thinking.  Fabric is fabric.  Style is style.  You can always find items like she is wearing for a less expensive price.  Your clothing doesn't have to come from Saks, Macys, Bloomingdales or some outrageous designer to look expensive.  It is how we wear our clothing and choose the styles for our figures that makes the difference.

Here are some queenly styles that I thought you might enjoy looking at.