Monday, February 26, 2007
God made me uniquely woman. In today's society everything has become so unisex...job roles, homemaking roles, and our choice of clothing. The Gap is such a good example of a store in which most of the clothes are really neither male nor female. I have always loved L.L. Bean and Lands' End and those also have very unisex styles. For many years my husband and I dressed so much alike. Polo shirts and khakis.
I love looking at photos at women of other cultures who wear amazing dresses, robes, scarves, and headpieces. These outfits are usually made of gorgeous fabrics full of brilliant color, interesting textures, and unique design. They look so alive and distinctly female.
As I began to think about it I realized that I wanted to look more womanly at home. I love the 1950's stereotype of the man coming home from work to find his wife looking pretty with a clean dress, fresh apron, and bright RED lipstick. He has been beat-up by the world all day and probably hasn't experienced much in the way of real beauty, and what an encouragement to walk in the door to a beautiful, distinctly female wifey :) And we all know that real beauty comes from within, but it's nice to reflect that on the outside as well. I feel soft, kind and nurturing in a skirt much more than I do in my sweats and ratty t-shirts!
With spring approaching, I have hit my local Goodwill for some fun simple skirts that I can wear with bright colored tops and cute accessories. Nothing fancy, just fresh sparkle. I have found a few cute denim skirts, some peasant skirts, and sarongs. I want to glory in being a woman in my home and offer my unique beauty to those God has placed in my path.
Here's to being fully female and reflecting that in the way we dress!