Straight out the gates, I’m not gonna lie… I love fashion. It has definitely been tamed quite a bit over the years as my priorities in life have changed. By the way when I say fashion, I don’t mean spending thousands of dollars on “name brand” clothing and accessories. I am the girl you will find spending hours at discount or thrift store digging for something unique, comfortable, and that makes me giddy inside. Oh, and it must be a steal of a deal! As my husband would tell me, “Just because it’s on sale doesn’t mean you have to buy it.” BUT, I recently saw a quote in my favor that said “Because I bought it on SALE I actually made MONEY”. This is usually my mentality, which is a good thing within self-control.
You can’t put me inside a Marshall’s or TJ Maxx and expect I walk out empty handed. I have learned some great ways to help me with making good decisions while buying clothes:
1. Do not go with my husband because he is just as bad, if not worse than me 😉
2. Only buy something if I cannot live without it, have to LOVE it.
3. Set a budget for that shopping trip and actually stick to it!
4. Ask myself, do I feel comfortable in the clothing? Because I have learned over the years that if don’t feel comfortable I will not wear it.
5. Are my shorts to short or the neckline too low? Once again if I don’t feel comfortable in it I know I will end up never wearing it.
6. Simply just don’t drive across the street from my neighborhood, where Marshall’s, HomeGoods, and Ross reside. (UGH!)
I am fully aware that not everyone enjoys searching for that gem or even likes to shop. For some it is overwhelming and induces anxiety, the thought of having to go choose pieces that go together and will need to make an outfit is too much to handle. I have your solution, a company called Stitch Fix (stitchfix.com). It is definitely not the cheapest way to shop, but might be a great solution for some of you who don’t enjoy the experience of shopping. When you sign up they ask for your sizes and multiple questions that help them determine your “style”. They even have different price ranges and most impressively they ask you questions like, “Are you a mom?” This way they get the best idea of what type of clothing you need. After you do the initial sign up they send you clothes and accessories in the mail that you can either keep or send back at no charge. Check them out, my sister-in-law is a customer and has had a great experience.
Whether we enjoy fashion or could care less about what we wear, this passage is worth our attention and meditation. I consistently have to ask myself where my heart is when it comes to how much attention I put into my appearance. If I believe that God is my creator and that He is perfect, then why do I question the beauty He has made me to be? I pray that when we women look in the mirror we see God’s beautiful creation, not the lies of perfection our society feeds us.
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. For women who claim to be devoted to God should make themselves attractive by the good things they do. 2 Timothy 2:8-10