Are women generally modest in their dress? Some are and some are not. It does depend on what modest means to them. I recently came home with a dress that I thought was modest and a great bargain. I went to JP and it hung on the rack there, with many more dresses. It’s getting to be the only store that carries dresses all year long. A woman recently said to me, ” I want to buy a new dress but where do I find one long enough?” Many times I have asked this very same question and JP has the longest dresses I know of. Their dresses work fine for women of average height. A woman five foot, four may even take one of these dresses home and shorten it.
This is not the case with me. I am tall and a dress that works for short women, say knee-length, for example, is two to three inches above the knee on me. So, getting back to the greatest bargain yet, it is a black and
white striped, rayon jersey dress. I like it very much. It has spandex in it and while trying it on, I may have been stretching it downward somewhat! It hung just above the knee. So I thought I could get away with that, although I like my dress length best at just below the knee. Besides it was the bargain of all bargains. The dress was marked down to $20.00 and I had just received in the mail, a $10.00 OFF coupon to be used on a purchase of any amount. I headed home with a ten dollar dress in the bag I carried. Stripes are in this year and it’s scooped neck is quite conservative.
Sunday arrived, and I pulled my new dress out of the closet, slipped it on, only to hear my husband say, “You can’t wear that to church.” Why?
“Because it’s too short.” (which meant I shouldn’t wear it anywhere). So my bargain dress went back into the closet and I wondered how many husbands even notice what their wives wear? Then I came upon a song. It’s southern soul music, not the type of music I particularly enjoy. However, It’s entitled, “Yo Dress Is Too Short.” It is written by Bob Steele and he sings, “Hey lady, don’t you think your dress is too short.” So there you have it, there are other men that notice.
Some skirt lengths are so extremely short that no man would go without noticing. A teen girl was told to ask herself if she would wear it in front of her grandparents? Another measure of a skirt’s length is to bend over and
touch your toes. And skirts that seem a reasonable length, aren’t that when a person sits down. To me, today’s prom dresses look as if they are missing several feet of material. What happened to the beautiful full length, billowing chiffon skirts? Some think that adding high laced shoes makes a cover-up for all the exposed, bare skin, but they don’t.
The mini-skirt has been with us a long time. Their popularity peaked in the “Swinging London” of the 1960’s. Before then, short skirts were only seen in sport and dance clothing. In the 1950’s they appeared in the science fiction films, like “Forbidden Planet.” Grandma’s golden rule has gone along the wayside. It was, ” if you put your arms down straight and your fingertips are longer than your skirt hem, your skirt is too short.” A modest person will tell you that if you feel uncomfortable or exposed when wearing a skirt, then you shouldn’t be wearing it. (Actually that was me in my striped dress.)
Today, skirts and dresses that are knee length and longer are considered modest. Modesty is a whole other subject and some women think they can wear short skirts as long as they wear tights under them, or pull a mini-skirt over a pair of jeans.
Are you wondering what happened to my bargain dress? I bought jersey material and it now has a two and a half inch, black border attached to the skirt’s bottom. It hasn’t passed inspection yet, but I think it will.