Wednesday, July 24, 2013

Thoughts on Pants & Veils

I have been wearing a lot more skirts and dresses since I've had John. This could be because I can only comfortably wear my maternity jeans ( I only have one pair), because it's easier to use the bathroom when I'm wearing him in the Moby, because they are cooler when hanging the clothes on the line, and/or because maybe it's more appropriate.
Isn't this pretty, fashionable, and modest?? I love this!

I have recently been pondering if it really is more appropriate for me to wear skirts and dresses everyday instead of just on special occasions or for Mass. I remember my mother telling me she wasn't allowed to wear pants to school until she was a junior in high school. I remember being confused by not being "allowed" to wear pants. I was doing some research and found that many schools had it as a dress code until 1972.

When I was in school. I wore our uniform which consisted of a skirt and I LOVED IT. Except during winter. During winter it was a chore to shave my legs. Lol My socks came up to almost my knee and the skirt came down to my knee so, really I just had to shave the barely not there space where someone could possibly notice. (which I'm sure no one did)
Picture of me (left)  and a friend, Angie from high school.

I also read that some religions require as a rule for women to wear skirts/dresses because the bible says "("A woman shall not wear that which pertaineth unto a man", Deuteronomy 22:5"

When my husband was working with some Amish men on a fence for a ranch. They asked him if I wore pants. I think in their culture it is very important for women to wear skirts.

I feel different, maybe more feminine, when wearing dresses or skirts. I feel more presentable for sure. Jeans have always been a favorite of mine. I find them, most comfortable. They go with almost EVERYTHING. Which is nice. I think that the same can be said for skirts though if you buy them in colors that match what you already have.
Picture of me, super pregnant, wearing one of my FAVORITE dresses.

It also says that women should cover their heads.
St. Paul says in 1 Corinthians 11:4-10 :
"Any man who prays or prophesies with his head covered brings shame upon his head. But any woman who prays or prophesies with her head unveiled brings shame upon her head, for it is one and the same thing as if she had had her head shaved. For if a woman does not have her head veiled, she may as well have her hair cut off. But if it is shameful for a woman to have her hair cut off or her head shaved, then she should wear a veil. A man, on the other hand, should not cover his head, because he is the image and glory of God, but woman is the glory of man. For man did not come from woman, but woman from man; nor was man created for woman, but woman for man; for this reason a woman should have a sign of authority on her head, because of the angels."

I wear a veil when I attend Mass. I do this because it is showing humility. It is a sign of my husband's authority over me. I used to think of it as a way to not distract men from what is really happening at the altar but now, I see it more as a way to make myself more prepared for Mass. It helps me to put my mind where it should be when I put it on. It helps me throughout the Mass to keep my eyes forward (almost like blinders) where they should be.  It is an attempt to be more like our Mother Mary who is always pictured with her veil. So perfect of a woman, that she was chosen to bear Jesus.

 I would love to read your thoughts!