Athleticwear isn’t cheap, especially modest ones. Most companies are small buisnesses and need to keep their prices relativly high to compensate for that (or also if they create pieces from locally made products!). It’s great when you can afford these but sometimes its just not possible to buy a $50 exercise skirt!!!
Here are some inexpensive options for athletic wear (for women!!
1. Know Your Fabrics!
What sort of fabric is active wear usually made of? (Spandex / Stretch Knit, Jersey Knit, Poly Stretch Jersey, Nylon, even cotton!) Buying clothing with the same fabric, even if it may not be sold exactly as “activewear” but is wearable, can be an option. (It can also help, if you are looking to SEW your own activewear! Which is also an option!).
2. BUY THRIFTED!
I cannot hype this enough. Thrift shops are THE BEST places to get active wear. Just make sure it is pretty good quality and not filled with holes or dirty-looking. My personal favorites are Goodwill, Savers / Value Village, and sometimes Salvation Army. There are also some online thrift stores such as ThredUp, Swap,Worn Wear, Poshmark, Ebay, Thrifted.
3. Shop From These Stores
These companies are not paying me, and I do not earn any commission for any of these links!
Sometimes active wear can be found in different places other than actual “active wear” stores and shops. Try these!
Try Capri leggings with an exercise skirt (try searching for nylon / spandex / jersey skirts too!) from Amazon!
Amazon also has modest skirt & leggings together for cheaper than $50
4. You Don’t Have To Buy Marketed “Workout Clothing”
An old / new t-shirt can work just fine! These can be thrifted, accessed pretty cheaply at most stores or your favorite Tee that you already own.
And you don’t have to wear LuLuLemon’s! Wide pants, shorts or a wide midi skirt with shorts underneath are good options! Here are some ideas:
Tunics can be a good option too to wear over pants that are a little tight:
Just keep this good rule of thumb in mind: Depending where you are exercising (at home or in public / the gym), your exercise wear should never be less modest than your swimwear. See also our videos on these two topics.
Now that you know what you’re looking for, happy shopping! And God bless !
This year, 2020, popular singer Harry Styles donned a dress305 for the cover of Vogue magazine and quickly became a hot topic. Conservative author and commentator Candace Owens rightly called it out as “an attack on real men.”306 Of course, she was promptly attacked and slandered by the mob and the mass media.
The leftist secular media kept repeating, “men wore dresses in the past so this is OK and not emasculation.” Some even dared to call it “masculine” for a man to wear a dress, as Styles did. Aside from the fact that all of the “men” wearing dresses today are practicing sodomites and pedophiles (leaving aside Cultures such as the Scots, the Bhutanese, etc.), we are leaving a very, very big something out of the picture here. There are a few things of which we need to remind ourselves before we can even attempt to dive into the twisted mindset of secular society and their “definition and redefinition of masculinity.”
First, the radical Left does not even understand what authentic masculinity is, as they promote godless practices in the name of “freedom” and try to punish men who dare to live as real, strong, Christian men, calling them “homophobic, bigots, sexists, rapists, haters, unfeeling” etc.
Secondly, secular society is ridiculously immoral; Men dress in “drag” in over-the-top makeup and dresses, and it’s supposed to be cool. Gay men dress in women’s clothing, and it’s supposed to be normal. Pedophiles are now being called just another “sexual preference.”307 Gay men are wearing ball gowns, and it’s supposed to be historical and masculine.
Thirdly, society is literally backward and is becoming so in every facet of life. The height of “femininity” in the eyes of secular society is a Feminist. And not just a feminist: a witchy, bisexual (preferably lesbian), pant-wearing, workplace dominating, child-killing feminist. One who is constantly whining about made-up reasons to be insulted and angry (like manspreading308, mansplaining309, pregnancy310, periods311, bras312, abortion bans, mistletoe313 the list is endless). In this society, abortion is a sacrament. A man in a dress is great because it signifies the freedom of “men” to become more and more emasculated, more in touch with the homosexual spirit, more open to letting the moral fabric of society fall into decay and insanity. This society embraces men believing that they are women inside, and women believing they are indeed men, and that there are 112+ genders314, and that children should be raised gender-neutral315. Where convicted pedophiles316 in dresses and an obscene amount of makeup read pro-LGBT filth to children in libraries, it’s the humane thing to ban guns, but a ban that would allow babies born alive317 after an attempted abortion from taking place is inhumane.
Fourth, secular society wants men without chests. They want men without the wits, muscle, spiritual or physical strength to provide and protect their wives and children. Men without guns, a solid and steady faith life and moral backbone, without leadership and a steady job. Leaving children without a father and wives without a husband. No foundation, no rock, nothing solid. And are we surprised at the number of broken families318? Have we taken a look at the corroborating numbers of fatherless homes and crime? What about the number of same-sex attracted and gender-confused people who almost all have a past that includes problems with their fathers.319
This whole idea that men in dresses (men cross-dressing rather) is cool and masculine and in tune with history is coming from a society that is so sick and twisted that it holds murdering an innocent child in the womb and during birth as the highest form of currency, power, freedom, and yes, religion. A society where women dressing and acting like “men” is the norm and has been for decades. A society where sexually-perverse men and women (and children!320) parade the streets, online, in the news, and libraries. A society where one can do anything, as long as it is immoral, where one can say anything as long as it is immoral and blasphemes God and the natural order.
St. Ambrose, in his commentary on Deuteronomy 22:5321, writes,
If you consider it truly, there is an incongruity that nature itself abhors. For why, man, do you not want to appear to be what you were born as? Why do you put on a strange guise? Why do you ape a woman? Or why do you, woman, ape a man? Nature arrays each sex with its own garments. Men and women have different customs, different complexions, gestures and gaits, different sorts of strength, different voices.
We as a society have lost any true sense of gender: True masculinity and true femininity. Both genders have become mutilated and enmeshed together into what we have today. We have forgotten the importance of the little things that remind us of who we are and why we are. Today we have prided ourselves that we have changed what it means to be a woman and what it means to be a man. So much so that simple actions towards rediscovering how to act feminine as women, or masculine as men, have become taboo. Such as a strong, solidly religious man raising a large family with his wife who does not work outside the home. “Breaking barriers” and doing “what is taboo” has been the cool thing to do for decades. And it has become so old and so overplayed, yet the Left never ceases to amaze in what other “taboo” or “glass ceiling” they propose to break.
The Catholic Church has and will always call for men with courage, a strong moral backbone, and the ability to protect the vulnerable (yes, even using guns if necessary322). The effect of strong men is a safe, well-functioning society. Strong men take care of their wives and children and do not let them come to harm in any way, and do not leave them. Strong men make sure their cities elect good officials who will make the dignity of human life a priority and work honestly. Strong men notice and fix problems in the home, society, and yes, in the Churches. Strong men are there when times are tough and help improve it. A society that is broken is one with broken families, single mothers with nowhere to live or go for help, unwanted children aborted in the womb, unfair and unjust economic systems that are based on debt and interest and not true wealth, ill-functioning laws, and political systems that are only focused on greed and avarice; I can go on. Good, moral, strong men are an essential piece in a Christocentric, healthy society. This is what secularists are continually hammering in the ground with their filthy heels while crying against so-called “toxic masculinity.”
The Catholic Church is not against “men in robes.” Cassocks, Judges robes, Old Royalty. Cultures that include men wearing kilts and togas are not condemned by the Church either. But these are and were not worn to “prove something” to society, to show off their ability to be “out and proud homosexuals,” to promote severely immoral and broken ideologies and lifestyles that have been made the norm in society. The Left has taken the beauty of robes and has done what they always do to everything: made it all about sex and breaking with tradition and so-called “taboos.”
To conclude, a “man in a dress” isn’t just about a man wearing a feminine-styled dress; it isn’t a hat tip to men in history wearing robes and tunics, it isn’t a show of masculinity, nor is it even a salute to men of different cultures like the Scots. It is a blatant result of Toxic Feminist, homosexual, anti-family, anti-life, anti-gender role, anti-God ideology and practice. A grossly homosexual deviant wearing a dress is not masculine. A traditional, spiritually strong man in a cassock giving his life to Christ and serving others is indeed masculine. There is a difference, and I can assure you, the Left knows it.
I’ve finished writing the book on Catholic Modesty a few months ago (YAY!). I have since sent it to two Catholic publishers, both were very polite but both declined. One said they don’t work with people they’ve never worked with before and the other said, while its well written, its just not a good fit for them. I really appreciate your prayers and patience in this endeavor! Although I am still looking for more publishers, my last resort will be to self publish. However, its not my favorite option. I was really hoping to have this book professionally polished and edited for you guys. I am doing all this right now, and let me tell you, I’m not a pro!
Right now I am double checking all my footnotes, (THERE ARE 462 SO FAR!), and editing what I can, but its a daunting task. I am also looking to send the manuscript to a faithful Catholic priest I know to check the theology in the book.
My questions for you, my dear patient and amazing friends, are:
Should I bite the bullet and self publish? It may not get as far and widespread then if I found a Catholic publisher, and I will need to edit, format and design the book myself. It will not be at its best.
Should I use my real name on the book? I don’t really want to. My reasoning is that the book will be judged by who the author is, instead of the content, which is what I really don’t want. But who knows?
Are you guys still interested in this book!? I honestly can’t wait to get it out there to you!
This book has 241 pages so far, packed full of information on Catholic Modesty and all it entails. My goal is to answer the questions that I myself had been searching for and couldn’t find anywhere, with charity and clarity. The title, though liable to change is, “Catholic Modesty: What It Is, What It Isn’t, And Why It’s Still Important”.
While I am so hopping excited for you all to read it, I still have a 2/3 of the book to run over, quickly edit, and polish. So PLEASE pray for me! Pray for this endeavor! I am hoping to have it available for you all soon – if I end up self publishing, you will be able to download the book for FREE, and pay only for paperback copies. I want this information to be available for everyone.
Here is the PREFACE of the book and the TABLE OF CONTENTS as it is right now!!!
It must first be noted that I am not a professional writer; I have no college degree, this is my first real book, and I cannot promise to have perfect Grammar. What I can promise you, dear reader, is a dedication to absolute Truth, a great love for souls, and a penchant for clear answers. But this book isn’t about me, it’s about answers, it’s about clarity, it’s about countless women (and men!) who just want to know what Modesty really means. It’s about the woman who is ostracized for wearing immodest clothing unknowingly, the Father who is criticized for raising his children to wear modest clothes, the Parish Priest who is persecuted because he dares to speak about dressing properly for Mass, the girl feeling left out because she only wears skirts. It is for people of goodwill who are searching, who want to do the right thing, who may have gone about things the wrong way before.
The virtue of Modesty is only one part of the beautiful web of Catholicism, it is not the “be all end all”. Though the enormity of confusion among Catholics concerning this subject is grounds enough to write about it in depth. “Catholic Modesty” is a touchy and oftentimes avoided topic, because of well-meaning, but overzealous and uncharitable remarks made by many Catholics, and their puritanical views on the matter. We are called to strive for holiness in all things, including modesty, so it is almost ironic that the virtue, which is also called “temperance”, is sometimes implemented in the most imprudent and intemperate way by those meaning to spread its use. Squabbles over dress codes, standards, scruples, strap width, shoulders, and “tone” have risen to such a state that some feel it best to just call off the whole thing and encourage the idea of “just, don’t be naked in public and love Jesus” kind of attitude, or the Protestanized, relativistic “You have your belief of what modesty means to you, and I have mine; there is no one right answer.” Truth has been twisted, new ideas and theologies have arisen, and one can say that we have become very divided with no end in sight. Catholics may all agree that modesty is important, but to progress further than this, no one can seem to agree on what constitutes a modest outfit and what doesn’t.
As a concerned Catholic woman, searching for answers on the topic of modest dress was not easy; finding exact standards for Mass was shady, and many good, prominent Catholics contradict each other in word and deed. One finds themselves asking many questions that seem to go unanswered.
Is it “two inches above the knee” or “ankles always covered”? Or does it even matter? If one man thinks mini skirts are immodest and one doesn’t, does that mean women can wear mini skirts or is it simply not about men at all? If only Men are visual then why am I visual as well? Is there something wrong with me because of that? If this woman promoting modesty gets so upset about women wearing low-cut shirts, then why isn’t she following her own rules for low-cut shirts? And perhaps the biggest question of them all, “does it even matter in the end?”
In the spirit of brotherly love and hope for unification and a proper understanding of the entirety of the subject of Catholic Modesty, this book was written. As a few other books concerning this same subject were also written prior, the focus will also be on specific answers to questions I had that I previously could not find anywhere else. It is also the hope that this book does not hold itself upright as the “be all end all”, but more so as a sort of primer to answer many questions that I had, and that I noticed so many other Catholics also have concerning this virtue of modesty. This book was not written to somehow show that, “Hey! I have all the answers!” because I do not. If one were to follow me around, one would certainly note many areas of modesty that I continue to fail in, and that’s normal! We are all striving for holiness, and will never be completely perfect in this life.
Now, to be clear, this book was not written to condemn, but to encourage, to enliven, and to educate. What the reader does after reading this book is entirely between them and God. May God be glorified by this unprofessional piece of work, and may this bring you closer to Christ through Mary.
The author of this book fully accepts the entire Magisterium of the Catholic Church and is obedient to the Chair of Peter in Rome.
“(I)t will be the fault of ignorance, not malice, if I say anything contrary to the doctrine of the Holy Roman Catholic Church, may be held as certain. By God’s goodness I am, and always shall be, faithful to the Church, as I have been in the past. May He be for ever blessed and glorified. Amen.” St. Teresa of Avila (1)
(1) Interior Castle, page 15 Publisher: Grand Rapids, MI: Christian Classics Ethereal Library Print Basis: London: Thomas Baker, 1921. 3rd ed
TABLE OF CONTENTS:
Modesty: What is it?
What has the Church always taught about Modesty? And has it changed?
The Decline of Morals: Feminism, Freemasonry and The Persistence of the Church Part I
The Decline of Morals: Feminism, Freemasonry and The Persistence of the Church Part II
Conclusion: Modesty, Merit, and Our Lady
Frequently Asked Questions
BONUS / APPENDIX:
The Catholic Church on Dressing for Mass: A Timeline
So that’s that for now. Again, I really appreciate your patience and prayers. I will keep y’all updated as this continues.
It may seem at times that when a pastor dares to add a snippet in his sermon about dressing appropriately for Mass, or a paragraph in the Sunday bulletin on what attire is considered respectable for the Holy Sacrifice, it doesn’t usually go down well. Some parishioners may complain, or a visitor may become angry, the Bishop may even be called. But a pastor giving proper guidelines to his sheep on what the Church deems appropriate wear for THE Holy Sacrifice of the Mass is not new, nor is it something the Church has ever condemned. In fact, it has been a longstanding tradition to guide the faithful in appropriate wear, and has been so for hundreds of years. And it is a part of the job of the pastor to guide his flock in all things moral, especially when it comes to the Mass.
The Church has always taught the importance of Christians dressing properly, specifically for inside the Church in front of God Himself truly Present in the Eucharist. There are numerous Saints, Doctors and Fathers of the Church, Popes and holy priests that have spoken on this very topic. Though because of the volume of information on this subject, we will only be focusing on the 19th to 21st centuries here, and focusing mostly on Bishops, Cardinals and so on. Not priests or saints.
The Outlines of the Dress Code which we can see is still promoted even today, we can trace back to Pope Benedict XV.
CLICK HERE TO DOWNLOAD THIS TIMELINE IN PDF FORMAT:
In 1924, La Croix published an article that speaks loudly of Rome’s serious call to modesty in dress in Church, even citing Cardinal Basilio Pompili, before his 1928 Guidelines! (A dress cannot be called decent which is cut deeper than two fingers’ breadth under the pit of the throat, which does not cover the arms at least to the elbows, and scarcely reaches beyond the knees. Furthermore, dresses of transparent materials are improper.”)
Against Fashions Contrary to Decency
We published in its time the great advertisement given to the pilgrims who of all the flock to Lourdes by the Bishop of Tarbes and Lourdes. In this document, much noted, the prelate formally forbids access to the processions, the Grotto and the sanctuaries to all women and young girls who do not observe the prescriptions of Cardinal Pompili, vicar of Rome, and of the Cardinal Patriarch of Venice.
The cardinal had prescribed: “A woman should enter the house of God only decently dressed in a rising garment and her head covered, because the immodesty of clothing, everywhere and always reprehensible, offends particularly the holiness of the temples, forbids the access to the Eucharist Table and often attracts terrible punishments from God.”
The Patriarch of Venice had prescribed for his part: “The priests of our diocese will have noticed that, for some time, a fashion has been established in the costume of women which eliminates the sleeves and increases the neckline. He should therefore (warn the faithful that people who dare to come to church in such clothing (low-cut bodices, insufficiently long sleeves, not going below the elbow) will not be admitted to the sacraments and may be invited to leave the church. If therefore a woman or a young girl dressed in this way presented herself at the Holy Table to receive Communion, every priest should, without making any direct observation, pass in front of her; without giving her Holy Communion. If the pastor of this person could then find the opportunity to make him hear a fatherly warning, that he not omit this act of charity.”
Let us recall the opinion of Bishop Schoepfer: “Seeing, to our deep sorrow, the overflow of the abuses which the venerable Cardinals Pompili and La Fontaine seek to remedy spread more and more and even invade the city of the Apparitions, we believe ourselves obliged to make our own and adopt as a line of conduct to be followed, in our whole diocese, but in Lourdes especially the serious decisions taken and promulgated by these drue. The illustrious princes of the Church. Consequently-, if, in our diocese of Tarbes and Lourdes, a person offending in her dress- aforementioned prescriptions, came to the Holy Table to receive Communion, any priest without, moreover, sending him an observation direct should refrain from giving him Holy Communion. By thus echoing the defenses of the Eminent Cardinals Pompili and La Fontaine, we are also inspired by the example that came recently from Our Holy Father Pope Pius XI himself, who formally forbade the appearance in his presence of “the ladies or young girls whose dress would be more absolutely high and the sleeves are long enough We believe, moreover, with regard to Lourdes that we must add that the persons whose costume would be contrary to the orders reproduced above must take care as unworthy of being admitted to enter the miraculous Grotto, consecrated by the Apparitions of the Immaculate Virgin.”
We also remember that Mgr Quilliet, Bishop of Lille, a. specified that young girls must wear dresses that descend below the knee. Finally, the Religious Week of Clermont publishes this press release from the bishopric:
1 Immodest clothing is always wrong is especially in the holy place. Therefore anyone allowing to appear there with an inappropriate setting would be liable to be asked to leave the church;
2. The sacraments should be denied to women and girls reporting for the confessional or the holy table in some decent dress (Low necklines (corsage DÉCOLLETÉ, insufficiently long sleeves, not down below the elbow);
3. Regarding the refusal of the Holy Eucharist, the priest, without making any comments to the person whose isn’t dress appropriatly, will just pass her without giving her Holy Communion;
4. The pastor of a person to whom the sacraments would have been so rejected and could then find the opportunity to give him a fatherly admonition, and not omit this act of charity.
For these quotes, our readers see how the Church is moved to see the paganism in clothing invade us.
What did I say ? This is not only of paganism. The inhabitants of uncivilized country that brings the ease of travel in Europe, wonder, rightly, to see our civilization disrobe at will, while in the name of civilization, are invited to adopt them, the use of clothing. Insist is useless, absolutely blatant abuse, the glaring scandal. We certainly do not claim to be able to draw against the torrent of general indecency effective dike, but we beg Christian families to refuse to submit to the yoke of tyranny indecent fashions.
They owe it to God.
They owe to Jesus Christ they want to receive the Eucharist years.
They owe it to the Christian tradition.
They owe it to the building of the youth.
If we destroy modesty, we fall into the cesspool of corruption.
Dublin cable reports state that war has been declared on the “Gladneck” by Irish women and a League of St. Brigid has been established, with the warm approval of the authorities of the Church, to combat immodest fashions. The convents and boarding schools are to be constituted headquarters for the new league, and thousands of young women missionaries are annually to carry on the fight in their home districts. All members of the new league will be required to sign the following pledge :
“For the glory of God and the honor of Erin, I promise to avoid in my own person all impropriety in the manner of dress, and to, maintain and hand down the traditional and proverbial purity and modesty of Irish womanhood.”
IN a ringing pastoral letter, the Most Rev. J. W. Shaw, Archbishop of New, Orleans, has recently issued a solemn protest against immodesty of female at- tire. With true apostolic freedom and manly courage” he scores the modern styles of woman’s dress; nor does he mince his words in endeavoring to bring the women of his diocese to a sense of their duty in this matter. We are glad to note that prominent members of the hierarchy are lending their name and au- thority to the crusade against indecent female attire; for, unless the Bishops raise their voice against this crying abuse, private efforts must remain unavailing. The evil is too deep-rooted and universal to be combated successfully by the hap- hazard and spasmodic, if well meant, ef- forts of individual members of the clergy and the laity. The latter, however, will feel heartened to keep up the fight by the outspoken pastoral of Archbishop Shaw. It contains so much that is timely and noteworthy that we shall take the liberty to quote therefrom at some length :
While we are neither presumptuous nor foolish enough to discuss “colors, forms and fashions,” yet we are deeply concerned with the morals of dress in the interest of Christian purity and modesty. The pres- ent shocking disregard in modern female attire for the elementary principles of ordi- nary decency is simply appalling. It is a question whether the licentious woman of the degenerate Roman Empire surpassed her modern society sister in her immodesty of dress. To say nothing from an eco- nomic viewpoint of the large sums ex- pended foolishly for the gratification of female vanity, “to be dressed up and built up and masqueraded” only to be looked at, the disgusting realism of the modern fash- ions is fast extinguishing in the hearts of all noble-minded men that spirit of rever- ence and chivalry which regarded women of other days as something almost mystic and divine. How humiliating it must have been to the painted and wanton beauties of modern society to read not long ago in a daily paper that their grotesque and shame- less fashions originate in the minds of their fallen sisters in a prominent European capital! Oh, the pity and the shame of it that so many of our ordinarily good Catholic wo- men of all classes and of nearly every age, married as well as single, mothers as well as daughters, are the servile imitators of the immodest fashions of the day! To such an extent have some of them lost the natural modesty and shrinking delicacy of their sex that they hesitate not to come before the Holy of Holies and approach the sacred table in such scant apparel as must needs make the angels veil their faces with their wings. We have seriously de- bated with ourselves whether we are not bound in conscience to exclude such-women from the House of God Whose Vicar on Earth would not tolerate their presence for a moment. Our patient forbearance and wish to spare them a painful humiliation must not be considered as a weak conniv- ance of their scandalous violation of the sanctity of God’s. House.
In this connection we wish also to re- mind parents of their grave obligation to dress their young daughters, from the ten- derest years, according to the laws of Chris- tian modesty. Our Catholic women would save themselves and others the guilt of many sins and would win the respect and esteem of all right-minded persons if they would follow the example of the God-fear- ing women of other days, who, in the mat- ter of dress, took counsel of their good sense and attired themselves according to their station in life. These truly Christian mothers and modest maidens knew how to avoid the extreme of singularity of plain- ness, which may be only the affectation of vanity, and the extreme of servile imitation of fashions which reflect the corrupt spirit of the world. If the daughters of the Church will be her glory in the chaste gen- eration so highly praised by the Holy Spirit, Christian mothers, by word and ex- ample, in season and out of season, must endeavor to eradicate the soul-destroying evil of the modern immodest fashions.
These words have a manly ring, and we hope they will have the desired effect. His Grace deserves the hearty thanks of all who are trying to avert what they re- gard as one of the gravest dangers threat- ening the morals of this country. Re- form in matters of woman’s dress is im- perative, and the sooner the movement for reform is nationalized, the better for the country. The Third Order of St. Francis is a national organization, and the members thereof are bound by their Rule of life to observe moderation in dress. What society, therefore, could be better adapted to undertake this campaign against indecent fashions than the Third Order? In fact, we think that for these reasons it is incumbent on them to do so. We have at various times appealed to the Directors and members of Third Order fraternities tor take up this most laudable reform work; but our appeals have gone unheeded. Can it be that the Directors and their charges are indifferent to the widespread immorality superinduced by the wanton and audacious styles displayed by so many women ? We refuse to believe it. But, if they are really concerned about the spiritual welfare of their neigh- bor, had they not better start something to counteract the evil influence of the pre- vailing fashions? The only thing for all good Christian women to do, is to set their faces resolutely against all extrava- gance and indecency in dress by refusing to wear any piece of clothing that does not conform to the postulates of the Christian modesty and by inducing others to do the same. In this way, the shame- less women will be driven under cover and made to feel the impropriety of their conduct. There are decent women enough in every parish and community to make their numbers felt, and it is their plain duty to assert themselves.
Almost a year ago FRANCISCAN HERALD established what it regarded as a proper standard for woman’s dress and embodied this standard in four points or principles. We have since had these principles, together with the Holy Fath- er’s late appeal ‘ for modesty of dress, printed on cards, which we shall mail, for purposes of distribution, to all who are interested in the matter of dress reform. We have gone to considerable expense in having these pledge cards printed, and we hope there will be a sufficient demand for them to justify the outlay on our part. Let our readers remember that we shall be glad to send these cards to anybody that is willing to distribute them and en- courage others to sign them.
A certain recurring column in the Franciscan Herald. This one in particular was published in, April, 1920. Here are some excerpts:
“We deck the House of God with; lights and flowers; we line the Tabernacle with fair embroidered satins, that it may be more worthy the Divine Tenant; but that part of us that becomes a living tabernacle in Holy Communion is prepared with indifference — all too often with downright slovenliness.
I do not advocate fads or fancies, nor have I any desire to inculcate harrowing novelties, but this point. I think, is nothing of that kind. I remember that in my own little girl days, a good Franciscan priest who taught us our catechism in the convent school that I frequented, used to bring up that very subject. He urged upon us to prepare our souls with all diligence for the reception of our Blessed Lord in Holy Communion, and also to prepare our bodies in a neat and seemly manner — not indeed in the height of fashion, but in attire that would be pleasing to the Lover that came to our hearts; pleasing in neatness and care according to the circumstances of each. When we think of it, such a system would go far toward remedying the evils into which the art of dress has fallen. Dress to please the divine Lover, and it will follow that we please all others worthy of being pleased.
I do not wish to harp on the subject of neatness, but it seems advisable to bring it up once more for the simple reason that we can not look well without a firm foundation of good grooming. It is better to own but one gown which is kept spotless, and wear it with neat and becomingly dressed hair, carefully brushed shoes, immaculate teeth, and nails, than to have ten gowns with buttons missing and the accompaniment of unkempt hair, run-over heels, and so on.
Let’s all resolve to pay some attention to our grooming between this and next month’s talk. I’ll warrant it won’t make us one whit less zealous in the pursuit of our soul’s salvation. My private opinion would have it that we’ll be a little better for the attempt. It stands to reason that anything done for the purpose of pleasing God is bound to brighten up these souls of ours a little.
About the Spring Fashions A word or two may not be amiss concerning the spring fashions of 1920. We are met on all sides by the assurance that fashion has turned from the lengthening skirts of last fall, and that we must wear our skirts something like fifteen or twenty inches from the ground. Also that we must have our sleeves cut midway between elbow and shoulder, even in street gowns.
Now it seems as if a warning in this regard should be unnecessary. Still, there are some young readers who may want to know what this department thinks of the fashions that make extremely short skirts and sleeves obligatory. It wouldn’t be a bad idea to read over the “Four Points” in this connection, but if more is needed, it isn’t hard to express my opinion. That type of gown is not only extreme and immodest but inartistic and absurd as well — heinous crimes, all according to Agnes Modesta. Let us be careful to note that there are conservative fashions even in this season, and set our faces staunchly in the direction of decency and good taste.”