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How to Dress Cute, Modest and Classy

 

JLOclassywebWhat immediately pops up in your mind when you think of the word modesty?  An outdated outfit and frumpy clothes?  Or a sober heart, not too proud or overly excessive? 

Do you think balance or restriction from being who you really are?  Maybe some of us think, “That’s not for me.  I’m just not there yet.”  And that’s okay that we know how we feel and where we are…we are all entitled to start where we are judgment free!

GOD knows and He will take us in our current state, gradually adding His own convictions for each one of us.

God will take us in our current state, gradually adding His own convictions for each one of us.

For example, when I was in my early twenties my modesty journey began.  I was so excited to follow the Lord in every area of my life, that when He began to convict me about certain pieces of clothing in my wardrobe, I said, “Lord, this is so hard, but okay.”

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In this look I took a dress and put a sheer top under it to make it more suitable for a church environment. It fit my classic modest style type.

Clothes that were a bit too tight here or there began to escape my wardrobe.

Clothes that weren’t reflective of what I wanted to represent began to be filtered.

And then I came across a woman of God teaching on Deuteronomy 22:5.  I read the Scripture.  I studied it.  I thought about it deeply.  Today it’s fully how this one Scripture on, you guessed it, the clothes we wear has become one of the most controversial Scriptures for Christian women. 

But I was convinced God was convicting me to wear only skirts.  The key words here are, “Convicting me.”  This was a personal conviction God gave to me.

And I saw the benefit of it in my life.  I dressed up a lot more, explored more feminine options and no longer was attracting the type of attention I didn’t want from guys.

For a season, this was also very helpful for me to overcome superficiality, finding my beauty in my inward man, not the outward.  But over time I felt the Lord begin to release me from that conviction.

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And here’s another dress I adapted into a top with skinny jeans to add a modest approach…

What I did wrong was place too much of my zeal and excitement about this life change on others.  It was important not to place my conviction on others or teach it as if it was a law of God.  It was also important not to make this conviction a source of “holiness” or “arriving in God.” 

What I did wrong was place too much of my zeal and excitement about this life change on others.  It was important not to place my conviction on others or teach it as if it was a law of God.

But on the other hand, I know what it’s like to be persecuted for my personal convictions, even by those I never mentioned skirts to!  Please don’t do this to your friends or loved ones.  It has developed a great deal of compassion in my heart towards those who God leads to break cultural norms.

Placing our convictions on others is a danger many new believers experience as the excitement of hearing God’s voice can cause us to miscalculate the purpose of that experience–forcing it on our friends and family–not just in how we dress, but in what we watch, where we go, and what we eat.  This creates a haughty attitude and a “better than thou” demeanor that repels others from us.  Learn from my experience, this is not a healthy way to go and it stifles our relationships.

But on the flip side, if someone you know develops a new conviction, please do your best to respectfully support what God has told them to do–Remember, this is the same God that told Samson to wear his hair in locks and never cut his hair on a Nazarite vow.  The vows people make with God should be respected and honored.  For me, I see my period of wearing skirts as a personal vow between me and the Lord. 

If someone you know develops a new conviction, please do your best to respectfully support what God has told them to do

An outward expression of obeying what He asked me to do.  And I am grateful to say God led me through a 13 year season of embracing this conviction, whether others were pleased or not.  I was content to please God.

Am I now trying to win the approval of human beings, or of God? Or am I trying to please people? If I were still trying to please people, I would not be a servant of Christ.  Galatians 1:10

At the end of those 13 years the Lord gave me a sense of peace about wearing pants again (which was not new to me, it’s the way I grew up for many years).  It was the time and He confirmed why to me through various means. 

I was reminded of Peter, who’s conviction as a Jew was to not eat meat.  Then, after living out this lifelong conviction, God gave him a vision of eating “all” of His creation.  Was Peter wrong to be on a mainly plant based diet before this “discovery”?  No way!  He was following God’s law.

But Peter was about to reach the Gentiles.  And he was experiencing the freedom to obey God’s voice, which is what Christianity is all about!

So with all these thoughts on real life lessons about convictions, let’s talk about what modesty really is.  First, it will help to understand that modesty is not our own idea.  It comes from the Bible.  And though it may look different for each lady, it is important for it to be a part of our lifestyle.

This word appears in 1 Timothy 2:9 and 1 Timothy 3:2.  It’s the word kosmios meaning well arranged, seemly, modest.

I also want the women to dress modestly, with decency and propriety, adorning themselves, not with elaborate hairstyles or gold or pearls or expensive clothes  1 Timothy 2:9

In the dictionary, it means

“placing a moderate estimate on one’s abilities or worth;  neither bold nor self-assertive :  tending toward diffidence” or “limited in size, amount, or scope a family of modest meansb :  unpretentious a modest home”

So modesty is about being self controlled in our attitude, not putting on an act for someone else (pretentiousness) or going over the top with something.  We can be modest in our thoughts, in our speech, in our actions, and in how we dress. 

Modesty is about being self controlled in our attitude, not putting on an act for someone else or going over the top with something.

Modesty is not just about how we dress.  It comes from the realization that we are where God chooses to reside and because of that we want to walk in the Spirit.  We want to respect His presence.  We want to be humble in all that we do.  This comes from the heart.

1 Corinthians 6:19 says Our body is a temple of God. We want to represent Him well. 

Do you not know that your bodies are temples of the Holy Spirit, who is in you, whom you have received from God? You are not your own  1 Corinthians 6:19

Let’s keep in mind that, as Christians, what is in the heart is what is most important, not the outward appearance.  And we don’t win God’s approval by how we dress.  We are justified by Jesus Christ alone!

1 Timothy 2:8-10 give us the principle behind an inward focus, not an outward one alone.  If we begin to put how we look on the outside (whether modest or inmodest) before God who is in our temple, we’ll probably find ourselves in bondage.

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Modest doesn’t have to be frumpy or colorless it can be stylish and fun!

Is what I’m wearing reflecting Godliness?  Am I wearing this to attract the right attention or to get a lustful stare, the attention of some guy I don’t even know?  Am I wearing this to help heal insecurities?

As we know our heart, we focus on ways we need healing we will realize why we do what what do.  We will discover our motives.  God can help us see this and this is the Holy Spirit’s role to personally convict us.  If He convicts you it will lead to freedom,  not a sense of negativity or bondage.

Another principle that I like to apply is knowing my “areas”:

Is my chest showing, cleavage becoming a distraction?  This is not a hard and fast rule, but we want to keep our private parts discreet for our current or future hubby if possible.  Pray about this and ask the Lord how He feels.  He will show you where He wants you to draw the line.

Am I depending on the praise of people to give me identity?  If I wear something cute, I get a bunch of compliments and I feel better.  There’s nothing wrong with that but the core of who we are comes from who Jesus says we are in the Bible…fearfully and wonderfully made.

Many times we are told as women in the church that we have to dress more modest to protect our brothers and although this does have a role of putting our brother before ourselves, this can also be abused.  Men also have to carry their own spiritual responsibility in how they keep their eyes, but are we at least concerned about helping a brother out from stumbling?

Be devoted to one another in love. Honor one another above yourselves.  Romans 12:10

By the way, even when we are modest it’s really important that beneath the surface we love ourselves, care for our bodies, try our best–this is not an excuse to go to the other extreme of not putting forth effort to look our best.

Well those are my words on modesty plus here’s a few fashion tips:

There’s a few ways you can “work your own look”:

  1. Know Your Body Type (Are you an apple, pear, hourglass or banana)?body-shape
  2. Know Your Style (Are you classic, trendy, bohemian, or dramatic?) style types
  3. Learn to Love Yourself!  Who you are in essence rarely changes.
  4. Learn your Undertone (color) and Color Wheel, are you a winter, spring, summer or fall?
  5. Explore a Few Trends- Certain cuts, looks and even colors could be on trend from year to year.  Don’t try to wear all of them lol figure out which ones look best on you  Here’s a few for 2017:neonruffleskhaki

I’m a classic but I do trends and chic looks as well.  Classic tops, bottoms and earrings never go out of style!  You can still have fun by mixing colors and trends.

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Here I’m wearing a classic white collard skirt and pencil skirt but mixed up with a trendy fur vest!

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Here I’m wearing a classic outfit with bell sleeves, a current trend. You can google trends for 2017 to see the last ones!

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And here I am wearing a classic a line cut dress with a pop of color. All classic though- straight lines etc. I like skirts and dresses that flare on me since I’m a pencil/banana and don’t have many curves lol

And here’s a link to natural makeup options that don’t have any preservatives or chemicals that will seep into your pores.

Well, I hope this helped you understand a little bit more about modesty and I know you will be well on your way to hear from God for your own modesty journey.  But let’s keep in mind that it’s what is in our hearts that matters most!

Love you!

Jade Lee

 

 

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Three Ways to Wear Olive Green Jeans for the Fall

Fall is by far my favorite season of the year!  I had so much fun pairing together different tops with this one pair of olive green jeans…I’ve always loved fall colors, navy blues, browns, ivories, hunter greens and my favorite- deep burgundy reds.  And they are in my color wheel, these are the colors I dress with, decorate with and am naturally drawn too.  Knowing your season can be so helpful in knowing what colors work best for you too, I’ll do a fashion post on that soon!

Here I have three different looks with the same basic foundation of high rise, green riding pants and an essential white tank.  It is so key to have these essentials in our wardrobes that we can pair with other more trendy pieces.  They complete our wardrobe.  Then we can dress up our looks with accessories and shoes or in this case riding boots.

These looks all have an earthy, relaxing feel to them while still appearing to have a finished touch.  By changing jackets and in the second look a sweater, these three outfits have taken on their own personality while remaining classic and timeless.

In the coming days, I can’t wait to share more about the basics of dressing for your own body type, knowing the colors that work best for you and being the best version of yourself as possible!  Hope you are enjoying the fall season as much as I am…and looking forward to Christmas holidays as well! xoxo

Look One: Jacket: Forever 21  Tank: Target Jeans: Bloomingdales  Necklace: Macys

Look Two: Hat: Nine West  Sweater: Madewell  Boots: Enzo Angiolini

Look Three: Jacket: Urban Outfitters Necklace: Loft

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The Shops Buckhead Atlanta

This is what weekend’s are made of, opportunities to rest, relax, go shopping and enjoy luxurious scenery!  And that’s what you will find at one of my favorite shopping locations in Atlanta’s fine choices-  The Shops Buckhead Atlanta have some of the best designer clothiers plus sweet tea and coffee stops.  Here’s a few pics from my latest excursion:imageimageimageimageimageimage

 

Where to buy:

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White Peplum Dress- White House Black House- $69.99, Monroe & Main– $89.99-$99.99

Gold Open Toe Shoes- David’s Bridal– $39.95, Vince Camuto- $149.95, Kate Spade- $298.00

Classic Brown Tote Bag- Tory Burch- $525.00, Michael Kors- $202.91, BCBG- $57.99

Gold Aviator Sunglasses- RayBan- $150.00, Foster Grant- $20.00

Necklace- J. Crew- $30.00, INC Concepts- $39.95

Umbrella- Bloomingdales Little Brown Umbrella- $32.00

Like-a-Lady Tip: Always Purchase quality over quantity.  This means spend more money on real materials such as leather over polyester to invest in bags and shoes that will last for many years.  You will save money rather than repurchasing classics repeatedly.  Toddles!  

 

Keep Calm and Love Tartan

Winter Tartan in Fashion & Decor

The Tartan Dress

These winter months in the Atlanta, GA region of the nation, we have experienced one gentle snow fall.  We have not been favored with the beautiful snow flurries embedding upon the elevated landscapes of scopes such as Colorado, but we can, at the least, dress the part.

Hence the beauty of Tartan.  The formal.  The elegant.  The posh.  The traditional.

This structured and stenciled design never loses it’s appeal or style, becoming graceful upon it’s use in varying materials or cuts.  

It can be worn elegantly as a long dress adorned with lace, echoing years past of horse and carriages, courtships and well clad chaps.

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Or it can reflect one’s childhood years of grade and boarding school, choosing to embrace the sharply cornered neckline with hints of red lipstick, curls collapsing down one’s bosom.

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Perhaps you desire a more fierce and daring, yet stylish look, during these cozy winter days?

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Or a rustic, country dress paired with jewels of turquoise, silver splendor and touches of leather accents.

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The femininity of a thoughtfully tied bow is all that is needed to gather romance into an otherwise wholly humdrum day.  What could be more amorous than a hint of the Victorian era, such as these carefully laced patent leather pumps?

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And that is how we wear Tartan in a dress.

Do you care to shift into an entirely different look with the skirt?

The Tartan Skirt

How about for a touch of rustic glamour?  Adding fashionable accessories such as sunglasses, a sweet purse and leather boots elegantly completes this look.

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And even the musically inclined can serenade us into chic yet simple beauty as we stroll through life’s plentiful paths and valleys.

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The moodiness of this navy blue and hunter green blend is made more inviting with the choice of soft materials and a ladylike skirt cut.

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The Tartan Jacket

Then there’s the Tartan Jacket, for a little attitude and 1920’s traveling flare.  Let’s not forget our ladylike gloves!

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Or we can travel, run errands, sit in a charming position with our posing pet as we gaze into the distance.. in a gold buttoned business-like jacket, toned down, with an equestrian scarf and scarlet designer purse.

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What lady says no to fur (or faux fur if you desire) with a subtle tartan, touch of bohemian and cowgirl appeal?

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When paired with a Russian fur hat and leather embellishments, a creative edge is provided, while maintaining a classy demure.

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There’s a small amount of rock girl in each one of us, ready to take the world by storm; additional proof that tartan can fit any personality!

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The Tartan Bag

The functionality of a tote becomes fashion-forward as we embrace the richness of tartan-life.

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As we travel with cute bulldogs modeling effortlessly and right on cue, tartan has never been so distinguished as in this moment.

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The well-journeyed woman can distinguish herself with plaid and brown leathered traveling bags.

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And for a run around the corner, through town, or back home…this everyday purse is sizable enough to house all your necessities.

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The Tartan Shoe

On rainy days, these distinctive boots will aid you in splittering and splattering across the tear drops of heaven.  Adding color to any dreary hour.

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Or you can pretend you are a ballerina, in classic attire as you sport these delicate slippers.

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For the more upscale, yet relaxed occasion, pair gold rose heels with an alined midi skirt, adding refined poise.

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The Tartan Décor

Become the focus on a subtle plaid, wide-fanned chair, dotted with gold stubs and leather backing.

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Adorn your ceiling with time-honored, rich hues of mini lamp chandeliers.

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Add warmth to a room, filling wicker baskets with cozy throws of varying pigmentations.

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Blend rich hues of purple, red, black and white with plaid pillows and comforters on your winter bedspread.

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The Tartan Decor

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Or add slight bordering of red, gold and black checkered designs to your formal dinnerware.

The Tartan Decor

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The Tartan Child

Children Love It Too!  Playfully dress your beloved little ones in today’s favored patterns.

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Watching their faces full of a child-like joy, calling us back to our own years past…

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As they model their own special variety of jean tartan glee.

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Wear it to school…

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When Vintage Little Red Riding Hood tales are being told… 

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And sweet faces stand in meditation.

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Thinking of their favorite season of the calendar.

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Then you can soak in the memories of becoming a tartan child once again.

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You see, Wearing Tartan is Entertaining & Fun!  I hope you enjoyed being amused by all the personalities of such a standard pattern can express.  This week, let’s dress in a way that voices a bit of who we are.  Shall we?

What do you love about tartan?  Would you wear it or decorate with it in your home?

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Be You: Developing & Defining Your Personal Style

‘What would you say your style is?’ In a generation where the rules of fashion have extended beyond the traditional into one of exciting new possibilities and diverse expression, now more than ever we have the chance to truly embrace who we are and reflect on the outside what is on the inside. Over the years fashion has become not only as a means to comfort, but a platform to showcase one’s unique personality; be it on the classy, glamorous, elegant, preppy side or on the urban, afrocentric, bold or bohemian side as the list continues on. Though every person has one or two main dominant styles, there are endless opportunities to mix and match in between.
Classic/Minimalist/Preppy
The classic style works for ladies who prefer to stick to pieces that have been tried and tested, standing the test of time. They usually have simple silhouettes and common color palettes that work well together. The minimalist look on the other hand features a more toned down approach, sharp and smart, whilst the preppy; a more sportier, comfortable look.

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Elegant/Glamor/Traditional

In the realm of more traditional feminine styles, we have the elegant look that is characterized by soft hues and a refined, pulled together look whilst the glamorous side of things goes one step further seeking out the subtle wow factor!  There are also men’s traditional and classic styles, creating the same eye turning effect.

 

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Bold/Afrocentric/Bohemian/Creative/Urban
Last but not least are the eclectic and out of the box fashionistas! They are for the bold, the artsy and free spirited bunch not afraid to try some unorthodox approaches to fashion, experimenting with eye catching colors, prints and patterns.

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What to Wear to a Wedding

We’ve all been there; the rummage through our closets to find that perfect outfit to wear to a wedding! A summertime occasion calls for a simple yet elegant and comfortable approach to a great look. Below are some inspiring ideas for remaining stylish while incorporating this year’s trends of floral and lace among others.

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It’s All in the Clutch!

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When you’re tired of lugging around your large, everything can fit in, bag on an everyday basis
,opt for a classic and dainty clutch that you can confidently carry around with you everywhere that you go. What I enjoy about a clutch is its ease of use, versatility and the abundance of styles in comes in. From day time to evening, snazzy to casual, there is indeed a clutch for it all. The biggest trend for the season are oversized, envelope designed clutches which you can find at affordable stores such as ASOS, Topshop, Forever21 and Etsy to name a few.


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Grab that clutch and head off to your runway of life!

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Wear Your Confidence!

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We’ve probably all seen it before; the confidence of a woman who walks with her head high, shoulders back, with a pep in her step, and a radiant smile that could light up the entire town! Every woman should find that assurance in who they are no matter where they are or who they’re with or in how dressed down or dressed up they may feel. There is something about being comfortable in one’s own skin that can make almost any outfit become a sure winner! Beauty is indeed a combination of many factors including what we wear but more so in how we see ourselves.

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Always remember…you are beautiful!