It wasn't until a couple of years ago when, inspired by some bloggers whom I follow, I began to realize that skirts don't have to be just for dressing up, but could be worn often - even most, or all, of the time. I also realized that some women wear skirts out of their religious convictions, which sent me on a personal study of what the Bible says about how we dress, as well as an experiment of sorts to see if I could begin wearing skirts more often, and maybe even exclusively.
Now, two years later, I wear skirts nearly all the time. How I do that, practically, is for another blog post. But since there are so many opinions about this topic, I thought I would share my reasons for making this fashion shift...and some reasons I don't.
I don't wear skirts because of any other personal conviction. Even apart from Deuteronomy, some women wear skirts because they have a personal conviction that they should not wear pants, whether or not they think that applies to others. I don't. If I'm in a situation where pants are better for safety or other reasons, or if I had a job that required me to wear pants, I would not have a problem with it. For me, skirts are my "cup of tea", not a conviction or a command.
I don't wear skirts because I want to dress up all the time. I don't, actually. I love dressing comfortably and in a way that will let me get down on the floor with my kids. But like I shared above, I've discovered that skirts can be worn for all kinds of occasions.
So why DO I wear skirts?
Skirts make modesty easy for me. Modesty is important to me for lots of reasons. Both pants and skirts can be either modest or immodest depending on length, fabric, cling, and what they are paired with on top. That is where the "feminine" part comes back in for me. For me to feel comfortably modest in pants, they need to be someone loose and generally paired with a tunic or other longer top...but then I don't feel as feminine as I do as if I am in a skirt. In a skirt or dress, I can feel feminine AND modest at the same time.
Skirts are fun and versatile! I have so many options these days for outfits. Maxi skirts are back in style, which I love, but I can also find plenty of midi- and knee-length skirts. Skirts come in all kinds of fabrics, not just "dressy" ones, and multi-colored fabric patterns in skirts mean that I can pair one skirt with half a dozen different shirts and get lots of outfits out of one skirt, especially if I pick up on those colors in another skirt. I have lots of skirts I can wear in summer or winter (just add leggings), and I can dress them up or down depending on the top I use and how I do my hair.