With a Temple marriage comes new definitions for things. One of those things for me was modesty. I have always been a huge HUGE advocate of modesty. It was quite a struggle to agree to play volleyball for me because of the uniforms. And throughout my high school years I made a lot of clothes, with my mother’s help of course, including all of my formal dresses because of my obsession with the idea of keeping covered what should be covered. I believe my body is a gift from God and I do all that is in my power to keep it clean and free from anything that defiles it. I also know that all God’s children are beautiful, and I do not need to make sure other people can see all of my beautiful parts to feel beautiful.
Anyway, although I already had these foundations in place that lead me to only buy shirts with sleeves and shorts that went to the knee, it seems to have still fallen short of the modesty lines drawn by the church (if you get my drift). So I have been searching for ways to extend my wardrobe’s life as well as new clothes to add that are full modest in and of themselves. I feel that both routes are necessary, especially because I do not want to get rid of my lovely dresses that I stitched myself in high school that still fit!
My first attempt at increasing the length/life of my wardrobe was undershirts. Nice ones that have enough coverage on the arms and chest and mid-drift that they can cover any piece of clothing’s “short-comings”. The shirts I get are from Down East Basics. I love these shirts. They are too tight, for me personally, to wear by themselves but I just adore their perfect cap-sleeve length and perfect neckline. I buy both the wonder-tee and the crew-neck tee. The wonder-tee is just a bit more dressier, but pinches more under the arm (on occasion). I buy the maternity kind for the length, and this lets me wear absolutely ANY of my shirts with jeans. Being a tall-torsoed woman means I loose a lot of coverage especially with nice blouses, but who cares as long as there is an undershirt there instead of your skin or underwear. And the length also give the option of layering, instead of tucking in, for a nice modern look.
But the origin of this post idea was my awesome bargain find! I’m always looking at their site, well every couple of weeks recently I’ve been looking for deals and beautiful items. And not long ago they had a sale: the shirts I love were half-priced! Jacob found me a coupon and got an additional 30% off! So with shipping the normal shirt of $10 plus shipping were each $5.25 even. Oh my gosh I wish they had had more than 5 colors in my size, I would have bought them all! But it’s probably good that I was able to spend less that $30.