For a while, I have wanted to describe my transition to more modest and feminine attire. It started a couple of years ago, and was such a curious period in my life – the time between the moment when I first realized I don't want to continue dressing like Britney Spears, and right now, when I can say I have found a style I am more or less comfortable with.
Of course, it happened gradually. I think the first change I made was making sure my midriff was covered at all times. My chest and knees went next. The latest changes I committed myself to were wearing shirts that covered my elbow, and keeping my legs entirely covered. Another change I made during that period was getting rid of clothes that were too tight or too flashy.
And I didn't even begin talking about skirts! Prior to making The Big Change, I had no skirts in my wardrobe and had no idea how to wear them or move in them. But after trying skirts for a bit, I've realized how feminine they are, how they almost always look more modest than pants, and how much better they fit me (when shopping for pants, I often had the feeling they are not made for someone with hips). I switched to skirts entirely; right now, I only make an exception when I clean, sleep or exercise, and when I get married (God willing) I do not wish my husband to see me wearing pants at all.
The transition didn't always go smoothly. There was a period when one day, I'd wear a long skirt and a lovely modest blouse, and the next day, I could be found in a pair of torn jeans a t-shirt that was a tad too tight. Sometimes I'd realize my heels are too high, I'm wearing too much makeup or my accessories are too attracting.
There were also moments of frustration when I discovered the shops in my area offer a very small variety of modest clothes. That was a time for finding creative solutions like searching second-hand shops, wearing layers, making alterations and swapping with friends. Naturally, every woman's style is individual and there's plenty of room for creativity – it can be simple, elegant, hip, romantic, modern, retro or anything in between, but whatever we choose, we must remember we are King's daughters and should dress and act accordingly ("The King's Daughter is all glorious within: her clothing is of wrought gold" Psalm 45:13).