Respecting our bodies as gifts and temples of the Lord means dressing to cover up. However, modesty has more of an impact than just on the virtue of chastity. In fact, dressing modestly can lead to strength in other areas of life as practicing any virtue has an impact on how one lives. Each virtue is connected, which means practicing one will strengthen another. Dressing modestly in particular requires certain strength in the face of today’s society and this strength carries to other virtues like prudence, temperance, love, fortitude, and many more.
Fortitude in the Face of Adversity
Dressing modestly is not the trendy thing to do in today’s society, although there are plenty of trendy and stylish clothes that are modest. It requires great fortitude and even charity and love. Fortitude is the practice of courage in the face of adversity. When the world is telling us how to dress one way, but the Lord is asking us to dress another, it takes great courage to look at the world in the face and decide on the opposite action – the action that follows God’s Will.
Every individual faces adversity when it comes to living out virtue as our society is adverse to it. With strength and confidence in ourselves and in the Lord, we can bear witness to Christ through our dress and our virtue. Starting small, such as dressing modestly, can help each of us practice virtue in our lives. And with the practice of the virtues, we will even gain confidence.
Dressing Modestly Leads to Confidence
Society might tell us that covering ourselves up means we don’t like our bodies. However, the truth is that we actually respect our bodies more because we cover up. Furthermore, as we focus more on revealing our souls and following Christ’s path for us, our gaze turns more on the spiritual and less on the physical. Indeed, dress and physical appearance are important as God gave us our physical appearances as gifts. However, there is such an emphasis on physical appearance – especially through revealing it – that it takes away our true gift of the soul.
The more we focus on the temporal, the more we find mistakes in ourselves, always finding something wrong. Focusing on dressing to reveal our bodily gifts only makes us focus on the body and countless studies have shown how an overemphasis on the body leads to problems with self-image. We’re always comparing ourselves to celebrities who wear clothes that reveal their airbrushed bodies. It’s fake and it’s not reality. Dressing modestly and stylishly not only compliments our bodies and shows them in their true beauty, but it gives us reason to practice virtue and strengthen our lives in Christ.
Dress for the Real You
Dressing to respect your body and your body type is showing the real you to the world – the “you” that Christ wants you to show the world. As we turn our focus to Christ through our dress, we’re also helping others do the same. We’re creating a trend and a style that will be received by thousands of people looking to focus on themselves and not so much on their body. Not only are we lifting confidence and the self-image of other people, we are helping our own image and confidence. Moreover, we’re helping others find Christ through the simple and everyday occurrence of dress.