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Our guest blogger today is Jennessa Terraccino, national speaker and author of The Princess Guide: Faith Lessons from Snow White, Cinderella & Sleeping Beauty (Servant).

As a kid, I hated clothes. On birthdays, if I thought I was getting an article of clothing, I’d push the box aside and open it last. However, as I grew up, shopping became a hobby. Beginning in the teen years, most ladies love to shop. There are many places to go, but malls are the top option. Malls are like amusement parks for girls—miles of name brands, glowing shop windows with spotlighted goodies, colorful advertisements, mannequins dressed in the latest and the greatest, blaring upbeat music, smiles, deals, heels, and meals found in the food court. Malls are magnetic, and everything and everyone seems to whisper “Spend, spend, spend!” And the clothes practically reach out to you, longing for you to take them home.

The mall experience can certainly be entrancing and enticing. With that said, it is no wonder that what is presented in shop windows shapes, or perhaps blurs, our view of fashion. It should be noted how little most of the clothes displayed for purchase actually cover up. And while the plastic people that wear these garments have no shame, real people should. Overall, malls don’t empower modesty or Christians. Instead, such a place discourages it and us.

Finding a non-revealing fashionable frock in the stores can feel harder than finding a needle in a haystack. If you have tried, you know it is an exhausting experience, and if you haven’t, you have work to do! That’s not to say the hunt is hopeless. With perseverance, tasteful treasures can be found. But, on the whole, malls are just another lure to immodesty, and the commodity of clothes, hung from hangers, might as well be little red dangling apples. We are allured, and we are eating, that is, wearing, what we shouldn’t. It is time to cut down the apple tree and flee from what you thought was a shopping paradise.

Overall, the fashion industry tells us that if we don’t wear what they are selling, we will be unfashionable. Lie! Most girls don’t want to stray too far from what’s deemed popular or name brand because they fear they will not fit in. Or perhaps you have given in because you realize it takes more work to search through the racks of clothes to find something that covers what it should. Don’t let fleeting fashions strip you of your hems or get your dignity down. Have confidence in being a Christian. A change of culture begins with you. In retaining mystery, you won’t sacrifice looking good. Modesty isn’t for hiding, and it is not reserved for old people who are past their prime. It is for each one of God’s precious daughters. It is for you.

This blog was excerpted from Terraccino’s book The Princess Guide: Faith Lessons from Snow White, Cinderella & Sleeping Beauty.

Photo: zhu difeng/Shutterstock


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