Are there any other women besides me that still only wear long skirts and dresses anymore?

Anna - posted on 12/07/2011 ( 2 moms have responded )




The first thing that we must understand when asking this question is that no one in the Bible wore pants. They did not exist back then—at least not in the form we have them today. Because of this, the Bible never dealt with the subject of women wearing pants.

As far as Scripture goes, the one most often used in such debates is Deuteronomy 22:5, which says: “A woman must not wear men’s clothing, nor a man wear women’s clothing, for the LORD your God detests anyone who does this.”

I do think that ladies should still use wisdom in what kind of pants they wear, making sure that they are not too tight and don’t call too much attention to certain areas with flashy pockets, etc. As in wearing any article of clothing, we ought to determine whether it is wise and edifying to those who will see it before we put it on. Of course, at the same time that I hold that wearing pants is not unbiblical, I also believe that skirts are more ladylike and feminine. I think it would be good if all women wore skirts, as I am usually of the opinion that they are more flattering and that women would look all the better for wearing them.

Overall, I have found skirt-wearing to be an edifying practice, but that does not mean that I find wearing pants to be a sin in and of itself. Personally, I am very inclined to limit the times I wear pants, and of course I would encourage others to do so as well. But it’s not necessarily a matter of holiness or sinning. There are immodest pants and there are immodest skirts. There are times when wearing pants draws inappropriate attention and times when wearing skirts and dresses draws inappropriate attention.

In all cases and with everything we wear, we ought to use caution and good sense to determine if is appropriate for the situation and the people and/or culture with which we will be interacting. And of course, keeping in line with Deuteronomy 22:5, our attire ought to show that we embrace God's plan to make the genders distinct, giving no one the occasion to wonder if we are a man or a woman


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Lacey - posted on 08/01/2012




I, personally, don't care for dresses and skirts, but I would rather wear a pair of jeans. There are a lot of girls in 4-H or FFA that will wear men's wranglers because they are cheaper than women's. I think it means we shouldn't make ourselves look like the opposite sex.

Missyl670 - posted on 05/03/2012




My sister-in-law does and goes to a church where most of them do. I personally do not. I have back problems and have a lot of trouble finding supportive cushioned shoes with great arch support that look appropriate with skirts/dresses. I also like to be active with my kids (riding bikes, swimming, hiking, etc) and find I'm less likely to just jump in when wearing skirts. I also don't like seeing women wear long denim skirts and tennis shoes because it just doesn't look good-I don't think they look any more feminine when they do that-just sloppy. Who wants to join a church where you're encouraged to dress like that? I think that turns a lot of people away when the focus should be on knowing Jesus and not whether you're dressed like everyone else in the church. I do agree women should look like women and be modest so I don't wear men's pants or styles and I also don't wear sparkly low-cut tight jeans. I love dresses and skirts (that are stylish and pretty) and I do think a lot of people would look a lot better in them.

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