I find people fascinating. As a result I can waste a lot of time cruising from blog to blog reading about people's lives & what they believe & one thing that fascinates me is the whole *dresses only* thing amongst conservative Christians. Now I know all about women not wearing men's clothing & vice versa, which is why the dress thing fascinates me so much because in a good part of the world it has always been men wearing the *dresses!*
I'm a history buff so that's where I immediately go. The Celts, the Scots, the Irish wore *skirts* ~ as an aside shirt & skirt come from the same root.The Romans wore them; the elite wore togas & the soldiers wore very short skirts & the male prostitutes could get up in some highly questionable shorter than short skirts. Moving right along, the Chinese wore them, the Greeks wore them, the Arabs wore them, hose & tunic were worn throughout a good part of Europe & priests still often wear them; think cassocks. So no, I don't get Christian women only wear dresses when it seems so many men of all shapes & sizes do too.
Having said that I do believe in *distinction of dress* between the genders, just as I believe in modesty of attire. I also really dislike yards of cloth flapping about my calves & ankles & likely as not sending me sprawling. I dislike skirts that ride up with the child climbing my lap & exposing me in a stiff breeze & the vulnerable feeling of nothing covering my legs. In short I like pants. So God brought into my life a charming compromise that meets His & my requirements to cover my legs in something that isn't going to send me crazy itching or balloon out like a parachute in a parody of modesty. It is called a *salwar kameeze*, the traditional Indian dress. It comes with a dupatta (lightweight stole) which is perfect as a prayer covering for those so inclined.
Thanks to my Sri Lankan friend I own a number of these pretty & feminine clothing items but wait, there is more. They are incredibly comfortable to wear & the cut of pants & top adjust month by month for a growing baby without the need to buy expensive maternity wear.
Even better, the style is simple & the sewing straightforward ~ perfect for inept little me who can't manage much beyond the sewing basics.
Thirdly the cut is often elegant & graceful. I own several that are quite tailored & they are a delight to wear. Durable & washable they are very economical in cotton or linen. Silk ones are simply gorgeous & flattering. I have a lovely cream one that I delight in wearing for special occasions. These are clothes that flatter most female figures. Actually, I haven't seen anyone look bad in one!
Bigger plus, it removes the whole fashion squeeze out of the picture. I don't have to worry about how high hemlines are going this year because my kameeze will come well down my thighs. I don't have to worry about how low cut jeans are getting; my kameeze hides that as well.
And I know, because I've done it, one can play soccer quite well in a salwar kameeze! So who needs a dress?