After dreaming about it for months, I looked forward to the day when I could make all the decisions about what I was going to wear. And I’d already put several outfits together in anticipation of my independence day.
Then, in one devastating moment, my dad walked into my bedroom and said, “I want to talk to you about the kinds of clothes your mom and I expect you to wear now that you’re making the clothing decisions for yourself.”
He had his Bible open to a scripture he wanted me to read. I knew he meant business.
“Will you read this for us?” asked dad.
“It is better not to eat meat or drink wine or do anything else if it might cause another believer to stumble.” I reluctantly read from Romans 13:21. (NLT)
“What does this scripture mean, Dad?” I asked.
He explained I might mistakenly offend someone by wearing clothing that wasn’t Christlike in their eyes. “Others won’t be able to see Jesus in your life if they’re distracted by your clothes, makeup, or jewelry,” he said.
“That’s not fair,” I replied. “Why do I have to be the one to sacrifice my identity?
My dad and I had some long discussions about Christianity, my parent’s rules, and the consequences regarding my clothes. Yet, we never lost sight of the ultimate goal; the desire to live a pure and holy life for Christ.
2010 Fall Fashion Tip – Plaid button downs will be popular for both sexes. Muted tones are a great choice. Gals, soften your look with denim leggings or cropped jeans and accessories.
Crystal Y. Hathcock and her husband Tony, live in Liberty, South Carolina and have been married for thirty-two years. They have two puppies, Hankie and Calvin. Crystal is a freelance writer; a student with the Christian Writer’s Guild and writes religious articles for the area’s local newspaper. She enjoys cooking for family and friends, couponing, jewelry making and singing. (read more…)
OK, it may seem too hot where you live to be thinking about fall, but fall fashions are in the stores and it will be football weather before you know it. That said, I thought we’d explore some of the best looks for this fall fashion season. I’ve picked out five trends for both girls and guys, so enjoy. And, happy shopping!
1. Faux Fur Leopard Coat – As the temperatures drop you’ll need a cute way to warm up and a faux fur coat should do the trick. A faux fur coat never goes out of style, and you can dress it up or down. (Plus, it’s PETA approved!)
2. Boyfriend Blazer – If you haven’t noticed by now, the new rage is wearing baggier and “boy-ier” things. A boy friend blazer is chic and cute, and it’s a comfortable way to look effortless and stylish at the same time.
3. Clog Heels. Yes, I know clog heels…they sound nerdy but they’re back in. You can wear them with a cute dress, or you can pair them with leggings and an over-sized sweater.
5. Skinny Joggers – Skinny joggers are sweat pants taken to a more wearable state. As odd as it sounds, they are a dressier version of our favorite comfy jogging pants. And, they are cute!
1. Shrunken Blazer. As a guy, you may not dress up that much for school but whenever you want to make an impression, a tight-fitted blazer would definitely make your mark.
2. The ‘Bad Boy’ Jacket – A leather jacket on a boy is a perfect way to keep warm and still look cool. Think James Dean…
3. Nautical Stripes -A striped knit pull over is a great way to look classy and stay comfortable. You’ll be stylish without looking like you’re trying too hard.
4. Jersey Cardigan – Cardigans have been around since our grandparents were styling their looks, but jersey cardigans are back “in” in a big way this fall. Even if you can’t buy a new one, browse your dad’s closet and borrow a few of his favorites.
5. Skinny Khakis – Many guys have been sporting skinny jeans—and not just the boy band guys—athletes and valedictorians, too. So, why not try skinny khakis? They go with practically everything. It’s a new twist on an old standard. Very hot!
Meet Allyson “Ally” Adams, iBegat.com’s teen fashion editor and go-to gal for style questions and advice.
Allyson “Ally” Adams, a 16-year-old living in Southern IN, wears many hats. She is an incoming junior in high school. She is a Varsity cheerleader. She is a gymnast. She is an active member of her youth group at church, No Limits. She’s a gifted photographer. She’s a volunteer, having worked at a local nursing home. And, she’s an avid lover of fashion and devoted student of style, studying the works and looks of Audrey Hepburn, Coco Chanel and Edie Sedgwick.
In fact, Ally has been in love with fashion since she was a little girl growing up in Fort Worth, Texas. While most children were playing with their Barbie dolls, Ally was styling hers. She has always been a trendsetter, not a follower. Pursing her passion for fashion, Ally recently took part in “Three Days of Fashion” at the Fashion Institute of Design & Marketing (FIDM) in Los Angeles, CA. Learning the skills of draping, fashion marketing, sketching, textile selection and more, Ally reaffirmed her career aspirations and is looking forward to early acceptance into FIDM—a college that boasts of famous graduates that include: Nick Verreos (“Project Runway” star and current FIDM instructor), Victoria Beckham (famous designer and style icon) and Lauren Conrad (clothing designer and star of “The Hills”) to name a few. Ally plans to double major in fashion design and visual communication. She looks forward to impacting the world for God. Her life verse is Jeremiah 29:11, and she is excited about the plan God has for her life.
Currently reading: “Fifty Dresses that Changed the World” (Design Museum).