The woman makes the dress

{The woman who fears the Lord} dresses herself with strength and makes her arms strong.

– Proverbs 31:17

{The woman who fears the Lord}, her clothing is fine linen and purple.

– Proverbs 31:22

This is a well-dressed woman. She is dressed in dignity of character, in her delight in the Lord, in her  kind disposition to her husband, children, servants, neighbors, and those in the marketplace. She is dressed in quality, well made clothes. She takes care of her inner self; she attends to her outer self. In her quiet spirit there is a balance that gives her freedom to dress in and to enjoy pretty clothing without her clothing defining her. She is not firstly known as the well-dressed woman; she is called the woman who fears the Lord.

I desire to be this woman. I want to be known as the woman who fears the Lord because it is true of me, that it is my real character. I also do appreciate beautiful clothing and like to dress nicely. To carry myself well and dress nicely is one way I can show that I understand that I am made in the image of God, that I have been saved from myself unto Him, that He loves me, that I am His child and He cares for me more than the lillies of the field, which are dressed quite nicely. (Matt. 6) To dress well is a shadowy picture of the great order and beauty of the Lord, the quality of heaven, the reality that one day I will wear garments of beautiful linen, of grace and praise.

Through studying Scripture and having good women in my life model in front of my Proverbs 31, I have discovered the freedom that is there to dress in pretty clothing.

And here are a few of my favorites from this season.

JCREW W'11 Polka-dot Popover

This popover has easy elegance written all over it. And I’m pretty sure its wearable (almost) year-round.

JCREW W'11 Faded Chambray Popover

 Tyler has ordered this shirt for me because we love exactly how the model is wearing it; with dark jeans and a striped shirt underneath. We like that the faded casual shirt is matched with dark jeans for balance.

JCREW W'11 Crochet Lace Front Tee

If diamonds are a girl’s best friend, then lace is diamond’s best friend. Both diamonds and lace are perfectly feminine frills and what’s better than have a little lace on a quarter-sleeved tee?

JCREW W'11 Schoolboy Blazer in Velvet

simply said, velvet? check. black? check. fitted? check. alright then.

JCREW W'11 Clea Dress

when it comes to clothing, dresses are my favorite favorite.

JCREW W'11 Wool Tuxedo Tie Pant

You might have noticed that there’s a lot of black pieces in my selections. That’s because I love black clothing. And I have decided to give into this love. For me, there’s no point to ‘pick another color for variety.’ Black always looks great, feels great on, matches everything, and can be worn for almost any occasion. That is my kind of clothing.

JCREW W'11 The Downtown Field Jacket

This sturdy jacket is no exception to my love for a classy, black piece of clothing. And with the gold detail, I don’t think I could ask for more.

JCREW W'11 Martina Calf Hair Wedges

Leopard always pairs well with – well anything. Especially black. I love wedges, too, because they give my 5’3″ frame height, lengthen my short legs, and are STILL comfortable to walk in!

I just think the crochet lace tee paired with the tuxedo pant and finished with the field jacket and wedges would be a perfect Rachel combination. Or the Clea dress with wedges, or the popover with my dark jeans,… there’s a lot of possibilities here!  And there’s a lot of freedom, too.

“Over the years I have learned that what is important in a dress is the woman who is wearing it.” – YSL

**For another great post on the Proverbs 31 woman and what is means to model after her, Samantha’s blog, From the Bay Window, gives delicate insight and inspiration.

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