Thus far, our study of the Proverbs 31 woman has revealed to us her outstanding character and inward virtues. Verse twenty-two shows us a glimpse of her outward appearance: “She maketh herself coverings of tapestry; her clothing is silk and purple.”
The Virtuous Woman is Well-Dressed.
The subject of women’s clothing is one that I approach with much fear and trepidation! I am not going to touch specifically on modesty in this particular post. I think it goes without saying that a woman who portrays all of the qualities we have seen in the previous verses – especially noting the trust that her husband has in her and her desire to do him good – would not choose to dress in a way that is meant to draw attention to her body.
The verse seems to imply, however, that this lady spends some time making sure that her wardrobe is the best that it can be. Sometimes I think we shy away from putting emphasis on our outward appearance, particularly our clothing, because the world goes to such an extreme in its preoccupation with current fashions. However, I think we can find a balance between being obsessed with style and taking the time to be neat and attractive in our dress.
First of all, as Christian women we are representing our Heavenly Father. Surely He Who made us feminine creatures and gave us all the beauty of a colorful world would delight in our enjoyment of lovely things.
Secondly, I am in a sense an ambassador for my husband. If I were to see one of his coworkers in the grocery store, I’d hate to be so embarrassed by how I was dressed that I’d need to hide behind a food display! If I were to walk into his place of employment or meet him for lunch in a public place, I want him to be pleased with how I’m dressed.
Thirdly, I want to set an example for my daughters. As much as I may try to shield them from worldly influences, they will still see what the world holds up as beautiful women who will undoubtedly be dressed in clothing that is less than desirable for Godly young women. I want to be a model for them of someone who dresses nicely while still being modest.
I know how difficult it can be to find clothes that are modest and stylish. It often takes more time and money to locate apparel that meets these requirements, but it is an investment that is worthwhile. When I’m going on a shopping trip, I try to remember to pray that the Lord will lead me to just what I need. Since I know that He wants me to dress modestly, would He not guide me to those garments that I should buy? I have also know women who dress beautifully in clothes they have found at consignment and thrift stores at very reasonable prices.
I am certainly not as consistent as I would like to be in this area and welcome suggestions or tips that you may have as I seek to be a virtuous woman who dresses in a way that bring honor and glory to her Lord and is a blessing to her family.