I’d probably describe my personal style aesthetic as polished but relaxed, classic but modern. At least those are the words I’d use today. That could well change tomorrow. Ha! But sometimes I forget the importance of also looking relatable, approachable. As a Christian who wants to be salt and light in the world, those characteristics are important to me. I don’t want to look “too good for other people” or especially fancy. So I thought we would talk briefly about how to look relatable but still classy.
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A funny thing happened at church Sunday. Let me set the stage a little. We have a very small house church, so we’re pretty close and very familiar with each other. Everyone in our little house church knows what I do for a living and they’re used to seeing me dress up a little more than them on Sunday mornings, even though we’re a very casual bunch meeting in a home over breakfast amidst playful children.
Sunday morning after our worship service, just as James and I were about to walk out the front door, a young man in our church family (he’s probably in his mid-30s???) stopped me intentionally and said, “I really like your outfit. You look great today.” Huh. That had never happened before. I thanked him genuinely and was about to go on when he asked, “Where did you get it? I really like it.” Gee. I was shocked by his sincere interest.
I was wearing the outfit I’m sharing here. James and I were going to take photos for the blog after church, so I had worn the jeans for the outfits, but I planned to change into sweaters for the photos. I’d simply thrown on this striped button-up poplin shirt as a temperature appropriate placeholder of sorts.
I’ll share more about these jeans, but I’d be remiss if I didn’t share that these St. John’s Bay mid-rise straight leg jeans from J.C.Penney are a really great buy. A YouTube viewer had recommended them, so I decided to give them a try. I don’t recommend anything I haven’t tried myself or that I’m not at least very familiar with the brand, so I needed to give them a whirl. These jeans – available in misses, petites, petite short, misses short, misses long and plus sizes cost less than $50 and I don’t mind highly recommending them.
But let’s get back to our story. I don’t think my 30-something male friend would mind me telling you that he’s generally a jeans kind of guy. He’s a nice-looking family man, a professional and an all-around good guy. Very kind and obviously thoughtful enough to tell an old lady she looks nice in her outfit. But what do you suppose caused him to stop me on my way out the door Sunday to comment positively on my outfit…on this particular day? (By the way, there was nothing creepy about this. He spoke freely and sincerely in front of his wife and everyone else around.)
I can only suppose that I looked a little more approachable, more relatable that day than I do most Sundays. You know what I wear on Sundays to our little house church. You can always see those outfits in my weekly Friday How I Really Dressed for My Day posts. I don’t dress up as much as I used to for church, but, true to my personal style, I do dress up a little. So I don’t think it was so much about whether I was dressed up or not. I think what opened the door for his genuine compliments was something else.
I think on this day I just looked a little more relatable. I looked relaxed, but still pulled together. Casual, but still polished. My clothes were comfortable, and it showed. Remember, right now one of our most prevailing fashion trends is simply “wearability.” We want clothes that look great, but also feel good enough to wear them all day long. This simple outfit checks all the boxes.
What’s the take-away? For me, I was reminded not to overthink my outfits. Often the simplest combinations can make the best outfits. And simple but polished can look relatable but still classy.
By no means am I encouraging you to dress down for church. That’s not what this is about at all. This incident could have happened just as easily at a Saturday night get-together. But I do think it’s worth putting a little thought into how we can look relatable but still classy. And I’d love to read your thoughts on the topic, too.
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Blessed for My Day
In yesterday’s Blessed for My Day I mentioned that we’d be looking at the topic of forgiveness this week. We’re looking at Genesis 33 to see what Joseph saw as his father Jacob (the conniver) met up with his uncle Esau, whom Jacob had swindled out of his birthright and blessing many years prior. Talk about the need for forgiveness. Jacob came prepared for Esau’s ire by preparing a grand parade, complete with bowing servants and family members, as well as gifts.
But talk about an unexpected twist! Immediately we learn that Esau had already forgiven his conniving sibling well before this momentous day – before Jacob apologized or paid for what he had done. Esau ran to meet Jacob and embraced him, then fell upon his brother’s neck and kissed him. The only explanation? Before Esau could walk out forgiveness with his brother, he must have done the hard work of forgiveness with God. If we need to forgive someone who has hurt us, we must begin by allowing God to do a mighty work in our hearts. Most importantly, as we recall the forgiveness God has shown us, we can ask Him to help us give that same grace to other people.
Then Esau ran to meet him and embraced him, and fell on his neck and kissed him, and they wept. He raised his eyes and saw the women and the children, and said, “Who are these with you?” So he said, “The children whom God has graciously given your servant.” Then the slave women came forward with their children, and they bowed down. And Leah likewise came forward with her children, and they bowed down; and afterward Joseph came forward with Rachel, and they bowed down. ~ Genesis 33:4-7