"Unapologetically Modest" as told by Rocio
As someone who is on the verge of entering her college years, I'm bombarded with pressure EVERY SINGLE DAY. Pressure to conform, to act a particular way because I'm a certain age, and to live in a way that is instantly self-gratifying. It can get overwhelming when society only expects people to perfectly fit into the mold they advertise. Specifically, when it comes to how I dress. When I first started blogging a few months back, I knew that my style wouldn't be everyone's cup of tea. But you know what, that's perfectly okay. I'm not ashamed of what makes me, me. As an advocate for modesty, I can't hide what gives me a unique identity. Choosing to dress the way that I do defines who I am. I'm unapologetically modest.
A lot of the times, when the word modest is mentioned, people automatically assume dressing "outdated" or "old-fashioned". This misconception can be a factor in why people sometimes shy away from wanting to be labeled as someone who is modest. However, this is a big misconception. LET ME TELL YOU, I am ALL about keeping up with the latest trends and still expressing who you are through the way you dress. But, that doesn't mean you have to throw away your standards in order to meet the ones that the world sets. You can still look cute and trendy while keeping your convictions. If you ask me, it works in your own favor. You'll look different, which catches people's attention, but you'll also be pushed to another level of creativity with your wardrobe in order to make it fit your lifestyle.
Dressing modestly doesn’t mean I lack boldness or that I'm not confident enough to show off my body. It actually means that I've become satisfied with my inner self to the point where I'd rather reveal my mind and thoughts to the world instead of my body. Modesty allows us to preserve yet reveal our dignity. Now, what exactly is dignity?
Dignity : the state or quality of being worthy of honor or respect
When we take this to heart and try to understand what this means, we realize that when we dress in a modest way, we DEMAND respect. How we come across to others will be mostly determined by how we look. Whether we like to admit it or not, it's true. As human beings, we make judgments on the type of person someone is in a matter of seconds based on their appearance. If you dress in a manner that demonstrates self-respect, people all around you will treat you with the standards you've already established. Romans 12:1-2, it speaks to us about how we should allow our bodies to be a holy and living sacrifice unto God. The kind that He will find acceptable. Why? Because of all that He has done for us. It even states that by doing this, we offer a form of worship to Jesus. It even goes on to say, "Don't copy the behaviors and customs of this world, but let God transform you." Going against the norm will never be easy, it's always going to be an ongoing challenge. But in the end, your sacrifice will make it that much more worth it.
There is something intricately and beautifully intimidating about a woman who dresses in a confident and classy way while still remaining modest. That being said, as a young woman, what's so wrong with embracing beauty and feminity? Why is it that in today's culture, it's looked down upon? I mean, I can only speak for myself, but I actually want people to perceive me as chic and sophisticated. I like bringing my feminine features to life and embodying who they make me. Staying classy is finding all the worth in yourself and realizing you don't need to dress provocatively in order to get someone else's attention. You're already in a state of contentment with YOURSELF that you don't need or desire any individual's approval. When you conduct yourself in a modest way, you adorn yourself with beauty and power. Power in a sense of being in control to teach others to love you for the right reasons.
ALWAYS REMEMBER: The beauty that reflects from a woman finding her validation in Christ, and not the world, will never fade.
- Rocio (@rociosaaanchez)