“The Ultimate Mission Trip Style Guide.” – tips and tricks from Praying Pelican Missions lady missionaries on how to look good, feel good and take the pressure off of packing your suitcase for a new culture, climate and lifestyle. Our heart is to remove the anxiety and focus from timeless questions like: “What do I wear?” and give you a few tips that we’ve learned throughout the years. Ultimately, we pray that these posts would be a resource for you as you prepare for your trip. We want to provide you with a few tools that can help you remain focused on what God is teaching you and doing around you during your time abroad, instead of the length of your shorts, the style of your still-wet hair or how much make-up is appropriate. But of course, throughout it all, we must have fun in the process!
In Today’s plethora of styles, colors, designs, and brands, we are left with so many choices that sometimes it’s hard to choose. And not only is it hard to choose but it’s hard to choose the right one or the one that we should. Some choices are WAYY more attractive than others and some choices say things that we don’t really want to say but hey! they look good and it may get us more attention so why not? As I thought about the topic of modesty and how it can impact not only us but those around us, I thought it would first be wise to go to the number one source of good information: The Bible. The Bible has a lot to say about modesty and as I was researching it constantly brought me back to the same thought: Modesty = how we view ourselves.
1 Peter 3:3-5 was probably one of my favorites and it reads like this “Your beauty should not come from outward adornment, such as elaborate hairstyles and the wearing of gold jewelry or fine clothes. Rather, it should be that of your inner self, the unfading beauty of a gentle and quiet spirit, which is of great worth in God’s sight. For this is the way the holy women of the past who put their hope in God used to adorn themselves.” If we work to make ourselves beautiful on the inside then it will shine through and make us beautiful on the outside. Now, that’s not to say that we can’t have a little fun and look good on the outside we just have to make sure that’s not all we are focused on.
So, onto the real reason for this blog post: Pretty Little Dresses ON THE MISSION FIELD. Let it be known, that I am a HUGE summer dress loving girl and let’s just say that doesn’t work out too well on the mission field (especially when you haul bricks!). Through my travel’s I have come up with a couple ways to make sure that I don’t cause my fellow brothers and sisters to stumble while still being able to wear dresses and skirts on the mission field. First off, I go to my local thrift shop and dig through their skirt and dress aisles. It’s usually pretty easy for me to find skirts or dresses that I like. Sometimes they might be a little too big, etc. but Hey! a little alteration never hurt anyone. If you’ve never been to a thrift shop, I highly recommend it. It’s actually the number one place I have found most of my clothes. Next, I find some shirts that will go with at least one or two of those skirts or dresses that way I can reduce my packing at the same time. One of my teams actually did something really cool in relation to this, they all brought 3 or 4 skirts and shirts and then throughout the week they all switched skirts and were able to wear skirts almost every day but didn’t feel like they were wearing the same thing. Going on a “Mission Trip” shopping trip with the girls on your group is a great way to not only bond with the girls on your trip but to have fun at the same time and have someone to bounce ideas off of. Another thing that you could do (which I highly recommend!) is going shopping with your girls to a fabric store and buying material to make your own maxi skirts. Not only can you make an entire girl day out of it but you get some quality bonding time in as well.
One of the easiest ways I have found to make sure that I find cute dresses and skirts that are modest and comfortable at the same time is to find someone I can ask for their opinion. Whenever I go out shopping and find a cute dress I always ask for another opinion whether that be with the person I’m shopping with or by sending a photo to someone. I encourage to find someone that like to help you stay accountable and give you honest opinions. Finding clothes that not only look good but that are modest as well can be a difficult task given the circumstances that we sometimes have to work but it is not impossible. The number one thing to remember is that it is important to become comfortable in your own skin. Beautiful is just a word and you can decide its meaning.
“Nothing makes a woman more beautiful than the belief that she is beautiful. Be your own kind of Beautiful.”