Saturday, January 23, 2010

Dressing with Dignity by Colleen Hammond

I have just read a very interesting book written by Colleen Hammond.  The book is titled "Dressing with Dignity."
With fashions the way they are today you might wonder how we got here. Why are clothes so skimpy? How did clothing go from dresses around our ankles to mini skirts?  Colleen answers these questions in her book and more.
Colleen herself was in the fashion industry, a  former cable network anchor, image consultant, actress, model and beauty queen who gave all this up to become a stay at home mom.
The book is an easy, quick read. It is very interesting and keeps moving describing the history of fashion. In the book Colleen describes to us events and attitudes that helps us understand how fashion trends have evolved. She shares interesting facts about fashions that occurred  during,  before,  and after the French Revolution, the 1920's, and other various points in history.  How about some interesting information such as, "who was the perfume Chanel #5 named after and why and what was this persons strong influence on fashion.  Where did the bikini come from? The information shared in this book  gives us  answers and ideas  so we can make wiser choices about the way we dress.
And what is great is it isn't about dressing "frumpy" or ugly.  It is about knowing the difference between "dressing attractively and dressing to attract."
Also, very interesting in the book are statements about manners of dress from Popes, Bishops, Saints and Scripture.
There are also guidelines for talking to teenagers about modesty, feminity, dignity and choosing tasteful attire. Isn't this what young girls need today to help them understand their value, their worth, especially in the eyes of God.
This is a needed book for today.
I highly encourage this as a good read for women, moms and their daughters.
You can find Colleen at and order the book at:


Elizabeth said...

Modestly is so very important. I am so very grateful that my 15 yo daughter is very modest, because our society just pushes inappropriate clothing on especially girls all of the time.

This is an excellent post.

Thank you!

Diane said...

Thank you for your comments. I agree so much.

Dear Lord help us to educate our family for your glory.

"Since parents have conferred life on their children, they have a most solemn obligation to educate their offspring. Hence, parents must be acknowledged as the first and foremost educators of their children. Their role as educators is so decisive that scarcely anything can compensate for their failure in it. For it devolves on parents to create a family atmosphere so animated with love and reverence for God and others that a well-rounded personal and social development will be fostered among children. Hence, the family is the first school of those social virtues which every society needs."--Gravissimum Educationis (one of the documents of the Second Vatican Council)

Helping and Loving Our Neighbor

Corporal works of Mercy
Feed the hungry

Give drink to the thirsty

Clothe the naked

Shelter the homeless

Visit the sick

Visit the imprisoned

Bury the dead

The Spiritual Works of Mercy
Admonish the sinner

Instruct the ignorant

Counsel the doubtful

Comfort the sorrowful
Bear wrongs patiently

Forgive all injuries

Pray for the living and the dead

Good Samaritain