How I'd love to read that headline... perhaps I'll write it one day. But I was shopping yesterday with an extremely fashion-savvy girlfriend and we noticed a prevailing trend that might just be taking hold as the mercury climbs... modesty in swimwear!
I know, I know... it almost seems an oxymoron, but hear me out. The swim skirt is making a comeback this summer, and it's gaining widespread acceptance on beaches and poolsides the world over.
I found this adorable and aptly-named company's website which features a host of adorable suits and accessories I wouldn't be ashamed to wear in the presence of my father. Check it out if you get the chance. And please, give your friends/sisters/girlfriends/wives etc. some serious kudos for endeavoring to dress modestly in a culture that reduces (0r enlarges) us to our cup size. It's not easy. But at least it's starting to look good!
Modesty is about showcasing what is beautiful and reserving with reverence what is more beautiful. We don't cover up to repress, but to protect what is not meant for public consumption. (When's the last time you saw a transparent tabernacle, people?)
Just as there is an appropriate time for exposition of the Blessed Sacrament, in the context of reverent Adoration and Benediction, so also is there a fully appropriate time for the revelation of the human body, unveiled for the other in the mutual worship of the spouses. That's right, I said worship. As in, with my body, I thee worship (From the Book of Common Prayer, Anglican wedding vows.)
Totally appropriate, and totally hot. Take that, Hollywood.