My Journey to becoming a Nobel Woman – Day 43
Stick with Your Core Color
Scripture to Memorize:
She makes coverings for her bed;
she is clothed in fine linen and purple.
Her husband is respected at the city gate,
where he takes his seat among the elders of the land.
Passage to Read: Ezekiel 16:10-14 Talks about our appearance. In these verses we hear how our Sovereign Lord clothes us with embroidered dress, fine linens and costly garments. How he adorns us with jewelry (bracelets, necklaces, a ring for our nose, earrings on our ears and a beautiful crown). Interesting. So many times we hear how we shouldn’t want these very things.
I read today’s passage and I thought — Oh Lord, dress me like that! I so want to be a beautiful woman, both inside and out. Thank God for understanding that we want to look and feel beautiful. Ask the Holy Spirit to make you so radiate the love of God and the joy of being loved by him that no one notices our imperfections (including ourselves).
After reading today’s passage I started wondering why so many Christian women think they have to dress frumpy in order to be both modest and pleasing to the Lord. So often we don’t hear about beautiful clothes, shoes and fine jewelry when we hear fashion advice for the Christian woman. Didn’t these people read the Old Testament? Do they really think God decided frumpy women were more pleasing? I think not. If we are to emulate the Proverbs 31 woman then shouldn’t we also taken hints from her on our appearance?
Since we’ve pointed out there isn’t anything more spiritual about looking frumpy, let’s examine what we positive steps we can take to transform ourselves:
- Select a core color.
- Simplify. (If you prefer to match shoes and purses — go for it! Me? I’d rather choose a neutral color that will go with most anything.)
So, how do you select a core color? Well, Donna has the following suggestions:
- Dark hair and eyes — black
- Dark hair and blue or hazel eyes — go by skin tone: if dark, go with black; if light, go with navy.
- Blond hair and blue or hazel eyes — navy
- Red hair — brown
- Sandy hair and brown eyes — camel
Now that you have figured out your core color (basically what this means if you’ll use other colors to pop/accent the core color), you can purge the items from your closet that don’t match your core color. Donna describes the way the core color scheme works like this: while she was visiting Colombia she noticed that all the women there were gorgeous. After a few days she realized that one thing they all had in common was they had dark hair and eyes and almost everyone wore bold, vibrant colors in combination with a black core color. Since America is so diverse a nation, our stores tend to put things out based on seasons. You’ll find more black in the winter months, camel in the spring, navy in the summer and brown in the fall. Donna recommends you try to shop during your core color’s season and then use laying, etc. to get the outfits to stretch over the year.
A great bonus to shopping and buying only your core color (or coordinated) items is your entire wardrobe will mix and match!
- Purge your closet of any items that doesn’t match or coordinate with your core color.
- Give it all away to someone who needs it more than you do anyway.
- Start or participate in a clothing exchange: Set a date and have all the women bring their very best clothing. Loosely organize it into color selections and then swap.
Just a note: I’ve decided not to post the study on the weekends as it is basically a time for review, catching up and preparation.