1 Timothy 2: 9-10
In like manner also, that the women adorn themselves in modest apparel, with propriety and moderation, not with braided hair or gold or pearls or costly clothing, but, which is proper for women professing godliness, with good works.
1 Peter 3: 3-4
Do not let your adornment be merely outward - arranging the hair, wearing gold, or putting on fine apparel- rather let it be the hidden person of the heart, with the incorruptible beauty of a gentle and quiet spirit, which is very precious in the sight of God.
A foolish woman is clamorous; She is simple and knows nothing.
Websters 1828 Dictionary
1. That lowly temper which accompanies a moderate estimate of one's own worth and importance. This temper when natural, springs in some measure from timidity, and in you inexperienced persons, is allied to bashfulness and diffidence.
2. Modesty is an act or series of acts, consists in humble, unobtrusive deportment, as opposed to extreme boldness, forwardness, arrogance, presumption, an audacity or impudence.
4. In females, modesty has the like character as in males; but the word is used also as synonymous with chastity, or purity of manner - purity of the mind - fear of disgrace and ignominy fortified by education and principle. Unaffected modesty is the sweetest charm of female excellence, the rightest gem in the diadem of their honor.
This isn't about skirts/dresses vs pants/short/capris. Thats for each family to decide for themselves with the Lords guidance. But this is about appearing modest in appropriate clothing in public and especially in church. When did going to church = dressing provocatively, immodestly, in short, short dresses, poured into your clothing, with your body above the waist practically uncovered? When did appearing in church become an opportunity to wear low cut blouses, dresses, spiky high heels, tons of makeup, glittery clothing & jewelry, shorts, or any of that garbage? And why don't the Moms say NO? Its because some of them are dressing the same way! What message are you portraying to the congregation, the visitors, the Pastor, and to the Lord.
Summertime is here in Miss. The public undressing has begun. It isn't everyone, but I can pretty accurately predict who will wear the inappropriate clothing. Its very bad to have to sit in church and pray the Lord will shield your husband & sons from the temptation to look, when the sights are readily available. The Lord did call Christians to look differently, to act differently, to exhibit modesty, to have a gently & quiet spirit, and to Praise and Honor Him in all we do or say.
We need dress codes in church the same as in schools.
I fear its going to be a very long summer.