at the Museu de Arte Antiga, Lisboa

at the Museu de Arte Antiga, Lisboa

Thinking on how to be a priest and a woman and a creative person of style simultaneously.

Ghizlan Guenez, the modest modiste, & #inspo

Ghizlan Guenez, the modest modiste, & #inspo

I first encountered Ms. Guenez quoted in this New York Times article about the "modest fashion" (macro)trend. The article notes that "Ms. Guenez herself, who was brought up in Algeria and educated at the London School of Economics, and who worked in private equity for 13 years before starting The Modist, did not begin dressing in a covered-up fashion until three years ago."

Her website, The Modist, is subtitled, "Luxury Modest Style for Extraordinary Women." I know many priests who are extraordinary women, and many of us who prefer modest clothing--but very few of us who find ourselves buying items labeled "luxury"! I do not own a private jet and I do not own dresses that are $1,765 and I do not want to do either of these things.

However, the website is excellent for those of us who like using pictures of fancy clothes to get inspiration for affordable clothes! This pink pleated dress gave me ideas for summer work-parties; this white longline blazer made me wish I could walk without spilling coffee. The "Edits" section gives curated looks (e.g. stripes or sparkles) which might be helpful for those who want a modest application of trends. 

It is a great site for laughing and marveling and making jokes about priestesses and being sprinkled in the blood of the Lamb. How much will wealthy people spend to look like a Muppet? $470, that's how much. (Don't they know they've got these at Goodwill all the time?)

Pictures from The Modist with commentary.

Joan Didion on being a woman among men

Joan Didion on being a woman among men

"Shiny and gold": OTM Profiles in Three Words or Less

"Shiny and gold": OTM Profiles in Three Words or Less