Chapter 3 – Be Aware of What You Wear! – page 14

I need to let you know that there’s a printing error for this chapter in the book. The very first section talks about the different symbols people often wear, but not all the symbols came out right. There’s a blank space for the zodiac signs and the yin and yang symbol is missing the dots. They actually look like this:

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This week in Designer Genes, we talk about the importance of dressing in a way that’s appropriate for a Christian girl… or even an older Christian woman! There’s a great article about “modeling modesty” on the Brio Web site that I think you’ll enjoy. Check it out here!

I think it’s tough to be a tween these days and to know what to wear. Everything about our clothes sends a bit of a message: the colours, the style, the fit, the graphics. Girls may feel that ruffles, pastels, flowers or anything “cute” makes them look like kids… and what they really want is to look grown up. So we see some 10-year-olds going to school in tight jeans, cropped tops, lots of make-up, platform shoes, and anything else that makes them feel “sexy”.

What do you think? Does it matter? Are clothes just clothes… or do they say something about us?

Take a look in the mirror. What do you think your style says about you? That you’re fun? Creative? Sporty? Flirty? Spoiled? Hmmm… something to think about!

Remember, it’s not just the words that come out of our mouths that tell people what’s in our hearts and minds. As Christians, the way we act and dress should also reflect that we love God!

Body Language

Here’s another fun (but important) tip to keep in mind. Your posture — how you stand or sit, what you do with your hands, etc. — can say a lot about you, too, no matter how well you’re dressed! Just a few examples:

  • Slouching can be a sign of disrespect or boredom… like you aren’t interested in what’s going on or in the person talking to you. (It’s also really bad for your back!)


  • Rolling your eyes at someone tells them that you’re frustrated with them or think that what they’re saying is stupid. It’s quite disrespectful so try not to get into the habit of doing it.


  • Fidgeting (for example, playing with your hair, pulling on your sleeves, or (yuck!) biting your nails) sends the message that you’re nervous or worried.


  • Crossing your arms (loosely) or putting your hands on your hips might intimidate people, giving them the impression that you’re not very friendly.


  • Flipping your hair all the time, touching too much, and standing too close to someone can make you seem like a flirt. Some people might feel uncomfortable around you. (Sorry, I tried for quite a while but couldn’t find a photo of a girl flicking her hair!)

What do you think when someone giggles too much? If she always talks in a fake-sounding high-pitched voice? If she wears lots of jewellery? If her clothes are wrinkled and dirty? If she freaks out about a broken nail, a small stain or her hair getting wet?

This week, think and pray about the messages you might be sending out about yourself!


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