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19 May 2006
  Dressing with Dignity

I first discovered Colleen Hammond several years ago via her website.She was just coming out with her book at the time, and the first release was fraught with plagerism controversy. "Dressing with Dignity" is now available in a revised 2nd edition.

A Roman Catholic and former beauty queen, Mrs. Hammond promotes an elegant, dignified and modest approach to dressing. She suggests practical guidelines on choosing modest tasteful attire, hints on how to talk to teens, how to cultivate grace and charm, and how to awaken a spirit of chivalry in men. She also includes a helpful, but probably-soon-to-be-out-of-date resource list.

What I found interesting and unique to this book is the historical background. Hammond includes a fascinating section on a Freemason agenda to corrupt women through fashion and many quotes from scripture, saints and Roman Catholic hierarchy.

I give this book a so-so rating. "Rome-a-phobe" readers will probably be turned off by the "all for Mary" tone of the traditional Catholic author. A reader new to the idea of non-frumpy modesty will probably enjoy it very much. Much of the information can be found in other places. "Fascinating Womanhood" is a good read on the subject, as is "A Return to Modesty."

Call me a Pharisee, but I am highly offended by the lack of reverance and respect in our churches and our culture. New voices on this topic are always welcome.

Colleen Hammond maintains two blogs, accessible from her website.

"Dressing with Dignity" by Colleen Hammond
ISBN 0-89555-800-9
Published 2005 by TAN Books and Publishers, Inc.

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