I was reading Cynthia Nellis’ article Polygamy Chic this morning and thought to myself, “I’ll bite” when I saw a link to the Fundamentalist Church of Jesus Christ Latter-Day Saints clothing website.
What I learned in clicking on the link in Cynthia’s story, was that these women have their own website where those so inclined may purchase dresses, jeans, shirts and even underwear for children and teens. I’m not too sure who will be buying these garments for their kids, but the folks behind this site are aiming to make a tidy profit.
Here are a few examples of what you will find.
This teen dress, yes I said teen, runs $72.53 for a size 8 to $80.45 for a size 18.
The following jeans range from size 2 ($31.81) to size 14 ($39.94)
Last but not least, you may purchase a pair of these very modest and likely very warm for the summer underwear for teens.
Aside from my initial voyeuristic curiosity into the lives and fashion of these people, I was really struck by the following quote on their website:
“And they did impart of their substance, every man according to that
which he had, to the poor, and the needy, and the sick, and the
afflicted; and they did not wear costly apparel,
yet they were neat and comely.” Alma 1:27
My assumption is that they want to share the source of their beliefs for our understanding. However, what baffles me, is if “…they did not wear costly apparel”, why are they selling a very ugly dress for $80.45? There’s nothing in the above quote that the clothes had to be ugly or even cover every square inch of their bodies.
I find it really surprising that a dress for over $80 is not considered costly by their standards.
Here’s a “neat and comely” dress that one of your teenagers could wear for the same price. It has longer sleeves, very modest by a modern teenager’s standards, and it’s $88 right about the FLDS price range.
Or better yet, let her wear something like this.