KALIDA - It's not always easy when Susan Meyer goes clothes shopping with her two teenage daughters. The problem is finding something she deems appropriate for them to wear.
Meyer, of Kalida, and two others are bringing a program to the area they hope will teach girls that it's possible to be hip and modern and still dress modestly.
"It helps to teach the girls that you can look pretty without being provocative and you can be trendy and still be tasteful," she said.
The national faith-based Pure Fashion program builds character and teaches girls about their "inner beauty," and how to highlight that beauty, Meyer said.
"The motive of Pure Fashion is to change our culture one outfit at a time," she said. "They are interested in promoting the purity of womanhood and just teaching these girls that modesty is more than just your clothing. It is an outward reflection of your interior attitude."
The program is open to girls, ages 14 to 18, from around the region. They will meet monthly for eight months, learning about such things as public speaking, dressing appropriately, hair and makeup and fashion tips.
Girls learn how to take what is offered in stores and make the outfits more modest. A keepsake is distributed at each session. The girls will also perform community service.
The program culminates with a fashion show Aug. 30. The event will feature the models wearing the latest fashions, entertainment, and inspiring speakers.
The first training session is set from noon to 2 p.m. Saturday at the Red Pig Inn, Ottawa. Girls should sign up ahead of time. Thirty will be accepted. The program costs $100, but financial help is available.
For information or to sign up, call Meyer at 419-532-3349, Julie Pothast at 419-538-6070, or Connie Cassidy at 419-523-6956.