Catholic women ought to be the model of purity. Today however, it is almost impossible to identify a devout Catholic woman from a completely secular person. One of the ways good women used to separate themselves from women of ill-repute was their choice of dress.
The art of feminine dress is not so very complicated and when done well can produce a dramatic improvement in the presentation and confidence of a lady.
Western civilisation used to produce beautiful things. People in old photographs used to dress better and look more dignified. Not only the wealthy, but everyone from Ladies and Doctors to labourers and servants. Old buildings, even simple worker’s cottages were more appealing than grand public works today. Books, cars, trains, furniture, art and homewares all used to be more pleasing. The speech and writing of anyone holding positions requiring a modicum of education used to be of a far higher standard than that of people in those same positions today.