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Product Details

  • Paperback: 152 pages
  • Publisher: TAN Books; 2nd edition (July 9, 2005)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0895558009
  • ISBN-13: 978-0895558008
  • Product Dimensions: 8.2 x 5.4 x 0.4 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 7.2 ounces
  • Average Customer Review: 4.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (95 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #151,631 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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About the Author

Colleen Hammond originally lived the American Dream as an actress, model, and network anchor for The Weather Channel before reverting to her Catholic faith and becoming a mother. She is now an award-winning writer, radio and television host, and educator. She currently hosts the "St. Joseph Radio Presents" program on WEWN, and encourages thousands of people to live out their Catholic faith daily. Mrs. Hammond is also a frequent speaker at conferences and retreats, addressing topics such as marriage and Catholic virtue. She resides with her husband and four children in North Texas.

More About the Author

A former On-Camera-Meteorologist for The Weather Channel, model, actress and Miss Michigan National Teen-Ager, Colleen lived the American Dream and found it to be a nightmare.

While working in television, she reverted to her Faith. The moment their first baby was born, Colleen "saw the light" and abandoned her highly successful career in television to become a stay-at-home-mother.

Currently heard as a host of "St. Joseph Radio Presents", available to 85 million people worldwide on WEWN, Colleen is constantly sought out for radio, television, and print interviews.

Colleen is an award-winning writer, radio and television talk show host, educator, comedienne, and mother: all rolled into one! Acclaimed for her versatility, she delivers an enduring message filled with down-to-earth wisdom, inspiration, and humor. Colleen brings a fresh and creative approach to living joyfully, and has helped thousands of people every year to make positive and virtuous changes in their lives.

A frequent speaker at conferences, retreats, and parish events, Colleen addresses such timely issues as marriage, children, family, and values and virtues. Groups appreciate her real-life solutions to tough problems presented with compassion, warmth, and a lively interactive style.

Author of the much acclaimed book, "Dressing with Dignity", Colleen is working on more follow-up books, CDs and DVDs. In addition, she is producing DVDs of her presentations, a new book on gossip, and continues to write articles for various publications.

Colleen, her husband and their four children now live in North Texas.

Customer Reviews

I can only say this book did change my life.
Gabby Carter
This book has harmful ideas in it...and the writing is awful.
E. Jones
A true blessing for women to realize our feminine dignity!
Faithful Catholic

Most Helpful Customer Reviews

47 of 55 people found the following review helpful By Traci Baker on October 28, 2005
Format: Paperback
I read this book a couple of months ago and took on some of the advice of the author. I started wearing dress/skirts more often. Especially to work and when out in public. I took on a new identity so to speak. I felt comfortable that I was getting attention because I looked soft and feminine. People I would see all the time, like at the gas station, grocery store and even friends took notice. Although the employees at the gas station, attendrd on a regular basis, though I was going to alot of funerals until they asked me one day if I got a job or what? I have worked for 20 years in an office setting and they had never noticed me before by the way I was dressed.

This book does offer alot of guide lines to proper attire. I didn't feel the desire to never wear pants again but personally, I think we all need to take it to our own personal level, I feel that these changes have made me feel like the woman God intended me to be. The wife and mother that is an inspiration of why women are so precious.

Last but not least if we just take notice of what is proper attire in the house of our Lord that would be a start. I have given this book to a few young girls that don't think about what they wear to church and I have seen a change and have even been thanked.

Read this book and take from it what you feel you need to make even a small change. See what it does for you. See what it can do for society.
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40 of 47 people found the following review helpful By Katherine Graham on January 20, 2006
Format: Paperback
If you were raised as a so-called Baby Boomer in the 1950's and 1960's as I was, you will remember rules and regulations in public and private schools about appropriate dressing attire. This was also the case at a job. My point is simply this: from my recollection, people behaved better and I, for one, think it had a great deal to do with taking the time to care about the language communicated to oneself and others by what we choose to wrap our bodies in. Wealthy or poor it doesn't matter. Unlike books that you cannot judge by their cover, most people judge others by theirs. This book, from a Catholic point of view, and is most sympathetic to mothers and fathers who are at wits' end with their youngsters virtual invitation for "trouble." And this author brilliantly provides do-able ways you can assist yourself, and others, to basically hold back the night - that comes with the never-ending attempts to corrupt our youth through incomprehensible surrender to forces that lead them ultimately down the wrong road. Of course, the clothes alone are not the core issue. And there are always exceptions. But it is what the clothes represent for the one wearing them, and others seeing them. Please buy this book, especially if you are a Mom or Dad. You will never regret it.
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23 of 28 people found the following review helpful By natural nut on October 16, 2004
Format: Paperback
Mrs. Hammond's book is just the thing our young women and ladies desperately need today! She charitably and prudently invites us to dress with dignity, to become beautifully modest, and to reap the rich fruits of genuine femininity. The message offered in "Dressing with Dignity" is to key to rediscovering the lost art of being WOMEN...and the secret to reascending to our God-given role in the family and society!
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18 of 22 people found the following review helpful By Jenifer K. McNeeley on March 8, 2007
Format: Paperback
This book answered many questions I had about wearing dresses, like, "WHY?!" and "how", not to mention, "What type?", etc., etc... I have always felt like a true female in a dress. I highly admired those mothers whom I saw wearing dresses at parks, the zoo, the grocery stores, and every day casual events. I could feel their femininity and rarely had any doubt that they were Christian. I often wondered how they could "pull it off". I've often wondered, "Why pull it off?", as well. Dressing with Dignity has the answers I've searched for, and those I never thought to ask.

The book was a very quick read, and I'm a slow reader! I had a hard time putting it down, as it quenched such a thirst for knowledge! I, now, feel prepared to dress my daughters properly and appropriately, and to dress as an example for them. I have also found a wonderful source to back up my resistance to allowing others to buy inappropriate clothing for them, as gifts. I can now counter statements such as, "It's what all the kids are wearing these days."

Amazingly, it even simply answered my questions about wearing makeup. I've often felt torn about this, wanting to wear it to look nice, and because my husband likes a little on me, and wanting to be as God made me. Now, I know it is fine to accentuate the natural beauty God has given me, while not drawing undo attention to myself.

I can, now, gladly dress in a very feminine way, feeling good about myself, bringing out the best in others around me, and feeling stylish, as well. I can set a great example for my daughters, guide them in their attire, and, perhaps, set an example for others around me.

I highly recommend this book!
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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful By badbabs2020 on June 11, 2014
Format: Paperback
Ms. Hammond's book, Dressing with Dignity, first caught my eye soon after my nephew's confirmation. A teenaged, female confirmand seated directly in front of me was dressed in white pinstripe slacks with very visible black thong panties on underneath. With this, she wore a transparent black blouse over a black bra. I would not have considered this to be an appropriate outfit for anyone, much less a young teenager. This was definitely not appropriate dress for a church service, especially such a special, celebratory Mass. Between her dress and the behavior of the young...lady...and her sponsor, they were very distracting and made it hard to focus on the service.

I found the book to be a breath of fresh air in a world highly polluted by immoral and indecent fashion trends. While I knew that it would be highly unlikely that most women would be willing to make the changes in dress that Ms.Hammond has, her book is a huge step in fashion awareness. Being a fitness swimmer, I also knew I would have difficulty following all of her advice. I did make changes, almost immediately, in my professional dress. I wore more dresses, longer skirts, higher necklines, looser in general but still flattering clothing styles. I was even able to adapt for swimwear due to the fashion trend for swim separates...I found a long legged swimsuit and baggier, longer, swim shorts. Those are out there if you look.

One thing I found to be extremely helpful, and mention to parents all the time, is Ms. Hammond's use of the children's song "Hands, Shoulders, Knees, and Toes" as a method of checking the modest fit of your clothing, and teaching your daughters (children) to do the same. I use it myself, and recommend it to others all the time.
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