I know that when writing a sentence in past tense we should not use present tense in the same sentence without a proper reason. But I'm not sure which tense to use in the following sentence.

Kristy cautioned us not to judge womanhood by the way it dresses or dressed.

The sentence is in the past, so it dressed makes sense to me. But at the same time, the subject was giving an advice that should always be followed. Does this make it dresses acceptable in the sentence?

Could someone please help me decide which tense to use in this scenario.

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Tense in reported speech does not change when a permanent or unchanging truth or habitual fact is discussed. 'The way womanhood dresses' is a habitual fact.

Direct and indirect speech

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