Women who choose to follow a religious or cultural dress code are often grappling with what defines modest dress as, well, modest. Although different cultures may vary on what is considered modest, there are certain standards that are accepted as modest dress.
Modesty is a way of life. It is about choosing to keep things private that today have been exploited. That means for some women, trying to dress modestly is about minor technicalities like covering up past their elbows and knees or concealing their ankles. However, for other women, it may mean avoiding sheer fabrics or very tight revealing clothing. The concept of modesty is an important and personal one, and therefore different opportunities to express oneself modestly should be available.
Modesty and chastity are developed from within oneself, yet expressed outwardly. People as well should dress in ways that reflect their modest choices and beliefs and refrain from outwardly judging others’ choices in dress or how their modesty is conveyed.
Have you fallen into that trap of judging others for not being modest enough? Or bending the standards of modest dress? Share how you personalize the experience of modest dress below, I’d love to hear from all of you.
Dressing modestly and staying fashionable means finding clothing that fits your body well, just as it would for any woman that wants to look modern and stylish. That means knowing your body shape and finding skirts that flatter your natural curves or lack thereof!
When it comes to skirts, there are a variety of designs to choose from, including A-line, high-waisted, form-fitting, pencil skirts and more. Finding the right style starts with looking at the different types of body shapes.
Apple shape which generally means you have a slim lower body and carry your weight around your middle works best with high-waisted skirts. The high waistband will hit the smallest part of the torso and mask the mid-section. If you can find a skirt that is flouncy or has pleats than that will only add more to the total image and help give a lengthened look to the body shape.
The Banana shape (similar width for the waist, hip, and shoulders) does best with form-fitting skirts. Body-conscious skirts with a fun or loud pattern compliment this body type. Keep the shape of your skirts narrow and that will allow your natural curves to speak on their own.
The hourglass is that iconic shape that looks so great in a long pencil skirt. This body shape with a heavier bottom and a well-defined waist has a skirt specifically designed for her. Skirts with a peplum look especially great as they draw all the attention to your waist and give a perfect space for your lower half. Don’t get caught up in the office style of these pencil skirts, patterns and textured fabrics allow you to take advantage of all the length.
It seems there are many misconceptions about women who choose to dress modestly. Especially with fashion trends implying that modest clothing is simply that, a trend. Of course, women are and have always been under scrutiny for showing too much skin or not showing enough skin, which goes to show that women cannot escape the natural tendency for men and strangers to judge a woman’s dress.
Often dressing preferences are dictated by mood, weather or even a lack of clean laundry! Recently there are more and more women favoring clothing and designs that are considered modest, baggy sweaters, long maxi skirts and those Peter Pan collared button ups. Many of these trends became popular simply because designers were lacking a plunging neckline in their lines.
Feminism has taken the brunt of the blame when it comes to emerging modest trends although it’s easy to prove that fashion has had moments of modest influence almost every few decades. Feminists are feminists because of the need and outstanding lack of equality that exists for women who work or play as hard as men. Dressing modestly, therefore, would have nothing to do with Feminism and rather be a choice made by women to empower themselves. Actively disobeying some unspoken rule about how women should dress or behave is likely the last reason a woman would choose to dress immodestly.
What drives you to dress modestly? Share below in the comments.
So much of exercising is in the gear, when you have comfortable clothing to wear it is easier to get motivated to get out and go for a jog or hit the gym. With the summer upon us, getting outside for a run can be even more daunting with the heat and the beaming sun. Finding workout clothing that is both comfortable and modest, now THAT is daunting.
Considering leggings are a necessity for modesty when running or doing crunches at the gym, often times women that choose to dress modestly find themselves wearing layers. Some layers work, but some can drag you down. Then of course, the fabric, just like swimming, the fabric can be crucial in providing comfort or even UV protection when running outside.
Finding the perfect outfit that will encourage you to exercise as opposed to keep you from getting out is a good step to help you meet your fitness goals. Afterall, the modest woman needs just as much to stay in shape as any other women. Dressing modest does not mean frumpy!
How do you stay modest when you exercise? Share your tips and tricks below.
Please bring these modest suits back!
They’re so stylish, elegant, and timelessly chic! From the photos alone, you can tell that they’re also high quality. The world needs more modest suits like these!
Then again, fashion does have a way of coming back in waves. It’s a good thing that modest fashion in general is faring well across the globe. Maybe these modest suits stand a chance of coming back in style.
Catherine, Duchess of Cambridge sure knows how to dress! The more we see her in her public appearances, the more we want to dress like her. Doesn’t she always look fabulous? The best part of all about her style is that it is classy and conservative.
You gotta love the fact that despite her position, she isn’t afraid to wear outfits multiple times. Good on her- because some of her outfits sure cost a pretty penny. Then again, she is also known the wear the typical mall brands that we all know and love as well. Bearing all this in mind- she is very much like one of us. So if you put the two and two together, we can all dress just like the Duchess by keeping a few things in mind.
Let’s start with the most basic factor- stick to dressing modestly. Wait, you already do? Awesome! You’re one step closer to looking like a Duchess!
To dress more like Kate, you would have to steer clear from printed clothing. She tends to stick to solid colors. Sure, we all love prints to some extent, but if you think about it, maybe it’s those solid colors that always keep her looking more chic, slender, and feminine. Also, you have to admit, one of the perks of owning lots of solid-color items is the fact that you can wear some of them multiple times in a short time frame, and no one would really notice. And don’t forget- you can always accessorize to add pops of color into your ensemble. Kate for the most part, tends to stick to one solid color by going monochrome. The results are stunning.
Kate also let’s out really ultra-feminine vibes, because she subtly incorporates girly things into her wardrobe time to time. You’ll periodically see her wearing something that has details such as lace, bows, flowers, beads, or soft pastels. Sure, this may not work for everyone, but it certainly works for her!
One thing we love about her style is a concept that we live by- modest doesn’t have to mean frumpy! Kate wears dresses that flatter her body, without being skin-tight. The fit of her dresses modestly accentuate her figure.
That’s pretty much the basics of the style of Duchess Kate. Now if you want to know why she always looks amazing in photographs- that has nothing to do with what she is wearing. It has everything to do with the fact that she warmly smiles a lot. That is because Kate is comfortable, and confident in her skin, as we all should be.