There are many contrasting opinions on what qualifies to be considered modest clothing. That is mainly because some religions have rules and guidelines on it that are far more strict than others. Furthermore, it varies between different sects of each religion, and between congregations as well. Modest clothing styles also tend to vary between individuals that don’t necessarily have religious affiliations. In their cases, it has more to do with culture and personal preferences.
In general, modest clothing refers to clothing that obviously covers the most private parts of the body, and is also relatively loose-fitting and doesn’t cling to the contours of the body. For most people who choose to dress conservatively, they opt for the types of colors that are more natural and earthy- the blues, greens, blacks, whites, and browns. When it comes to brighter colors such as the vivid pinks, oranges, and yellows- it varies between the wearer. There are many ultra Orthodox women who refrain from wearing bright colors and/or patterns, for modesty purposes.
There are also the matter of dimensions of each garment. In many religions, women are not permitted to wear short shorts. There are some in which women aren’t permitted to wear fitted pants at all, and are advised to wear modest skirts. But how long is a modest skirt expected to be? Well, in some cases it is expected to reach the knee. In others, it is expected to go below the knee. Then there are those that require skirts to reach the ankles. Women are generally also told to avoid see-through clothing, skirts/dresses with long slits, revealing bathing suits, and in many sects even tops with revealing necklines.
Rules of modesty aren’t limited to clothes. There are also restrictions on the wearing of makeup and jewelry. In some faiths, women aren’t allowed to cut their hair. Although it may appear a bit much to some, there are also strict rules of modesty that apply to men as well. The guiding principle behind the rules of modesty and modest clothing is to project humility and not spark sinful thoughts and actions on oneself or others.
Are you thinking about going on a cruise this summer, but worried about staying modest? Have no fear! We’ll give you some pointers you can keep in mind as you start planning.
For starters, you have to think about the luggage. Most cruise lines don’t have luggage limitation, but then again, most of the cruise cabins have limited closet space. Also, if you’re going to fly to the cruise port, you will have to pack based on the limitations that are imposed by the airlines. Although you will likely bring more than one bag of luggage with you, we highly recommend you pack some essential change-of-clothes with you in your carry-on, just in case your larger bags get misplaced. It happens.
When it comes to deciding what to pack- think about the destinations, and the season/temperature there. If you need additional assistance, cruise travel agents can offer good tips. Common sense plays a big role here. If you’re going on an Alaskan getaway, don’t pack for tropical weather.
Here are some basic things we recommend you pack:
- Modest skirts of varying thickness. Extra points if some of them have deep pockets to secure your phone and wallet.
- Comfortables walking shoes, formal shoes, sandals, and slippers. Please make sure the shoes are already “broken-in” to ensure maximum comfort.
- Sports skirts
- Loose, breezy modest tops
- Modest undergarments
- Casual accessories (sunglasses, hats, shawls, etc)
- Modest dresses for visiting holy sites, or prayer gatherings. You can read more about dressing for tourist destinations in this blog post.
- Elaborate skirt/dress for formal nights on the cruise
- Layering pieces
- Exercise clothes
- Rain gear
Frequent travelers know to pack interchangeable pieces of clothing that can be used for multiple outfits, to save time and luggage space. That will allow more room for souvenirs and other purchases from the trip.
Things will get challenging if you’re looking to completely avoid scantily-clad women during your trip. The best that can be done on that front, is to opt for an Alaskan Cruise (to lessen the numbers of scantily-clad women) and look into Kosher Cruising companies. Bear in mind, Kosher cruises are actually arrangements where the organizers take over a percentage of larger cruises. They reserve rooms and a dining hall for the Kosher program, but the rest of the facilities will be shared with everyone else. It will cost a pretty penny extra, but will be worth it for those looking to take part in prayer services, lectures, and gourmet Kosher dining. Most cruises offer Kosher food anyway, but it would moreso be along the lines of airplane food, which isn’t bad- but not great either.
Do you have some other recommendations worth mentioning? We for sure didn’t cover all there is to be said- so sound off in the comments below!
Modest-dressers typically face a bit of a hard time when it comes to figuring out what to wear at work, especially when it comes to professional office settings. Dressing modestly, by nature, kind of automatically makes the wearer look elegant, which can sometimes be perceived as too formal for a business-casual environment. Is there any problem with that? Well, we don’t think so. We love casual modest women’s fashions. So what’s the balance that needs to be maintained? Is it even possible? Absolutely!
In a nutshell, the key is to have a lot of the basics, and wear them on rotation. Doing so would give you the ability to look fantastic and appropriate day in and day out, while still remaining conservative and trendy.
Pencil skirts are one of the must-haves. The following slideshow offers some different style inspirations on how they can be rocked.
Button down shirts are another staple everyone must have. We know there are lots of modesty concerns surrounding white shirts/blouses, which is why we make our white garments using thicker materials. Here is a slideshow that offers inspiration on how to rock button-downs in professional settings.
Blazers are another fantastic essential for the workplace, and they come in so many fantastic styles and colors. They’re a great layering piece to cover up open backs/short sleeves, and hey- you don’t have to iron the backs of shirts if you’re going to wear a blazer over it anyway. Here are some style inspirations for blazers.
As we have mentioned in a previous blog post, accessorizing is key. However, in the workplace, there are right and wrong ways of doing it. It mainly boils down to each individual work environment. In some cases, heavy accessorizing could be a part of the company image. In other cases, people might go for brighter and chunkier pieces for a more youthful vibe. Generally speaking, classics are best and fool-proof in professional settings. Stick with the stud or hoop earrings, dainty bracelets/necklaces/watches, and be minimalistic with your rings. When it comes to bags, shoes, and belts- opt for quality pieces that will last many years and through changing trends.
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.
The definition of modesty varies between different religions, cultures, and demographics. In some religions, it’s okay for a woman to expose her collarbone, and in others, it isn’t. In some religions, it’s okay for a woman to wear clothing that covers the knees and elbows- and it others, it isn’t. There are places where women are freely able to wear bright prints; places where they can only wear subtle prints; and places where they are better off focusing on solids.
The variations spark lots of debates. For example, if Woman #1 is wearing a knee-length skirt without stockings, and Woman #2 is wearing full-length relaxed-fit jeans- who’s dressed more modestly? There are many who would say Woman #2 is dressed more modestly, because she isn’t exposing any skin. However, there are also many who would argue that Woman #2 is being immodest simply by wearing pants, because she is giving out a visual of the parting between her thighs, which Woman #1 has concealed. There are also many who would say that both are being immodest, and Woman #1 should have thick stockings on, or wear a full-length skirt in order to be considered modest.
It gets mind-boggling at times, because it’s tricky to satisfy everyone. One can’t help but wonder- are there universal rules to dressing modestly? We think so! We apply these rules to our collection, to ensure overall satisfaction.
Here are some (generally) universal rules that come to mind:
Clothing that features see-through materials are generally not modest. This even applies to dresses that are otherwise designed in a modest fashion. If parts that are meant to be covered are actually exposed- that’s not favorable. Not even as a tease. Have a look at the picture below, for example. But if it’s a sheer layering piece that is going to be worn over a shell- that’s perfectly fine, and looks really cool too if anything.
Short shorts that expose too much of the thigh are generally not considered decent. In many cases, shorts of any length aren’t permitted at all. But in the case of short shorts, those are generally frowned upon whether worn by men or women, unless for a brief period with a sufficient reason (such as athletics.) Here’s an example below that would pass only because he is playing tennis.
Just as clothing should not reveal the chest of women, it also shouldn’t reveal the back. Here’s an interesting pic of three contrasting styles. The woman in the middle is clearly dressed most appropriately. That’s actually a really pretty dress!
Tall woman don’t have as much wiggle room with clothes as shorter women do. Something that’s medium-length would look very long when worn by a short person. Yet, that same article of clothing would look immodest on a taller woman, simply because of her longer limbs. Taller women should always purchase longer items accordingly.
Dressing modestly is not at all limited to just women. Men are expected to dress modestly as well, because immodest thoughts and actions can go both ways. Also, doesn’t it simply look better when everyone is well-dressed?
Let us know of any universal rules to dressing modestly that we might have missed, in the comments below. We love hearing from you!