Dressing modestly isn’t always easy, especially when there are so many immodest clothing options to choose from and fewer clothing items that will actually cover you up. Luckily, modest fashion can be achievable if you know what basics you need and how to build upon them. Here at Kosher Casual, we have all of these basics and more!
1. Layering Shirts
With a layering shirt, you can transform practically any sleeveless dress or top into a piece of modest clothing that you’ll feel comfortable wearing. A layering shirt can also be the base for fabulous accessories! Owning several in a range of colors ensures that you’ll be able to complete an outfit without having to think too hard about it.
2. Pencil Skirts
Pencil skirts are a modest basic that can be worn all year round. During the warmer months of the year, this basic can be dressed up with a pair of heels or made completely casual with your favorite pair of comfortable sneakers. In the fall and winter throw on some cozy tights and a pair of boots and you’re ready to go!
3. Maxi Skirts
Perhaps the ultimate modest basic, long skirts (or maxi skirts) should be in every modest woman’s closet. A black maxi skirt can work with practically any top, and it’s comfortable enough for most activities. Or switch things up a bit and choose a bold color maxi to wear with a neutral colored top. However you choose to do it, we know you’ll look great!
A tunic is an essential basic for day-to-day wear. Paired with a pencil skirt, you’re guaranteed a put-together look that you can take from the store to the office, and it will keep you going into the evening without having to change your clothes! Tunics offer a great look without being clingy and the added length provides great coverage of the areas you’d prefer to keep hidden ;).
5. T-Shirt Dresses
If you really want to keep your outfit simple, a t-shirt dress is the way to go. This basic is an entire outfit in one piece! All you have to worry about is deciding on the shoes that are most appropriate for your plans. A knee-length dress can be cool and comfortable during the summer, but paired with a cardigan, leggings, and boots, it will also keep you warm in the winter.
Adding the basics to your modest wardrobe is the best way to ensure that you’re comfortable and covered every day. Check out our best sellers at Kosher Casual.
Who is it that women must dress modestly for? Sure, pleasing God plays a factor for those who choose to be religious, but what/who else?
Most modern feminists would argue that every woman deserves to be treated with respect, no matter what she wears. The general consensus is that a woman who dresses modestly is one who radiates virtue and class. Additionally, dressing modestly can make any woman feel empowered and it can also show others her true value.
Unfortunately, many young women who are coming-of-age feel the need to wear revealing clothes just to attract a man’s attention. Instead of dressing in a revealing way with the intent to provoke lust, women should dress in a way that will boost her own self respect. A truly modest woman turns heads with what is in her heart, not by revealing her body. But again- she must know that the intent shouldn’t be to turn heads in the first place. Women should dress modestly, first and foremost, for themselves.
We have previously written about how dressing modestly can change the world around the wearer. It serves as an expression of morals and beliefs. It also lets it be known that there is far more to them than what meets the eye.
Dressing modestly certainly does not mean dressing in a manner that isn’t flattering. You can make amazing and bold fashion statements while staying covered as well! You should never feel the need to dress modestly if the only reason is for a man to respect you. Instead you should dress modestly for your own self-confidence, which will blossom from within.
Is it okay to judge people by the way they dress? It certainly isn’t, but in some cases, such as first impressions, one can’t help but be swayed towards some type of opinion on someone based on what they see (and don’t see!)
What do you feel the outfits worn by modest women say about them? There certainly isn’t one solid answer to this, because opinions tend to vary, just as opinions on what is considered to be modest tend to vary. Some may feel intimidated by modest women, while others feel utmost respect. Then there are those of a more religious mindset that would feel a sense of immediate kinship when they see someone else dressed like them.
Modest women are generally perceived to be self-confident. The clothing they choose to wear are the clothes they feel comfortable in and clothes that make them feel good about themselves. Satisfaction comes across in the way a modest woman walks along her path, with their head up while taking purposeful steps. Oftentimes, their outfits make bold fashion statements in their own unique way, allowing onlookers to admire their sense of style, maybe even wanting to replicate it.
While the way modest women are perceived based off their attire is important, there is more than meets the eye. The clothing of modest women can be expressive of the values and morals they attach to themselves or their outlook on life. When they sport clean-cut, unwrinkled tops and have their hair neatly kept, it is evident the person values cleanliness and takes the time to take care of themselves. Or if they wear outfits bursting with vibrant colors, any onlooker would be able to tell they are a creative person with a passion for life.
It’s amazing how much positivity is inherently attributed to modest styles. Though it may be a hassle at times to maintain the modest look, it’s certainly worth it at the end of the day because of the strength that is exuded.
We totally get how tricky it is to dress modestly. You want to look modest, but you also want to look attractive. But not too attractive such that it won’t be considered modest anymore- just enough to look great without being flashy. But how much is too much? How little is too little? What are some foolproof looks?
Well, we’re here to give you some tips. 🙂
- Purchase great quality staple items, such as shell tops, and modest dresses. By great quality, we don’t mean expensive items. Just avoid purchasing items that fall apart after a couple of washes. Quality shows.
- Wear dark and solid colors. Those have a way of instantly making the wearer look more elegant and classy.
- Tastefully accessorize. Try to steer clear from gaudy pieces.
- Go easy on the makeup. If you choose to wear lots of makeup, try to maintain the natural dewey look. Obvious styling, except on occasions, gets excessive on a regular basis.
- Speaking of occasions- if you really want to stand out- try dressing up a hint more than what the occasion calls for. Maybe style your hair differently, or opt for the fancier purse.
- Maintain a balance. For example, looser tops look awesome with dressy fitted skirts, and vice versa.
- Wear shoes that match your outfit. You don’t have to own countless pairs of shoes to achieve this, but it does add a nice touch when your shoes match with everything else.
- Be confident! That’s the ultimate cherry on top. Your confidence will shine far above everything else.
What are some other tips you might add? Tell us in the comments!
Gotta love the warmer seasons! You can finally take out the prettier modest skirts and dresses that were stashed away this past winter, and rock them in the gorgeous weather without winter coat over it. And hmm, what is one to do when you combine gorgeous weather with gorgeous outfits? Take pics! Lots of pics! Awesome pics!
Camera shy? No problem! Take pics of the flowers in bloom, or fruits ripening in the sun. You can also snap a few pics of your friends/family/pets enjoying the lovely weather. While you’re at it, please don’t limit yourself to stiff pics standing in front of a tree. Capture some warmth, personality, and pizazz to really make your images pop.
Here are some ideas for you to grab inspiration from! Each slideshow features multiple images from the same series. We’re sure some of these will get your imagination running.
Enjoy your modest fashions in the warm weather! Also- feel free to tag/mention us in your pics that you post online, where you’re wearing our designs. That always makes our day!
When it comes to discussing the topic of modesty in clothing, whose responsibility is it? Is it all on the girls and women, because they are the ones that lead men towards temptation? Many would say that there is absolutely no justification for the way men think towards women, however, we will say that the responsibility is split between absolutely everyone.
In many ways, this ties in with ‘it takes a whole village to raise one child.’ Similarly, it is up to young girls and her guardians to discuss the values of modesty. It is also up to the guardians of young boys to discuss the values of respect. However, this discussion mustn’t start and end at home. The real world is outside of home. It is just as important for discussions of this nature to take place in larger community venues, especially religious establishments.
There is one thing that typically stops conversations of this nature from starting in religious institutions, and that is fear. Leaders oftentimes find themselves conflicted and afraid of potentially offending anyone who might be in attendance. Why? Because then the person might feel uncomfortable to return to the establishment. It’s a difficult topic to address, because the definition of modesty varies between one and all. How can they answer just how fashionable is too fashionable, or how attractive is too attractive?
Modesty is a community effort. Males and females alike need to gently let one another know of their thoughts on the types of garments that send off the wrong kind of message in their area. Young girls need to be taught to treat their bodies as temples, and that their true beauty will only come from their inner character- not the way they ornament themselves.
What are your thoughts on this topic? Let us know in the comments below!