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.
Before online shopping became widespread, most of us faced great difficulty in finding modest clothes that were flattering, timeless, and great quality. In recent years, especially now, it became easier than ever to find a sizeable selection of modest dresses, skirts, tops and more without even leaving your seat.
So that makes it safe to say that modest fashion is “in,” right? It’s easier to find, because it’s rising in popularity, right? Well, maybe. Also maybe not.
It won’t completely be correct to say that demand for modest wear has particularly risen in any way. That’s because women from many religions and backgrounds have chosen to stay covered for a very long time already. Their style may simply have not been given the label of “modest” earlier on. Also, the fashion industry, very generally speaking, also always catered to modest women. But of course, there were always different variables that came into play, such as price points, designs, variety, and awareness.
So what changed between then and now? What makes modest fashion more ‘a thing’ now than before? According to Mary Wang of Racked,
The only difference between then and now is that fashion no longer serves its modest clients under wraps — instead, the mainstream industry is openly using modesty as a marketing tool.
Another difference is that smaller entrepreneurs and indie designers are able to have a greater voice than ever before, thanks to ecommerce, combined with social media.
So all-in-all, instead of saying that modest fashion is rising in popularity, it may be more accurate to say that it is finally getting the mainstream attention it deserves.
We all know that the fine arts from centuries ago featured women in modest dresses– but did you notice how stunning those dresses actually were? That is even the case in the paintings that depict religious scenes.
As you can see in the collection below, there was a lot of variety in styles, shapes, colors, textures and more. We have to give credit to the artists for managing to capture such details with vivid colors, despite their limitations.
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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.
It’s usually quite fun to dress modestly. Although it can get a little time-consuming, there is something exciting about pairing modest tops with skirts. It’s also fun to choose accessories to go with modest dresses. Some might argue that it’s ‘too much work.’ However, we modest fashionistas know that dressing modestly has a way of changing you and your surroundings.
For starters, men generally treat women who fashionably dress modestly a little differently. The good kind of different. They become more chivalrous. When you dress modestly, you’ll have more people open doors for you, hold elevators, and help carry heavy objects. Interestingly enough, there appears to be differences between when you wear skirts as part of a suit, versus professional-looking dresses. With the former, many feel that others feel somehow threatened by them, as though the wearer is competition. With dresses, the wearer is generally simply seen as a lady.
Also, did you notice that wearing modest skirts and dresses simply makes you *feel* more feminine? You end up feeling softer and lighter. You’ll want to smile more, and you will also become more careful in how you present yourself. It’s an interesting phenomenon because somehow you end up wanting your attitude and mannerisms to match with what you are wearing. You will walk, talk, and maneuver yourself in a graceful manner.
On the flip side, there will be instances where you might initially feel a little self-conscious. For example, we’ve heard of women feeling embarrassed over the thought of being over dressed in places such as coffee shops. They sometimes worry over whether others might perceive them to be unintelligent or simply unaware of how to dress in different places. Our advice? Own your look! Rock that coffee shop, knowing that you’re the best-dressed person there. All eyes are on you? Great! That’s cause you look awesome- so you should feel awesome! At this point, we’re sure you’re perfectly aware that confidence is something that actually shows, as does the lack of it. So be confident, and be luminous! Remember- as long as you are dressed in a modern and modest way, without being too extravagant- you will fit amongst any crowd.
Many modest dressers can’t help but entertain the idea of wearing bathing suits or short sundresses as they pack their bags for vacations to tropical climates. They might also dream of wearing a little something that looks romantic and dramatic that falls off the shoulder for different destinations in Europe. So what do modest dressers do? Try to pick outfits that will still go with the overall theme of the setting. Maybe something turquoise to match with the blue waters, or neutral colors to match with stone walls. Or even floral prints to match with the scenery. But that’s not all that should be kept in mind for modest dressers as they pack.
When visiting areas that include holy sites, religious institutions/neighborhoods, or simply a lot of locals that observe certain customs and traditions, it’s important to respect those observances and keep them in mind to not offend anyone. You must look into what the people of that area consider to be revealing, and try to respect it to the best of your capability. Why? Because there are many areas where visitors that are deemed immodestly dressed could simply be refused entry. In most cases, they are generally more forgiving to people who are visibly tourists, but you never know.
There are some general, universal rules to dressing modestly, for men and women alike. Men are expected to wear clean, pressed long pants. Women are generally advised to wear clothing that goes below the knees and elbows, and refrain from wearing tight garments. It doesn’t matter if it technically covers the skin. Long see-through garments are also obviously a major no-no, unless it’s as a layering piece.
Also, keep a lightweight scarf or shawl handy, in case you go through or visit a religious site. You may need it to cover your neck, shoulders, or your hair. In some cases, ultra-Orthodox neighborhoods would go as far as posting signs along their outer perimeters. They request visitors to respect their observances and be suitably dressed before they enter. It’s the best way to ensure you don’t get “that look.”
Do you recommend any other tips to be respectfully modest while vacationing? Let us know in the comments!