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What Is Modest Clothing?

Welcome to our modest clothing series, this is Part 1. In this series you're going to learn what modest clothing is, why you should wear modest clothing, how to shop for modest clothing online, how to style modest clothing, and where to buy modest clothing online. 

Our hope is that by reading and applying this information you'll be able to wear your faith confidently, glorify God, and dress like a lady.

What is the definition of modest clothing?

Modest clothing is clothing that's not too tight, too short, or too revealing. Great examples of this include: longer skirts, longer shorts, shirts that have sleeves, shirts that cover the stomach, clothing that covers the shoulders, and clothing that isn't low cut in the front or the back. When it comes to modest swimsuits, one pieces and tankinis are the most appropriate. 

Modest clothing examples

We consider a modest skirt to be one that goes below the knee. If it's not, it won't cover your knees when you sit down. Here's a good example:

Example of what a modest skirt looks like

Dresses are a staple for the modest woman! When picking out a dress, you'll want one that has sleeves that covers your shoulders, chest, and goes below the knees. How long your sleeves are really comes down to religion and preference. 

Here's a good example:

Example of what a modest dress looks like

Shirts can be tricky, especially if you're looking at crop tops, v-necks, or tank tops. Those types of shirts don't cover your chest, shoulders, or stomach area. You can still wear these shirts, but you'll want to layer them to give you the coverage you need. We personally aren't fans of layering and prefer to buy shirts that don't require it. 

Here's a good example of a shirt you'd want to wear:

Example of what a modest top looks like

How can you determine if you are dressing modestly?

Asking yourself if you feel comfortable with your appearance if you were in the Lord's presence helps you figure out if your outfit is modest or not. The answer should be clear - you will want to look your very best!

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Silvia H. Allred in her talk, "Modesty: A Timeless Principle for All", gave us some additional questions for us to ask. 

  • Am I exposing too much of my body when I sit down, bend over, reach up, or climb stairs?
  • Do I call attention to myself by wearing clothing that is revealing or provocative?
  • Do I need to adjust, tuck, or rearrange my temple garments in order to wear a particular item?

We hope you enjoyed Part 1. If this has helped you in any way, please comment below. We want to hear from you!

Click here to read Part 2 where we talk about why you should wear modest clothing. 


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