What’s Modest Fashion?

Regardless of your religious preference, there are simply times when modest fashion should prevail. What is “modest”? You may ask, “modest” is a reference to wearing less revealing or skin revealing clothing.

Everyone will have their own personal interpretation of the term “modest”. The term is different for different people. For some, it’s dresses that hit below the knees while for others it’s dresses that are no higher than six inches above the knees.

Some will state that sleeveless attire is inappropriate or immodest. The reason given is one of protection: someone can peer underneath of the shirt at the armpit and see the woman’s breast.

In spite of the myriad of interpretations, all will agree that modest means appropriately covering one’s body so that no one can see the breasts or too much leg. In the mid to late 1800s, even the ankle showing or the upper wrist area showing was considered to be immodest. Clearly, the term modest has evolved alongside the era.

Unfortunately, over the years, many have interpreted the term “modest” with boring attire. This isn’t necessarily true. There are many fashionable clothing items that are still in fashion yet very modest.

What is modest for one person may not be modest at all for another. This is more typical in some religious cultures. A Muslim woman, for example, must keep her head covered when out in public. This is considered modest. Another religion will allow a woman to wear a wig to cover her head whilst out in public.

In spite of popular opinion, modesty isn’t oppressive. It’s a choice that a woman makes when she’s dressing to not show off too much of her body. This level of modesty is different for every woman in every culture. Modesty doesn’t mean a woman has to wear a shapeless tent of a dress and cover her face.

Modesty is an individual definition of each and every woman. A woman who is less endowed won’t have to worry as much as a woman who is more endowed with how high her neckline is. However, she may choose to be cautious so that she’s not offending others.

At one point in time, if the collarbone were showing, the dress or shirt was considered to be immodest. Of course, the sleeves should be nearly elbow length and the shirt should also cover the midriff section in order to be considered modest.

Not everyone views modesty on the same level. Again, what is modest for one woman may not be modest at all for another. It’s all in the definition. Keep in mind that low cut tops or tops that expose the midriff are both considered to be immodest in most circles.

Skirts that aren’t fingertipped length when the arms are at the sides are also considered by many circles (most schools) to be immodest. Exposing one’s body by allowing others to see the parts that a swimsuit would cover, is considered immodest in most circles. Modest fashion is an individual opinion.

Still confused about modest fashion? Watch the video below if you would like to learn more: