I was inspired to write this entry due to a recent shopping trip for back-to-school clothes. Yes, I’ll be a senior in college but the excitement of going shopping for interesting clothes before the start of classes (or at anytime really) has not left me. I like fashion, and I think that modest clothing needn’t be boring or prudish. In fact, dressing modestly is fun and more respectful of feminine beauty. As my friend once said, “Dressing appropriately does not mean walking around in a long, flowery skirt and baggy t-shirt!”
On that note, I thought it would be fun to give my advice on clothing for all of those Modesty Zone fashionistas out there. And please feel free to add your own advice in the comments section.
Skinny Jeans- These are very popular right now, and I think that they look quite appropriate on all body types as long as you wear them with the right shoes and blouse. Some women like to wear them with heels but I believe that this look can too easily slip into the category of trashy. I would say go with interesting flats- the jeans produce a slimming effect and the flats add a sweet, put-together touch to it. As for the blouse, try to find a long one like a tunic. Skinny jeans also tend to sit low on the waist so a longer blouse will prevent the embarrassing--and immodest!--show of underwear.
Tunics- I highly recommend them. They tend to be more or less shapeless so if you want to add a little more shape to your look, tie a skinny cloth belt (like the ones from J. Crew or any preppy store) around your waist. Some women like to tie big belts around their waist to create this effect but I think this can be a little much. Tunics look really good with fitted jeans and not so good with skirts.
Proper Undergarments- This is imperative. As petty as it might seem, the wrong undergarments can really destroy an entire outfit. Find bras in your correct size and if you don’t know your size, find it out ASAP! A properly fitting bra does wonders for creating a nice, clean look. As for underwear, I know some women might label thongs and the like as immodest. In my opinion, it doesn’t matter what type of underwear you choose to wear as long as it is not showing (neither the lines nor the actual undergarment). This is why it is called underwear; it should be hidden!
Long Skirts- I’m partial to those popular gypsy-like skirts as opposed to the too-short jean skirt that many young women are wearing today. The longer skirts are flattering to more body types and look more feminine.
Knee-length Shorts- No longer an oxymoron, everyone has seen the comeback of these shorts. I am not particularly fond of shorts myself, but I have seen these shorts work on certain people. They would not look so good on shorter women (as they would make shorter women seem even shorter). They also would not look good in an office setting. Please, don’t wear these shorts (no matter what the fashion magazines might be saying) at work! Certainly, modest dress also entails propriety.
Flats- While I still like the trend of pointy shoes, pretty flats are very popular right now. They look good with jeans, skirts, capris, shorts, etc. FYI: Keds has updated its line to include flats with colorful and funky patterns and a pair of these adds old-school (mid 90s, haha) flair to any wardrobe.
Chunky Necklaces: And finally, one of my favorite modern accessories, the chunky necklace- the necklace with all types of things stringed onto it. They look great with any type of shirt except for collared shirts (the collar tends to get in the way of the necklace). True to any good accessory, they really complete an outfit by adding personality and zest to it.
That’s it for my modest fashion assessment. Remember, fashion never needs to mean dressing like Paris Hilton. Or Brittany Spears. Or any of those girls in the hip-hop videos.