This is part 5 of my modesty series. Read the rest here:
Part 1 (what the Bible says)
Part 2 (the definition of modesty)
Part 3 (why we dress modestly)
Part 4 (setting personal standards
Dressing modestly and sticking to your standards is hard, as I’m sure all of my fellow Christian girls know. When you walk into a clothing store and are confronted with all sorts of things that you know you shouldn’t wear, what do you do? How do you dress cute and stay modest at the same time?
Here are some of my tips and things that I do to stay modest.
- Layering is one of your best tools! Have a good stock of camisoles/tank tops that you can put under sheer tops, tops with a low neckline/exposed back, etc.
- Make sure you own a few light cardigans and jackets that you can wear over sleeveless/strapless tops so you don’t have to avoid them completely.
- Look for tops that are slightly fitted without being skin-tight and clingy. That way, you can have a flattering fit that isn’t boxy without having shirts that are way too tight.
- A long cardigan is a great thing to have on hand to wear with tight pants. It looks super-stylish and you don’t have to worry about coverage if you have one on. I have a super over-sized American Eagle one that I found at the thrift store and it’s one of my favorite things to wear.
- Shorts can be one of the hardest things to shop for; I recommend looking for pretty long, loose shorts and then rolling them up however much you want to get exactly the length you’re looking for (you can wear them as-is too if you want).
- Don’t forget that skirts and dresses are always an option if you get frustrated finding pants and shorts that work right! Long skirts and dresses are everywhere at the moment, so it isn’t that hard to find pretty modest ones.
- If you find a dress that is slightly too short, try going up a size.If you don’t mind layering a camisole underneath and having a slightly looser or gappy neckline and sleeves, the higher size can make a big difference in how long the skirt is.
- Make sure you own some bike shorts or other tight-fitting shorts in different neutrals or colors, so that you can wear shorter skirts and dresses in the summer months. Leggings are great in winter, but you might overheat wearing leggings in the summer.
Layering is the one thing that I cannot stress enough! If you make sure to have a good selection of layering materials on hand, you will be able to greatly expand your wardrobe and wear things that you would normally have to pass right by.
Do you like these tips? What do you do to stay modest? Tell me in the comments below!