There’s no doubt that dressing modestly is important. But it doesn’t mean you have to look frumpy! In fact, with a little bit of effort and some strategic shopping, you can look stylish and still be modest. Following these simple tips will help you make sure your clothes are doing the job they’re meant to do: covering up your body and making it look good!
Dressing modestly doesn’t mean you have to look frumpy. Choose clothing that fits well, uses lines and patterns that flatter your figure, and that you feel comfortable in.
You can look modestly while still looking fashionable, but it takes more than just a shirt that covers your shoulders and a pair of knee-length pants. Dress with confidence. Make sure your clothes fit well and are flattering to your body type. Choose lines and patterns that flatter your figure, like A-lines for an hourglass shape or pinstripes for rounder shapes. Confidence is key here—if you feel comfortable in what you’re wearing, people will notice how good you look without even knowing why!
Avoid going overboard by choosing clothing that hugs your body, but isn’t tight or restrictive. This allows for movement without revealing too much skin or leaving little to the imagination (which may be uncomfortable if others are around). If a top is very short in front or back, pair it with longer skirts or pants so they cover as much as possible when sitting down (and choose an appropriate length skirt).
For skirts and dresses, choose pieces with a fitted waistline rather than an elasticized waistband.
Most dresses and skirts have elasticized waistbands, but this style is not ideal. Elastic can be uncomfortable if you are not in shape or have a larger stomach, and it can also make you look frumpy. For example, if you wear a skirt that’s too tight around the waistband and too loose everywhere else, your body will appear disproportional. This is why it’s better to choose pieces with fitted waists instead of elasticized ones.
Choose skirts and dresses that hit at or below the knee.
When it comes to skirts and dresses, the rule is simple: if you’re tall, you can wear longer skirts than someone who’s short. The same goes for shorter skirts; if you’re short, go for something knee-length or shorter.
In general, though, what’s most important is that your clothing hits at or below the knee. This will keep your outfit modest without making it look frumpy or matronly—two things no one wants!
Wear clothing that hugs your body, but is not tight or restrictive.
Clothing that is too tight, or restricts movement, is not modest. It can also cause skin irritation and other health problems.
- If your arms are covered from shoulder to wrist with a sweater that doesn’t have enough stretch to allow your arms to move freely, the result is a constricted feeling—and the fabric may even cut off circulation. Try selecting sweaters made of materials like cotton or polyester blends with some spandex for added comfort. Or opt for long sleeved shirts that fit more loosely around the armholes so they don’t feel constricting as you move around during the day.
- If your skirt rides up when you walk and exposes more than half of your legs when seated (or if it’s so short that people would be able to see underwear when seated), then it’s too short! The same goes for tops—if they expose cleavage, midriff or underarms by sitting down or bending over at work…it’s time for some new clothes!
Avoid wearing oversized clothing that swallows up your shape.
Avoid wearing oversized clothing that swallows up your shape. If you’re trying to be modest, it’s important to avoid clothing that doesn’t fit well and is too long or short. You don’t want anything hanging off of you in a way that makes it look like it’s swallowing you up!
The same goes for fitting too tightly or loosely—both extremes can make it seem like your clothes are just barely holding on to you and are about to fall off at any moment.
In general avoid choosing items that are too long or too short for you.
- In general avoid choosing items that are too long or too short for you.
- Choose something that matches your body type and personality.
- If you’re of a certain height, don’t wear clothes that are the same length as someone who is taller than you.
- Wear things that fit well and look good on you
Avoid horizontal stripes if you’re trying to hide a larger backside or larger hips. Vertical stripes may be more flattering for this shape.
This is one of the simplest rules to follow. If you’re trying to hide a larger backside or larger hips, avoid horizontal stripes. Vertical stripes may be more flattering for this shape. Similarly, if you have broad shoulders and want to play them up, avoid vertical stripes in favor of more solid colors that will make your shoulders appear narrower.
Choose shirts and tops that come to the waistline of your pants or skirt to longer lengthen your torso. Avoid crop tops unless you want to draw attention to your midsection.
When choosing shirts and tops, look for those that hit at the waistline of your pants or skirt. Avoid crop tops unless you want to draw attention to your midsection. If you’re not sure how long a shirt should be on you, look at yourself in the mirror with the shirt on and see if there’s extra fabric around your navel area. If so, it’s too short!
Another tip is that if you’re going to wear something tight-fitting (like leggings), make sure it fits snugly through all areas of your body: shoulders, arms/shoulders/chest area, etc. You want it tailored so it doesn’t look baggy anywhere but also doesn’t cling weirdly anywhere else! The fabric should have some stretch to it—if not just go up one size from what would normally fit comfortably—and avoid fabrics that don’t stretch at all (like denim).
Choose a fabric with a little stretch to it, like cotton Lycra blend over fabrics like wool tweed or wool gabardine which do not stretch at all and are unforgiving when it comes to fitting the body.
When choosing fabrics, especially if you’re shopping online and can’t try things on in person, look for something that has a little stretch to it. Cotton Lycra blends are a good choice because they will easily fit the contours of your body and still maintain their shape well. Avoid fabrics like wool tweed or wool gabardine which do not stretch at all and are unforgiving when it comes to fitting the body.
The general rule is that if you notice any part of your dress pulling tightly against your skin while wearing it, then something might be wrong with the fit! If this happens after trying on several different styles in different sizes, then chances are that fabric isn’t going to work for you no matter what size or style you choose (unless there’s some magical way to change its properties).
You can dress modestly without looking like a sack of potatoes!
You can dress modestly without looking like a sack of potatoes!
- Avoid wearing oversized clothing that swallows up your shape. Instead, choose clothes that are fitted but not tight, and avoid horizontal stripes if you’re trying to hide a larger backside or larger hips.
- Choose fabrics with some stretch to them (such as jersey or knit) rather than stiff fabrics (cotton, linen). This will help keep things in place where they need to be while offering some flexibility and comfort.
If you’re looking to dress modestly, but still want to look stylish and feminine, don’t worry! By following these tips and wearing clothing that fits well, uses lines and patterns that flatter your figure, and feels comfortable in, you can be sure that your outfit won’t make you look frumpy.