Six Simple Modesty Solutions

Ok, so I think we can all agree that modesty is important but in this day and age modest clothing choices are hard to come by. Almost everything I see in stores is too skimpy or revealing.

So what’s a girl to do? Wear a shapeless potato sack? I think not. We serve a God who loves creativity and beauty. Just look around you at the beautiful, artistic qualities of nature. I think being attractive and creative in our clothing and modesty is one way we can reflect these traits.

Below is by no means an exhaustive list but here are a few ways I’ve found to make my clothing creatively modest.

Camisoles & Half Cammies
These are by far my favorite! I use them all the time. Wearing a camisole or half cammi under a low cut top or dress can raise the neckline and make your top more modest.

Tank-tops can serve two purposes. A good tank-top can widen or add straps to an otherwise inadequate blouse or provide more underarm coverage.

Many times I wear a shrug or sweater over formal dresses if they do not cover enough on top. There are lots of cute options out there that can even add to the elegance.

Jeans or other pants can sometimes be worn under a short casual dress or tunic. This can make the dress modest while still remaining stylish.

One time I had a dress that shrunk in the wash. It was just a little too short after that. I loved the dress so much but couldn’t wear it that way. So I found some matching material and added an inch or two to the bottom of the dress. You couldn’t even tell the add-on wasn’t originally suppose to be there.

I really like vests. I’ve got a cute jean one and I’ve found it works well to wear it over a shirt that is otherwise a little too tight.

Scarves {Bonus!}
I’ve seen lots of big, beautiful scarves out lately. These are great to drape or tie around your shoulders for extra coverage.

Please remember, sometimes after using all the creativity you can muster you wont be able to make an outfit modest. There have been many times that I’ve shown my father a dress or top, having done my best to revamp it, and he has just had to say, no. Yes, it can be very disappointing when I love the dress or top so much but Daddy can see things that I can’t and I’m thankful for his protection.

Do you have any more ideas to add to this list?  I’d love to hear about some of your modest remakes!

Other Posts on Modesty:
Guest Post: Modesty: From A Guy’s View
Modesty: From the Heart



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  1. I’ve layered two skirts before for interest and added hem length. One of my favorite combinations was a small houndstooth pattern with a really bold pattern underneath. Only a few inches of the bold pattern showed, but it was really cool! Plus, it took a too-short skirt into something I could still wear.

  2. Olivia thompson says:

    I have something to add to your list- leggings
    these are really good to put under shorter skirts or dresses to cover the knee or just make it long enough to wear. I use them all the time for my skirts and dresses :)

  3. Summer tank tops are so cute but often immodest as they are to low and or have very little straps. Wearing a shortsleeve tee underneath adds to the outfit and makes it modest!
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  4. Momofthree says:

    My daughter is only 5 but already I can’t beleive how much I have to sometimes hunt to find modest clothes! Every time I go to the store I am faced with tiny bikinis, spaghetti straps or strapless dresses and tops, skinny jeans! Why do people feel this is appropriate for 5 year old girls (and younger)?

    I often use the tee shirt tip mentioned above. Some of my daugher’s favourite dresses have very thin straps so she knows to grab a thin tee shirt to wear underneath (also protects her shoulders from the sun in the summer). In the winter she has a few white long sleeve shirts to go under dresses.

    She is very active and also loves skirts so I only buy her the ones with shorts built in so that I don’t have to worry about accidental flashing of unerwear. I actually have a few skirts like that myself for that when I bend over to pick up my baby or my toddler I don’t have to worry about the wind getting the back of my skirt and giving everyone a show.

    Thank you for sharing your thoughts and insights on this very important topic.

  5. Deirdre says:

    My daughters are 6 and 2. I also used the built in shorts until I realized that by size 4T or 5T they are no longer there. Now it is a requirement for them to wear what we call “under shorts”. In reality they are biker shorts, or in the winter, capri or full length leggings. I have told the oldest that she will be asked to wear them until she is old enough for me to never be flashed while playing. I have been critisized greatly, even by friends who consider themselves modest dressers. But I cannot tell you the times that my daughters will come to me and ask me why their friends don’t wear them. They have seen so much panty in the playground, that even they are embarrased.
    As for me, I almost always wear a tank top with a button down shirt in case of any gaping in the buttons. And I have found that by creating the “rule” for myself that all skirts have to be below the knee it stops most problems of possibly seeing up them.

    • Dana S. says:

      My daughters are 5 and 7 and we also use bike shorts and leggings under dresses. I’ve been criticized by a lot of people (including my mom!) for making them dress like this. She says I should, instead, teach them to sit, stand, play, whatever so that their undies won’t show. HELLO!!!! They’re 5 and 7!!! I want them to run, jump, play, sit, stand, WHATEVER like a 5 y/o and a 7y/o do! Just because they’re being modest, doesn’t mean they can’t have fun with other children. :-)

  6. Shorts and skorts are great ideas for little girls to use when wearing a skirt. Thank you for suggesting that, ladies!

  7. I also love to use tank tops and camis under shirts that might be a little low otherwise. The only problem for me is I find I often have a hard time finding tanks that are high enough to serve that purpose. Here’s a tip that I just discovered – wear the tank top backwards! This works good for tanks that have the label stamped on (rather than a tag). I do this with several of my tank tops to give me a little extra coverage. Now when I go shopping for undershirt things like that, if the tank is a tad low, I try it backwards and see if it would work. Often, it does!

    • Very good idea! I would have never thought of doing that. Thank you for sharing with us!

      • I wear camis/tanks all the time to raise the neckline in low-cut tops. I have found that if I buy tanks with adjustable straps I can adjust them so the neckline is within 1-2 inches of my collar bone. However, this often made it so the opening for my arms was incredibly small and the cami would dig into my armpits – not comfortable! So, I took some scissors and snipped about .5-1″ straight down on both sides of the side seam about 1″ from the side seam. This gave more room for my arms and actually allowed the neckline to come up even higher, without being uncomfortable!

  8. Great tips I wish Chrstian women would care about being more modest.
    Another tip is on your tank top you could sew a layer of wide lace on the top if it was a low tank. Lace is so in.
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  9. I think that it is great that you ask your father for advice and approval of your clothing. I also send my girls to their dad for the final nod on their attire. Men see things that women don’t sometimes notice. A problem that we have with our oldest is that jeans are cut so low that they gape when she sits. We have taken care of that problem by having her wear a ‘long and lean’ tank under her top and tucking it in.

  10. Ditto on the leggings. If I have a skirt that I like but falls a little too short for personal comfort, or is long enough while standing but rides up a little while sitting, I find that wearing opaque tights instead of pantyhose makes it more modest to the eye.

    Pretty pins can be used to pin shut surplice (cross over) tops that may gap open or the V is just too low. I have a couple of shirts with loose, deep v-necks. They’re lovely shirts otherwise, so I just simply pin them shut higher up.

    Frankly, I’ve come to find camisole a must for blouses. Not only does it prevent see-through accidents, as many blouses are of a lighter weight material and sort of see-through, especially white ones, but it also avoids any buttonhole gapping peek-a-boos.

  11. Another great list I can share with my daughter! Thank you.

  12. I love using tanks and cammi’s under my tops. Even in maternity wear it’s hard! I guess because of our bodies changing to accommodate baby and preparing for nursing some ladies like to show that off. Not me! I have yet to understand how that would be appealing to others (to me it’d be gross and distracting to flaunt something that should be for babies only!) not to mention it makes me uncomfortable. I’m thankful for maternity tanks I can wear under my shirts.

    Also, I have a lot of dresses with spaghetti straps. Some of these are maternity dresses that I can’t put anything under for one reason or another, but I’ll put a long or short sleeve (depending on season) button down top over the top if i don’t have a shrug to use over the top and leave it unbuttoned. It covers up better and still gives plenty of room for my belly!

    With my daughter (who is only 18 months!) I have had to struggle with modest clothes for her! Already! So I have made good use of shorts and leggings under dresses. I’m already working with her on not flashing her diaper (in the long run will she see a difference between flashing a diaper and her panties when she’s a little older-probably not). I’ve also become a big BIG fan of making her outfits for her! I can make plenty of inexpensive outfits and if needed, I can modify the pattern to make it more modest. I’m fairly new to sewing and had to learn as I go, but I love being able to say “I made that, and THAT is adorable and modest!”. I like to go to garage sales and get shirts, dresses, sheets, pillowcases on sale and use those for the fabric. As an FYI I love two patterns from Lil Blue Boo that are easy and modest. She has a legging pattern and a dress called the “Sienna Dress” that is super cute and modest! :)

    Hope some of those ideas help! :)


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