Why I Started Dressing Modestly ( And Why I am Taking It More Seriously Now)

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Hello Mamas, hope all is well! In connection to my previous post about modest dressing, I would like to share with you the reasons why I started dressing modestly and why I am taking it more seriously now!

I love that modest dressing or modest fashion is becoming more and more popular these days.

There are a lot of reasons why I started dressing modestly. Mainly, I believe that clothing should be for modesty and not for showing off the body.

What is Modest Dressing for Me?

Modest dressing for me means dressing in a way that does not show off my body, especially the sensitive parts like cleavage, butt, or a lot of upper legs. For this, I avoid wearing clothes that are too tight, too short, or too revealing.

I also avoid wearing sleeveless tops or dresses, not because I think they are not modest, but because I feel uncomfortable wearing them. When wearing my sleeveless pieces, I always use a bolero or something similar to cover my arms.

Why I Started Dressing Modestly

Though I didn’t know about the term modest dressing when I was still single, but I always have the “dressing appropriately or properly” mentality, maybe it’s due to my rural upbringing.

I’m never into very short shorts, just like the ones very common these days where part of the butt is already showing off, and clothes that are revealing the cleavage.

1. My dressing style changed as I get older.

As I got older (I’m 40 now), I am no longer comfortable wearing shorts and sleeveless.

a mother who is practicing modest dressing and celebrating her 40th birthday with a banner that says · super blessed & grateful @40"

I feel something is lacking, or that my legs or arms are bare when I tried wearing my shorts and sleeveless on some occasions, so, I decided to get rid of them.

I still wear shorts though as part of my sleepwear during the summer.

2. I feel very comfortable when dressing modestly.

I love wearing dresses and skirts during summer because I feel like my legs can’t breathe when wearing jeans during the summer making me very warm and uncomfortable.

I have dresses in different lengths, some are knee length, some midi-dresses, and a few maxi-dresses.

As the summer started, I was putting on my summer dresses and skirts one by one to feel how comfortable I am with each item and getting rid of the ones that I don’t feel comfortable.

a photo of a mother wearing a long comfortable jumper dress with a white tee underneath - one of the reasons why I started dressing modestly
One of the summer dresses I bought in the local market that I love very much because it’s so comfy and nothing to worry about body parts unexpectedly showing when bending or running after my kids.

Unfortunately, the knee-length dresses I have didn’t make the cut because I feel very uncomfortable wearing them.

I feel very conscious, especially when I sit down on the Church pew because the hemline of the dress moves up exposing the knees.

So, I keep on trying to move them down, making me anxious and taking away my focus and concentration from the Mass.

So, I put the knee-length dresses into the “give it away” storage.

And same with my other sleeveless items because I am no longer comfortable wearing them. The ones I decided to keep I always wear with a bolero or something similar to cover my arms.

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3. Comfort over fashion.

It’s definitely comfort over fashion, especially now that I have small kids .

It’s just so convenient and comfortable to run after them or carry them in public places when I am wearing modest clothing because I don’t have to worry that when I bend my butt or my cleavage will be showing.

When I was single though, it was obviously fashion over comfort!

I remember going to a party wearing very high heels to look taller (even if I am not used to wearing heels).

a picture of a mother in black jeans and white hoodie with her two toddlers - mother is practicing modest dressing and no more worries about showing unnecessary body parts when bending and chasing her kids

It was difficult to walk, but I tried to make it work to look good in the photos, and after the photo session, I took them off and change them for the flat shoes that already prepared because I know I’ll surely need them.

Then we also had singles gathering in our community where there was a bit of dancing afterward.

I was wearing my silver flat shoes that were garterized at the back. The garters were hurting the back part of my feet and starting to form blisters, but I carried on just for the sake of fashion.

I was even awarded “best-dressed of the night” or something if I remember it correctly.

Grrrrr, the things I did for the sake of fashion and looking good even if it’s already hurting!

But definitely no more “fashion over comfort” now. It’s all about comfort, comfort, comfort!

4. I feel confident and worry-free.

Because I feel comfortable with the modest clothes I wear, it boosts my confidence, too.

I am now confident that no matter what position I do, like sitting with cross legs or with legs apart (which I do unintentionally most of the time), there will be no worries that unnecessary body parts will be exposed, especially when in public places.

5. My husband is into modest dressing, too.

I love that my husband and I are on the same page when it comes to dressing modestly. When I wore the knee-length dress to Church, I commented that I find the length of the dress a bit short.

photo of a husband who is practicing modest dressing

I showed him when I sit on the bench why I didn’t like it because it was showing my knees. He agreed, and it was a confirmation that I have to get rid of it. I already did!

6. I want to be a good example to my boys and my nieces.

We have 2 toddler boys and I want to be a good example to them in the hope that when they grow older, they’ll choose girls who are also into modest dressing to have relationships with. 

And also I have 5 beautiful nieces (4 from my brother’s side and one from my husband’s side), so, I want to be a good example to them, too.

7. I don’t want to panic and feel ashamed when someone rings the door very early and I am still in pajamas.

I used to have sleeveless, bit sexy pink sleepwear. One day, my husband went out to work and reminded me that there will be a delivery man coming to deliver some materials. Before heading out the door, he jokingly said “don’t open the door with that pajama”. Of course, I didn’t!

But it happened many times already that I was still in pajamas (because I was a late riser when kids were still smaller) when delivery men ring the door for delivery.

I panic, get a towel to cover me (by hanging it on my shoulder and stretching the other side for cover), open the door and receive the package without even having the time to fix my “I woke up like this” hair.

Then the same thing happened many times when my FIL comes to spend time in the bee farm or the garden.

photo of 2 pyjama sets made up of shorts and shirts with sleeves as pyjama sets for a woman practicing modest dressing
2 out of 3 pajama sets I have for summer. I considered these modest compared to the ones I had before that were very short shorts these and tops that were sleeveless with plunging necklines.

He rings the bell to borrow the key of my husband’s car to go to the bee farm or say hi before working in the garden. I have to grab a towel again to cover myself, before opening the door.

I already got rid of the dress sleepwear a long time ago.

And just before the beginning of summer, I got rid of my pajama sets that were super shorts and “very sleeveless”.

I changed them for longer shorts (above the knee though and the only shorts I have) and shirts with sleeves.

Now, I no longer panic when someone rings the door even when I’m still in pajamas because my pajama sets are modest enough. And I don’t have to grab a towel for cover, either!

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8. I want to dress modestly as part of trying to be a good Catholic.

I am a cradle Catholic and I am sure that it influenced my style of dressing, especially since I grew up in a rural village in the Philippines where most, if not all, especially the older people, are very conservative.

Now that I am older and married to a fellow Catholic (who decided to get baptized when he was 35), we are trying our best to practice the faith and be good Catholics.

And I believe that dressing modestly is part of the teachings of the Church and there are Bible verses that support the teaching (I’ll find out more about them and share them with you later on).

9. As a way of imitating the Blessed Virgin Mary.

A week or so ago before I have been hospitalized for E.coli infection, I started reading the book 33 Days of Morning Glory as my guide for the Act of Consecration to Jesus Through Mary.

After making the consecration on the 34th day, I want to exert more effort in imitating the virtues of Our Blessed mother, including the virtue of modesty (which includes dressing modestly).

P.S. The Imitation of Mary book is also a good read for those who want to learn more about the Blessed Virgin Mary.

The Reason Why I’m Taking Modest Dressing More Seriously Now!

Now that I have already shared with you the reasons why I started practicing modest dressing, let me share with you the ONE experience that made me decide to take modest dressing more seriously now!

It was a recent experience that happened 3 weeks before the end of #1’s school year and 2 weeks or so before I was hospitalized for a right kidney infection due to E.coli.

The normal class at school was already finished, but the kids are still going to school for different plays (like recycling, music, etc). On the first day of the “special class”, I went to pick #1 up wearing a black and white knee-length summer dress that balloons at the bottom (I don’t know the correct term).

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I didn’t know that the kids should be picked up at the other gate farther up the road instead of the usual gate.

I arrived at the usual time, but when it was already 4:30 pm, no kids were coming out of the gate. I was thinking maybe they got late at coming out. So, I waited, but no kids showing up still.

Then after like 3 minutes or so, one mother was trying to catch my attention and said that I need to go to the other gate.

I saw the teacher and #1 (the only kid left) waiting at the gate. I waved my hand to signal to wait a little bit, then I drove the car closer.

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I got out, picked #1 up, and asked sorry to the teacher for coming late because I didn’t know I have to come to the other gate.

We said our goodbyes, and I ushered him to his car seat and fastened the seat belt.

Then I walked to the front of the car to go to the driver’s seat and when I was exactly in front of the car, the wind blew and blew my dress all the way up!

a photo of a black and white summer dress with 3 buttons on the bust area.
This is the dress I was wearing during the “blowing incident”.

What a horror! My underwear was totally exposed and I rapidly move my hands to bring down my dress.

I looked around and felt relieved that no one was around (everyone already left since I was late). It must be the reason why I got late to spare me from shame!

I got in the car and told #1 what happened.

And at that instant, I told myself that I’ll get rid of all my knee-length dresses and will review my wardrobe to make sure that all my clothes are modest enough to avoid the experience or similar ones from happening again in the future.

Final Thoughts on Why I Started Dressing Modestly

I am still in the process of building my modest wardrobe up. But I’m doing it slowly, so I won’t feel the financial part that comes with it. And besides, I am still trying to find the dressing styles that I truly like.

I still have tops that are not sleeveless, but only have a tiny bit of sleeves. I want to get rid of them, but because I have several, so it will be expensive if I get rid of them all at once.

I will replace them, slowly, and I will take my time in really finding clothes that I really like, so I can enjoy them for a long time.

How about you, are you into modest dressing, too? If yes, what made you get started? If not yet, would you want to try it soon? Feel free to share them in the comments below.

Dressing modestly is a great way to feel more comfortable in your own skin, and it is also a great way to stay true to your beliefs. I hope that you will join me in dressing modestly and that you will also share this philosophy with your friends and family.


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