In Praise of modest wear

The definition of modesty or modest dressing is really multi faceted. Wearing certain clothes, or wearing in a certain way, most often have a direct reference to religious practices, or mandates, or custom, or sadly gender biased social thought process. With due respect to all the prevailing reasons, I bring forth my opinion on the concept of modest wear. When I say my opinion, it is actually my strong belief, and I do hope if a few others ( or more) think in a similar fashion, then my version may find a place in the dictionary.

Dressing is an extension of our very person, it depicts who we are, and how we would like to be perceived. It isn’t that I necessarily get dressed with modesty as my first priority, or as my intention. Possibly modesty is a by-product of my feelings, my statement of purpose. I feel what I wear, and I wear my complete self, I am self confident. To me it is about dignity. It is about elegance and definitely about style. And a big motivation on choosing my style is aesthetic, and even intellectual.

Fashion is not something that exists in dresses only. Fashion is in the sky, in the street, fashion has to do with ideas, the way we live, what is happening. (Coco Chanel)

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There is another angle to the modesty of dressing. For different people, modesty has a different meaning. Yes people, the whole world does not think ( same) regarding a head scarf or black oversized outfits, or a layered skirt, or jeans, or even shorts. Right there, you will agree with me, that long or short, more covered or not, fitted or loose, is all in the mind. We are a civilized culture who celebrate womanhood, and individualism, and respect each one’s choice. Just the way some may admire a nude artpiece and cry out, ‘ aah, classy!’ and another may have similar thoughts for a beautifully ordained portrait of a Victorian princess, ‘ wow classy!’

So again, I am stressing about the fact that personality is interwoven with modesty, and modesty lies in the eyes of the wearer, as well as in the eyes of the onlooker. They may rate it differently, though! what do you say people, Lets  give modest wear a fresh look.

The most courageous act is still to think for yourself. Aloud. (Coco Chanel)

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