Our 10 Favorite Modesty Hacks

The school year has begun, and the pressure is on.
You want to look cute.
You want to look trendy.
You want to fit in.

The big question lingers in your mind: Is it possible to dress cute and still remain modest at the same time?

I come to you with great news! It is possible.

Yes, it will take extra work and extra creativity, but it is possible to dress stylishly and modestly this school year. Before I share my favorite modesty hacks, I want to remind you of the most important things to keep in mind.

When striving to embrace modesty, remember that your goal is to reflect the holiness and purity of Jesus Christ. Choose to dress in a way that acknowledges that your worth and identity is found in Christ alone.

With that as your foundation, you are ready to combine fashion and modesty this school year. Here are ten of my favorite modesty hacks for your school wardrobe.

1. Turn old jeans into Bermuda shorts.

I know it’s hard to find shorts that aren’t super short. It’s hard, but not impossible. Get creative and think outside the box. Grab an old pair of your jeans, and cut them off to a length that is modest. Wash them in the washing machine to create fringe.

2. Tie a flannel or denim shirt around your waist.

This is one of my all-time favorite looks. (I’m actually wearing a flannel shirt around my waist right now as I type!) I love it because it covers up the back of my jeans in the rear area. If you haven’t tried this look, you’ve got to give it a try.

3. Wear a dress over your jeans.

Dresses are such a great and versatile option for dressing cute and modest. Since I’m tall, I’ve always had problems with dresses being too short. Instead of ditching short dresses, I’ve decided to add jeans and wear them together. The dress covers the rear area and the jeans cover the thighs and legs. It’s a win/win combo.

4. Add a button-up shirt under your dress.

There are so many cute dresses that just need a little extra coverage up top. Instead of ditching the thin-strapped dresses, just add an adorable button-up underneath. It makes a classy layer and adds some great modest coverage.

5. Always have one black and one white camisole on hand.

Camisoles are lifesavers for the girl striving to combine fashion and modesty. I wear a camisole almost every single day. I buy thin ones to keep me cool and wear them under my shirts. It helps cover any cleavage issues and any see-through issues. I highly recommend them!

6. Buy real denim (not jeggings or super-stretch denim).

Real denim is hard to come by these days. It seems like most jeans are made up of super stretchy material. The jeans are so tight that they leave little to the imagination. When I shop for jeans, I look for jeans that are made up of real denim material. Real denim adds so much more structure and seems to leave a little room to move in.

7. Order online in “tall” for extra length.

Ordering online is a huge win! Most stores sell dresses, skirts, shorts, shirts and jeans in “long” or “tall” sizes. That means extra length on everything. Even if you aren’t tall like me, I encourage you to order your clothes in tall to get added length. (If you’re on the petite side, then regular sizes might give you the added length you need for certain clothing items.)

8. Shop at stores geared toward women (not teens).

There is a major difference in clothing styles depending on where you shop. If you shop at a super trendy store geared toward teens, it’s going to be hard to find modest clothing. If you shop at a store geared more toward twenty-somethings, you will have a much easier time finding modest (but still cute!) clothing.

9. Follow a modest fashion blogger for inspiration.

It can be really hard to come up with creative and fashionable looks. I encourage you to follow some modest fashion bloggers. My younger sister, Rebekah, runs an amazing modest fashion blog. Check out her blog www.hellomodesty.com or her Instagram account for fun, creative, and modest ideas.

10. Find your worth in Christ alone.

Our worth is in Christ alone. He created us, therefore He decides what gives us value. We can’t add to our value, and we can’t take away from our value. We are loved and worthy because Christ says we are. Not because of what anyone else says. We don’t need to prove ourselves to those around us. We just need to walk in the worth Christ has already placed upon us.

Which of the ten steps were most helpful to you? How can you combine fashion and modesty this school year?I’d love to hear your thoughts and any additional ideas you might have. Leave a comment below!

About Author

Bethany Baird

After a brief experience in the modeling industry, Bethany’s eyes were opened to how self-absorbed and lost her generation of young women really are. She and her older sister were inspired to start a blog (www.GirlDefined.com) and wrote a book Girl Defined: God’s Radical Design for Beauty, Femininity and Identity. Their passion is to help young women find God’s truth about beauty and womanhood and the freedom that comes from living a radically different life for Christ.

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  • Tiana

    I love these hacks, especially the flannel around the waist. I wear that all the time!

    • Guitar Girl

      So right!

  • rachel

    Don’t forget slip extenders! The cute lacey skirt under your dress that gives you tons of extra length! And teeshirts work as well as button up shirts under dresses. Also, a little sewing skills will go a long way- v-necks can be taken up, slits in skirts can be brought down and sleeves that show side boob can be closed back up. For more elaborate sewing, I find your “tall” suggestion works well with xl. I’m a medium, but when I’m thrift store shopping, I’ll look through the xl section for dresses that have added length but are simple enough in design that I can take in the sides to fit. (Doesn’t always work since sometimes you have to take in the top to get the neckline to work, so this takes practiced eyes).

    This is our modern day fight for equality. We the female people want clothes with the coverage and functionality of males! We want clothing that isn’t louder than what we have to say as human beings. We want more than 70% of the hemlines of our male counterparts! Viva La Revolution!

  • Ady

    Don’t forget bralettes or crop tops under clothes for additional coverage or sleeves!

  • Guitar Girl

    I love the flannel shirt idea! I have a lot of problems with too-tight jeans, so I will definitely try this!!

  • hannnah

    thanks for the tips

  • Evenstar

    Thank you so much!

    Also, the thrift stores have some awesome choices for modest apparel, not everything you buy needs to be brand-new.

    I just joined and am really looking forward to reading your articles!

  • hannah

    I did the flannel around my waist and somebody really liked it

  • F

    @ Tip #2 I find this tip a teensy bit irksome for the simple fact that it seems like a girl’s reasoning for tying a flannel around her waist is so that men won’t look at her. That’s not the point of modesty. Modesty to me is a subset of humility and is a form of worship. It is us walking with the knowledge that our bodies are temples of God and should be adorned in a fashion that glorifies God and doesn’t put our flesh on display for our own glory. That looks different to each individual person. Some women might choose to not wear tops that reveal their shoulders whereas other women might refuse to wear tops that are not crew neck. You can be fully covered and still be immodest, if your goal is to draw attention to yourself in a way that is ungodly. Modesty is an expression of the heart. It is so limiting to tell women that they need to cover up for men’s sake. Men are responsible for their own eyes and men will lust are you fully clothed or not because lust is a sinful state of the heart. Muslim women in full hijabs and other coverings face sexual harassment from men despite the fact that you can’t see more than their wrists, face, ankles and toes (if they are wearing sandals).. Modesty is something we all need to work on. Men should consider the sizing of their clothing and whether or not it is appropriate for them to wear tanks or go shirtless. Heck, I have spoken with some women who actually ogle men’s private parts in sweatpants, despite the fact that sweatpants for men tend to be baggy.

  • hannah

    a good place is old navy not every thing but most stuff is modest so i shop there alot