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Fashion & Modesty: Two Contradictory Topics?

Fashion and modesty are traditionally always at odds with each other. The trends of the day since the invention of the bikini in 1946 reached its high point in the 1960s with the free love movement and finally plateaued in the late 1980s through the 1990s. Probably the most famous icon of the last few decades to really make an impact in fashion was pop star Britney Spears. She was wrought with controversy over her trailblazing in near-nakedness on the stage. As parents of the 90s became more concerned over Britney’s behavior, she became more popular with teens; and, as...

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Modest Summer Fashion: How To Stay Cool And Covered

When the warm weather hits, it’s tempting to keep cool by showing skin. Modest summer fashion goes out the window with all the comfortably cool weather. The short shorts start appearing and girls show up in shoulder-baring tank tops and dresses. Then, for exercise, any person heading out during the hot summer sun can count on seeing women in sports bras and extremely short shorts, and men going shirtless. It can be difficult for sure to dress modestly in the summer. When the hot sun comes out and temperatures rise, covering up is the last thing on anyone’s mind as...

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Modesty: Why The Little Things Matter

When it comes to modesty, it’s common place to hear the excuse that as long as you’re not meaning to be suggestive, it doesn’t matter. Granted, many people who dress immodest don’t have suggestive intentions. This is common especially within the athletics, where modesty gives way to functionality. For athletics, tight clothing provides more efficient body movement, which leads to better performance – or so we’re told. How should women stay cool while exercising outdoors in hot weather? Wear short, tight shorts and sports bra – no covering. Need to improve your running time? Wear a bikini-type running outfit. Many...

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Modesty & Femininity, Pt. 2: Being A Woman In Today’s World

In Mulieris Dignitatem, St. John Paul II teaches that God endows to women a certain dignity that is not given to men. This beauty He gives them does not come from the physical body, but rather the awareness of her strengths and moral character. “Your adornment should not be an external one…but rather the hidden character of the heart, expressed in the imperishable beauty of a gentle and calm disposition, which is precious to the sight of God.” (1 Peter 3:3-5) Femininity and, specifically, the feminine genius are not about the physical appearance. It’s not about the clothes worn or...

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Modesty & Femininity, Pt. 1: What It Means To Be A Woman

  We look around at our society today and see a blatant attack on femininity and womanhood. From transgenderism, which seeks to identify women by their physical appearance only, to our hypersexualized culture that objectifies women, we’re constantly seeing a barrage of attacks on natural femininity. It’s confusing to many men and women where the truth lies when it comes to womanhood. The Feminine Genius And Womanhood In fact, woman has a genius all her own, which is vitally essential to both society and the Church. It is certainly not a question of comparing woman to man... However, in man...

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