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Building Self-Esteem Through Modest Clothes

Where do modest clothes fit in and can modesty help build self-esteem in a culture that lives in contradiction with hyper-sexualization and yet fights body-shaming?


It’s not hard to imagine what countless young girls and women go through every day when it comes objectification and physical appearances. Many moms remember what it was like growing up in a society that puts every emphasis on sexiness. So, when it comes to teaching their daughters about modesty, it becomes a fight against society. On the one hand, society has an infatuation with combating body-shaming and yet the pendulum swings clear to the other side with hyper-sexualization. It’s no wonder that many girls have low self-esteem as society tells them to be one way and yet on the other hand they’re not good enough without wearing revealing clothes. So where do modest clothes fit in and can modesty help build self-esteem?

Modesty Showcases The Right Things

When you dress modest, you’re emphasizing that there’s more to you than your physical appearance. Moreover, there’s more to you than just your body. The biggest danger to self-esteem in today’s society is the hyper-sexualization of girls. Society has determined that sexiness is all-important and that you’re not important if you don’t wear revealing clothes at the right small size. Imagine being a young girl in today’s culture where you’re told you’re not important or people won’t notice you if you don’t show more skin?

This emphasis only leads to girls thinking they are only a body to be used, not a person to be loved or admired. However, instead of revealing and suggestive clothing showcasing the body, modest clothes showcases the soul. With modesty, a girl can reveal who she really is, not only what she looks like.

Modest Clothes De-emphasizes Physical Appearance

In a materialistic and very physical world, society puts a lot of weight on physical appearance. The fashion industry, in particular, has a firm grasp on determining the importance of clothes and how one looks. From trends and sizing charts to celebrity fashions, our society forces girls to put an extreme emphasis on physical looks in determining self-worth and self-esteem.

However, in teaching about modesty and ensuring your daughter is modestly dress, you’re actually de-emphasizing physical appearance based on societal standards. The result is a beautiful young woman who places more weight on inner beauty that what society deems beautiful.

Does this mean not caring at all about your physical appearance? Absolutely not, as you can still look good and wear flattering clothes that are still modest.  

Modest Clothes Don’t Have To Be Unflattering

Despite what society would like you to think about modest clothes, it doesn’t mean dressing frumpy or wearing clothes that are not flattering. Moreover, society would like you and your daughter to think that you’ll be ugly if you dress modestly. However, many companies have proven that modest dress doesn’t have to be unflattering. In fact, Put On Christ works with the mission to make modest clothes that are both fashionable and trendy. We cut out the frumpiness, but keep the modesty to give you clothes that are beautiful on the outside so the world can see your beauty on the inside.

Darla Wainscott

Darla is the Founder and President of Put On Christ® , Apparel and Accessories. As the company's trademarked tag line states, Darla is "Making Faith Fashionable®," by trailblazing this unique boutique brand since it was unveiled during World Meeting of Families in September of 2015. She created Put On Christ® after feeling certain that the Blessed Mother was calling her to get to know her Son better and to share Him with the world in a very relevant way. The athleisure market is the fastest growing segment of the clothing industry and Darla made a bold decision to carve out a segment of this market for Christians wanting an alternative to traditional "big box" manufacturers. With an accent on modesty, all Put On Christ® products are manufactured in USA. With its exclusive trademarked Christian logo adorned on each product designed to take you from errands to exercise, there is no other company in the nation like Put On Christ®. Under the patronage of Saints Teresa of Avila and Ignatius and consecrated to the Sacred Heart of Jesus, Darla hopes to strengthen each customer's relationship with Christ in their everyday living. Her company prays daily for each customer and for every person who visits the Put On Christ® website or engages with the company on any of the five most popular social media channels. Darla invites you to follow the Put On Christ® team on Instagram, Twitter, Facebook, Google Plus and Pinterest.

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