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Study Shows that Girls Dressed Modestly are Perceived to be more Competent, Intelligent, Moral and Self-Respecting

Schoolgirl sitting at a desk

It is no surprise that immodest clothing intended as daywear for women is pervasively marketed in Western cultures. However, a new study released by Kenyon College researchers documents the trend of pushing elements of this type of styling into the category of girls' clothing. The study examined pre-adolescent clothing that is marketed online in the United States and found that around 30% of items had some type of sexualizing characteristic that would traditionally be considered inappropriate for daytime wear, especially for a girl whose figure had not yet matured.

Why Designer Clothing Favors Modesty

Clothes rack of designer fabrics

It is common for designers who produce lines with each piece selling for several hundred to tens of thousands of dollars to include more elements of modesty within their collections than lower-priced labels targeted just to teenage or young adult female customers. One reason is that extra fabric for coverage simply costs more. Designer fashion accommodates a generous budget for fabric, making the addition of extra yardage for modest coverage an easy task. Skimpy styles require less fabric and are therefore cheaper to produce. Thick fabrics and styles with linings are also expensive.

Modest Gymnastics Leotards

Modest gymnastics leotards on Nadia Comaneci and Team USA at London 2012 Olympics

(Photo credits: bartandnadia low-cut leg line on Nadia Comaneci's 1976 Olympic leotard; nbcolympics top to bottom, Olympic gold medalists Jordan Weiber in qualifying competition on July 29, 2012—in a pose that demonstrates a leg line that could be cut several inches lower without interfering with movement—and Gabby Douglas, McKayla Maroney, Jordan Weiber and Aly Raisman on July 23, 2012, in modest practice uniforms just prior to the Olympics in London) Modes

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Modest and Modern

Handmade, modest and modern are the three rules that guide this home-based dressmaking company. Several ready-to-wear styles are...

Christian Modesty

Taylor Willett offers her Bible-based views on modesty and posts pictures of ideas for outfit variations within the plain clothes...

The Virtuous Closet

This online retailer of various brands stocks a range of styles to please almost any level of modesty and fashion-forward trend desired...