Inspiration in Conservative Dress: How Tight is Too Tight?

Inspiration in Conservative Dress is a reoccurring series of posts of various modest and feminine outfits to inspire other women to dress modestly and resist society’s pressure to dress provocatively and subscribe to “hook up” culture. Through conservative dress, A Lady of Reason sends a message of resistance to the “sexual revolution” and radical liberal feminism, and the upholding of feminine virtue. Arguably, this could also extend to the support for social conservatism in general. How we dress signals who we are in society. I also want to state that this idea is not mine originally, but done on another religious blog called The Catholic Lady. I was inspired by hers to make a secular version for A Lady of Reason. 

In this installment of Inspiration in Conservative Dress, I ask the question, While the hemlines and necklines are conservative, does the tightness take away from its modesty? How tight is too tight? I’ll make an important note too, this is NOT about bashing and tearing down other women’s choices as I believe that each individual women can define her own modesty standards, it’s the spirit behind it that counts the most. I ask this to make everyone think about evaluating their own choices in modest dress, and to support and provide gentle and lady like critique of clothing that might be in the middle ground between conservative and indecent. Not so immodest that it is provocative, but not so conservative that immodesty can be ruled out. All examples are from generic models, or myself. Like I said before, this isn’t a place to tear down and bash other women’s choices, but to give everyone a new perspective.

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(This may be a controversial stance for some, but my judgement says that all can be acceptable in settings such as a party, or with a modest top for everyday for the top two pictures. The length and coverage make up for some of the tightness. However, I’d recommend leaning towards a looser fit for a professional environment. The red dress’ bottom is a bit too tight though in my opinion… When in doubt, find ways to make up for more suggestive parts of your outfit.)

5 thoughts on “Inspiration in Conservative Dress: How Tight is Too Tight?

  1. I think that in Western Europe and the Anglosphere it is possible for a woman to dress fairly liberally without attracting unwarranted attention as men understand the ‘look but don’t touch’ boundaries. At most European beaches for example for a woman to go topless is not considered ‘provocative’ (it is neither mandatory nor forbidden). This isn’t necessarily the case elsewhere in the world. Oddly enough in the Tudor era, it was considered ‘indecent’ for a lady to show bared legs or even just ankles, but a low-cut dress that emphasised cleavage or even fully bared breasts was considered acceptable.

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    • I agree, there is much that is subjective from culture to culture about what and what isn’t acceptable. My point in these posts on conservative dress is that in our culture, shorter, tighter more exposing clothes are construed as provocative, and that the wearer may want sexual attention, like she’s trying to flirt, or look attractive to men. If that’s the case, then fine, but dressing more conservatively can send off signals that you’re a lady of standards, and doesn’t just fling herself at everyone.

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      • A sensible balance is required, otherwise there is a danger of falling into the Islamic line of thinking that women have to be fully covered to avoid ‘provoking’ male lust.

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