Inspiration in Conservative Dress: Can Cutouts Ever be Done Tastefully?

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, Can cutouts ever be done tastefully? Cutouts have the reputation for being used in provocative immodest dress, and many women who dress modestly avoid them.  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.

I propose that done very carefully, cutouts can add to the beauty of the design, and still be decent.

Image result for Nina Canacci Formal Ball Gown

(Cutouts like these, to me don’t expose too much back, to look half naked, nor expose any indecent areas of the chest. While some women may disagree, which is fine, I propose that these style and no bigger are still conservative and tasteful. I’d add too I feel a very small loop in the front close to the neckline can also be tasteful, as long it doesn’t expose any breast or cleavage. One must be very careful though with cutouts in the front. )

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