The first London Modest Fashion Week started yesterday at the Saatchi Gallery. The show’s main focus is Muslim fashion. However, modesty can apply to all women regardless of their faith and even to women of no faith. Faith can be fashionable!
Modesty means high necklines and low hemlines. Nothing clingy or too revealing.
I think a woman loses her decency and dignity when her lack of dress leaves her body overexposed. Take a look at some celebrities who parade in public wearing little more than their underwear! Its sad that girls want to emulate them.
There is a lot of pressure on women to look sexy – take a look at fashion magazines, ads, the catwalk, film and music videos. However, there is a difference between sexy and trashy (flashing the flesh).
My style icons are Jacqueline Kennedy and Audrey Hepburn. Beautiful women who were stylish, classy and graceful.
The modesty, simplicity and relaxed fit of Japanese fashion is also appealing to me.
One reason I started sewing my own clothes was that I was frustrated by the skimpy and clingy dresses in high street stores. I need to feel comfortable wearing clothes. Also I feel the cold and so need to be warm!
The people who read my blog know that my clothing is modest. I like knee length or longer hemlines. I do not show cleavage. I do not wear body-con dresses.
A woman can dress modestly and still look and feel beautiful. She does not need to flaunt her body to feel special. Modesty is also about behaviour and how you carry yourself.
I am sure there is a big market for modest wear. Here’s to covered-up chic!
What are your views on this? I would love to hear from you.