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Modest Is Hottest! Emma Stone Redesigns for Modesty and We Give One Star a Makeover!

Ladies, in the past post Style Guide for Christian Girls: Modesty, I wrote, “The objective of modesty is to refrain from wearing clothing that causes lustful thoughts, whether intentionally or unintentionally.” As Christians, we are taught that to cause others to stumble is to sin. So in being modest in our clothing, we are refraining from causing our brothers to sin and are pleasing Christ with our actions.

Let us not forget 1 Corinthians 10:31, ‘Whether therefore you eat, or drink, or whatever you do, do all to the glory of God.” Everything we do should be for the glory of God, even the way we dress. And it really doesn’t take much to be modest, as you will see from both the modest and immodest examples below!

Now let’s check out this week’s Modest Is Hottest selection.


Michelle Jenner

I love the color and sparkle of this dress. It’s also beautifully modest with the high square neckline and perfect skirt length.


Emma Stone

The reason I picked this dress is because of Stone’s efforts to make it modest. The original dress is actually strapless, but she added an undershirt for comfort and modesty. Strapless dresses don’t always look modest, and not everyone is comfortable in them, so consider ways to modify a dress in such cases!


Ana de Armas

I adore the blue of this dress. The shape and style is also very modest, yet it’s such a pretty and feminine look!


Norma Ruiz

 While the design of the front of this gown is gorgeous, the hip area is a little too tight and shapely.


Norma Ruiz

 This biggest concern, however, is the design of the dress from behind. It exposes the whole back and the fitted hip area reveals the shape of the butt. Had the dress featured a closed back and looser hip, I really think it would be perfectly beautiful and perfectly modest! Do you agree?


Which of our three modest looks is your favorite?

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  1. Leftie

    Posted by Leftie on December 29, 2016 at 23:21

    Love the last dress. It’s no tighter than bootcut jeans in the hips and the back is not blatantly “look at me”.

  2. jmadisonk

    Posted by jmadisonk on October 3, 2013 at 07:39

    I agree that the back on the last one is really exposing, but I also think that the rest of it was fine. Just because we are being modest doesn’t mean we refrain from wearing anything shapely at the hips. Sure it could be a bit more “flowy” but that would take away from the shape of the dress. As long as the dress isn’t bunching up because it’s so tight, I think its fine. I would wear that one (with a higher back) in a heartbeat.

  3. grace_smith15

    Posted by grace_smith15 on May 1, 2013 at 18:43

    I really like the last one, not gonna lie…

  4. abbie478

    Posted by abbie478 on April 11, 2013 at 14:48

    I love the selection of dresses!! I think it is so cool that Emma redesigned her dress! 🙂

  5. Project Inspired

    Posted by sierra2013 on April 9, 2013 at 13:43

    Again, I see nothing wrong with the last dress. I feel like whoever writes these articles are being overly critical.

  6. HurricaneMurphGirl

    Posted by HurricaneMurphGirl on March 25, 2013 at 00:59

    I really don’t get the problem with the last dress’s waist. Or back for that matter. The waist is no tighter than you would wear a pair of jeans… (Cause not many people want their jeans to sag in the butt. That brings just as much attention to it as one that’s too tight.) And as for the back, there’s nothing inherently sexy about a back. And most normal guys aren’t going to be bothered by it.

    • K577sarahb

      Posted by K577sarahb on March 30, 2013 at 07:47

      I honestly think hurricanemurphgirl is right! The last dress is beautiful and i dont see anything wrong with it!! I dont think its a dress that would cause boys to stumble.

  7. Luv2write

    Posted by Luv2write on March 24, 2013 at 13:50

    I love Emma Stone’s idea! : ~)

  8. sisterwhocares

    Posted by sisterwhocares on March 23, 2013 at 15:38

    I absolutely love the blue dress!!! It’s so my style

  9. Crossed1996

    Posted by Crossed1996 on March 21, 2013 at 16:54

    For the last dress, I think the front of it is really pretty, but it’s a shame the back had to be cut out. When I saw the front of the dress I was thinking,” I thought these posts were always three modest dresses and one immodest dress, is there four modest dresses on this one.” Until I saw the back, I could never do an open back outfit.

  10. Splendisa

    Posted by Splendisa on March 21, 2013 at 11:32

    I love Emma’s!!! <3

  11. queenicis

    Posted by queenicis on March 21, 2013 at 11:00

    i tin k normas dress looks amazing…i would wear it…

  12. Project Inspired

    Posted by jesussaves on March 20, 2013 at 20:29

    I love the first and third dresses! 🙂
    I don’t like Norma Ruiz’s dress, because I think it could have been “dressed up” a bit more, but I don’t think that it is immodest. In the front, it is form-fitting, definitely not too tight though. Also, the back isn’t immodest. A back…is a back. I’ve never heard of a man having impure thoughts about a woman, just because of an open back on a dress.
    And as for the butt area, I agree. It does reveal the shape of her butt. My jeans and some of my skirts reveal the shape of MY butt. Are they immodest? Absolutely not! Form-fitting and tight are two different things.
    “Modesty is the way you handle beauty, not the way you hide it”. <3

  13. jade12

    Posted by jade12 on March 20, 2013 at 20:01

    At first I looked at all the dresses and said, “Wow, all those dresses look awesome!” But then I looked at the last pic of Norma. If the waist was looser and the back was covered up more then I would just like it even more! But my favorite dress HAS to be the SPARKLES!!!!!!! It’s so pretty! I just wish she chose different colored shoes to go with that orange dress.

  14. misstake

    Posted by misstake on March 20, 2013 at 12:06

    SPLENDID!!!! ^^

  15. Eurydice

    Posted by Eurydice on March 20, 2013 at 07:11

    No more “Modest Makeovers!”

    • jade12

      Posted by jade12 on March 20, 2013 at 20:03

      What part of no more fights on these innocent articles don’t you understand girl? Apparently all of it.

    • Project Inspired

      Posted by Bmackie on March 20, 2013 at 20:01

      Go Eury!!!!!! *claps*

    • Project Inspired

      Posted by ButterflyHope on March 20, 2013 at 10:40

      -holds up sign that I made just for it- lol Go Eury! (can I call you that?). No more, “Modest Makeovers!”

  16. HeSetMeFree

    Posted by HeSetMeFree on March 19, 2013 at 20:27

    okay, so i was scrolling down this post, looking at the dresses, and going, “Oh my goodness! OH MY GOODNESS!! OHH MYY GOODNESSS!!!!!” because i loved all of them. personally, my modesty standards are ‘below the knee, sleeves a must, etc.’ but i’m super short, so i’d betcha that all of these dresses would be the perfect length haha!!
    wasn’t gonna say nothing, but come on, girls. it doesn’t really matter what you think is ‘too tight’ or ‘immodest’. ask your hormonal teenage brother or a guy friend what’s the first thing he sees or thinks about when he sees that last dress on her. THEN you can determine whether or not it’s modest.
    this is just something that i do, but it works really well: when i’m ready to go, but i’m not quite sure if my outfit is modest or not, i go to my dad and ask, “is this outfit okay?” and he’ll either reply, “Yes,” or “No, go change.” not that hard, and i know whether it’s modest or not.
    the dress is pretty cute otherwise, add a back to it and a little less tight around the backside which is easily made ‘more modest’ with a jacket or something.
    Peace out!!! 🙂

  17. Ducttaper4JC

    Posted by Ducttaper4JC on March 19, 2013 at 15:35

    Oh, I love all three of the first dresses! While I would love about another 2 inches of length on each of them, I don’t think I can pick a favorite! Because I love them all!

    When seen only from the front, I don’t think the forth one looks immodest at all… but then she turned around! Even the back isn’t horrible, but is definitely somewhat immodest. 🙁

  18. Jamourvous97

    Posted by Jamourvous97 on March 19, 2013 at 13:56

    I don’t really see the problem with the last dress. I have a ton of backless dresses. Also everything I wear is fitted in the hip area, I don’t want to look shapeless. Just my thoughts 🙂

  19. IdaPahus

    Posted by IdaPahus on March 19, 2013 at 09:30

    I absolutely love Emma Stones dress!!!

  20. Posted by Nicole on March 18, 2013 at 22:33

    I LOVE the blue dress! That is so my style!

  21. Paris

    Posted by Paris on March 18, 2013 at 21:52

    I don’t see anything wrong with the last dress at all. I’d wear that right away.I’m losing weight,and I’d love to wear that dress. All the girls look gorgeous,though. 😀

  22. thespiritualwarrior7

    Posted by thespiritualwarrior7 on March 18, 2013 at 21:18

    I liked the first one. So pretty!
    And I have to admit, seeing the front of the last one, I would have said it was my favorite, but the back made it a whole different story.

  23. Godsgirl2012

    Posted by Godsgirl2012 on March 18, 2013 at 19:51

    i must admite, im completely confused by why the white one is immodist, i mean, mabye she needs to make the back not be that open, but thats not that bad, if your gonna stress that its too tight, then you have to say the same for the blue, because the blue one is tight around the waiste and bust area, so no, i dont agree that the white one is immodest

    • Project Inspired

      Posted by LadyGardner on March 19, 2013 at 18:42

      I think the reason she views it as immodest is because you can almost see the outlines of her butt. It really defines the back end whereas the blue one is focused on the waist. The little bit of tightness is up higher. Also, quite a bit of the back is exposed, and let’s face it, guys have a big imagination. My Bible teacher (who is a guy, I might add, so he knows what he is talking about) once told me, “The more skin that is showing, the more guys are going to undress you with their minds.” And it is true with tight things too. Guys do notice these things, even if they seem small to us. They are BIG stumbling blocks to them because they are wired different. I hope that helps 🙂

  24. faulty-but-real

    Posted by faulty-but-real on March 18, 2013 at 18:30

    WHOOPS! Sorry about the double posts! I’m on an old phone, and it didn’t let me know I posted already!

  25. faulty-but-real

    Posted by faulty-but-real on March 18, 2013 at 18:29

    I started the tee-shirt under the strapless dress trend!! How did Emma Stone hear about it? Lol, but I am serious, I started that before that photo was taken. I wonder how she head of it 😉

  26. faulty-but-real

    Posted by faulty-but-real on March 18, 2013 at 18:28

    I started the tee-shirt under the strapless dress trend!! How did Emma Stone hear about it? Lol, but I am serious, I started that before that photo was taken. 🙂

  27. claremead1998

    Posted by claremead1998 on March 18, 2013 at 18:24

    Personally, i LOVE the last dress. Super beautiful! Not really a huge fan of any of the others.

  28. Rosalynn

    Posted by Rosalynn on March 18, 2013 at 17:48

    I really love the simplicity of the last dress. Honestly, it’s not really that bad. I don’t see how the hips are too tight and the back, while revealing, isn’t even near the other ones that’s been on here. My problem with the back is the design- the sparkles look chinsy and make the dress look cheap. If it was a halter top with an open back, it would probably look nicer (in my opinion).

    • Project Inspired

      Posted by alaia on March 19, 2013 at 08:02

      Yes! I wasn’t a fan of the silver sparkles on the back.

  29. Project Inspired

    Posted by myfishisbeautiful on March 18, 2013 at 15:12

    While you usually pick very good examples of immodest dresses, I would say the immodest pick for this one isn’t that bad. What’s wrong with definition around the hip? With the open back I can understand why you would pick it as immodest, but you stress how tight it is around the hips, but it’s really not that bad! Though it is too tight around the butt, I suppose.

  30. brennaeskyler2

    Posted by brennaeskyler2 on March 18, 2013 at 14:14

    I loved how Emma Stone redesigned her dress! She is a great role model for doing that, and I thought it looked fine just the way she redesigned it! Thanks for another great Modest is Hottest post! 🙂

  31. AllisonGrace

    Posted by AllisonGrace on March 18, 2013 at 14:04

    Wow, I’m a little upset with this post. While the modest dresses are beautiful, I see absolutely no problem with the last. I would wear that in a heartbeat. I’d like to stay positive so I will say that I love the cut of the first, and I adore the color of the last. Personally, I think wearing a shirt underneath a dress looks weird, but if it made her comfortable, more power to her.
    On the immodesty post:
    I was actually a little hurt by this. I don’t think it’s too tight on her hips, and I don’t really think that backless is immodest. It’s a back… I understand that everyone has a different standard for modesty, but I honestly would not feel one bit of shame wearing that beautiful gown.

    • GospelChick

      Posted by GospelChick on March 19, 2013 at 16:59

      Completely agree with you. I thought the last dress looked fine. Beautiful, even. And from the way it was presented, it seems as though strapless is “scandalous”. Like showing your shoulders is a bad thing. A little irritated. /:

      • tmgaouette

        Posted by tmgaouette on March 19, 2013 at 17:26

        @GospelChick You may be interested in some of our past Modest is Hottest posts that offer tasteful strapless dresses as modest options.

    • Ashli Payj

      Posted by Ashli Payj on March 18, 2013 at 17:43

      Oh My Goodness! me too! i totally agree! it looks more elegant and classy than sexy, i think. 😀

    • SlinkyKitty88

      Posted by SlinkyKitty88 on March 18, 2013 at 17:23

      Agreed. That last dress is GORGEOUS. It is definitely my favorite!
      It doesn’t “reveal the shape of the butt” any more than a decent pair of jeans does.
      It does not show cleavage. At all. It’s not short. The ONLY thing she is showing off is her back, and the back doesn’t even go very low. It’s not even totally backless. It’s got a little material back there! 😛
      I think it’s fine to show off one or two things! Showing off all the things is what makes one look slutty.
      Lousy choice for an “immodest” pick this week. 😛

    • so_shedances

      Posted by so_shedances on March 18, 2013 at 15:22

      I completely agree with you. The last one is gorgeous.

    • Project Inspired

      Posted by on March 18, 2013 at 15:08

      I totally agree with you!

  32. Danceforjesus23

    Posted by Danceforjesus23 on March 18, 2013 at 13:39

    The last one definitely isn’t as bad as we’ve seen in the past. It doesn’t look too tight in the front to me because it doesn’t hug much leg below the hips/upper thigh. But when you have a rump like hers, the back definitely should be looser. Or just adding a bow or some kind of ruffly train flowing from the lower back could minimize the butt area. Backless dresses are on the fence for me. I think they can be fine as long as they are worn/styled in a way that looks elegant and beautiful, not sexy. You can see from Norma’s face that she’s wearing it to be sexy. It’s definitely an eye-opener to see how thin the modest-immodesty line is. Other that that, I LOVE all the dresses!

    • bethluvstheafters

      Posted by bethluvstheafters on March 18, 2013 at 20:42

      I kinda like the dress too except that you can see the outline of her butt…

    • Ashli Payj

      Posted by Ashli Payj on March 18, 2013 at 17:41

      I, like, don’t get it? What on earth do you,like, mean that her face is sexy? Can,like, faces even be sexy? I wonder if my face is sexy…would that be bad? I mean would I, like need, like, plastice surgery or something? Answers people!

      • Godsgirl2012

        Posted by Godsgirl2012 on March 18, 2013 at 19:48

        its not her face thats sexy, its the way she’s looking at the camera, you can tell she’s wearing that dress to be sexy, so, no, you dont need plastic surgery, its not your face, its how you look at someone, like they say the eyes are a window into your soul, and its true, if you look at someone’s eyes, even if they dont have a smile on their lips, you can look in their eyes and see that they are smiling or happy, you can tell if they are mad, in this case you can tell she’s going for the sex apeal with that dress

  33. RachelMeeko

    Posted by RachelMeeko on March 18, 2013 at 13:31

    I love the orange and blue dress! I have a couple dresses on the short side… I wish there was a place we could post pictures of our clothing to have other girl’s opinions of whether or not they are modest. 🙂 Maybe it’s not a great idea, but I have a few boarder line clothes I would love to post.

    I also like the white dress, but I think it would look better if the back was like the front and was looser around the hips – Not just for modesty, I think it would improve the look 😀 But that’s just my personal opinion. 🙂

  34. Marcy

    Posted by Marcy on March 18, 2013 at 12:45

    The first dress is so adorable. I love the colors and the sparkles. The box neckline looks quite classy. The bright and colorful shoes and purse also compliment the fun dress. Unfortunately, it’s a little too short for me, being above the knees.

    Black and white isn’t my style, but it looks great on her, especially with the lovely flower necklace pulling the outfit together. The skin tone heels fit the outfit perfectly, blending in very well and not distracting from the dress. Like the last dress, I really wish it was a little longer, but I love the idea of pairing it with a shirt to make the top more modest.

    I love the color and stripes of the third one. It is a gorgeous and classy dress, not to mention that it looks quite comfortable. I love it. The black shoes and bracelet do nothing but add to the loveliness of this outfit. The shoes are especially pretty with their lacing. As with the others, though, I’d prefer it a little longer.

    White always seems to always look lovely. I love the long skirt and the simplicity. The silver and simplicity of the jewelry and purse, as well as the simple hair style, really compliment this dress, and the red nails are a lovely contrast. However, it would look better in my opinion with a wider skirt (both so that it isn’t quite so tight and because I think it would look magnificent with a large, flowing skirt) and more on the back.

  35. applebypie123

    Posted by applebypie123 on March 18, 2013 at 12:36

    I am indifferent about the last one. The back is a little immodest, but really not bad, its just too plain for me. But I love Emma Stone’s and had already included it in my forum on modest cute clothes.

    • Project Inspired

      Posted by alaia on March 19, 2013 at 07:59

      Agreed. I was fine with the front of the dress, but I actually didn’t like the design of the back.

  36. lotr1997

    Posted by lotr1997 on March 18, 2013 at 12:28

    The first one is so pretty with the sparkles, but orange does not look good on me, and it would have to come below the knee. And I do love the second one, it has a retro look to it, but again, it would have to come below the knee for me to wear it. The third one is gorgeous! I love the color, it just needs a couple more inches at the knee. The last one is so pretty in the front, and the length is amazing, but the back… no way! And please, no one start policing the feed again!