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10 Ways to Dress Modestly and Still Look Cute by PI Girl Brooke

Hi girls! My name is Brooke and I’ve been a Project Inspired reader for about a year! I’ve noticed that many girls in today’s culture have had trouble dressing in an appropriate way, so I would like to offer my tips and advice to dressing modestly for all you beautiful women!


First, let’s take a look at why we should dress modestly!

The way I view it is that we are the temple of the Holy Spirit. 1 Corinthians 6:19-20: “Or do you not know that your body is a temple of the Holy Spirit who is in you, whom you have from God, and that you are not your own? For you have been bought at a price: therefore glorify God with your body.”

God wants us to dress our bodies in a modest way so that we can not only please him, but also so that we can set a good example for those around us! God wants us to be a light in this world. We cannot be a light if we are following the ways of the world, because the world is darkness, and the darkness fears the light.

We must live for God, and follow in his Word.

So now that we know why we must dress modestly, let’s take a look at how you can dress modestly and how to clean out your wardrobe.


How to clean out your wardrobe

1. Go through your closet.

2. Ask yourself if that particular item pleases God. If not, donate it or throw it out.


10 ways to dress modestly

1. Keep your neckline no lower than four fingers below the collarbone!

2. Avoid see-through materials.

3. Draw attention to your face!

4. Keep your back covered.

5. Wear pants that are fitted, not an extra layer of skin.

6. Keep panty lines hidden.

7. Choose shorts and skirts that extend past your arm length.

8. Opt for dresses that have sleeves or that are at least two inches below the thigh.

9. Button up those buttons on your shirt.

10. Keep the majority of your shoulders covered!


Great tips, but how do I make them work in a really cute way?

Here are some examples:

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Best wishes, girls! I love you all!

Image: Lightstock | Lauren


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  1. sometimesiwannabeagummybear

    Posted by sometimesiwannabeagummybear on October 20, 2018 at 18:25

    Thank you for this! My school has a super strict dress code and this will help me look cute, follow the dress code, and of course praise Jesus!

  2. Dollface99

    Posted by Dollface99 on February 12, 2015 at 07:24

    Thanks so much for posting this! The world needs more modesty in girls!

  3. Project Inspired

    Posted by silverbeauty on February 3, 2015 at 17:56

    I like this article but I have long piano finger and long arms. which is great for rock climbing but not so much for shorts…

  4. Project Inspired

    Posted by sara_jazz_coffee on December 4, 2014 at 12:56

    Where can I get the flowy shirt from the fourth outfit?

  5. Project Inspired

    Posted by GingaNinja on November 25, 2014 at 14:54

    This is one of my all time favorite PI articles! Thanks 🙂

  6. SpicePrincess

    Posted by SpicePrincess on November 15, 2014 at 18:13

    Another cute way to be modest is exploring historical or non-westren clothing styles as well. Some ladies, like myself, want to dress less mainstream and more unique.
    Victorian era, Edwardian era, and a lot of 30s, 40s, and 50s fashions are very beautiful, unique, and more interesting for those who like to make a statement with than just denim and modern shirts(not that it’s a problem if you DO like more mainstream styles).
    The Victorian era fashion is my personal favorite with high collars, beautiful lace designs, long, flowy bustle skirts, matching skirt and jacket sets, high-waistrd skirts and beautiful boots.
    You can also explore some non-western fashion styles. If you like girly frills, fluffy skrits, cutsey tights and platform shoes try looking into Lolita.
    If you like nature inspired and earth-tones try looking up Mori Girl(AKA Mori Kei) style.
    And if you want to add modern flair to Victorian or Edwardian fashion (like denim and such) try steampunk or Neo-Victorian.
    Believe it or not Victorian Goth is also a good choice to be modest and still stand out. If you’re into a lot of black and a little color that could be a style for you.

  7. Project Inspired

    Posted by GuardGirl05 on November 15, 2014 at 15:56

    The fingertip length for shorts is a great guideline for some girls, but when you’re tall and have long arms, it’s kind of unrealistic. I would have no other option but to wear Bermuda or basketball shorts if I weren’t wearing pants. I do what I can to be modest, but fingertip length shorts, for me, don’t work.

  8. booklover

    Posted by booklover on November 15, 2014 at 08:51

    I really liked this article, but I didn’t agree everything. I think that certain things may look immodest on one girl but look fine on another. It’s also the girls heart you need to look at. You can tell when a girl is flaunting herself immodestly and opposed to when she is just dressing in her style. I dress modestly, but some may not say that because in the summer I do wear sleeveless shirts,and my shirts may be lower than four fingers from my collarbone. I’m not bashing your article, just sharing my opinion. 🙂

  9. im_amychan

    Posted by im_amychan on November 4, 2014 at 21:27

    I literally wear a tshirt and running shorts everyday….unless it’s under 50° outside.

  10. Freak4Jesus14

    Posted by Freak4Jesus14 on November 4, 2014 at 18:46

    This is really great! Good tips. I love all these examples.

  11. Speak4Elohim

    Posted by Speak4Elohim on November 4, 2014 at 16:00

    LOVE the top left outfit with the denim skirt! I’m hoping to get or make a few more denim skirts, as I have only a few, and most of them fit in a little bulky of a way, rather than actually being feminine.

  12. Project Inspired

    Posted by saraileft on November 3, 2014 at 18:57

    Great article. I love the stripped shirt with the scarf.

  13. xXStormaggedonXx

    Posted by xXStormaggedonXx on November 3, 2014 at 10:13

    I’m so glad to see this! All the options presented are adorable! It is difficult dressing modest and depressing to see a cute outfit only to discover its immodest in one way or another. Any tips for layering for those types of clothes? Thanks! 🙂

  14. Project Inspired

    Posted by Athyna Ann Marie on November 3, 2014 at 06:18

    Thank you

  15. sunbluie

    Posted by sunbluie on November 2, 2014 at 21:19


  16. Smylinggirl

    Posted by Smylinggirl on November 2, 2014 at 15:58

    Thank you, thank you, thank you!!!!!!! Sometimes, it’s really depressing to be the only girl dressing modestly. I love your examples. Hopefully, the modesty movement will catch on with Christian girls. So many don’t dress modestly and it’s sad. Thanks again PI Girl Brooke!

  17. Project Inspired

    Posted by pretty10 on November 2, 2014 at 15:30

    T-M Gaouette why is it important to hide your shoulders?

    • mnkowgirl

      Posted by mnkowgirl on November 7, 2014 at 13:00

      I think she is trying to say that we should not wear sleeve less shirts or dresses. Not all tank tops are revealing, in fact I have a ton of tank tops that are very modest.

    • Project Inspired

      Posted by JesusFreak3278 on November 5, 2014 at 04:09

      Well I dont think she thinks it’s the most important thing, since one of the outfits is a tank top. But I think the idea is to cover up your skin. Tank tops can be pretty revealing!