When I was in high school I always looked forward to the formal and semi-formal dances my school held. Now that Winter Formal is approaching, I thought I’d talk about picking a beautiful dress that isn’t too revealing. I love this post about dressing modestly daily, so I wanted to share some of my tips for dressing modestly in a formal situation.
There are lots of websites that cater to Christian girls who need modest formal wear, but if you’re like me, you’ll want to try on your dress before buying it and will want to have it in time for any necessary tailoring. I’m short and often need floor-length dresses hemmed, which requires extra planning.
For my formal events I’d go to local dress shops and department stores such as Sears, JC Penney, and Filene’s (now absorbed by Macy’s). I often looked for vintage inspired pieces, which tend to be less revealing than newer styles. I find this true of vintage dress in both formal and everyday situations.
Tips for acing the modesty look:
- Always try on anything that looks like it could fall lower than it looks on the hanger.
- Look out for necklines that slip down and low-backed dresses that can sometimes show your bra.
- If you really like a dress and it isn’t too revealing, but has a tendency to slip, you can use double sided tape to make sure your clothing stays in place. This is a trick that stylists often use on photo shoots.
- For additional cover-up you can get a scarf or shawl to wear outside, but this should not substitute for a dress that covers you well on its own.
If you still can’t find an appropriate dress in a store, I found a few websites that offer modest dresses:
Let me know what formal events your school holds and what you plan to wear!