Modesty Guide to Summer Fashion

    My husband works in retail. He told me the other day that he knows it’s close to summer because of the outfits he sees around the mall. And what he sees is shocking to him: young girls in short shorts and teeny, tiny crop tops.

    “They’re trying to be naked without actually being naked,” he said, his brow creased with genuine concern. I’m pretty sure it’s because we have a 4-year-old daughter that he’s becoming more and more aware of “sexy” fashion. Any girl or woman would find it difficult to turn a blind eye to such exposure, let alone any boy or man.

    Ladies, if the heat’s getting to you, there’s a way you can can feel and look cool this summer without compromising your modesty or sending the wrong message.

    Obviously, when it comes to summer tops, the casual tee is always a good call, as long as it’s not too tight and covers the waist. My selections go a little further, adding some fun tops that will keep you cool and modest.

    Images credit: Forever 21

    As a fan of denim, bermudas and cargos, I selected the following for shorts. When it comes to length, I would suggest not going any shorter than the denim cut-offs shown below.

    Images credit: Old Navy

    Call me old fashioned, but I love long white and cream vintage summer dresses. I think they look great on almost any girl–they’re so pretty and feminine. And they’re light and airy, so they’re perfect to wear on a warm summer evening.

    Images credit: Urban Outfitters

    Remember that modesty is often dependent on body type. For example, if you have a large bust, a spaghetti strap top or dress may look immodest on you. So try on items first and see how they fit you before wearing them out.

    When shopping for summer outfits, remember that you don’t have to strip to nothing to cool off. Just opt for clothing that is lightweight and non-restricting. Refrain from layering and pair your outfits with open shoes.

    Never compromise your modesty for fashion or the desire to impress. And don’t feel the need to follow what the other girls are doing in an attempt to fit in.

    Take the lead. Show others how you can look cool and cute without showing too much skin. Your desire to glorify God should be your guide.

    There are a lot of cute items of summer clothing on the market–I hope you like my selections!

    PI ladies, have you noticed outfits getting skimpier this summer season? Do you find yourself following fashion for fear of not fitting in? Share your story.

    T.M. Gaouette
    T.M. Gaouette is a freelance writer, ghostwriter, blogger and fiction novelist. She was born in Africa, brought up in London and is now living in New England with her husband and four children. Devoted to Him, Gaouette is dedicated to glorifying God through her stories for teens and young adults. T.M. Gaouette is the author of "The Destiny of Sunshine Ranch" and "Freeing Tanner Rose," Christian novels for teens and young adults. She's currently working on completing her upcoming novel -visit for more on her Christian fiction work. Connect with her on and .


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