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    Top 5 Places to Shop for Modest Clothing

    While shopping can be super fun, it’s a bummer to hit the mall with your girlfriends and find store after store filled with clothing you don’t feel comfortable in. With popular big-brand, affordable stores selling clothing that—for the most part—doesn’t feel entirely modest, it can be hard to find things you actually want to buy and wear. So even though getting creative with your options is always on the table, we wanted to share five of our favorite shops for modest clothing. Hopefully at these places, you won’t have to be so picky!

    Note: We decided to only choose stores that you girls can most likely physically go to. As we’re sure you know, there are plenty more options on the Internet if you’re willing and able to shop online and order things delivered to your home. Just be sure to check out the return policies in case your picks don’t fit! We recommend Mikarose, Shabby Apple, Junee, Dainty Jewells, Sierra Brooke and Sweet Salt.

    JCPENNEY

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    In general, department stores can often be a safe haven for modest clothing shopping. While you’re sure to run across a few things you won’t want to wear, the average of good to bad is a lot more favorable at stores like JCPenney and Macy’s than at more trendy boutiques. The other good news is that department store clothing is usually better made and slightly less trendy, meaning that it will last longer both in physical form and as a rotating part of your wardrobe.

    KOHL’S

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    If you love hunting for a bargain in a store that offers tons of different options, you might enjoy shopping at Kohl’s. The discount retailer is renowned for their awesome bargains on fashionable clothing from lots of different brands, many of which are modest. You might have similar luck at stores like Marshall’s and TJMaxx. Check to see which stores are in your area and go find those great deals!

    AEROPOSTALE

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    Many of Aeropostale’s options are on trend and modest, as seen on the models in the ad above. If you keep a lookout for sales, you can often land a good deal on both basics and trendier pieces.

    TARGET

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    While clothing might not be the first thing that comes to mind when you think of Target, it’s actually a great place to shop for just about anything… including shoes, jewelry and clothes! While the same can be said for similar stores like Kmart and Walmart, Target has a decidedly more trendy stock. Inexpensive and largely modest, the big-box store can be found in most cities and has a constant rotation of new items and pricey famous designers stopping through with more affordable items.

    OLD NAVY AND THE GAP

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    As evidenced in their ad above, Old Navy has super cute and stylish clothing that is both affordable and modest. Their sister company, The Gap, is a bit more pricey, but also features tons of modest clothing. Both stores are often found in malls and have a mix of everyday basics and trendier pieces.

    PI Girls, do you have a favorite place to shop for modest clothing? Are you planning to try out any of our picks? Let us know your thoughts in the comments below!

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    We here at Project Inspired want to guide and inspire teen girls to be true to themselves and to God. We want to show young girls how to be people of value and confidence – how to be your own best selves – through leading a Christian life. Who are we? We're a team of girls, like you. We edit the site, we post to social media, we hang out in the chat rooms and forums. We talk with you, we listen to you, and we love you!

    74 COMMENTS

    1. I love Aeropostale! It’s a little pricey, but I often find myself surprised at some really great sales. I used to shop at Old Navy, but I sort of grew out of the stuff there, and it’s not really my style. Target’s also really great.

    2. Target is awesome 🙂 and although lots of the stuff at Forever 21 in inappropriate and immodest, I’ve found some pretty cute things there if I just look!! And I actually kinda like going to thrift stores…you can find some really awesome and modest clothes for cheaper than anywhere else!

    3. I avoid Aeropostale. Yes, they’re cheap, but they use child labour and the quality is absolutely poor; the only thing that has survived more than three washes is a pair of purple skinny jeans. After I found they used children, I stopped going there. 🙁

    4. All this places are SO expensive!! It’s a arm and a leg just for a pair of jeans!! I don’t like JCP anymore 🙁 I just shop at a place called Savers and TJMax… Same clothes for half the price. I also love Kmart…

    5. I love these ideas!! Thank you so much for this. Also check thrift stores. 🙂 I do not typically shop at Target that often however, for multiple reasons. One is because they do not rehire veterans, and because they openly support gays. While this does not totally stop me from shopping there, I typically just shop somewhere else 🙂

    6. This article is kind of pointless. You basically named 6 mainstream stores. Forever 21 didn’t even get a mention!? *Any* big name clothing store is going to have modest clothes in it somewhere. It’s the boutique places you have to watch out for.

      And as pointed out by other commenters, there are certain social/ethical issues with a few of the stores. For example, inevitably, lots of clothes from these places were made in sweat shops by underpaid employees using cheap materials. And then they are overpriced when you buy them in the store.

      Instead of giving us suggestions of where to shop, you could have combined different pieces from various stores to make outfits on Polyvore, and then you could have posted the outfits here. When you clip garments on Polyvore, you can click on each piece and go to the store’s website to buy it.

      “Shop at Old Navy! Shop at JCPenney!” doesn’t enrich my life, nor does it give me any fresh ideas in terms of style. Again, instead of telling us where to buy modest clothes, show us examples.

      Sorry if this sounded harsh. Adieu!

    7. These places all seem to cover the same, mainstream sort of fashion, though. What if you’re not preppy so much as a hippy chick or into punk clothes. Can someone give advice on where to go for these sorts of clothing in appropriate designs?

      • Anthropology has amazing clothes that are also modest. A lot of their stuff has a hipster/hippie/retro vibe. They’re pretty expensive though. H & M is affordable and has clothes that are “hippie-ish” as well. Hope this helps!(:

    8. I go to Target and Walmart a lot! 🙂 One of my favorite places to get modest clothing for cheap is the thrift store. A ton of my clothes are from the thrift store and you can’t even tell!

      Also, if you can sew then you can adjust clothes that you wouldn’t otherwise be able to wear -I’ve turned stretch pants into leggings, sewed up armholes that gaped a little too much, and turned extra large shirts into my size. I’ve also turned extra baggy jeans into skinny jeans that fit me perfectly (not too tight and not too loose).

      Sorry if this post is kinda long! I love these stores by the way! 🙂

    9. Ross is also a great place to shop!! It’s hard to find formal dresses that aren’t too short or too low-cut or too sparkly (for me at least); I always have luck there! These suggestions are great, too! Forever21 is rarely a successful endeavor for me. 🙁

    10. The only thing for me is I am a plus size, so shopping at some of those stores can be a challenge. I don’t like to go clothes shopping at all, because I have to wear 1X or 2X. Target has some cute modest clothes too.

    11. TJ Max is my absolute favorite place for very affordable fashionable modest clothing. I go there for everything from prom dresses to shorts and tank tops. Over half of my wardrobe is from there.

    12. A good measure for modest neck-line is 4 fingers from base of neck, with little finger touching material. CoCo Chanel said: “The ugliest part of a woman’s body is her knees and should always be covered.”

    13. I like forever 21 too, but going there is either a hit or miss. Sometimes I find really cute and modest clothing – other times, the only clothes in the store are miniskirts and crop tops.

    14. Another great store, not saying the above aren’t good, but I like to shop at Christopher and Banks. It is technically a women’s store but the styles are so modest and cute. There are like three different sections of the store that you check out with different styles. The shirts and stuff are mostly the same but the fit is different. Of the above I personally prefer Kohl’s’ because their stuff isn’t that much and they are cute. I shop women though because the junior stuff isn’t that great. Just an FYI.

    15. Why do we have to be extra covered? It’s not our fault if a guy lusts over us. Most of the time, they lust in non-verbal ways, so there’s really no way of knowing. If a guy has a problem sexualizing every woman he sees in a short sleeve shirt and shorts in summer, he needs to see a therapist

      • I don’t think it has so much to do with being sexualized by men as it has to do with the personal lifestyle choice a woman makes. Speaking personally, I feel more confident and comfortable in more modest clothing. Additionally, modesty doesn’t mean you have to be “extra covered”. It means covered appropriately and appropriate isn’t the same for everyone. Different body types require different styles of clothing. It’s all about the conscience level of the individual. Furthermore, women have different reasons for why they dress modestly. This blog is just a helpful aid for women who have made that choice. More importantly, the lifestyle choice to be modest doesn’t end with a woman’s form of dress. It embodies all forms of who you are as a person and how you conduct yourself in your daily life. Women who dress modestly are usually modest women in all aspects and clothing is just a reflection of who a person is on the inside. Women who dress modestly are just being who they are on the inside.

      • In high school I noticed that guys would be staring or lusting after me no matter how modestly I dressed. However I still chose to dress modestly as to not make my male friends stumble. Yes, some men or boys will always look at women in lustful ways.
        I am almost 20 and I have found that you are perceived by how you dress. I ended up finding my husband in college and he respected me so much more because I choose to dress modestly. Life is more than just high school and if you dress like you are “easy” men/ boys will perceive you that way. But if you dress modestly you have to just wait for the right guy to come along that God has planned for you.

      • That’s selfish. I’m sorry to be rude but do we want another guy to stumble? To sin? I try not to wear daisy Duke shorts anymore (heck, I’m wearing shorts right now, but they’re kinda long compared to alot of shorts) its like encouraging a person to steal but say “I didn’t do it so I’m not guilty.” You still encouraged it.

    16. I love Old Navy and the Gap. A lot of my wardrobe is from there especially because, since I am still growing, I will grow out of my current size 0 pretty soon. Also, most of the stuff there is really cute and lasts a long time. The jeans I especially love because during some points during the year you can get jeans at $10 a pair that will last for at least a couple of years. The dresses are also really cute and even when I go shopping with my uber-conservative mom, most of the things I pick out are immediately approved. Overall, I love Old Navy and Gap.

    17. I shop at thrift stores like Goodwill all the time. I like to shop at Target, especially on the clearance racks. I think they go overboard with how tight the leggings are though. It’s okay to be a little tight, but when you can see every line of your underwear while wearing them, that’s too tight…

    18. It’s great to dress modestly, if that’s what you want. Just don’t dress that way if people are shaming you to do so. Make sure to look deep into yourself and see if you are making that decision, not your friends, family, or Christian values. Show some skin if you want to!

    Project Inspired

    We here at Project Inspired want to guide and inspire teen girls to be true to themselves and to God. We want to show young girls how to be people of value and confidence – how to be your own best selves – through leading a Christian life. Who are we? We're a team of girls, like you. We edit the site, we post to social media, we hang out in the chat rooms and forums. We talk with you, we listen to you, and we love you!

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