Happy #fahsionwednesday! Today I’m covering something really important to me: dressing modestly in the summer, and how you can boost your body confidence and rock your modest clothing with pride this year. I am breaking down where I like to shop for my favorite modest trends, and how I modify current styles to fit my modest lifestyle. As a fashion blogger, it is really important to me to be able to bring you guys the latest trends, current styles and more and I never like to let my personal lifestyle stop me from doing that for you. I’ve pretty much got this down to a science now, so let’s dive into this.
I think sometimes when people see someone dressing modestly in this day in age, they assume a couple things: 1. She’s a prude. 2. She’s not a feminist. 3. She doesn’t care about the current trends or 4. She’s ashamed of her body. First of all – those things couldn’t be farther from the truth. You can rock modest modest clothing as be sexy. You can rock modest clothing and be a feminist. You can rock modest clothing AND STILL BE TRENDY. And most importantly – you can rock modest clothing WITHOUT being ashamed of your body.
Dressing modestly can be empowering. It can mean you are PROUD of your body. And you DEFINITELY can still be trendy and weather-appropriate.
Downeast is amazing – it’s such an awesome store that honestly, I didn’t really get excited about until this spring. So, many of you know I lived in Rexburg, ID for 4 years while I went to college and they have quite a few stores there in that area (they are Utah-based) and I had gone in a few times but wasn’t ever really impressed. I always felt like they were dowdy, definitely not trendy, etc. Everything I HATED about modest clothing. I actually went shopping with Chelsie from Hey There, Chelsie when I was visiting her in April (check out my whole vlog from that trip here), and she told me I HAD to try them again because they had revamped their stores and their style and it’s worth another look through. SO. Long story short – I went in and I think I had to physically pick my jaw up off the floor. They have REALLY upped their style and I have purchased hundreds of dollars worth of clothing over the last few months and it has made shopping and dressing modestly much less of a headache without sacrificing style. This is probably my NUMBER ONE modest clothing store, atm.
This is obvious. I am a Target junkie. I literally cannot control myself. The dollar section? Take my money. They, too, have really revamped their clothing and the “A New Day” line that they just started carrying makes all my dreams come true. It’s super modern and trendy, with nods to the 70s and 80s (which I love), and most of the pieces are able to be styled modestly so it’s so easy for me to find things to wear that make me feel beautiful and stylish. Plus, Target is typically very affordable for if you are on a budget, you will definitely be able to find some quality pieces at great prices.
Oh, Kohls. If you know me at all, you know that I have a passionate love affair with Kohls. Specifically – the LC Lauren Conrad line. If I could have dinner with any celebrity / also be bffs with them it would be Lauren Conrad. I LOVE her, I love her life, I love her career, I love who she is as a person and her clothing line really embodies everything that I love in fashion. It has muted colors (very blush-y), simple clean lines, pretty patterns and a very girlie feel. This line is also fairly modest, and it’s really easy for me to find something when I go into Kohls to grab that makes me feel really pretty.
Olive Ave is another store from my college days that I’ve been really shopping at lately. It’s so trendy and cute and really affordable, too. They have gorgeous photography on their website, too, which for some reason makes me love it even more. I’m a huge fan of their modest dresses and jumpsuits – they are also really in style and trending in cut and color. The little family behind the store is SO precious, and they opened back in 2010 as “The Jean Girl” if you are from the area and are familiar. I am really happy to see this store succeed and see this sweet family flourish. I love stores I can shop from that I know benefits good people who really deserve happiness and success.
I found this store when I was looking for one piece swimsuits (they have SUCH cute ones) and realized their entire clothing collection was gold. I am so impressed by the huge selection of styles and trends, there really is something for everyone here. They have the sweetest dress selections, and that is one of the biggest things for me. I can NEVER find dresses that are flattering and long enough. They are either a tea length (which is REALLY unflattering on my legs) or way too short. I haven’t ever had a problem with their dresses hitting perfectly where they are supposed to and the quality is awesome.
It isn’t always easy, and sometimes I do get frustrated when I’m out shopping and I can’t find a dress the right length, or when the shorts are ALL TOO SHORT or a jumpsuit comes down to low on my chest. It can be so stressful, trust me, I know. But I feel really passionate about staying true to myself and so I make it work. Finding clothing that already check all my boxes is ideal, but sometimes I have to get creative.
My biggest struggle usually is I like to keep my shoulders covered, so tank tops and halters and stuff are out for me. Luckily, chambray tops are totally in, and jean jackets never ever go out of style. I will throw one of those over top and call it a day. Sometimes though, the front of a top or a dress goes way too low. If it’s a wrap dress, I usually throw in a little invisible stitch right where it needs to close so my girls stay hidden and it’s perfect. If it’s not a wrap dress, a lace cami or tank underneath usually looks really classy and pretty without adding too many extra layers. If something is too short, occasionally you can let out a hem to make it a little bit longer. I can’t do this myself, so I’ve gone to seamstresses for things like this before. There are almost always ways to make something work if you look hard enough.
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I really hope this post helps you find modest clothing a little bit easier. I know how hard it can be to stay modest in this world today, and whatever your reason for dressing this way, I hope that you leave today feeling less discouraged about finding the perfect clothing to make you feel GORGEOUS in whatever you decide to wear. My goal is always that you find ways to make yourself more confident, always.
Where do you like to shop for your summer clothes?? Let me know in the comments below!