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What Is Modest Dressings

What is wordly dressing? How will you define that a person is not modestly dressed considering culture and all the rest?

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If a person is showing too much clevage, or if a skirt is so short you see a person's you know what, or if a man is dressed half naked, or like I saw, a man in my church came with short short black shorts on and a fish net top that didn't cover his chest. I thought that was a disgrace. Anything that shows part of the body that is NOT supposed to be exposed in public is worldly dressing in my opinion only.
---Donna9759 on 10/8/08


Don't worry about what someone else wears. You're not really called upon to have an opinion about the degree of modesty--or immodesty--someone else's attire displays.

Just make sure that YOU are modestly dressed.
---Jack on 10/6/07


Food for thought: (very controversial)
Does modesty (1 Tim. 2:9) equal dress code?
Is Paul talking about modesty in the context of sexuality? or is he talking about flaunting in general? How do we know?
What does the "entire" verse say?
---JohnE on 3/23/07


As someone who lives in Africa, I agree with you, Alan. Enforcing decency codes in the past has actually damaged the church's reputation here to some extent, and I am glad to say that missionaries around the world now try to spend time getting to know and understand the culture they find themselves in, instead of making judgement calls.
---laure5759 on 11/5/06


I remember having discussions many months ago with Elder (and let's go on praying for him and his family) about people living in the tropics, who have very minimal clothing, because of the heat.
And there is no embarrassment, or lust, caused by the fact that there, women go ... (hush!!) ... topless
Elder didn't agree, but I don't think a universal decency code can be imposed ...it depends on the culture of the place and of the time
---alan8869_of_UK on 11/4/06




mikefl - I agree with you. I was also taught not to let my underwear show. It really shocks me the number of women (never mind men (read youths)) who do not do this! It is not something I like to see. To me it means sloppy dressing - and bad manners.
---laure5759 on 11/4/06


My momma always tol' me not to go outside dressed like I was in my underwear. I guess that would be showing "too much" in my opinion. It is amazing how many people go out in public wearing "outer garments" that cover less or are as sheer as underwear... If a person has to keep a hand between their knees when sitting I think their dress is too short. If they have to put their hand on their neck when bending, their top is too open. Is that a duh?
---mikefl on 11/3/06


Modest dress is clothing that is not at an extreme. Clothing that is not extremely: expensive, revealing, conservitive, flashy, there is a long list. Clothing should not say anything about you except that you love God and respect yourself. (ultra conservitive Clothing detracts attention from God just as much as "sexy" clothing does)
---Jared on 11/2/06


Helen - and which body parts are those? Who determines which should and should not be showing?
---laure5759 on 11/2/06


A Christian woman is dressed appropriately when she does not have any body parts showing that shouldn't be showing.
---Helen_5378 on 11/2/06




I live in South Africa, and it gets very hot in the summer. I wear strappy tops. Is there a problem with this?

You see, I prefer not to cook in the heat. I'd rather strip than cook. But as stripping is not allowed, I go for the next best thing - light clothing.
---laure5759 on 11/2/06


Candice, I don't think you have to go to that extreme in dressing. If you dress conservatively and act like I Christian I don't think you would attract the wrong men. Some of the women in this world dress provocitively to attract men. I think they don't have any self-esteem. I can not see anything wrong in wearing slacks. I myself prefer not to wear the kind of slacks that zip down the front. I think a dressy blouse and a skirt that doesn't come above the knees is perfectly fine.
---Norma7374 on 11/1/06


To me I wear clothing the Mennonite culture makes w/o the cape attached like the Amish. I donot wear flashy outfits to decieve others, btw I can do things in a dress just like when I wore pants. Modesty is having layers of clothing that doesn't show off things to attract the opposite sex& make them fall. you dress for God not for society.
---candice on 11/1/06


Culture is worldly. Each country has it's own culture. Each state has it's own culture. Each city has it's own culture. And there are cultures within cultures. If the culture was defined as wearing body piercings and tatoos, is that Biblical? The Bible is very detailed about clothing. If it wasn't so, it wouldn't be in the Bible, would it?
---Steveng on 10/31/06


Often dress is in relation to the culture. For example: As part of our evangelical outreach, we used prenatal training. Since exercises were part of the training, including leg lifts, to wear a skirt would have been ridicules. Once in a while a pastor would take the course with his pregnant wife, and forbid her to wear pants or shorts. That's not a proper adjustment to the culture. Granted, you can go to far. The rule of thumb I have use for years is, be attractive but not an attraction.
---wivv on 10/31/06


Modestly dressed to me would mean dressed so as not to arouse lust in people.But this is just my opinion because a person could be dressed modestly to me, and just because that person isn't arousing lust in ME that doesn't mean it's the same for somebody else.
---sue on 10/31/06


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When you're dressed in a fashion that would cause a man or woman to fall. When there's more hanging out than hanging in. When you're 40 years old, dress like you're 18. When you're 18, your entire middle and chest are showing but you have a necklace on. Your skirt hangs just below your undies. When your blouses are sheer, but by golly, it's purdy. Or like my former coworker, who bragged she was going "Commando". No undies at all.
---Raine on 10/31/06


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