Transitioning into a Modest Wardrobe

March 29, 2017

I decided to dress significantly more modestly on August 19th, 2013... and after 20 years of building a booty-short and tank-top filled wardrobe, my broke college self had to revamp pieces I already owned into ensembles that fit my new lifestyle. Here I am three years later, still building my modest wardrobe, but I have picked up some tips and tricks that have definitely helped me along the way. I hope they can help you too!

  1. Basic long sleeve shirts. One of the best ways to keep your short sleeved pieces is to throw a thin plain long sleeve shirt underneath it. these could be found at your basic local chain clothing stores.
  2. Simple cardigans. There are these simple and thin cotton cardigans made in every color. some women prefer this look to layering long sleeve t-shirts. Also if you are looking for looser coverage on your curves, I would suggest this option.
  3. When all you need are sleeves. If it is hot as bleep outside but you still need arm coverage, a clever trick I learned is to cut off the sleeves of a plain old long sleeve shirt (make sure it's a tight shirt so the sleeves don't move around your arms) and throw them on under your outfit. You could always actually attach them to your no-sleeve shirt but let's face it, that's time-consuming. Also, having the sleeves as separate pieces allows you to wear them multiple times before washing and mix and match them depending on the outfit. Think of it as socks... but for your arms.
  4. The headscarf. If wearing some sort of head coverage is now a part of your wardrobe, I highly suggest trying out a few different scarf materials to figure out which is most comfortable for you. When I started wearing a headscarf, I immediately ran to the mall and bought a bunch of scarves in different patterns that I wanted. I didn't end up wearing some of them just because the material was so uncomfortable. There are some great online "hijabi" stores that sell good quality, comfortable, and awesomely-designed scarves.
  5. Shopping in the men's section: sometimes you just need to throw on a shirt and some pants and head over to the grocery store. You don't want to sit there trying to layer and piece together an outfit. I suggest getting a few basic pieces: long sleeve loose shirt, flowy pants, etc. I would shop in the men's section for these items because a simple v-neck in the women's section would have too large of a neck-hole or be too tightly cinched at the waist and might feel uncomfortable if you are trying to dress modestly. On the other hand, clothing from the men's section can be boxy, especially at the shoulders.

These simple steps should provide a foundation for your modest wardrobe- good luck!




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