Making Modesty Your Own by Heather

Hello you lovely Clothed Much readers! I’m Heather from Life of a Passeri, and I am absolutely thrilled to be here!

So I’ve been waiting for some great wave of inspiration to wash over me and tell me what to say to rock your modest fashion world. I mean have you seen Elaine? ‘Cause if you didn’t know, she’s kind of a big deal. So here’s what I came up with:

I like feeling pretty.

Earth shattering right?

When I feel like myself, like I own my style, I feel pretty. There was a time though, that I didn’t feel like I could really look fashionable or “pretty” in modest clothes. I felt like what I wore and what was “in style” were completely irreconcilable.

I didn’t know how to own my style. I was so focused on how modesty prevented me from fitting in, I was missing the point:  my clothes should be less about others and more about me; how they make me feel, or represent me as a person. I should never think I have to fit into someone else’s mold.

I know, right?! How great is that?

So now, older and wiser, and sometimes to my husband’s distress, I’ve learned how to dress for myself and own my modest style. My “pretty” like my style is how I define it.

So here some of my tips on how to dress for yourself and spice up modest style to make it your own!

1. Find accents and accessories that are completely and uniquely you. Such as Steve, the Argentine fish purse:

2. Mix pieces you love that make you feel confident with ones you find exciting or a little outside your comfort zone. Like my favorite silk dress, paired with and unexpected top.

3. Play up your natural assets. I’ve embraced my dramatic frizz and curls by pairing them with big accessories and electric colors.

4. Don’t be afraid to pair something fancy with something not…fancy. Like classic pleats & stripes with a home-made necklace.

Hope you found these tips helpful! Feel free to come on over for more thoughts on how to feel pretty on your own terms. –Heather

Modest Can Be Marvelous! by Dani

Hi there Clothed Much readers! I’m Dani from The Daily Dani, and I’m so excited to be here talking modest style with you all!

Let me tell you, from the time I realized how important fashion and styling is to me, it seems that I also realized how important modesty is as well. I’m not sure I really picked up on this fact, though, until I got into the blogging world early this year, and compared (and often contrasted!) my style with those of the lovely ladies in the fashion blogosphere! I’ll admit, in the past (and maybe even sometimes now, on lazier days), I’ve been known to dress a bit on the “frumpy” side – in oversize tops or potato sack-esque shapeless shifts – in order to stay humble or reserved. However, with just a bit more effort, modesty can be absolutely marvelous! Here are 3 tips I have for staying fashionable, fun, and radiant while still maintaining modesty!

1. When in doubt, CINCH IT!

Whether you use a belt, ribbon, bow, or attached tie, modesty does not have to equal shapeless! Appropriately show the person you are proud to be by showing off your waist! Mixing longer sleeves and hemlines with a cinched waist will make you feel your best!

2. Don’t forget to ACCESSORIZE!

I’m talking scarves, bags, belts, bangles, and more! I never leave the house without my large menswear-style watch, a ring or 2, and my sunglasses! Accessories are a great way to draw attention to your style without being too aggressive. Cute pins, flowers, bows, and personal details let you express yourself in a fun and charming way!

3.  Play up your PRINTS!

Punch up modest tailoring and silhouettes with great prints! Stripes, florals, and ikats OH MY! Mixing up fun prints and patterns is a way to ensure that you’ll never be bored with your look! Whether you’re rocking 1 print at a time or 5, you’ll be sure to gain compliments for your cute, individualistic style!

Thanks for having me, Clothed Much! Stop by The Daily Dani to let me know how you punch up your modest style, and see how I continue to evolve mine!