Modesty is the quality of a person’s being that is demonstrated or shown by his/her moderate and unassuming style of dress and behavior. Modesty is most commonly associated with how a person dresses, particularly that of women or girls, but it is a broader virtue of one’s personality.
As a Christian, your behavior sets the tone for how others see you and your faith.
Being modest in your appearance is just as great a witness to those around you as your words. One issue many non-Christians have with believers is that they tend to be hypocritical. If you are preaching purity and modesty to others while wearing revealing clothes you may be seen as a hypocrite. By being modest you allow people to see your inner faith rather than your outer appearance.
1 Peter 2:12 – “Be careful to live properly among your unbelieving neighbors. Then even if they accuse you of doing wrong, they will see your honorable behavior, and they will give honor to God when he judges the world.”
Discernment is always necessary when shopping for clothes. One way to discern if an outfit is modest is to ask yourself why you are buying it. Is it something you like or is it designed to draw attention to yourself? Are you buying the outfit to attract the opposite sex?
What type of attention are you seeking?
Remember, it is not Christian to tempt others through your dress, so if it is something revealing or you find that people are getting the wrong impression though your clothing then it may be good to evaluate that piece with a discerning heart. There is plenty of great clothing available for Christian teens that are both modest and fashionable.
It is not a sin to like nice clothes, but it is a sin when that desire for fashion becomes more important than your faith.
1 Timothy 2:9 – “And I want women to be modest in their appearance. They should wear decent and appropriate clothing and not draw attention to themselves by the way they fix their hair or by wearing gold or pearls or expensive clothes.”
1 Peter 3:3-4 – “Your beauty should not come from outward adornment, such as braided hair and the wearing of gold jewelry and fine clothes. Instead, it should be that of your inner self, the unfading beauty of a gentle and quiet spirit, which is of great worth in God’s sight.”
Although this article is referring to Christianity and Modesty, I believe a classy woman or young lady should always be mindful of their clothing, their appearance, as well as their behavior. How you carry yourself speaks volumes about who you are as a person.
ENCOURAGE YOURSELF: Note that what you wear doesn’t determine, who you are. The truth of who you are, is about the true content of your heart. God looks at the heart, where as men look at the outer person. Don’t trouble yourself with the thoughts or opinions of men; but be true to the only Wise God Our Savior!