Friday, August 26, 2011

Duggars on Modesty

A Public Expression of Modest Femininity
Do you think they've achieved that goal in this photo?

I love meeting people who are courageous and content in modesty. I've been remotely-introduced to these happy, beautiful young ladies whom a TV channel finds interesting enough to make multiple programs about and whom viewers find fascinating. The American family have also published two books which I found to be complete page-turners.

"The Duggars: 20 and Counting"* recounts some of the questions asked by viewers about the way the girls dress, and includes answers from the Duggar parents or their daughters.

e-Mail to the Duggars
Q: Do your daughters always wear long dresses? Why?
A: First, we want to stress that this is our family's practice. We don't put our conditions on other people or tell others what they should wear. Our standards of modesty are based on personal prayer and Bible study. We want to attract others' interest to our faces and our character, rather than to our bodies. For us, that means long pants for the boys and long skirts for the girls and no low-cut tops. Amazingly, some of our older children have developed stronger convictions about dress standards than we have.

Here's a question of which I've heard many variations. I love how 16-year-old Jessa responded to it. (Click image to enlarge.)

*Books available from stores like,, and

Click here to enjoy photos of the Duggar girls and cute girl-outfits. Jessa and Jinger are the family experts on how to dress modernly-modest, and most of their shopping is done at thrift stores. Notice how they use layering.

Thank you, Duggars, for sharing your life with the world!
Their second book, "A Love that Multiples"*, includes modesty links in the Resources section. I had a browse and am delighted to add to Boutique Narelle's recommended stores list.

This resource link answered a question I'd been longing to ask the Duggar girls: What is that garment you're wearing under your t-shirts?

After studying photos of the way the girls dress, I deciphered that they have access to a layering garment I've never seen in New Zealand or in any online store to date. It has more shoulder coverage than a camisole. It has a crew-neck like a t-shirt, but no sleeves. Its hem is at hip level, so it's not a tee-neck/dickie/modesty panel.

You can purchase them from or plus sizes sister-store The store calls the garment a tank, but it's quite unlike the tanks available here which are nothing more than glorified singlets. My description is a sleeveless crewneck tee.

Wearing two layers of cotton knit won't be a comfortable solution for hot climates (or those that have summer without air-conditioning). It's a wonderful modesty fixer for mild climates, and it might mean you can wear those pretty blouses made of sheer fabric.

If you'd like to find out more about the fascinating, inspirational Duggar family, their website is I browsed the tab labelled Dynamic Daughters and found this awesome video titled What Guys Think About Modesty.

That led me to this message below, also by C.J. Mahaney. They're the best multi-media presentations on modesty that I've yet come across: visually and auditorily attractive, with a riveting, humble message presented in a professional manner. It's great to have such tools to help us live modestly and to graciously share with others why we do so.

Ladies, What Do Your Clothes Say About You?

I still have a question for the Duggar ladies: How do you get your hair kinky like that?

Friday, August 19, 2011

Where to Find Modest Skirts

Are you looking for modest skirts? 
This catalogue of stores may solve your shopping worries.

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In case viewing YouTube videos isn't something you can do easily, we've listed below the stores and websites featured in the promotion.

Annie Lantz, Australia. Not an online store, but the garments they design are worth getting on their mailing list for. Phone or fax to order their free catalogue. Australian Freecall 1800 817 402 / NZ Freecall 0800 722 203, USA, Ballentynes, New Zealand, USA, Style J, USA, Australia, New Zealand, USA, Australia, New Zealand, online retail around the world, wholesale in USA, Canada, Europe, Australia, USA, USA, Australia & International, Australia, USA, Damart/Innovations, Australia, Damart/Innovations, New Zealand, USA

Friday, August 12, 2011

Modelling Modesty: Love Those Leathers

If you have a long sleeve t-shirt with a low neckline, you can fix this with a coordinating short sleeved t-shirt as Narelle has done below. You can use a contrasting colour, but be aware of two things: you don't want the under layer to look like underwear, and you don't want the contrast to draw attention to your shape -- i.e. sleeve hems level with your bust line.
Narelle usually goes for simple, uncluttered designs, so she surprised herself by choosing this printed t-shirt. She likes it because the print hides any hint of nipple, and the gold leafing and studs outlining butterflies are a la mode. One piece of modern styling can bring a whole outfit up to date.

Now add leather. Okay, so it's imitation leather, but oh baby, I feel good!
Billabong handbag and bonny boots complete the look. [Are you shocked we mentioned a label?! It was purchased on clearance and it's more durable than previous bags of higher price and greater obscurity. We all love a good buy, don't we?]
Below is a closeup of the skirt design. The lightly gathered flounce is attached to the lining. A pleated panel and split have been set into the side front seam.

Friday, August 5, 2011

Where to Find Modest Swimwear

Swimwear you won't want to get out of!
Do you love being in the water? I love swimming, but the difficulties of remaining covered, particularly being modest before entering the water and upon exit, have often excluded that particular fun from my activities.

I'm happy to announce that I've found a solution! I ordered a custom-made nylon lycra (spandex) swimsuit from Simply Modest Swimwear.

I haven't tested it in the water yet (a pool in the middle of a New Zealand winter doesn't attract me), but I have confidence it will meet my needs due to email discussions with Crystal at Simply Modest Swimwear and many satisfied comments from delighted customers at Simply Modest Swimwear on Facebook.

Love the colours! Love the silky feel! Love that my face, hands, and feet are the only places I'll need sunscreen! (Hate sunscreen!) The reef shoes aren't part of the package. I bought them at The Warehouse well before I had the swimsuit. Good match, eh?*

Simply Modest Swimwear features pull-on leggings and an easy-pull-on dress with double layered bodice. You can choose your fabric (see the BNTV swimwear video for a colourful array of ideas), and if you order a custom-made suit, you can specify the arm, leg, and skirt length, and anything else that your preference dictates. Crystal stocks a variety of gorgeous prints in quality 4-way stretch lycra, fabric which I have not been able to find in New Zealand.

Simply Modest Swimwear also offers swim shirts (think double layered rash vest), sew-your-own kits, and fabric and body care products to deal with the effects of chlorine or salt water and ensure your swimsuit lasts as long as possible.

My order from Simply Modest Swimwear achieved free shipping status, which was quite significant for a package travelling from Canada to New Zealand.

If you're hoping to enjoy the water this summer, now is the time to plan and save for your modest swimsuit. If your usual swim outfit is compiled from the racks of stores such as EziBuy, you can be sure that one modest swimsuit will be cheaper than board shorts, rash vest, and bikini pants and tank/bra to go under them.

Check it out now!

All prices at Simply Modest Swimwear are in US$. Here is an easy way for you to keep track of what you would be spending in your native currency: Currency Calculator.

*Health Note: Narelle is not an example of a healthy height/weight ratio. She suffers from a hijacked gut, meaning her body has been forced to make do with starvation rations. Under GP direction, she's on an extensive (natural) treatment program, and dreams of being fat and well favoured like Pharoah's kine.

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