Summer is here again – without a doubt, the most 'modestly challenged' season! When I was in the process of changing my style of dress and committing myself to dressing modestly, I was a bit anxious about how I was going to handle the summer. Wouldn't I simply boil if I didn't allow myself to walk around with bare shoulders anymore?
My first modest summer went surprisingly smoothly, much better than I expected! I always try to keep the following points in mind:
1. The type of fabric is what really matters. I wear long, flowing skirts and blouses from light cotton that let my skin breathe. It feels so much cooler than for example a tight strapless top from synthetic fabric.
2. By the way, tight clothes feel much hotter since they don't allow sweat to evaporate! I'm not saying we should all start wearing sacks. Gently fitting clothes will do.
3. Colors matter. Light colors are much less heat-absorbent than dark ones.
4. Along with sunscreen, clothes serve as protection from the sun! Do you know how Bedouins dress for example? You don't see them walking around wearing shorts! We could learn something from them.
Summer is not an excuse to compromise our modesty standards. On the contrary! It's the perfect time to show we don't have to conform to cultural standards in order to feel pretty and feminine. If you want to make a transition from pants to skirts and dresses, I think summer is the best season to do it. Wearing skirts is more common during the summer, so you can start right now, and then just continue with skirts and dresses. I did it this way, and it worked wonderfully for me.
Swimming suits are another sore point. So far, I haven't found a truly satisfactory solution (though Wholesome Wear has some offers which are definitely better than what you normally see in stores). I only swim when there are no people at all, and when I'm pretty sure no one is going to appear all of a sudden.
Ladies, I would like to ask you something. Have your convictions about modesty changed in the last couple of years, and if so, how?
I wish everyone a lovely, enjoyable and modest summer!