A Guide to Modest Dressing

Whether you prefer to dress modestly for personal preference or for your faith, we know how tricky it can be. Finding those key pieces that will cover enough skin, look stylish and feel comfortable is easy when you know where to look. In recent years we’ve seen runway designers and the A-list alike taking their fancy to the modest way of dressing, ditching the mini skirts and midriffs for more covered up looks. Here’s our run-down of the wardrobe essentials for modest dressing.



#1 What does modest dressing mean?

Modest dressing can mean something different to everyone, but in essence modest dressing means the covering up to varying degrees as personal preference. This can be for a range of reasons from your personal style to religious and ethnic beliefs.

#2 Wardrobe essentials for modest dressing women

#3 Modest dressing influencers

The Midi-Dress

The midi-dress really is a saviour for all occasions, throw on when you’re in a hurry, look chic and have no fear that too much skin is on show. Coming in endless styles and designs some of our favourite labels are leading the way when it comes to the midi-dress. If the dress is finished with a sweetheart or plunging neckline, layer a polo neck or light t-shirt underneath.  Here are our top picks.

Longline Skirts


Longline skirts add an air of sophistication to your look, and with so many different styles available from slip skirts to wrap skirts and beyond, the choice is yours. For a chic edge team with a tucked in t-shirt, oversized blazer and some chunky sandals. Alternatively, keep it simple with an oversized t-shirt, denim jacket and sneakers for that every day cool look.


Blouses are perfect for their versatility when it comes to your modest dressing pieces. They’re great as they come, but also give you multiple styling options with their button down fastening. Layer t-shirts and polo necks underneath and undo a few buttons to add an edge to your look. Here are some of our favourite blouses for layering.



A two-piece isn’t only a hero item in your modest dressing wardrobe, it’s a must-have for every wardrobe. For instant chic, matching jacket and trouser pants will make you feel as powerful and confident as you look. Teamed with sneakers for more casual settings or mules for more formal occasions, the two-piece is an investment you won’t regret.

Oversized Shirts

oversized shirts are another key piece giving you plenty of styling options. Allowing multiple layering over dresses, t-shirts and polo necks – practically anything in your wardrobe really.

Wide Leg Pants

Achieving a relaxed silhouette and for ultimate comfort, wide leg pants are a staple item for modest dressing. Swapping your straight or skinny leg for a wide leg pant will give your look a slight 90’s edge. Team with a strappy or chunky sandal and cardigan for a feminine touch.


Words by Emma Bowkett

Emma Bowkett

Emma Bowkett

Writer and expert