How To: Stay Modest This Summer | A Checklist

Updated: May 16, 2019

It’s so hard to be modest in the summer girl, I see you!!! It feels like you’re destined to wear Bermuda shorts (😨😭🤮) or sweat through your jeans.

Well I’m here to tell you that you’re WRONG.

As a personal stylist specializing in modest clothing, I knew [my marketing girl Bobbie told me], I had to come up with something to help guide you in the summer months.

Repeat after me, you.can.dress.cute.and.modest.without.being.frumpy. 👏🏻

Here’s how...

Let’s start with the tops.

1. A Tie-Top

Not only are tie tops super trendy at the moment, but they are super flattering for most body types! It’s like a French tuck without having to tuck! The knot pulls in the waist making you look snatched where it matters.

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Tie Top

2. Stripped Bell-Sleeve Top

No, it doesn‘t have to be striped. But those are definitely on freaking trend at the moment… prob because they’re so cute!

The bell-sleeves are great because they make the sleeve looser, so the shirt is long and doesn’t clench your arm but at the same time adds a cute flirty look to your otherwise basic top.

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Striped Bell-Sleeve Top

3. Ruffle Sleeve Top

Can you tell I just hate when shirts touch my arms? I really hate it, and most women I talk to agree with me. The ruffle sleeve top is the perfect solution. No need for a tank top when your sleeves are so flowy they almost create their own breeze!

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Ruffle Sleeve Top

4. A Loose Graphic Tee

This can be like a casual version of number one, if you tie it at the waist. A graphic tee is a fun and cute way to express yourself and your personality. Spring/Summer ’19 fashion totally permits dressing up graphic tees! Pair them with anything [ skirt at church or distressed jeans for a date ].

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Loose Graphic Tee

Next up, Skirts.

1. The Button-Up Midi Skirt

I mean, we’re talking about modesty so all of these skirts are going to be midi skirts. But the buttons are just fun!! They don’t add a style hack, they’re just freaking fun, young, and cute.

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Button-Up Midi Skirt

2. Animal Print/Leopard Print Skirt

It’s nothing new that animal print has been taking over since October 2018. I’m sure you’ve seen your favorite Pinterest star rocking this look, so go for it! Doesn’t have to be leopard though, I just made myself a mean looking cow-print skirt 🤷🏻🐮

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Animal Print Leopard Skirt 

3. Pop of Color A-Line Skirt

It’s not by accident my style packs include a pop of color in the form of a skirt. I love a good, loud a-line. Why? Maybe because traditionally they’re muted and boring, and I want to take back modesty. Or maybe just because they make you look long and like you have your life together. Either one.

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Pop of Color A-Line Skirt

4. Distressed Denim Skirt

A midi-length denim skirt is something I fought off for a long time. But I’ve finally given in and decided they can be cute if they’re done right! The perfect paring is a tied loose graphic tee!

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Distressed Denim Skirt

Thank u, NEXT. Let’s talk dresses.

1. The T-Shirt Dress

Seriously girl, if you don’t have one of these already, WHAT ARE YOU DOING?!

T-shirt dresses are perfect for summer because they’re basically the same length as your Bermuda’s that you threw out (RIGHT?!) were. Short enough to let you feel the freeing breeze, long enough to do what they gotta do. Most brands make their t-shirt dresses in every color, so the possibilities are endless.

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T-Shirt Dress

2. Lace Over-Lay Dress

Yes, we’re gettin’ fancy. I LOVE the elegant and chic look of a nice over-lay dress. It says, ‘summer in the Hamptons on a budget’ to me.

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Lace-Overlay Dress

3. Trumpet-Sleeve Midi Dress

Basically, if the bell-sleeve top and t-shirt dress had a baby, this would be it. All the same benefits, combined into one!

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Trumpet Sleeve Midi Dress

4. Button-Up Midi Dress

We’re not all skirt girls, I get that. That’s why I gotta shout out the button-up dress along with the button-up skirt. Buttons are just young, trendy, and fun! Wearing the dress version avoids any of the bunching between the top of skirt and the over-hang of the tucked in shirt.

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Button-Up Midi Dress

Lastly, pants.

Because sometimes we actually have to wear them.

1. Flowy Wide Leg Pants

If you want to wear pants, this is your best, modest, alternative. So cute, so many patterns, colors, and fabrics to choose from. Same great breeze we’ve been talking about.

Disclaimer: if you’re worried about your butt looking flat, make sure you get a pair with a thick waistband to give your mid-section definition.

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Flowy Wide-Leg Pants

2. Black and White Vertical Striped Pants

Yes, these are just the flowy wide leg pants but with a black and white striped pattern. You know why? Your legs will look miles and miles long!

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Black and White Vertical Stripe Pants 

3. Distressed “Mom Jeans”

I’m going to be candid, these are not for everyone. But, they are an alternative to skinny jeans or even ankle cut jeans that may give you swass all summer long. The cut of 'mom jeans' is surprisingly flattering for most bodies, and the loose/stretchy fit squeezes in some cool summer air!

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Distressed "Mom Jeans"

4. Knee-Hole Black Jeans

Putting on a pair on black skinny or ankle-cut jeans might not keep you that cool, but they will keep you looking so flirty and young! Every girl needs a pair for every season. Black is never not flattering.

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Knee Hole Black Jeans

I seriously hope you found this helpful! Always feel free to reach out on "Let's Chat!", Instagram DMs or via email! (

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