Hey y’all! I was recently contacted with a beautiful guest post that I can’t wait to share with you all. (Plus I have another one coming soon!) Madi Grace composed an amazing list of 27 benefits for dressing modestly. I’m honored to be able to share it, and let me know what you think in the comments! ❤️
27 Benefits of Dressing Modestly
First of all, I just want to thank the fabulous Melani for letting me share with you today. It’s an honor! Thank you, Melani!
More than seventy-five percent of the people I see walking around town don’t dress themselves with dignity and respect. That means only twenty-five percent of them might know these twenty-seven benefits of dressing modesty I’m about to show you.
A lot of people think the only benefit of dressing modestly is that we’re glorifying God and pleasing Him. And while that’s an honor and a joy all in itself, there are so many other amazing benefits that come when you dress yourself like the priceless child of God you are.
When discussing these benefits with other like-minded Christian teenage girls, I was amazed to end up with a powerful list that makes dressing modestly the most simple and obvious choice in the world. Let’s dive right in!
Benefits of Dressing Modestly
1. You’re Obeying God
Obeying God? Great! … but how does that benefit us?
Deuteronomy 28:2 kicks off a powerful chapter with this: “You will experience all these blessings if you obey the Lord your God:” Then it launches into the next fourteen verses of incredible blessings for the children of God. Those blessings are made available to us today through Jesus.
The benefits of obeying the Lord are endless and too much to go into for now, but rest assured, obeying God is never something done in vain. God is a faithful rewarder of those who diligently seek Him and obey His Word!
2. You’re Honoring God
1 Samuel 2:30 states, “I will honor those who honor Me.” That is God’s promise to you! Instead of honoring society’s mold and their lies, you’re putting God and His commands first. You can bet your bottom dollar God sees that and will turn around and do the same for you.
3. You’re Representing the Kingdom of Heaven Well
2 Corinthians 5:20 says, “… We are Christ’s ambassadors.”
No matter what we do, as children of the Most High, we’re representing Him. We’re the only Bible most people will ever read.
We can check our hearts to find out whether we’re representing the Kingdom of Heaven well or poorly with our outfit choices. Dressing both nicely and modestly is an excellent way to represent the God we serve and Who provides our needs.
4. You’re Treating Yourself With Respect
How much do you truly value yourself? Do you clothe yourself like the priceless blood-bought child of God you are, or do you need the world’s / friends’ / a boy’s approval to determine your worth? It shows through your clothing choices.
5. You’re Setting a Godly Example
The last thing I would want to do is take advice from another believer who didn’t dress themselves with dignity and respect. Dressing modestly shows we know Whose we are and that we can help fellow believers along in this area.
6. You Don’t Look Like a Hobo
I don’t care how fashionable it seems or what the price tag is. Dressing without dignity just looks shabby, like you can’t afford a piece of clothing with enough fabric to properly cover yourself. I’ve never seen a modestly-dressed person who looked like a hobo in need of dignified clothing.
7. Modesty is Comfy
I just love wearing a T-shirt as opposed to a squeezing spaghetti-strap shirt. Pulling on a modest pair of jeans feels way more comfy than sporting Daisy Dukes would. And who wants to walk around all day wearing a short dress so tight it’s constricting your lungs?
8. Modesty is Freeing
Don’t you feel your greatest in outfits you can move around freely in without fear of flashing anyone?
I do a lot of photography for my blogs, so being able to bend or crouch down for different angles without being indecent is one less thing to worry about. Even when I took dance and gymnastics, wearing modest dance clothing allowed more freedom and moment than anything immodest stores had to offer.
9. Modesty is Sophisticated
It feels great to be able to look like a sophisticated, educated person just by respectful clothing choices instead of someone struggling to survive in the wild or someone with no self-respect.
10. Other People Respect You
Not only are you respecting yourself when you dress with dignity, but others respect you, too. 67% of guys ages 18-22 when polled said they felt uncomfortable when speaking to a woman dressed immodestly, and all of them from another survey said they had more respect for girls who respected themselves with their clothing choices.
11. You Glow in the Dark
In a world where only 31% of the population considers themselves Christians, what fun is it to fit in when we were born to stand out?
Dressing modestly takes a stand. It sets you apart as a beloved child of God. It draws a clear line between the way ambassadors of the Kingdom of Heaven do things and the way the world does things. We’re called to be lights in the darkness! (1 Peter 2:9)
12. You Attract the Right Kind of Friends
We don’t want friends who only like us because we fit in with them or attract them. Please. Let us dress modestly so we can become a magnet for friends who respect themselves just as much as we do.
13. You Display Your Confidence
As Melani has posted about before, modesty is not shame. It’s actually a shame to dress immodestly. When you dress yourself with dignity and respect, you’re displaying where your identity lies: Jesus. You know Whose you are. You don’t need the world’s / friends’ / a boy’s approval for confidence.
Proverbs 3:26 settles it: “For the Lord will be your confidence.”
14. You’re Always Appropriate at Every Event
Dressing like a hobo won’t really guarantee you comply with a dress code at a fancy event. While slacks or a skirt might be more appropriate for that fancy event than everyday jeans, of course, you can rest assured mini skirts will never be.
15. Modesty Never Goes out of Style
Maybe your modest outfits won’t be the highest height of fashion, but they’ll never be out of style. (And even if they were, I quite frankly wouldn’t care.)
Likewise, you don’t have to look like that eight-year-old with no fashion sense to be modest. (Even though eight-year-old me was thoroughly convinced my vintage clothing choices would be the greatest things on the market.) In addition to stylish pieces of modest clothing, you can always use scarfs, skirts, boots, jewelry, and accessories to dress up your modest look.
16. People Notice You for You
What’s the first thing people notice about you? Is it the way your humble spirit draws sinners to God? The way your eyes shine with God’s grace? How calming and encouraging your voice is?
Don’t let what’s meant for your future spouse to see be the first thing other people notice. Let people’s eyes be drawn to the One who lives inside you, not your body.
17. You Don’t Cause Others to Stumble
Remember those survey statistics we mentioned earlier? 67% of guys ages 18-22 felt uncomfortable when talking to immodestly-dressed women. Don’t be the one to give them another thing to fight.
18. Modesty is Considerate to Others
Dressing with dignity is not only considerate to guys, but to everyone. It’s a struggle to focus on the words someone is saying when you’re trying to find someplace else to politely keep your gaze at the same time.
19. People Take You Seriously
If you’re serious about who you are and what you do, you should look like it, too. When witnessing one-on-one to unsaved people, I’ve always felt there should be something different in the way I dress that makes them want to pay attention to the Gospel I have to share—not outrageous clothing that makes me look like a walking, talking joke.
20. Modesty is Professional
Can you imagine a businesswoman at a job interview wanting to be hired while looking like she’s been working at Hooters instead? Please. Wear something that indicates you know what you’re talking about.
21. You Dress for Where You Want to Go in Life
Professional or not, dress for where you want to go in life. Whether you want to write books, raise a family, flip burgers or flip houses, dress with dignity. Don’t look like a Hooters waitress if you want a career in being a worship leader.
22. It Compliments Other Things About You
No one is going to notice your lovely eye color or facial shape if you dress in a way that draws attention to other areas. Let your natural God-given beauty shine, not your privates.
23. You Never Have to Worry About Sending Mixed Signals
Sometimes I go to church and wonder “Now why in the world is she wearing that? That’s not a very smart way to get a husband.” Not all Christians know the benefits of dressing modestly. When you dress with respect, you never have to worry about sending mixed signals like that.
24. It’s a Mark of Wisdom and Maturity
You’ll notice that most times, older women don’t dress immodestly. Modesty is a mark of wisdom and maturity; you know Whose you are. You know how valuable you are. You know how plain senseless it is to dress in provocative ways.
You’re wise and mature enough to dress yourself with respect, even though you may be young.
25. It Honors Your Future Spouse
Gals, your future husband will really appreciate that you saved yourself for him.
26. You Avoid the Appearance of Evil
1 Thessalonians 5:22: “Abstain from all appearance of evil.” Don’t look like you’re involved in immoral activity, even if you aren’t. Stay away from anything that even looks like sin by dressing modestly.
27. You Never Risk a Wardrobe Malfunction
A few years ago, a famous woman was cheering at a sports game (looking like a shabby hobo no matter how expensive her outfit was). She pumped her fist to cheer and… whoops. Her undergarment completely fell out of her shirt on live television. The news channel that covered the event was fined massive amounts of money for indecency.
Sounds like a nightmare, doesn’t it? But not to worry. Modesty’s got you covered. (In both ways!)
Who knew? Not only are we obeying, honoring, and glorifying God by dressing with dignity, there are a ton of other benefits that making being modest a total no-brainer.
What’s your favorite benefit of dressing modestly? What would you add to the list?
Madison Grace is a blogger, writer, doll collector, and minister of the Gospel of Jesus Christ. In addition to traveling and speaking to youth, she blogs about living an undefeated lifestyle at madigrace.org, professional doll collecting at delightfulworldofdolls.com, and writing excellent moral fiction at madisongraceauthor.com.