It's exciting to see how the modest fashion movement is growing nowadays, where many styles are becoming classier and more conservative. Although we often correlate the modest fashion movement with Muslims, there’s also a rise of women from other faiths that encourage modest dressing and seek out stylish ways to cover-up.
Two days ago, my friend sent me an article about modest fashion bloggers. Surprisingly, I found out that it’s not just Muslim women making moves in the modest fashion world; there’s a big number of Christian and Jewish women blogging and designing too! Fashion can be a tool to build relationships across different religions and we see this with women from Islamic, Jewish, and Christian backgrounds, who find common ground in their desire to dress fashionably without disobeying their faiths’ call for modesty.
I learned that dressing modestly is not restricted to women in Islam who wear the hijab. Women in Christianity and Judaism are also required to dress properly and in a humble way which is apparent through the rise in maxi skirts, long sleeves dresses, high neckline tops and palazzo pants that do not display the shape of the body and are not transparent.
As a Muslim girl, I always refer to what the Prophet Muhammad (S) said,“Modesty and faith are interlinked, if either of them is lacking, the other is lacking.” Thus, modesty is an act of faith and obedience to God. It's quite refreshing to hear young girls of all faiths say that there’s something more attractive about covering up, and not succumbing to the "if you've got it, flaunt it" attitude. On top of that, conservative clothing is getting its time in the limelight from platforms like Instagram and Pinterest, where women can show off their innovative looks and inspire thousands of other girls.
Let's keep this modesty movement going and not let it be just another fashion fad. With its strong connection to faith, I'm confident that we can truly make a change in the way young women think about dressing and feel about their bodies.
Lamya is a 23 year old finance graduate with a passion for fashion who seeks to show a beautiful image of Islam through the hijab. She believes in an individual’s self expression of faith through dress. She is a self-taught designer who strives to create stylish looks that make the hijab modern, approachable and chic. Be sure to check out her blog where she aims to show the world that Muslim ladies are modern, stylish, powerful and strong and follow her on Instagram @theveiledbeauty_.