Modest fashion has come a long way. Now taking the fashion industry by storm, modest dressing started as a trend among Muslim women to strike a balance between reasons of faith and being stylish. Influenced by social media and the socio-cultural beliefs of each country, modest fashion and its definition have become more diverse depending on the level of one’s comfortability.
In her article about modest fashion, writer Hannah Almassi quoted Reina Lewis, professor of cultural fashion, London College: “Modest fashion as a term, as a market term, came to prevalence in the mid-2000s, and this was partly because a number of the brands that first started up came from designers and creative entrepreneurs who were themselves religiously motivated.”
Though inspired by religious beliefs, modest fashion is reaching its momentum in this generation where a growing number of young people identify as spiritual rather than religious. Meaning, modest dressing is all about choices–from choosing the pieces that resonate with your personality, to creatively styling them in an extremely fashion-forward manner to the degree of covering up parts of your body. In other words, modest fashion is a form of self-expression without sacrificing one’s religious beliefs
The modest dressing has gained popularity in mainstream media due to its inclusive nature and overall cool aesthetic. It embraces big shapes, covered-up silhouettes, and creative layering. What started as a religious movement is now a style staple for women of every color, shape, size, and background.