Modest fashion is generating considerable attention, and a lot of people comment on its (allegedly) ties to beliefs, morals, ideologies and so on…
Some individuals can draw a very explicit connection between modest fashion and religion. Others perceive modest fashion as an art. An inclusive art combining modesty and modernity to achieve a contemporary and playful style far from being boring and emancipating from religious traditional codes. “Luxurious”, “Small prices”, “Expensive”, “Second-hand”, “Freedom”, “Conventions” “Classic” “Modern”… as antithetical as they can be, all these terms are used by fashion professionals to depict the concept of modest fashion.
Yes, the definition of modest fashion is very eclectic. In fact, there is no unique definition of modest fashion; rather, it exists as many definitions as human beings on this earth, if not more.
Along with our willingness to open discussion on modest fashion and drive this dialogue forward, we previously shared
Today let’s explore the meaning of modest fashion through the lenses of fashion professionals.
Opinions of Fashion Professionals About Modest Fashion
“Personally, I don’t seek to dress modestly for any religious or cultural reasons.
I think clothing under the “modest” umbrella is starting to have a more global impact because modest designers are modernizing the types of fabrics and cuts for a global audience. The woman that wants to wear modest clothes is also very much a Phoebe Philo for Céline woman: attention to cuts, fabrics, dresses for herself, wants to look powerful and fashionable.
I think the impact will be huge when more designers approach the subject like Hana Tajima for Uniqlo :
give it the Modest label so women who need that feel comfortable, but break the mold by focusing on modern style, cut, and fabrics so that the clothes are seen as a
Caroline G. – Creative Direction, Brand Strategy & Content Creation
“Modest fashion is about who you are, is a sign of self- confidence…you don’t need to impress other with sexy clothes…you can impress them with your personality and knowledge…the gift is always more important than packaging and people with modest fashion they feel they are gifted with uniqueness and success.”
Mohamed K. – Brand Team Leader BVLGARI at Qatar Luxury Travel Retail
“For me modest fashion is elegance, priceless, luxurious and expensive. It’s about revealing your dignity and feeling beautiful at the same time without revealing skin! Most women such as Kate Middleton,
Jennifer P. – Fashion Professional
“If I have to be honest I don’t think I have enough knowledge in modest fashion to allowed myself to give a judgment.
For what I could hear and see, it seems to me that also modest fashion is looking for new reality and modern vibes. Women and girls are open and
From here the reason why brands are ‘obliged’ more and more to look at the needs and the differences of other cultures (not only the European one), and so the growth and the development of new young fashion reality as the modest one.”
Michelle C. – Freelance Fashion Coordinator
“When I hear modest fashion, I have two considerations that come to my mind.
First of all modest fashion sounds like a small prices fashion – the most fashionable and trendiest products at the best price.
Second of all, modest means as well the idea to be discreet – so modest fashion would be in that case how to be fashionable by remaining low-key (for religious or social matters for instance).”
Marion S. – Freelance Writer
“For me modest fashion is about pureness and elegance. Clean lines and plain colors to put the emphasis on women’s natural beauty. Modest fashion is also about a simple way to dress to feel good. Less is always more ? I would also say that the essence of every woman is powerful enough to exist without too many eccentric looks or details. The highest quality of the fabrics generally offers comfortable clothes for people’s wellness.”
Anne-Sophie C. – Journalist
“Fashion is an art and art it’s a concept. No matter what we will say or do all parts of fashion
Bartlomiej B. – Model’s agent
“Modest fashion is the style in which everyone feels at ease with respect to their own principles – be they religious, cultural
Fabiana M. – Freelance Journalist and PR
“Modest fashion in our understanding is an opportunity to be yourself, to preserve values, while remaining your own in the modern metropolis. Modest fashion is designed to demonstrate the ability to look stylish and modern without having to give up the usual modesty to those who follow it in their personal philosophy of life or in the rules of their cultural traditions.”
Founders of Russia. Modest Fashion Week
“By my opinion modest fashion is the style which is in the context of today but in the same time little bit classic or not very extravagant.
It is something you can wear in different occasions but always be stylish and elegant: on the party, at work, on the streets, in the morning and at the evening.
But definitely not boring, it should be either interesting fabric or print, or interesting cut or shape”
Alina N. – PRNEWS.IO
“Modest fashion, new trend or lifestyle?
If we consider that fashion only makes sense when it comes from the street, one thing is obvious, the style of a person beyond his passion for a brand/brands, is often representative of his lifestyle, his personality and his culture.
Thus, modest fashion is far from being an eye-catching fashion. That’s why I’ve been thinking about an anagram, which in my opinion includes all facets of “Modest Fashion”:
Modern, Origin, Decency, Essential, Serious, Trend. “
Laurent S. – Fashion & Interior Designer. La Main Dans Le Sac Paris
“I work for a vintage fashion brand and to me, modest fashion is ultimately simplifying and embracing a sustainable vision when shopping clothing. We are very much aware of the footprint our industry is sadly carrying with it and as customers who make decisions on what to wear every day, it is our call that to prevent this from happening as much as possibly can. Therefore, second-hand garments or as I like to say pre-loved, upcycling or repairing things we already own contributes to that modest approach to fashion.”
Blanca R. – Fashion Stylist and Writer
“The beat of the modest fashion has a lot of meanings and implications:
1. For the industry, the relevance of this target of consumers is undeniable. Designers, brands
2. It is a signal of the voice of a woman who is proud of her roots and wants to take part of the contemporary society. Style and fashion are a vindication for every man and woman. But regarding the modest target, its impulse demonstrates a cultural evolution very significant.
3. The more diversity actively plays in fashion, the more they contribute to push and enrich the industry by providing new models; reinforces the creativity of designers and
4. The luxury one is probably the first one in suffering the impact of modest consumers. The exquisiteness and heritage of many Haute Couture and luxury brands have experienced how their sales have survived thanks to this target.
5. Fashion is art; thus, culture. The artisans roots are something really beautiful to maintain and learn.
As you see, my vision is quite positive.”
Mabel Gago – Fashion Consultant
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