My thoughts exactly!
In African countries like ours, there are endless discussions on how people should dress modestly, and similarly, complaints on how ‘the youth of today’ dress, to no end. This is too short, this is too low, this is too tight, gosh!
A few weeks ago, my parish church introduced a mandatory dress code for all to follow during mass. No wearing t-shirts with a lot of writings, no jeans, no sagging trousers. Men aren’t allowed to come with plaited hair or wearing earrings.
And the women? No skirts above the knee, no wearing trousers, no tank tops, no sleeveless blouses, no plunging necklines, no figure hugging dresses etc.
God knows what the fuss is all about. It’s not like 90% of the women come all dressed up; it’s a very small minority. But then, we just can’t get it in our minds that there are bigger fish to fry. And we have a lot of issues.
And, if a man wears earrings, does it mean he won’t inherit the kingdom of heaven? (here, a man wearing earrings or plaiting is considered by some as embracing you-know-what).
My advice to all is to dress smartly according to the place you’re supposed to go. If you think the place you’ll go frowns on lots of skin on show then cover up.
Answering your question, it’s subjective. Here you can wear a short skirt and go to the mall or to a friends party, or certain offices, and no one bats an eyelid. But never try that in an open air market or some government offices. So everyone has his own perception on what’s modest, really.