I am unclear over whether or not it is sinful to look at immodest clothing for the sake of the clothing, not the immodesty.
For example, I love to watch Project Runway. I love watching the creative design process and all the work that goes into making a beautiful original outfit. Obviously, the majority of the clothes produced there are immodest, since it is modern fashion and the judges tend to really stress sexiness. But it’s not about the sexiness to me. I love designing and sewing clothing, and I think it’s both interesting and helpful to see clothing designed by legitimate professionals.
Or, what about merely TV shows in which there is immodesty? For example one of my favorite shows is Once Upon a Time. If you’ve ever seen it, you’re probably familiar with the clothing that they dress their villains in. You’re not a real bad guy if you have more than 60% of your boobs covered up. It’s not like I watch the show for the purpose of seeing scantily clad women; I like the storyline, I like the plot, and I think that all the clothing, even the evil costumes, has wonderful artistic merit despite the severe cleavage. It’s a good show, but would you say that the immodesty ruins it?
I’m not trying to be scrupulous. I’m not sure if it comes off that way. But I’ve seen this discussed before and, well, I don’t know. It’s certainly impossible to get away from immodesty, but how far are we supposed to go to avoid it?