Given the slew of topics on modesty recently, I happened to watch the Women of Faith Conference from April 2013, and though Brenda Sharman of purefashion.com gave an excellent talk, especially with her background as a lingerie and apparel model.
They have a set of guidelines on their website, posted below, and I am curious what people think about them.
In our modern culture, which sometimes promotes an “all about me,” “look at me” mentality, Pure Fashion promotes balanced self confidence with a desire to love, serve and respect others. The Models are also given opportunities to love and serve others through outreach and mission projects, which cultivate the virtues of love and generosity of spirit. In addition, the young women will be taught how to sit, stand, and walk with grace and elegance as we realize that sometimes our actions speak louder than our words. And finally, they will be taught to think critically about the choices they make, the merchandise they buy, and the overall way in which they present themselves to the world.*
Always and Anywhere:
Necklines are four fingers below the collarbone. Material is opaque, not sheer, very thin, or spandex. Shirts draw attention to the face, not the bust line. They can be ruffled, be-jeweled, patterned, etc, but the bra is not seen in the back (if visible, the shirt is too tight). The back is covered: no strappy backs, halter, or backless garments. Tank tops are worn with a shirt, jacket, or sweater over them.
Can be form-fitting but not too tight, especially in the seat or thigh area. One should be able to pull pants away from the leg—and not just because the material is spandex (that doesn’t count). When the arms are straight down at the side, the bottom of the shorts is below the longest finger. Panty lines are not visible. If necessary, pantyhose or a “thigh shaper” can create a smooth appearance in the clothing.
Skirts are four slender fingers above the top of the kneecap. Be attentive to see if a slip is necessary.
From the waist up, dresses follow the shirt guidelines. Dresses need sleeves or two-inch wide straps. Wraps go nicely with dresses that have straps.
Undergarments should never become outer garments.
More Clothing Guidelines
On the runway
When modeling on a raised runway, hemlines appear much shorter, so skirts and dresses should be no shorter than at-the-knee length. Care must be taken when entering or exiting the stage in a skirt or dress. The brighter the better is a good rule for runway clothing. The audience is coming to see a show and bright clothing adds pizzazz. Heels are best on a runway. Ballet flats or wedge shoes do not show as well. Practice is needed to walk elegantly in heels. Heels that are too high detract from the overall impression of the model. First impressions are important. How do you want the audience to remember you? Dress accordingly. All clothing is always crisp, clean, and stylish in a Pure Fashion Show! Accessories can be colorful, flashy, extravagant, or tailored. Accessories add an important component to the overall impression of the outfit on stage.
On the job
When buying clothes and dressing to express your personal dignity as a young lady, remember to consider what you will be doing in them! People sit, stand, lean over, walk up stairs with others behind them, and sit at tables facing speakers, bosses, or teachers. How do your clothes or lack of clothes appear to someone seated alongside, above, and below you in all of your daily postures?
Blouses and shirts that are too loose can be as immodest as tight ones. If the neckline droops from the body when a woman bends over, everyone can see the body parts the blouse was designed to cover. If the armpit is too loose, think about the view of the person standing alongside. Blouses that button sometimes have see through gaps between the buttons, so if there is a side view to the inside, this may not be the blouse to buy or wear. Is the blouse too tight and comes unbuttoned easily? Wear a slip or tank top underneath. With arms lifted overhead when looking in the mirror, does the back or belly show? If so, a longer look or a layer underneath is necessary. Many of today’s V-necks have plunged to all new “lows.” They can even become more revealing when worn by young women of short or medium height. Layering ensures that private parts remain private.