So when it comes to Traditional Catholic modesty, I have a question.
I wear skirts knee-length or below every day, and usually elbow length sleeves. I am pretty happy wearing very modest attire (especially as I love historical fashion, skirts are honestly my favorite). However, I have come to realize that as winter approaches, this is becoming less and less practical. I started dressing this way last June, so I haven’t come across this problem before.
So, more or less I have two choices. I can either begin wearing full-length skirts, or jeans. Logic would say that ankle-length skirts are more modest since they cover more skin. But honestly, my judgment is telling me that jeans are the more modest of the two. Since modesty varies by culture, and jeans are the traditional costume of this culture, it makes sense to choose jeans over very long skirts. Right?
I have plans to go shopping for a good pair of loose-fitting (but not baggy) jeans, to wear with modest sweaters and jackets. Do you think this is the right decision? I know many traditional Catholics who wear jeans sometimes (although skirts are naturally the preferred attire), but I wanted to get some other opinions before continuing.
I should probably admit - wearing more socially acceptable clothing is a factor in my decision. I do love skirts, but it’s difficult to wear long, old-fashioned clothing every day while people around you stare questionably. I am blessed to attend a high school well known for being extremely accepting of all sorts of people, but it’s still hard. I will always make long skirts my preferred attire, but it would make me feel a lot more accepted to mix it up with jeans and other forms of more modest, but modern fashion as well.