Modest but Chic: What Should You Wear to a Modest Party?
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When faced with an event where you must dress conservatively or modestly yet look sophisticated and put-together, you face a challenge. You need to find elegant, modest dresses so you have a choice of what to wear.
The simple fashion technique of layering helps you solve your problem. You find a dress you love by a designer you adore and layer items under and/or over it to suit the occasion.
For example, you need to attend a wedding hosted by conservative individuals, but your favorite designers' lines only feature non-conservative dresses this season.
Shop vintage after doing an Internet search to find seasons the design house designed more conservatively. You might find a Nina Ricci evening gown that features sheer long sleeves and a sheer back and bodice. This option does not reveal your skin and is chic enough to wear out.
Perhaps the backdrops are so low as to preclude a bra, or your bra would show. Shop for a bralette in the same color as the evening gown. Target styles that offer the same bodice cut as the dress so that the bra won't appear in front. This covers up the bra you wear under the dress to support your breasts but covers the bra's straps and back with material that matches the dress, so it seems a part of the designer's original look.
By styling with layers, you've turned a vintage designer gown into a modest party dress that can pass muster in the most conservative crowds. If the evening seems chilly or you expect inclement weather, add a shrug or shawl in the same material as the dress.
Pair the dress with matching hosiery or nude-colored hose. Your heels should match the dress to carry off an elegant look.
Maybe you have your heart set on wearing a particular dress even if it does not suit the occasion. Try layering it over a sheer bodysuit or under another garment. For instance, wear a sheer bodysuit under a sleeveless or short-sleeved formal dress or layer a sheer skirt over a solid skirt.
If a shrug or shawl doesn't blend with the dress you need to wear, opt for a bolero jacket. This stylish, cropped jacket pairs well with evening gowns and adds a hint of grandeur.
Choose a dressy pantsuit instead of a dress. Your choices for an elegant yet modest outfit also include pants.
In fact, layer tights or a bodysuit under a skirt and top to make a tea-length skirt more suitable for the event. Consider pairing a mid-calf skirt with tights or leggings in winter. You won't show any legs, and you can layer on knee-high boots to finish the outfit.
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