Does having one’s own personal style warrant wearing things that could entice or does it even matter since it’s their own style anyway? Is dressing modestly something that only applies to women or does it apply to the fellas as well? These are some of the things that one must address in the process of their individual style journey.
Modesty is defined as simplicity and moderation in the form of one’s behavior, speech and dress. Although the focal point of this article is on style modesty, it is important to acknowledge that the decency of one’s behavior and speech all play a vital part in the modesty piece as a whole.
Living in a society where practically everything in stores is designed to arouse sensuality and incite sex appeal, the individual must learn how to define themselves in a way that is tasteful and classy. For women, it can be said that modesty in the clothing that she wears is more of a challenge then it is among men. The modest woman must deliberately put in extra effort to build a look that does not compromise her dignity and that does not give out the wrong impression to men. Speaking of which, there is a brilliant article written by Leslie Ludy called From Trashy to Tasteful that speaks on this subject of the modest woman. She writes: “Modest-yet-stylish dressing is not a mere obligation we follow in order to prevent guys. Rather, it is one of our most powerful tools in restoring respect, dignity, and nobility to modern femininity. What an incredible (and fun) opportunity!”
So the question becomes, “How does the subject of style modesty relate to the gentleman”? Though less complicated with men than it is with women, the modest gentleman must also exercise moderation and respect in what he wears. This thing of “sagging” jeans to get attention while exposing the brand name of one’s boxer briefs is the first no-no in style modesty! For the man who would suggest that “sagging” is the new trending street style aesthetic, let us observe an occurrence in 2012 that happened with one today’s most popular pop culture street style icons; Mr. Kanye West.
While Kim Kardashian and Kanye West were seen getting out of their vehicle after dinner, Kanye was spotted with thighs exposed due to his pants falling down. Mr. West initially oblivious to the fact for trying to make a fashion statement abruptly pulls up his pants. Another way to practice modesty as a gentleman is to stay well-groomed and practice good hygiene. Although not everyone can get a haircut weekly, it is considered a modest gesture for the man to keep his facial hair trimmed as well as the haircut he sports. Additionally, the gentleman must learn to wear his clothing in a manner that is tailored-fitting and not over-sized.
These are but a few of the methods recommended to the individual be it male or female who seeks to display an elegant modest style.