March 28th, 2008


Modesty, Context and the Non-Sexy Outfit

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Photo by Prof. Jas Mundie

Recently, I’ve been thinking a lot about modesty, fashion, context and the perfect non-sexual outfit.

On a day-to-day basis, I dress modestly by our cultural standards, high neck sweaters, long sleeves, legs covered. It's often cold in Philadelphia, and I enjoy the warmth and comfort of several layers.

Coilhouse ( this great online magazine that covers alternative culture also has a sort of focus on fashion that involves full body coverage. I think this is great. I am always looking for fashion ideas that involve full body coverage because it is my goal to be both fashionable and warm - two ideas which often run contrary to each other. Coilhouse linked to a blog called Hermodesty ( that is run by an Islamic lady who is always on the lookout for fashion that is modest and involves the kind of coverage she wants. As someone who is interested in fashion that involves long sleeves, I read all of the archives in one sitting.

Then I saw this animated film on the site:

At first, the film explains why Muslim women wear the hijab. It’s pretty cute. Then it one of the characters says this:

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