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Make modesty dressing your own

Wednesday, 22nd August, 2018 4:36pm

I recently styled some looks for ‘Xpose’ and one of my themes was modesty dressing and how to make it more mainstream.

If you don’t know what I’m talking about, modesty dressing really does do what it says on the tin and it is going to be everywhere this season.

Designers have been playing around with a new silhouette which essentially is much more covered up but still requires a balanced outfit.

It’s a look that can be quite tricky to wear and for this you just have to look at the runway at Balenciaga where models strode down the catwalk wearing a combination of oversized overcoats and puffa jackets worn over hoodies and tweed skirts all finished off with oversized animal print scarves.

The only amount of skin on show being a small amount of one’s shins. This was one example of the trend and while it’s not really very practical, there are elements that I would like to incorporate into my own wardrobe.

One of the main fabrics in the modesty movement is tweed and tartans and luckily, they are starting to trickle down to the high street too. We are seeing lots of suiting, blazers and skirts in this fabric and it’s really up to you how far you want to go with the look.

It might be as modesty light as a tartan midi skirt, oversized hoodie and sleek ankle boots or you might want to go a bit heavier with the look and wear a tweed suit, crisp buttoned up shirt with a tweed over coat thrown over the top and some heels to add balance to the covered up look.

It just so happens that tweeds and tartans work very well as a pattern clash - just keep the size of the print somewhat similar or try to have one colour that pulls the whole look together.

The suit can also be worn rather handily as separates to really get your money’s worth but again there’s a tweed out there to suit every budget.

If double tweed isn’t your thing, we also saw faux fur and leather being thrown into the mix at Givenchy and both fabrics work very well with sharply tailored tweed. I’m expecting to see a lot of leather/faux leather in the shops once we hit peak autumn time. Even a leather pinafore looks great layered over a classic rollneck in one of autumn’s key colours.

Another way to embrace the look is with one of autumn’s key items - the midi dress. I spotted a great piece in Topshop recently that just gave an ever so subtle nod to the modesty dressing trend. It combined a high neckline, low hemline and long sleeves with a subtle peekaboo cut out at the back in the most quirky green floral fabric.

I also stocked up on slinky, satin slip dresses last year in a range of prints and colours and I will be resurrecting them from the wardrobe again this year and layering them with t-shirts while the weather is mild, and with ribbed, rollnecks later in the year.

It’s not all work and smart casual wear though. For winter parties and events, there was lots of very chic, covered up dresses in sparkly fabrics and heavy brocades but with a subtle side leg slit or bare shoulder to add balance and all covered over with heavy, belted faux fur coats for a slightly Studio 54 edge.

With the summer being so good this year, it really got me questioning my reasons for loving autumn/winter fashion so much but looking at the new season trends it’s safe to say roll on the autumn!

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