27 Benefits of Dressing Modestly

I recently guest-posted over at Melani’s blog Reflections of the Heart! The idea for this post has been brewing in my heart for a long time and it’s such an honor to see it on Melani’s amazing blog. Here’s a little excerpt; it would mean the world to me if you would check out the full post right here!

Special thanks to Josie, Clara, Suzy, Sarah, Nicole, Danielle, and my family for being my brainstorm buddies! It was a blast to think of all these awesome benefits with you.


More than seventy-five percent of the people I see walking around town don’t dress themselves with dignity and respect. That means only twenty-five percent of them might know these twenty-seven benefits of dressing modesty I’m about to show you.

A lot of people think the only benefit of dressing modestly is that we’re glorifying God and pleasing Him. And while that’s an honor and a joy all in itself, there are so many other amazing benefits that come when you dress yourself like the priceless child of God you are.

When discussing these benefits with other like-minded Christian teenage girls, I was amazed to end up with a powerful list that makes dressing modestly the most simple and obvious choice in the world. Let’s dive right in!

Benefits of Dressing Modestly

1. You’re Obeying God

Obeying God? Great! … but how does that benefit us?

Deuteronomy 28:2 kicks off a powerful chapter with this: “You will experience all these blessings if you obey the Lord your God:” Then it launches into the next fourteen verses of incredible blessings for the children of God. Those blessings are made available to us today through Jesus.

The benefits of obeying the Lord are endless and too much to go into for now, but rest assured, obeying God is never something done in vain. God is a faithful rewarder of those who diligently seek Him and obey His Word!

2. You’re Honoring God

1 Samuel 2:30 states, “I will honor those who honor Me.” That is God’s promise to you! Instead of honoring society’s mold and their lies, you’re putting God and His commands first. You can bet your bottom dollar God sees that and will turn around and do the same for you.

3. You’re Representing the Kingdom of Heaven Well

2 Corinthians 5:20 says, “… We are Christ’s ambassadors.”

No matter what we do, as children of the Most High, we’re representing Him. We’re the only Bible most people will ever read.

We can check our hearts to find out whether we’re representing the Kingdom of Heaven well or poorly with our outfit choices. Dressing both nicely and modestly is an excellent way to represent the God we serve and Who provides our needs.

4. You’re Treating Yourself With Respect

How much do you truly value yourself? Do you clothe yourself like the priceless blood-bought child of God you are, or do you need the world’s / friends’ / a boy’s approval to determine your worth? It shows through your clothing choices.

5. You’re Setting a Godly Example

The last thing I would want to do is take advice from another believer who didn’t dress themselves with dignity and respect. Dressing modestly shows we know Whose we are and that we can help fellow believers along in this area.

6. You Don’t Look Like a Hobo

I don’t care how fashionable it seems or what the price tag is. Dressing without dignity just looks shabby, like you can’t afford a piece of clothing with enough fabric to properly cover yourself. I’ve never seen a modestly-dressed person who looked like a hobo in need of dignified clothing.

7. Modesty is Comfy

I just love wearing a T-shirt as opposed to a squeezing spaghetti-strap shirt. Pulling on a modest pair of jeans feels way more comfy than sporting Daisy Dukes would. And who wants to walk around all day wearing a short dress so tight it’s constricting your lungs?

8. Modesty is Freeing

Don’t you feel your greatest in outfits you can move around freely in without fear of flashing anyone?

I do a lot of photography for my blogs, so being able to bend or crouch down for different angles without being indecent is one less thing to worry about. Even when I took dance and gymnastics, wearing modest dance clothing allowed more freedom and moment than anything immodest stores had to offer.

9. Modesty is Sophisticated

It feels great to be able to look like a sophisticated, educated person just by respectful clothing choices instead of someone struggling to survive in the wild or someone with no self-respect.

10. Other People Respect You

Not only are you respecting yourself when you dress with dignity, but others respect you, too. 67% of guys ages 18-22 when polled said they felt uncomfortable when speaking to a woman dressed immodestly, and all of them from another survey said they had more respect for girls who respected themselves with their clothing choices.

11. You Glow in the Dark

In a world where only 31% of the population considers themselves Christians, what fun is it to fit in when we were born to stand out?

Dressing modestly takes a stand. It sets you apart as a beloved child of God. It draws a clear line between the way ambassadors of the Kingdom of Heaven do things and the way the world does things. We’re called to be lights in the darkness! (1 Peter 2:9)


Whew! Each one was so powerful, it was hard to stop at just 11. Please continue reading over at Reflections of the Heart; it would mean so much to me! ♥

By |2018-02-06T13:47:19+00:00February 6th, 2018|Life Undefeated|51 Comments

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Hey! I'm Madi, a blogger, writer, doll collector, & minister of the Gospel of Jesus Christ. You can learn more about me by clicking here and more about this blog by clicking here.

51 Comments

  1. AGs in Alaska February 6, 2018 at 12:29 pm - Reply

    Wow, this is a great post! I always feel more comfortable in modest clothes. It’s sad that girls think they can’t dress fashionably AND modestly. I love fashion and clothes, but shirts that go up to my neck are my favorite! I can’t stand anything immodest. I spend all my time pulling up my shirt instead of focusing on what’s in front of me. Thank you for sharing this for girls who might not have heard any of this before!!!!

    -AGs in Alaska

    • Madi February 6, 2018 at 1:51 pm - Reply

      Thank you so much, AGs in Alaska! It is really sad — most people’s idea of modesty is a long jean skirt and no makeup. But modesty has to do with the attitude of the heart, not the length of a skirt! I agree — I have a few shirts I never wear ’cause I know I’ll be having to pull them up all day. 😂 Thank you SO much for reading!

      • AGs in Alaska February 6, 2018 at 2:28 pm - Reply

        So true! I personally love makeup, and I think you can wear it and still be modest.

        • Madi February 7, 2018 at 4:41 pm - Reply

          Same here! As long as makeup doesn’t become a person’s idol, God’s got no problem with it.

  2. kaitlynrh1 February 6, 2018 at 12:46 pm - Reply

    So true! When people wear crop tops it looks like they don’t have the money to afford the rest of the shirt! XD

    • Madi February 6, 2018 at 1:49 pm - Reply

      E-X-A-C-T-L-Y! 😂😂

    • AAG February 6, 2018 at 7:25 pm - Reply

      XD TOO FUNNY

  3. Chloe (aka Crystal) February 6, 2018 at 1:00 pm - Reply

    What a great post! I’ve been following your blog for a while and your posts always manage to speak to me. 🙂

    • Madi February 6, 2018 at 1:48 pm - Reply

      Thank you so much, Chloe! Awww, that means so much! I’m so glad you like my blog. I love yours, too.

  4. EnniMorgan February 6, 2018 at 1:14 pm - Reply

    Wow, that’s amazing!

    • Madi February 6, 2018 at 1:48 pm - Reply

      Thanks, Enni!

  5. Nicole @ Wild Pennings February 6, 2018 at 1:43 pm - Reply

    I freaked out when I saw my name up there! 😂😂😂 The good kind of freaking out, with a side of pen name paranoia. Would you mind changing it to Nicole? 😜 The article is great so far and I can’t wait to finish reading it! 👍🏼👍🏼👍🏼👍🏼

    • Madi February 6, 2018 at 1:47 pm - Reply

      Oops, I’m so sorry! I didn’t know if your name was public or not 😂 I just changed it! Super sorry once again. XD Thank you SO much!

  6. Kendall February 6, 2018 at 1:51 pm - Reply

    This was a wonderful post Madi! Every point you made was so true, and backing it up with Scripture only reinforces the power and importance of this task we have been given.
    Psalms 45:11 says, “Let the king be enthralled by your beauty; honor him, for he is your lord.”
    Clearly, we are so beautiful in God’s eyes, that we can do nothing to make ourselves more beautiful- but we can do something to render ourselves less honoring to him (i.e. dressing immodestly).

    • Madi February 6, 2018 at 1:53 pm - Reply

      Thank you so much, Kendall! I really love backing up statements by Scripture because God confirms His Word. (< that is also a Scripture! 😂) So true! Honoring Him is always a choice.

      • Kendall February 6, 2018 at 1:54 pm - Reply

        You’re welcome!
        Yes, He does confirm His Word, and His Word is so encouraging!

  7. Danielle February 6, 2018 at 2:15 pm - Reply

    Five cheers for modesty! *cheers loudly* Awesome post, Madi! So glad us girls on the chat got to help you with this! 😄 And every reason you posted is SO TRUE! 😀 (wow, I use so many exclamation marks XD)

    • Madi February 7, 2018 at 4:40 pm - Reply

      *pumps fist in air* Thanks so much, Danielle! Thanks for helping! 😄 HAHA I USE SO MANY OF THEM TOO. XD

  8. Emily Justice February 6, 2018 at 2:41 pm - Reply

    Thanks for the post Madi! I just started reading your blogs and love what you are doing. 🙂
    This post is so encouraging, especially in our culture right now.

    • Madi February 7, 2018 at 4:42 pm - Reply

      Thank you so much for commenting, Emily! That means so much. <3

  9. Charis Rae • charisrae.com February 6, 2018 at 2:58 pm - Reply

    Couldn’t agree more, Madi! I think that some people unfortunately twist modesty and turn it into body shaming of women, which is NOT what God wants us to do! We women are proud of our bodies and don’t want to show them to just anyone – they’re meant only for God, close family members such as parents, and our spouses to see. I just LOVE the sense of sophistication I get when I wear modest clothing. 😛 😂

    Fabulous post, dear!

    P.S. Just thought I’d let you know that I can only comment through your reader. When I try to comment on your blog, it won’t let me scroll low enough to hit the “send comment” button. :\

    • Madi February 7, 2018 at 4:52 pm - Reply

      Argh, all that body shaming crapola is the worst! I remember seeing a ton of articles about how “modesty was oppression” in my research for this post — people are so blindddd. Showing off your body to just anyone is a sign that SOMETHING IS WRONG WITH YOU. XD Same here! I feel so smart when wearing modest clothing. 😎 Thanks for much for commenting, Charis! <3

      P.S. Oh no! Josie had this problem too. I just changed something in my theme's custom scrolling settings; do you think you could try it now if you have a sec?

  10. Hannah February 6, 2018 at 3:07 pm - Reply

    Wow great post! It was so inspiring and true!

    • Madi February 7, 2018 at 4:55 pm - Reply

      Thank you, Hannah!

  11. Rebcake February 6, 2018 at 3:12 pm - Reply

    Seriously, you are overflowing my “Quotes” Pinterest board! 😂 I just couldn’t help saving all your epic quote graphics…and now other people are re-pinning what I pinned, which further proves my point: all of this is so true! I agree with what you said about modesty being comfy; in my own opinion, modest clothes are just so much more cozy to wear! 😉

    • Madi February 8, 2018 at 11:10 am - Reply

      YAY!!! Thank you so much for pinning them! *cheers and dies* YOU ARE DE BEST EVER. *hugs you a million times*

      So true! It’s great not to have to be pulling your shirt up / skirt down all the time. 😂

  12. Sara February 6, 2018 at 3:37 pm - Reply

    MADI I LOVE YOUR T-SHIRT. XD
    -Sara

    • Madi February 8, 2018 at 11:13 am - Reply

      THANK YOU SO MUCH. XD

      • Sara February 8, 2018 at 5:41 pm - Reply

        SERIOUSLY, you’re rocking that tee! XD

        • Madi February 10, 2018 at 5:36 pm - Reply

          Aww, THANKS! XD I love your profile pic, too!

          • Sara February 10, 2018 at 5:49 pm - Reply

            Thank you! 😀

  13. Rose February 6, 2018 at 4:21 pm - Reply

    This was such a wonderful post! 🙂 All of these are so true and I think every needs to hear it. 🙂 I love how you had Scripture to back it up too!
    -Rose <3

    • Madi February 10, 2018 at 5:32 pm - Reply

      Aww, I’m so glad you liked it, Rose! Thanks for commenting!

  14. Olivia Bell February 6, 2018 at 4:34 pm - Reply

    Man, that was an amazing post! Maddi, you are a constant inspiration! I went and read and like/commented on the whole post! It was epic. 😀

    • Madi February 10, 2018 at 5:33 pm - Reply

      Aww, thank you SOO much, Livy! You’re so encouraging! <3 :D

  15. Olive February 6, 2018 at 4:49 pm - Reply

    Twenty seven? Why not just round up to thirty while you’re at it? Or round down to twenty five….🤔hmm. Anyway, great post! I’ll now go read the rest of it! 😆
    Most crazily, ~Olive

    • Madi February 10, 2018 at 5:33 pm - Reply

      I was trying to get to 30 but ran out of ideas. And I didn’t wanna go down. XD Thanks, Olive!

  16. Zella T February 6, 2018 at 5:20 pm - Reply

    That survey you talked about totally debunks the “guys are more attracted to hot women in immodest clothing” theory. Nice work Madi and Melani.

    • Madi February 10, 2018 at 5:34 pm - Reply

      For sure. Any guys like that are not the kind of guys you want to attract. Thanks, Zella!

  17. Rebekah February 6, 2018 at 5:50 pm - Reply

    Amazing post Madi! It really gives me something to think about next time I’m thinking about dressing to please other people instead of God. I had never heard of the verse in 1 Thessalonians and wow is it a good one.

    • Madi February 10, 2018 at 5:34 pm - Reply

      Aww, thank you so much, Rebekah! I love that 1 Thess. verse too. It’s a great reminder.

  18. Olivia @ Purely Olivia February 6, 2018 at 9:44 pm - Reply

    Beautiful, Madi. Just beautiful!❤️As someone who grew up Christian, surrounded by a Christian family, I was shocked when I got older and realized how immodest the world can be. Thank you for this lovely reminder of why we are modest, and with the scripture tie-ins!

    • Madi February 10, 2018 at 5:35 pm - Reply

      Aww, thank you so much, Olivia! Me, too. Thanks so much for commenting! <3

  19. Starling February 8, 2018 at 12:16 am - Reply

    I checked it out and it was AMAZING

    • Madi February 8, 2018 at 3:20 pm - Reply

      Thank you so much!

  20. emilyryann February 12, 2018 at 10:29 pm - Reply

    These are all amazing points! What a wonderful post.💖 —https://emilyryannblogblog.wordpress.com/

    • Madi February 13, 2018 at 10:18 am - Reply

      Thank you so much, Emily! Thanks for following, too — I love your blog and just followed. <3

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  22. Hannah July 23, 2018 at 8:09 pm - Reply

    I was just re-reading this, and it’s so amazing. When you dress immodestly people who are smart realize that you have insecurities, and need to get attention. Besides, you want friends to like you for who you are, not some fake person! Great job!

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