Cultural Modesty

3228 WordsOct 24, 201013 Pages
Modesty The concept of modesty dates back to the early Victorian times when women would wear dresses that started with covering the neck, extending all the way down to the ground. The arms would also be covered with long sleeves. But as the fashion world has grown and changed modesty is not as important as it used to be to everyone. Believing that the body is a temple and respecting it by dressing modestly is still relevant and important to some. People of the Islamic, Mormon, Orthodox Jewish and Amish religions show modesty in their everyday life by the choice in clothing. When looking up the word modesty on Dictonary.com, the definition came up with simple and easy to understand meaning stating, “The state or quality…show more content…
The way you dress is a reflection of what you are on the inside. Your dress and grooming send messages about you to others and influence the way you and other act. When you are well groomed and modestly dressed, you invite the companionship of the Spirit and can exercise a good influence on those around you. This short paragraph puts a lot of meaning into why it is important for Mormons to dress modestly. They believe that when dressing appropriately it brings the Spirit closer, which then always brings a person closer to the Heavenly God, who they will join one day. It always explains that when dressing immodest a person can portray the wrong message to people. This may be that they are lazy from not clean clothes or promiscuous with clothing that does not cover a lot. For members of the Church of Latter- Day Saints, immodest clothing includes short shorts and skirts, tight clothing, stomach, and other reveling attire. Proper clothing for women includes wearing clothes that cover the shoulders, and avoid low-cut in the front and back. Men are also to maintain modesty in appearance. Not only is modesty important in clothing style but accessory wise too. Hairstyles should be clean and appropriate, not to wild, along with women only wearing one pair of earrings and no one disfiguring themselves with tattoos or body piercing. In Figure 2 above, it shows how students at BYU would
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