Closet Basics For The Modest Dresser

Dear Ladies,

Lately I’ve seen modest fashion on the rise, I read articles on how it’s become so popular. Even Forbes released on article on it here. The article was published in 2018 and since then modest fashion a has been seen everywhere. As a modest fashion blogger it’s about time they took to seeing it my way.

For those who don’t know about modest fashion you can read this article here in 3 minutes or less. With more eyeballs searching for modest fashion content I wanted to give you just that.

We’ve all seen closet must haves or closet essentials, some of them including tank tops, cami tops or even slip dresses. But for the modest dresser that’s a big no no. Keep in mind modest fashion is not only for Muslim women, any women who wants to dress for herself and not have to deal with catcalls can dress modestly. It’s really just a matter of preference.

For today’s fashion letter we’ll take a dive into modest clothing essentials for the modest dresser. These items still apply to every women, as I said before it’s a matter of preference.

Wide Leg Jeans

Wide leg jeans are possibly the most comfortable jeans out there. No matter what the brand is they are most likely comfortable, there is plenty of space for movement and it can surely pass the squat test. Styling wide leg jeans is actually very simple.

Always remember the balancing rule, loose on bottom, tailored on top. You don’t want baggy baggy unless you’re going for a street wear look, a simple turtleneck can work with these jeans too.

If you want to go even more wild, a bold printed blouse will look fabulous.

Vest Coat

It’s almost sad that there aren’t many vest coats online, but vests are amazing layering pieces. You may be wearing a pretty top but it does not cover your bum, a vest coat can easily fix your problem.

Since they don’t have sleeves and you can get ones that stop mid thigh, it doesn’t feel bulky. Sometimes bulk-iness comes with dressing modestly, especially for new modest dressers.

Dressing modestly is just a simple skill of layering, you’ll get the hang of it.

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Knee High Boots

Some of you love to wear midi dresses but the length is too short. Maybe you won’t want to show that much leg. The dress is too beautiful to pass up, so what do you do?

Boots, boots and more boots! Yes, wearing over the knee boots, hide that sliver of leg that get revealed with midi dresses or skirts. Or maybe you have a pair of killer pants that are cropped, OTK boots will always fix that problem.

If the dress or skirt is not too short then ankle boot can work just as fine. I love to wear boots in the fall and winter. This only applies to cold weather, for warm weather I suggest wearing lightweight leggings. They work like a charm.

Pleated Skirt

Now this may be controversial but hear me out. Out all the modest bloggers I’ve seen, many of them wear pleated skirts. Since they are maxi they won’t give you school girl vibes.

Getting these skirts in neutral colors or even in gold colors are incredibly chic. They come in so many fabric types, I personally love the leather ones.

They are just essential for any and every modest dresser.


Turtlenecks are great as a layering pieces. If you have a plunging neck on one of your maxi dresses instead of sewing it closed, you can use layering pieces.

You can get a light weight turtleneck on Amazon or even in store. They are so easy to find and are a true essential.

Longline Blazer

If it’s still too chilly for a vest a longline blazer is just the answer. Blazers have become so popular and I can finally see why. After wearing a houndstooth blazer over a dress I became obsessed.

Getting relaxed blazers are my go to, it doesn’t feel so uptight and professional if it’s just a bit slouchy. I preferably like the blazers without the shoulder pads.

You can get blazers that are double breasted or single breasted. These outerwear pieces are best if they have minimal/timeless prints. (You can also wear loud colors or neutral colors.)


I know, I know, kimonos aren’t exactly everyone’s cup of tea. But another alternative you can use are cardigans.

But kimonos provide that very loose and flowy look, it’s better to get them in lighter fabric. You can also get them in slightly thicker fabrics for those chilly days. Kimonos usually stop right around your mid thigh or knee.

They come in many lengths and styles. Open abayas are also a great choice if you want a maxi kimono. They are a bit pricey, but Aliexpress and other modest fashion brands have slightly cheaper ones.

Sewing Skills

I can already see the eye rolls, but unless you want to pay $30 for a tailor to sew up that plunging neckline, I suggest you get a needle and thread. There are so many YouTube tutorials out there on how to sew. Many of the little fixes you have to do requires a back stitch.

Sewing is not hard at all, you just have to learn the basics. Need to shorten the hem on your skirt, use a back stitch or a tight running stitch.

Maybe you want to add some more fabrics to your kimono sleeves, you can add a lace trim using a back stitch. Back stitches are very handy, and also you never know when a fashion mishap can happen.

I urge you to always carry around a mini sewing kit, you’ll thank me later.

Sending Off…

Now that you have read all the basics that you need for your wardrobe, I’m sure you would also want to create a capsule wardrobe of amazing modest pieces. With all the basics that I given you, you can use this post to learn how to create a capsule wardrobe quickly and efficiently.

Also why don’t you drop me a comment and tell me your thoughts about this post or new ideas for a next post. You know I always love hearing your feedback and I love to add in your suggestions.

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By Habibata Diallo

Shikamoo! That’s hello in Swahili, but for English it’s just plain Hello. Hey there, I’m Habibata a fashion obsessed teen fashionista and writer. I love to share all my modest fashion tips and style tricks on my blog. It’s honestly fun to write to all of you. I love to read too! Something about books just captures my heart, for some it may be Anime or Sci-fi. For me it’s books, I’d love to hear what you like. I’ve been dragging on for a long time so now it’s time to say Ciao. I upload every Saturday.

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