Modest Shouldn’t Always Be Hottest… by Brittney

Saturday, July 23, 2011
I decided to include more bloggers to Clothed Much and want to introduce the newest installment... Saturday guest bloggers! Every Saturday a guest blogger will post about anything modest fashion or beauty related. I want to make Clothed Much more communal than MEMEME. So I'd like to introduce the first Saturday guest blogger. Take it away, Brittney!

Hey guys. I’m Brittney from A Day in the Life Too… I’m a wife, a mom (three times), a long-distance runner, and a devout consumer of pnut m&ms. In bulk. And that, my dear friends, sums up all you need to know about me. Perhaps I should be alarmed about that...

So. For me, summertime = BBQs, swimming pools, and sunshine. I’m not complaining; all that stuff is heavenly. But when the sweat starts to flow like the…um…salmon of the Capistrani (woah. Totally just butchered THAT metaphor), it can be hard to find ways to stay modest without encroaching on frumpalicious territory. (yep. Frumpalicious. Eat your heart out, Wikipedia...)

ANYway. Sometimes in July and August, I dress in winter-wear, park myself on a stool in front of the fridge, and eat freezer pops all day long. (Pretty sure that the streets in heaven are lined with individual popsicle-stocked freezers.) But for the times that fridge-sitting isn’t possible or practical, I’ve got some heat-averting tricks up my (short)sleeve.

Make cutoffs out of favorite worn out jeans. Knee-length cutoffs can be a surprising component of a chic outfit. (And when I use a photo of myself as Exhibit A of “chic,” let’s all assume the word’s being used verrrry loosely.) I think the style comes together with the accompanying pieces—a great shoe, a feminine top, some chunky jewelry.



Wear skirts skirts skirts. From cotton to knit to even denim, skirts are a great way to style up while keeping temps down. Maxi skirts can be surprisingly cool for their length, but I like to go for knee-length...especially if I’ve shaved recently. (Hey, no sense wasting that rarity...) I can’t talk enough about the glorious garment that is the skirt.


Invest in some loose, flowy tops. Although tees certainly have their place in my heart, a person can’t live in them…can they? Not morally, anyway. (Again, apply a loose interpretation of the word.) Loose tops are (a) adorable, (b) comfortable, and (c) cool. The best ones are lightweight but not so super sheer that you have to wear aNOTHer layer underneath to keep things modest. (Made that mistake before…3 layers later, it doesn’t exactly scream “I’m aware of my thermostatic surroundings.”)



I’m a huge layering junkie, but this isn’t as easy (or practical) to do in the hot temps. Ironically, for me, tank tops (because I can’t wear them without some layer on top) are strictly cold-weather wear. So, rather than layer stuff, I try to make solid color palette choices with independently modest pieces instead. This adds a spark of personality and interest in an otherwise very basic ensemble.



Flip-flops can be overdone. Sure, they’re about as non-invasive (body temp-wise) as an item can be, but in my opinion, flips aren’t the most flattering footwear on the planet. With so many other cute sandals options available for combating the summer heat, I think flip-flops can be reserved for almost strictly beachwear. (They’re also appropriate, nay, required, for late-night Walmart runs.)



Welp, there you have it. My ideas for staying modest AND cool*.

*Pun may or may not** have been intended.
**It totally was. Embarrassing but true.

Ciao, Brittney

33 comments :

  1. This is a great idea Elaine, and Brittney seems super cute! xxx

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  2. Rachel LoveridgeJuly 23, 2011 at 7:21 AM

    Great post. :)

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  3. love this new feature - and she is super cute!

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  4. Loved this post! Yesterday was 103 degrees and I was dying. I'm a layering fanatic as well but on days like that...no way. I wouldnt call myself a modest dresser necessarily, nor whould i say I dress like a floozy, maybe I'm somewhere in between. Regardless, reading this, seeing the outfits along with the tips, was like reading a magazine and I really enjoyed it. Thank you, and nice to "meet" you:)

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  5. Great post! Great ideas. Thanks Elaine and Brittney.

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  6. Love this guest blogging series! Dressing modesty coming back in style!

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  7. she's adorable!!! Very very cute :)

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  8. Great tips! Brittany is adorable! Heading over to her blog to check it out :)

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  9. Her style is quite similar to yours :) I really like it =]

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  10. thanks for hosting me, elaine. and thanks for the sweet comments! you guys are nice.
    -brittney
    http://adayinlifetoo.blogspot.com

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  11. you are so cute and I love your modest tops. I too get tired of wearing tee shirts (besides the fact that they show off all my volumpuousness; i'm working on reducing that). I so agree about the flip-flops! thanks for sharing.

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  12. Love all of the looks...especially the blue/green skirt! Want to share where it's from? :)

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  13. Great post, she's adorable and sweet! Going to go check out her blog now :)

    Principessa
    Gabriella

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  14. That's a wonderful idea! More modest fashion inspirations are needed in this modern-but-not-so-modest world.

    LeeAnne, Style N Season
    http://stylenseason.blogspot.com/

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  15. Great ideas! I love the cut-off ideas! I have a pair of jeans that I can probably cut off! :) And also need to get of all the layers...but it is so hard too, to find pieces that can be worn separately!

    Ashley Sloan

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  16. I love this, good idea Elaine :) You're so kind to share all of your followers with other people!

    BWith Love From Michigan

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  17. Happy to see you on Elaine's blog.  I follow your blog, too.  I love the blue patterned skirt with the white blouse.  So cool and summery looking.  You all prove that modest doesn't mean frumpy and boring.  

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  18. Well, she's adorable! I love that plaid skirt! Very cute. :)

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  19. Adorable. i'm not a huge fan of flip flops (they are so bad for your feet!) , these sandals you show are much cuter imo

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  20. I like your style, your blog, good job :)
    If you like french fashion, maybe you should check out mine... And follow to be the first to know when I post something lol ;)




    xx




    www.coralieslooks.com - FRENCH FASHION BLOG

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  21. Love it!  I've been following your blog for over a year and this is the first time I felt like I needed to leave you a comment! Great idea Elaine...keep up the great work!

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  22. Great ideas! Thank you! Sandals are so much classier than flip flops :)

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  23. Very pretty! I loved all outfits!

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  24. Perfect first guest poster! :) Really like these ideas - I agree that it is hard to get by in summer due to my love of layering.

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  25. Ha, I enjoyed this post a lot.  At long last, our heat wave has broken...with blessed rain as we slept.

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  26. Yeh, Brit!  All very good tips, all entertainly given and received.

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  27. Great feature! http://www.lipstickandruffles.com/

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  28. I love your idea of showing other modest blogs! I new to the modest blogging world and I wanted to meet people. I was going to send you an email but I must be stupid because I couldn't find on your blog were to email you! I know you must be way busy but I would love any advice you can give me. I will take constructive criticism as much as I can get. It would be fun If we could have a modest fashion blog form. I think everyone is so talented that I get intimidated sometimes. Let me know what you think: )
    -Shannon
    stylewithshannon.com

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  29. My email is in my about me page. Look under my profile pic on the right for the link..

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  30. Thanks!
    I will email you soon.

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  31. It is so great to see ideas for dressing modestly without looking frumpy or overdressed.

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  32. This is such a great idea! Moddest IS the hottest! ^_^
     
    -Sherri
    http://sherriamour.blogspot.com/
     

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