Hey y’all! Hope you’ve had a fabulous week! Thought I would share the outfit I’m wearing today as I help pick veggies, clean house, make ice cream, watch kids, and have neighbors over for a movie.

Yes, jeans! Contrary to what it may look on this blog, I wear pants a couple hours every week. Whether I pull them on during the slow hours of the morning to feed the chickens without getting wet ankles from dew, or if I put them on after a hard day’s work to curl up and watch a movie, nothing beats a fabulous pair of jeans that fits just right. My denim skirts are definitely close, though, which is why I’m such a fan of those. πŸ™‚

I know many of my readers are opposed to jeans, so I’m sorry this post doesn’t encourage you directly. I would like to share, however, for my pants-wearing-readers, how I make jeans “modest”– at least according to my family’s standards.

So, I need to wear pants (yes, I know you can do pretty much everything in a skirt, but I still prefer to wear jeans for some tasks), but I don’t want to outline my rear-end to help out my brothers in Christ. Enter the tunic. This is basically a really long shirt that covers your bottom and flows like a skirt. I loooove tunics because I can feel totally comfortable around guys in my favorite jeans and not feel self-conscious. I don’t have to make sure my jeans don’t gape when I squat, because the shirt covers, and I don’t have to buy suuuper loose, unflattering jeans to get that “modest 1 inch of grab-able fabric on the thigh”, because my rear-end isn’t showing anyway. It’s just a bonus that they can be super cute.

Tunic: Charity Shop ($1)
Jeans (rolled up): American Eagle, Artist Bootcut ($30)
Tank: JCPenny’s ($6)
Flip flops: Charity Shop ($2)
Earrings: Charity Shop ($2) and Walmart ($3) Yes, I’m wearing two pair. πŸ˜€

Alright, I’ve gotta chop potatoes for dinner– see y’all on Friday!

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145 thoughts on “How to Wear Pants {Modestly}”

  1. Hi,
    I am also a single young lady from a large homeschool family perpetually battling the modesty issue. I have been following for a little while but this is my first time to comment. First off- keep up the good work. I love getting new ideas. Second of all- super long loose flow-y cardigans work great for the same job in the winter, fall, and spring months. (I live in the Rocky Mountains. We frost 11 months out of the year so it even works some summer mornings for church. :))

  2. Totally agree with you there! I wear skirts, but although I love them, there is a time I believe, when it is needed. And actually I pants in the exact same stile as you! Oh and your outfit is really adorable!


  3. I love this outfit. I'd like to say that I really appreciate this post. I wear pants a lot and mostly wear dresses and skirts on Sundays and Wednesdays (I train martial arts and that isn't easy in a skirt!) and its nice to see a modesty post about them. So thank you πŸ™‚

  4. I am SO glad you did a post like this! I wear pants, and sometimes it's kind of hard to identify with you when you where so many skirts. (they look cute though) πŸ™‚ This is an adorable outfit! You should do some more pants posts!

  5. This is adorable. Very flattering and very feminine. I loved seeing the other most recent post you did where you wore pants as well. One of the things I like about your blog is that your clothing is modest but also flattering and feminine. I also think it's probably very encouraging for women or girls to realize that they really can wear so many of their favorite clothing items modestly… They may not have to change their style and throw everything away and start over to get started now.

  6. Thank you for this post! I'm just not a skirts only kind of gal, and yes – you absolutely can be feminine and modest in jeans!

  7. Okay, so I ADORE your flip flops. Want some, really really really bad.

    And I love your way of styling jeans modestly. I wear pants pretty much 24/7–as long as they're not too tight it's not a biggie in my family–but I don't have any tunics. I'm definitely going to look into getting some now!

  8. AMEN! I wear mostly jeans now due to convenience. ..but I LOVE the tunic idea! I live out in the country have farm chores and fisherman chores… (my dad is a Chesapeake bay fisherman) and I help him out:) it really bothered me when I was younger that my girlfriends seemed to sneer at me because I wore *shocker* jeans on occasion. My dad wouldn't have let me wear a skirt in a boat even if I had wanted too. Its dangerous for one and in the end would not be modest! I'm talking about fish trapping not hook and line;) anyway love the outfit!

    1. I can totally relate to the safety and modesty issues of dresses on a fishing boat. My father-in-law is a commercial salmon fisherman in Alaska, and my husband and his brother are often the crew. I went one summer, and while I saw some women on fishing boats in dresses, I don't think they were doing the fishing chores as much as cooking the meals. But for the fishing chores out on the deck where the scales and guts and wind and rain were? Nothing but pants and pant/slicker suits were safe, warm, and remotely clean. Don't think I would have wanted fish guts up my legs!

      Anyway, I too appreciate the tunic and pants idea, as fishing is not the only activity our family engages in where pants are safer and possibly more modest. Thanks for your encouraging posts, and for sharing your creativity!

  9. Thanks for your post(and saving me from the baggy jean)! I normally don't wear jeans either but like you said – sometimes they are useful! My jeans are currently the unflattering 1" or over grab (ugh!) However, I am getting too skinny for them (yay to healthy weight loss!) so will have to go shopping for them soon. Thanks to your posting – I will run this by hubby then go shopping very soon! Also – LOVE the top! (is that what you have listed under tunic for $1? – I love discount shops! I don't think I have ever been to a charity one…)


  10. I am new to your blog, but I shared this post with my daughters, ages 12 & 9. We wear mostly skirts and dresses but are trying to incorporate pants in a modest way. Your post really helps. Thank you for sharing. πŸ™‚

  11. Hi Olivia, I just recently found your blog and have been sooo encouraged and inspired by you and your example of cute and fresh modesty!

    This post is especially encouraging for me because, while I have worn skirts and dresses pretty much all my life(and do everything in them!), my sister and I both have come to the conclusion that there are some activities that are just plain unpractical,and potentially immodest, to do in a skirt! Which, has made us reconsider pants and how to wear them, but still be feminine and modest. So anyways, long story short, THANK YOU for the great ideas and example!
    May the Lord bless you richly, Lauren D.

    1. Lauren

      I am not sure if you still view blogs but I am very much in the same situation as you were in July. I have worn skirts and dresses all my life but am considering buying some pants. I would love to know if you and your sister now wear pants.

      God bless


  12. love it! on accident, i stopped wearing pants the end of january and haven't worn them since. i'm not swearing them off. but i want to remake the ratio of wearing skirts to jeans. right now it's super easy to only wear skirts. but enter fall and winter and watching a lot of sports outside i plan on wearing jeans again. i love the tunics, another thing is getting cute mini dresses, they're usually long enough and guy t shirts are super cute as well! thank you for sharing this! xx

  13. Great post! I'm still working on finding good tunics. The ones I find at thrift stores are always either too big, too small, or have a garish pattern…maybe I should start making my own? haha

  14. Hey Olivia!
    Thanks so much for posting this outfit! I want to say that this encouraged me, as I HAVE to wear jeansnquite often through the week, being on a sheep farm and all! And come winter, I nearly live in jeans (and wool stockings ;)) as it is sooo cold here in southern Australia!! I try to still look 'nice', and modest, and I LOVE tunics! I have had trouble finding them… πŸ™ You look beautiful – and very feminine! 8) Do you ever make your own tunics? I have not been able to find a pattern, and don't have one that I really like that I would draft a pattern from…

    I am praying for your Mum and sister (with their ill health from the tick bites…) and I pray that you are going to be ok from your nasty tick bite!

    Thankyou for sharing the sermon notes with us! It is SUCH a blessing, and one of the many highlights of this wonderful blog! =)

    Keep living for Him, God bless you for this amazing ministry!

    Have a lovely day!

    Love in Christ,
    Emily xox

  15. I wear jeans about every day, I mean, I live on a farm and I'm constantly prepared for a spur of the moment horseback ride, but I've been trying to wear denim skirts and the like more often. I love seeing your posts about jeans, I'd really like to see more of it. It's nice to see outfits of the longer skirts, I love those, but sometimes it's really nice to realize those jeans can be just as modest. πŸ™‚

  16. Well done Olivia!
    I agree sometimes a girl just needs some jeans. Like for riding a bike with. I tried a skirt and a bike ride. I ended up ruining the skirt! bummer.

  17. Hi! Your outfit is very lovely AND modest. I think I'd have to say that I find your general attitude of transparency even more beautiful, though.

    I find that as believers we often run from immodesty to the entire either side of the road and begin to make our clothing choices a religion of sorts. I know I've been guilty of it. But, the pendulum swings back and forth until we find that β€œhappy medium” that our Father calls us to. God doesn't find any joy in either side: idolatry of the body or idolatry of our "religiousness."

    Modesty of heart is much more noticeable than modesty of clothing, believe it or not.

    Transparency is too often a lost art among believers as we try to trick ourselves into believing that we become more holy and set apart by hiding behind a religious facade.

    Showing people where we are in our lives, the good and the bad, and convictions we have now and the convictions that have changed as we've changed, the exact person who we are–it may be disconcerting, being so bare about it all, but just as our Master gently called the woman at the well (and the woman who touched His robe) to transparency of heart, He too calls us.


  18. I'm with you, girl! A lot of things can be done in a skirt, but lets just face it-pants have much more freedom of movement and definitely are more modest in a variety of situations. =)
    Thanks for sharing your ideas! Your outfit is adorable-love it!!

  19. The word CUTE! comes to mind, when I saw those photos! However, I don't currently own any jeans.. My closet consists of long and knee length denim skirts, dresses (knee length) and tiered/circle skirts.

    Although I don't think I will be wearing jeans anytime soon, I love how you strive to stay modest in all situations!

    Were you baking cinnamon rolls?

  20. Hey Olivia, thanks for the great post. Though I am one of your readers who is an all skirt wearing girl, I appreciate the fact that you do not wear them tightly and make sure that your rear is covered!:) Thanks for your standards! -C

  21. Absolutely lovely! I am able to wear skirts full-time but I live in the city and don't have farm chores, which I'm sure make a big difference in workability sometimes. πŸ™‚ I've been noticing the whole tunic and short dress over pants look on Pinterest and I do like how feminine it looks without being immodest. Thank you for your tips and idea's, Olivia! Enjoy your evening with your friends. πŸ˜€


  22. really, you found a tunic that cute at a charity shop? Color me seriously impressed!

    I wear pants all the time; I'm too much of a tomboy, although I've recently started to introduce skirts back into my life (at the ripe old age of 27, but even a late start counts, right?) and I do the skin-rule. If I show skin (for instance, my arms show when I'm wearing a T-shirt and it shows my collarbone) I cover up everywhere else; long jeans, longer shirt, all that jazz. It's actually more of a comfort thing for me; I don't LIKE showing a lot of skin and don't feel comfortable moving around, and I've never quite gotten how women DO seem to feel comfortable with so much showing!

    I like the cuffed look on those jeans, too! It's sweet with the tunic πŸ™‚

    1. I know, right? I CANNOT show a lot of skin without feeling seriously uncomfortable. That's what I like wearing longer shorts and shirts, because they're cute and comfy at the same time! πŸ˜‰

  23. This is super cute!
    Living an active life on a farm and having many friend's who have farms and ranches, I end up wearing pants every once in a while, too. There are some jobs that you really don't want to wear a skirt or even culottes for. Bucking bales for example. Good way to scratch up your legs. That ain't fun at all;)
    Really loving this idea for keeping pants modest without having to wear super baggy jeans. Thanks:)

  24. I totally agree! πŸ™‚ Generally speaking, I always wear (and am more comfortable/look better) in skirts, but there are some things that I would just plain feel better about doing in a pair of jeans. So, I also make good use of tunic shirts, which I really like doing. For a long time I didn't wear jeans at all, because they weren't modest, especially with my figure. (Haha, they look BAD on me, usually, modest or not!) Since I have discovered long shirts, though, I have found that there are times when it is better to wear jeans, and I'm glad that it can be done with modesty! πŸ™‚

  25. Hi Olivia!

    I love this post! When i need to do work around the house I also wear a lot of times jeans and a tunic! The pictures you made are lovely! So pretty and fun! Its nice to see a litlle corner of youre house! I was shocked when i saw the price of the tunic! It is so beatifull and than so cheap! Are that normal prices for seccond hand stores in America? Here i would pay for something like that in a seccond hand store something like 8 euro… πŸ™

    I hope you feel much better now again!

  26. I've decided that you are the QUEEN of charity store shopping–especially shoes! I'm impressed:)! Adorable top and outfit! Thanks for your great blog. Btw I'm almost 40 years old and I'm a faithful reader- still figuring out how to dress at my old age! I have to so I can pass it on to my girls πŸ™‚ Thx!!!!

    1. Hartley, I'm in the same boat as you — almost 40 and trying to teach my girls, and myself :-), about modest, but pretty dress. I'm glad to know I'm not alone! ~Talya

  27. Thank you SOOOO much for this! I wear jeans pretty often because of practicality and farm work I have to do. At least I can do so modestly now;) Thanks so much for your blog; I'm glad to see that someone has a balanced outlook on modesty. Keep up the good work!

  28. I've become an all-skirts girl, sometimes that means a knee-length jean skirt with matching jegginngs underneath, or a sweat-skirt with capri exercise pants underneath,so kind of similar to what you have on, but with a longer skirt on the top. I personally wouldn't be comfortable anymore with that much leg shape showing, but I'm in no way criticizing you – you need to do what you're convicted to do. I really appreciate the way you're making sure to help the men out there!
    But my real purpose in commenting was to say that there is simply no way that curling up on a couch in jeans can be as comfortable as curling up in a knit maxi skirt (or my fleece one in the winter)! πŸ™‚

  29. I wear jeans most every day. I don't think it's very ladylike to ride horse, buck bales, and train horses in a skirt. I always make sure I get jeans that don't draw attention to my rear-end with sparkles or the low cut ones. I also make sure I wear a long enough t-shirt so it won't come up, I've never really liked the look of tunics but I think it looks good on you.

  30. Wow! You live in a log home?! I really like log homes and I seriously want to live in one. Your whole picture background is just really pretty.
    I like the way the tunic looks on you; I have a hard time finding ones in the store though.
    Beautiful logs!

  31. Anybody have any tips on wearing a tunic with a skirt without looking frumpy and baggy or pregnant? I've never had a problem with wearing skirts, but i don't know if tunics look right with them.

    1. I personally am not sure there is a way to wear a tunic with a skirt without veering towards frumpy. I've seen some girls tuck long shirts into skirts, but with the usual high-waist of a tunic style, that's a little odd. Sorry, I don't have any ideas! I just stick with regular shirts with skirts. πŸ™‚

    2. I love wearing tunics over both skirts and jeans; it's such fun!! I never thought about the tunic/skirt combo looking frumpy, though. I think maybe wearing a belt helps? Here's a photo; can someone let me know if it looks frumpy or not?

    3. I've seen tunics work okay with a straight, just over the knee length skirt. I don't usually wear tunics, but I did for a while with a skirt that had gotten a bit too tight in the back (oops..!)

    4. I think that if you want to wear a tunic with a skirt the skirt should be a strait cut one. And the tunic should have the side seams going into a V shape, like the one Olivia has shone here. And yes I think it was Jill who wore the tunic with the skirt in those photos. O how I love the Duggar girls!

    5. thanks! I like the Duggars, I should check that out. tunic with skirt (maybe a straighter skirt) looks ok on my stick-thin sister, but not so much on me! πŸ™ I don't generally wear straight skirts anyway, because I do farm work and play sports. Something A-line, but not super voluminous, allows me to move freely.


    6. It's really hard to do and I've only ever gotten it to work once. But I wore a tunic (actually it was mini-dress) that had a lot of detail and a flared skirt over a knee-length pencil skirt. I think it may have only worked because of the particular style and colour of the items. With a wide black belt, the red tunic looked almost like a peplumed top. Other than that one time, I've never gotten the look to to "work." (I wouldn't have tried it that time either, but I was wearing pants on a Sunday afternoon and lost track of the time. I didn't have time to change the whole outfit before we had to leave for evening service and figured I would just go looking a little bit frumpy.)

    7. I so understand! I barely ever wear the strait cut type skirts either.To me I really don't see a point in them unless it is with a long tunic shirt.Personally I love the look of A-line skirts too! They are o so perfect! πŸ™‚ I will have to look at your etsy shop. Love that too! Blessings!

    8. I wear tunics with really long skirts because I love the hippie/gypsy look it gives. πŸ™‚ But tunics with short skirts are a no-no for me. I always wear tunics with pants too!

  32. Thanks for this post! I would love more posts like this. I've been reading your blog for a while and just started following. πŸ™‚ Farm girl here, too, so yeah….wearing skirts is not always practical! So I wear pants (jeans) for most of the outside work, or sometimes some house work, and when I'm playing sports or riding 4-wheeler (skirts blowing in wind = not good!) I do feel more comfortable in skirts, though, so wear them mostly the rest of the time. However, my Dad has said that jeans are not modest in his standards, so I try to cover up my rear end (the problem area) with longer shirts, however…those are so hard to find! Do you find them mostly at thrift stores? Or do you have any patterns for sewing some? ANY tips welcome! A lot of times I'll wear a sweatshirt tied around my waist, but when it's 90 degrees out in the summer, you're wearing a tank, and you have a sweatshirt around your waist…feels a little weird. πŸ˜‰ I'll definitely be on the lookout for some tunics, though.
    Thanks for what you're doing…your blog is super helpful when it comes to looking super cute but being modest! I actually find myself thinking about how you put together your outfits when I'm picking out mine…LOL. πŸ™‚ Keep up the good work!
    (Sorry for such a long comment!) :-/

    1. Hey Emily! I think I've found all but one of my tunics at thrift stores, and I have yet to sew one… but I was just praying yesterday for an idea for another eBook, and now lots of folks are looking for tunics… so I may have to figure that one out. πŸ˜€ The sweatshirts are a good option to… I usually go for button-up shirts around my waist though because sweaters can be bulky and odd in hot weather. πŸ™‚ Thanks!

    2. I will second that the doing an ebook on tunic ideas seems like maybe a perfect idea. I maaaaaaaaaay or may not just be saying that because I totally need more tunics in my life.

  33. So cute, Olivia! I love it! It looks super comfortable too.
    I wear pants pretty often as well, although I don't really post them on my blog! Usually I pull on pants when I'm feeling uninspired and tired! So it usually gets paired with a sloppy tee shirt. You gave me inspiration though, I should try to post some feminine outfits with pants!
    Long tank tops also work well for covering the rear end, though obviously they can't be super tight tank tops.
    Anyway, that's just what I do!
    Appreaciated your comments on my blog!
    Keep up the great work girl,
    A Modest Fashion Blog:

  34. Soo………cute I would wear that I wear skirts to church on Sundays with a cute shirt I like them .You have a really good sense of style and making it modest is even better im 13 and its good to know that other girls my age or a little older wear .skirts

  35. Scrolling down through all these 'farm-girls have to wear jeans to be modest posts' I have to admit I got a little perturbed. (Sorry,but I don't really think that is true.) I mean,how do you think the pilgrims,and later,the pioneers did it? I'm fairly certain they did not give up their feminine attire at the drop of a hat just so they could be 'more modest' (?) while riding the Oregon trail! I don't mean to start a comment war here but it's just something to ponder. (And it is not just because I don't do the kind of things you're describing either~ I work on a farm all summer long,ride horses too! All the while staying true to the code of dress our ancestors wouldn't be ashamed to view …) So next time you are pulling on an article of clothing formerly referred to as mens' attire,asses the situation and further determine if it's really necessary to go that far. …By the way, I don't mean to convict everyone who's reading this,I know you are not going to start wearing dresses just 'cause of this,but still,I'm sure you could go a little farther to be modest,like Olivia! πŸ˜‰ Thanks for reading,bye!

    1. 'All the while staying true to the code of dress our ancestors wouldn't be ashamed to view …' We shouldn't base what we wear on wether our ancestors like it; we should base it on scripture. And modesty before femininity: You can wear a skirt thats skin tight and short, but it's still a skirt. That, however, is not modest. Pants can be perfectly modest. For example, gaucho's. They reveal nothing more that a skirt, yet they're still split and sewn down the middle. I can see what you're trying to say, but I think it wasn't quite put right. Riding a horse in a skirt is plain out dangerous. And immodest. If you're sitting astride (Which I'm not sure your ancestors would like either), the skirt can get pulled up and show too much leg.

    2. The difference is that our ancestors wore very, very, very full, past the ankle-length skirts, three or four petticoats, and bloomers, and rarely did they ride horses (I'm sure you're not condoning side saddles! :)). I once rode a skirt while riding a horse…thankfully I was alone, or I would have flashed anyone nearby…and to me, that's much more immodest than wearing a pair of (not skin tight) jeans. πŸ™‚ If that's your conviction, good for you! But skirts only/pants is, I believe, a Christian liberty issue and should be left up to the individual. πŸ™‚ Thanks!

    3. I can see your point. I am one of those farm girls who wear jeans – and as much as I've tried to wear dresses while doing the farm work, my Dad has asked that me (and my 4 sisters and Mum) to wear jeans while do such work – for modesty's sake as well as for safety, practicality and overall mobility!! Even though we are doing dirty work, us girls always try to look feminine and as pretty as we can, while still upholding our modesty principles, and still be practical ( sorry, you can't shear sheep in a skirt! :P).
      After all – modesty is of the heart, it should come from a deep desire to honour our Heavenly Father, not only in our outward appearance, but through our actions, in our speech, even in our thoughts. I know that the Lord sees me and my sisters the same when we wear jeans, or when we wear a skirts and dresses… and I believe that through the blood of Jesus Christ, the Lord sees a ransomed daughter, CLOTHED in the righteousness of God. Yes, what we wear should be an outworking and outward display of purity and modesty – but if it is external only, it will amend to nothing. The Lord is most concerned with where our heart is… I just wanted to say, the thing that should be driving us to dress modestly is the deep desire to serve the Lord in all purity. Everyone is on a journey, a 'modesty journey' – I really think it is important to remember this. Remembering this leaves no room for judgement.
      What I appreciate Olivia, is that throughout this blog, you do not impose standards, or rules, but rather encourage us readers with examples of modest apparel, but share with us the deep love you have for your Saviour – and thus pointing us to JESUS. Without Jesus, there would be no point dressing modestly.
      End of my Essay. πŸ˜‰
      God Bless you ^__^
      Em <3

    4. I also agree with all of the above…Though I am an all skirt wearing girl, it is o so true that wearing a skirt can reveal more skin than jeans could.And it is also true that NOT all skirts are more modest than some pants.I personally do wear a skirt still while I am riding with leggings underneath. The thing that I find most pants to be is too shapely revealing.There is such a fine line it seems like! We need to be different than the world while being likeable to do what we are called to the most, sharing the love of Jesus and to save peoples' souls from eternal life in Hell.We have two main things to act out in our life here on earth, being a witness and living out the teachings from the Bible.I have had the verse where it says "Men (general people) look on the outward appearance, but God looks on the heart." used against me before.The person was trying to say in a way that God does not really care what you wear.But what does the rest of this verse say? Man looks on the outward! So it makes sense to me that we use that to both glorify and obey God to draw other people to Him!
      Thanks for reading and hopefully this will bring new understanding to somebody!

    5. Thanks for reading on my comment and understanding my point of view… But, to Rye, I didn't mean wearing cloths that out ancestors would have 'liked'. And no, I spose I did not put it quite right,but… I was just wondering,how is riding a horse in a skirt *dangerous*? And as for the skirt getting pulled up… ? (I wear a handmade split skirt specifically for riding) I did not mean to condemn anything that 'has seams up the middle'. Also,as I said, it wasn't meant for every single person who wears pants on a regular basis, just those who are not truly modest at heart (Like Em said) and use working as an excuse to wear pants immodestly. So,sorry if I rocked your boat, and, to Alexandra, (Hope you don't consider this judging but…)if you consider wearing a skirt riding again you probably should be wearing something underneath anyway,so,if your dress did fly up,you'd be in the same situation as wearing pants. Again,sorry for my somewhat primitive way of thinking. πŸ˜‰ ~R. P.S. As it says in 1st Samuel 16:7,"Man looks at the *outward appearance*,but the Lord looks at the *heart*…" Put an emphasis on BOTH.

    6. I get your point, but it is VERY unsafe around my barn to wear skirts.I've been bit by horses, kicked…while riding, I've ran my leg while wearing all types of skirts, into briars, prickly bushes, even fence posts, and been left in a ton of pain. Plus, try dismounting or mounting a TALL horse in a skirt. Not modest at well. πŸ™‚ I'd also like to mention that I ride quite scary trails sometimes, I rope, which means I come in contact with cows, trying to run their horns into my skirt. πŸ˜‰ Not comfy! In jeans, it's a lot safer. And while I'm in the saddle, I have a jacket or tunic covering my rear, but it puts no emphasis on me. Picture a stretched out skirt and it riding up on my legs. Not very modest. πŸ™‚

      Just my point of view, do what God tells YOU to do, it's different for everyone!

  36. I share many modesty convictions with you, Olivia. I wear skirts almost all the time, and when I do wear jeans, it's with a tunic. Trouble is, I can't seem to find any flattering ones. I'd like to collect more; the only one I have is getting too small. πŸ™‚ Thanks for the encouragement!

  37. Hey Olivia! Thanks for sharing how you wear pants modestly. I'm a skirts on Sundays and Wednesday girl, but the last year I have been incorporating more skirts in. I actually even wear (gasp!) shorts! πŸ™‚ I've got some awesome long cargo shorts with lots of pockets, and I live in them this time of year.

    I have friends the whole gamut- skirts only, mostly skirts, occasionally skirts, never skirts- the whole 9 yards. I've met a few girls that were the among the most immodest I've ever known that were covered from their neck to their ankles in a top and skirt, and yet, they showed far less modesty than another girl I know who wears modest tank tops (as in high necked, appropriate cut, and loose fit) and shorts shorter than I would be comfortable with. Reflecting on these instances really has helped me see that the motivation and intent of our hearts, whether we are cleansed and blood-bought, desiring holiness and following Christ, is where true modesty comes in. As one girl on the 'outside' of skirts only convictions, please know that it hurts when all-skirts girls write us off. Really, really hurts. I can see it in girls faces that they think I'm wrong. I've been snubbed, ignored and overlooked before without any obvious reason besides the fact that I'm not wearing a skirt. Sometimes, if those girls would dig they would find I'm much closer to them conviction wise than they realize. If it's an issue of an AS (all-skirts) girl believing that I may be causing someone to stumble, then by all means, PLEASE let me know. I will prayerfully consider what you have to say. I am very, very hesitant to believe the worst of someone. I, by nature, want to extend the benefit of the doubt. I don't believe that every AS girl would act as they have in a few cases around me. Those incidents have been few and far in between and never would I for a moment generalize every AS girl into that category. The vast majority of my interaction with AS girls has been wonderful and I've got some great AS friends and I love them dearly. I just want to share from my perspective a non-AS viewpoint. All I ask is to please treat me as your sister in Christ. We non-AS people are people too, we have feelings, we love our AS sisters and wouldn't dream of asking you to change your beliefs, God is the one who is in charge of convicting, not us. I hope and pray that this comment will be taken as I intended it to be- a honest sharing, but non-accusatory. You all are my sisters, and we will be spending eternity together in the presence of our King. As we seek to honor and glorify Him in our lives, may we always follow His convictions and leading.

    And I have got to get me some tunics. They are adorable. πŸ™‚

  38. Mmm… would your sister share the recipe? My mom would love these!

    I appreciate your honesty in this post. I hope your example continues to inspire girls to greater femininity!

    Olivia, when you go back to check the photos for lighting, expressions and what your outfit covers =) …do you check what it reveals?
    That tunic is so cheery! Flattering & modest, without being baggy. And like you said, it covers!
    But I was wondering, if you noticed that the curves up the back of your leg are very defined.

    Your dad is the authority God placed in your life. In no way do I want to usurp that.
    What he says goes.
    It is *great* you can run things by him! =)

    And it means a lot that you care about guarding the guys around you; because God simply (wonderfully!) hardwired them a different way than us women.
    As women, our body is designed as a beautiful gift; God created it to glorify Himself, and to enthrall our husband.
    I think you are realizing both the honor of this, and the joy in adorning it with garments that praise our Creator!
    As to that one area; if you could imagine a time down the road, talking with your husband … would he rather keep that part of you for his eyes alone? Might it matter *to him* to have it available to other men's eyes?

    Have you ever imagined Jesus Christ as your Heavenly Bridegroom?
    He is.
    And He is passionately pursuing you!
    It really changed my life when I realized that the Lord Jesus Christ desired to have a genuine, complete, intimate relationship with me.
    And He wants that with *you* too!
    Talk about True Love… Wow!
    Just think how *wonderful* it is, that He desires to have a say (in even the littlest things!) of your life!

    He delights in you!
    He rejoices when your spirit is full of peace and joy, when your actions come from Love. And *all* His gifts are good!

    Olivia, you have a wide circle of influence; both in "real life" and via the internet. I am praying your life will build the women, and men, God brings through your life, up!

    With an older-sister hug, and smile,
    I'm praying that you will keep your joyful spirit; and continue to seek God's input in every area of your heart, desires & life!

  39. Thank you for this post Olivia, I wear skirts all the time but it very nice to see someone who understands its not just that you wear them its how you wear them. Thank you very much!

  40. Thank you so much for showing that you *can* wear jeans modestly, Olivia! Some really great tips on here! I was skirts-only for years, but recently realized that the Lord wanted more of a "balance" in my life, including my clothing choices. I really enjoy seeing other girls who can make jeans look not only modest, but feminine as well!

    1. You cant wear jeans "modestly" no matter what type of shirt you wear. God says that you are not to wear men's clothes, and pants any way you stack it up is men's attire.( Deuteronomy 22:5) God cannot not and will not contradict himself so if he says not to do it, he wont say you can do it………I struggled with this commandment( yes I know its not one of the 10 but if God says do it, or not do it, then its a commandment) for awhile myself, but then God got ahold of my heart and convicted me of my rebellion.( Bc that's what it is like it or not)…… Leena

    2. Leena,

      Women AND men wore robes/tunics in the days that the Bible was written. I'd be interested in hearing your reasons for believing that pants are only men's attire, in light of this.

    3. I used to say that, too, but then I looked at what they wore for undergarments, which like it or not, is basically what we do today. The men had shorter robes and underwear (looked like pants). The women wore an underdress of linen, sometimes fine linen. No pants underneath from what I can see.

  41. Hey Olivia!
    Thank you so much for you fabulous ideas of dressing! I'm generally just a "comfy" dresser and only pull out what is going to be comfortable for right then and it's mostly skirts. I like to wear jeans but sometimes I just ditch the idea because it is such a problem to find the "right" ones =/ I so appreciate your idea of tunics though, cuz jeans really have to be fitted to feel comfortable and then if they are you don't have to be feeling self-conscious of yourself the whole time you're wearing them πŸ™‚ So thanks for the idea and I will be on the lookout for tunics now!

  42. I wear pants pretty frequently, but I've had some problems like the ones you describe. Tunics are a great idea! I'll have to get some next time I go shopping.


  43. Great job Olivia, love it that you never look like a slob but you are always neat and feminine.

    For all of you looking for tunics, I have successfully found them on Old Navy.com, Target.com and a couple of others. You have to type 'tunic' in the search bar for the site, and then filter out the categories so you can see what's available. You will still have to scroll through and pick and choose, because not everyone's definition of tunic is the same, but they can be found! Hope that helps someone!

  44. Just wanted to comment regarding wearing tunics with a skirt. It can be done in a way that does not look frumpy. Somebody mentioned the Duggar sisters as an example so I found a picture of one of them. You can see it here: http://duggarsblog.blogspot.com/2013/05/duggar-sisters.html (third picture of the post, far right, Jill). Fyi, the Duggar sisters dress in a way that is modest and up-to-date.

    The important thing to keep in mind when wearing a tunic or long top with a skirt is the "rule of thirds." In the picture I mentioned above, Jill's outfit works because she has worn the tunic, a long top (2/3), with a short skirt (1/3). When a tunic is worn with a long skirt, it looks frumpy because your eye is drawn to the transition and your brain views the body "chopped" in half. The most flattering outfits are those in which the eye views everything in thirds. A super helpful book for dressing is the book "Color Me Beautiful" by Carole Jackson.

    Hope this is helpful to someone!

    1. Thank you two for posting about the "rule of thirds". I've always noticed that some style combinations looked better than others and now I see a lot of it can be attributed to the "rule of thirds".

  45. Hi Olivia!

    I've followed your blog for a long time, and I love every outfit you post. I personally wear skirts because I felt like God was calling me to modesty (: I've worn long shorts only twice. But, I really like this idea. My family & I go to Canada every year for a month in the fall. It is always super cold, so I like the jeans with the tunic. So cute!


  46. Thank you so much for posting this! I love wearing jeans, but have constantly struggled with wanting to wear something cute but modest. This is just what I needed!

  47. Very cute! I need to find meself some tunics…
    Quick question: is the one-way stretch denim you used in your swimsuit a few posts ago uncomfortable/heavy when it's wet?


  48. Love this so much. Modesty doesn't just mean covering up from head to toe…it's about dressing to please the Lord and show respect for yourself, for Him, and for others.

    I went to a church camp once that had a policy that if you forgot to bring a dress to wear to Sunday service, they'd dress you up in something ridiculous, and they did…think a purple ball skirt with a yellow raincoat and a cowboy hat…I'm still not sure why that was considered a better path than just wearing jeans and a sweater. Who is following the letter of the law, and who is following the spirit of the law?

    I love your blog and have just started following you even though I'm almost twice as old as you! I've always dressed modestly and stylishly out of preference. Modesty gets a bad name, I think because of the "oh my goodness do you realize your ANKLES are showing that's so sinful!!???" crowd. You are such a good example to younger women of how to embrace modesty without looking frumpy and unattractive.

  49. Hi Olivia… have enjoyed reading all the comments and appreciate the candor and gracious ways the young ladies profess their differing standards of dress. Now, unless I missed it, has anyone asked you what the tag in the tunic says? 😎 I would love to have one just like it!

    1. I do believe the brand is Prototype, but I just Googled it and didn't find anything helpful. :-/ Sorry about that!

      ~Emma (Olivia's little sis πŸ™‚

  50. Oh my goodness! I have been following your blog for such a long time now, and every time I visit your blog, you've got the cutest, most adorable outfits!! Also such cute poses! I need to shop were you do! My clothes look so boring compared to yours! You do an awesome job at making things comfortable, but yet keeping it modest. Love your blog!!

  51. Hello , Ann here,
    I absolutely LOVE this look on you !!! My Bible says…modest apparel and I can't
    think of anything more modest than this look and your jeans. You've covered it well
    in this blog, how to do it. At certain functions and tasks, I think it calls MORE
    attention to yourself and guys are wondering now how is she going to hop on that
    4 wheeler, ride that amusement park ride, etc in a skirt/dress. It actually brings
    MORE focus on your body. I know….I have a guy who was single once !!!
    Keep up your wonderful blog. You are a breath of fresh air and modesty. ha

  52. I think you look adorable in this! I agree with several others who point out that wearing skirts when modest pants are more suited to the task, will bring MORE attention rather than focusing on the countenance and the spirit. My 6-year-old daughter and I often dress just like your pictures; she has some cute tunics and jersey leggings that are playground-comfortable but still modest. Thanks for another great and encouraging post!

  53. Love this post, Olivia! I've kind of gone back and forth about jeans through the years and had just recently picked up on the idea you show here. Very cute, modest, and feminine! There are few things I won't do in a skirt but for those few things, I'm definitely trying this. πŸ™‚


  54. The Duggar girls can do everything in skirts and they ware leggings underneath and I think that helps to be more modest. The tunic does help hide your bottom but you can still see the shape of your legs because your pants are tight.

    1. I agree with you. Wearing a tunic over jeans doesn't make them modest. You still see the outline of the leg. Why not be on the safe side and not wear jeans? Wearing them violates God's Word as He said we are not to wear anything pertaining to a man and that includes pants ladies! πŸ™‚

    2. I wear very modest, loose pants because I live on a farm, horseback ride and etc. Trust me, horseback riding-especially in the serious and fast way I do-is NOT modest in skirts. I've tried. :)) There is a time that even long skirts can show a ton of skin, more so than jeans.

  55. Great article, sweetie! I wear skirts most of the time, but there are times when it is better to wear jeans with a long, loose tunic-type top over it. I posted a few photo examples on my blog on how to wear jeans with femininity and modesty. I usually shop thrift stores for jeans and buy cute little sundresses to wear over top.

    I enjoy your blog.

  56. Thanks so much for posting this!! I wear pants most of the time (except when I go to church, of course), but I always make sure they're modest. Sometimes I do feel self-conscious about it, though, and I definitely don't want to be a "stumbling-block" to anyone. So now that I know about the tunic (thanks to you), I'll have to check into that. πŸ™‚

  57. I enjoy seeing your different style ideas. I do however, have to disagree with the pants issue. I don't believe "pants" and "modest" belong in the same sentence. There is never a "needed" time to wear those. Circumstances don't justify violating a principle. The Bible clearly says women are not to wear anything that pertains to a man and vice versa. You wouldn't wear them into God's house would you? Even in a "modest" way? If there is nothing wrong with it, why wouldn't you? If Jesus came to earth and saw you in "modest jeans" would you not be embarrassed? I am not trying to be ignorant, just trying to make you think πŸ™‚

    1. Exactly right my friend! I actually thought my sister posted that because it sounds just like her!!! I tried to get that same point across earlier but it did not come out quite as smooth… Thanks for your comment!

    2. Anonymous, you are clearly misinterpreting scripture. Females who wear pants are in no way in violation of scripture by any extent of the imagination. Pants do not "pertain to a man" in any way. If you believe this, by what scripture are you backing up your belief? Verses in the Bible about "pants" do not exist. Breeches, however, are mentioned a total of five times in scripture. Breeches are underwear that priests, and priests alone were to wear. Never is a non-priestly man mentioned wearing breeches. Which had several specific purposes, such as to collect sweat, as they were worn directly against the body. Samuel, Boaz and Saul were all mentioned wearing skirts. Women were never ever mentioned wearing skirts. So, I guess using this argument, women wearing skirts would be "wearing something that pertains to a man". Also, the sons of Aaron were mentioned wearing bonnets… do you see where this argument takes you? People who enjoy wearing skirts, and believe that doing so earns them favor with God should take a look at what the Bible says. If you believe that wearing a skirt is what God wants you personally to do, more power to you! However, to use the Bible to promote your personal preference or conviction is a misuse of God's word, and its wrong.

    3. I would encourage you to get the book "Dress: The Heart of the Matter" by Shirley Starr. Much better explaning than I! Happy reading πŸ™‚

    4. Katie-did, this is not a matter of what you think or what I think. This is a matter of what God SAYS. Pants are a men's garment.( Deuteronomy 22:5)This is not saying that you cant wear socks because men wear them or t-shirts or belts etc. This is talking about if someone can tell you are a female from a distance without having to look at certain parts of you( I'm sure you know what I mean) If you want verses to back everything up that you are trying to defend, I agree you wont find them! Take smoking. The Bible says NOTHING about not smoking. However, this is where you apply the principle if you smoke you are harming your body and your body is the Temple of the Holy Spirit. Just remember, if you are a Christian God is living inside of you and you need to let people know that. I like to look at life as, if God comes back now, would I be ashamed for HIM to see me?

    5. Another point I'd like to make is that no where does it say in the Bible to a man, "thou shall not wear a dress." But if a man puts on a dress even in today's culture, most people would be outright horrified. A dress is women's clothing, no fuss about it. What is left for men? If you say that pants aren't men's clothing, then you have stripped him of the clothing that gives him his identity as a man. The pants vs. skirts issue isn't only about modesty; it's also about identity. Men and women are distinctly different in their roles, character, and dress. This is how it should be. In my life I want to give man his identity back and embrace my own identity as a woman. I want to defy the feministic thinking that has infiltrated our culture and follow God's calling and command. I so want to encourage you, my sisters, to do the same! And you know, the more womanly we are, the more manly men will be. (And you don't have to wear pink and ruffles to be womanly. πŸ™‚

      Thanks for reading,
      A sister in Christ

  58. Thank you for this post! I'm in college and I have been going back and forth on the issue of modesty for a couple years at this point. I've gotten no help from my family, who always say that no where in the Bible does it say women shouldn't wear pants. My family is a Homeschooling Christian family and both my parents are very close to God, we just seem to interpret the Bible in different ways.

    I recently decided to switch to wearing only skirts, and since it's summer it has been rather easy. School starts back up in a couple weeks and it is going to be difficult for me. My backpack causes my skirt to ride up, and there is no way to get around that. I have to have a backpack. I, then, also spend a lot of time sitting on the ground, and I can't do that very easily in a skirt since I don't wear floor length skirts because they don't flatter my pear-shaped body. I wear knee-length and mid-calf length skirts.

    The idea of a tunic is absolutely perfect! I LOVE my skinny jeans, and already miss wearing them. I went out today and bought some tunic patters and am going to make a few this week. It's the perfect solution. Thanks for the great idea!


  59. LOVE IT! Another couple of options: wear opaque leggings under a shorter skirt (I bought some fleece-lined black tights today at Wal-Mart), or wear pants/modest shorts that look like a skirt. I have a pair like this, they have a long piece of cloth that runs over the front. I didn't even realize I was holding pants until I put them on! (I also wear pretty much only skirts and dresses.)

  60. I haven't read all of these beautiful comments that people are sharing, so I am not sure if someone already posted this idea. A way I like to wear jeans is with a longer (long enough to cover your bottom even when you bend down) sweater. I'm pretty sure lots of you guys seen this method. They are cute, more baggy sweaters that are modest and easy to wear. Just another idea to add to your amazing post! Thank you so much, Olivia! <3

    Ashley B.

  61. I find it soooooo sad that so many comments are criticizing your outfit! Olivia you are beautiful, do not allow these legalistic commenters deter you! All the negative comments, funny enough are from anonymous people.

    I find being dressed head to you to be IMMODEST, look up the word modesty. When you attract MORE attention to you by only wearing long skirts, high neck lines, jumpers etc you are drawing attention to yourself which is in turn immodest. So really, you are being the opposite of what you want to do.

    Another thing, a man can look, and not necessarily list after a woman. I think all of the anti- pant wearers need to learn that. And you cannot control another person's thoughts. And a man, can also lust after a woman Ina long skirt.

    As for the Deuteronomy verse, lol.. Men wore robes back then. So, really, lol, I guess you are saying women shouldn't be wearing dresses. Oh and shirts and shoes are worn by men too! I guess those are out too.

  62. Thankyou for this post. I am a newly saved Christian and have been having convictions about modesty and have been slowly transforming my wardrobe. I work in the dental field so I wear scrubs on a daily basis, but when I do wear street clothes, I try to wear skirts and dresses when possible. the problem is, I don't have that many to choose from so this post is very helpful in styling the jeans that I have modestly. keep doing what you're doing, this blog is very helpful for new Christians like me :).

  63. I definitely agree with everything you said. That is exactly how I feel about (tight) jeans. I also LOVE tunics. When I saw the outfit you were wearing I was thinking, "That is so cute!" πŸ˜‰

  64. The Bible only states that men should look like men and women should look like women. To me, short hair on women is WAY more of an issue than pants. If you want to dress how the Bible tell us to, then we should wear robes, both men and women. Looser fitting pants are more modest than a knee length skirt! Some creeps actually have a thing for a skirt over pants due to how uncommon it is! I am a very modest, conservative girl. I do not see an issue with wearing pants as long as they are modest.

  65. Just an idea – if you can not find specifically "tunics" buy dresses that are way too short and wear them over jeans. (it also gives you the freedom to then buy the dresses that you absolutely love but don'T think you shoudl really be wearing because they show, well, basically everything but the butt lol). but yeah, WAY easier to find than tunics, esapecially if you hit up a thrift store of have old dresses from when you were younger/shorter. Just figured I'd share. (for example, some of the "public" pics on my facebook.) https://www.facebook.com/photo.php?fbid=10155349173155713&set=a.10152009335040713.881174.521410712&type=3&theater and https://www.facebook.com/photo.php?fbid=10156261226260713&set=a.10150258929060713.481946.521410712&type=3&theater . but form fitting ones work great too. Also…harem pants!! Seriously!!! Perfect blend of something that looks like a pretty skirt, allows complete and total range of movement, and means you don'T have tight things on your legs (leggings) lol. and yeah. If I had a pic available somewhere I would post a link. I have one, showing me wearing some and it looks like a skirt, from front AND back, and then i show doing kicks in them lol. but it is not readily available. For real, if specifically get ones that you may think would be too large, and then just sorta play with the positioning a bit, and they look like a voluminous skirt. Just some more alternatives for any who may be ineterested is all. Your page is good. πŸ™‚

  66. Very interesting! I've recently been looking into dressing more modestly…I thought I'd have to get rid of my trousers (I'm not that girly and have been living in them for years!) As some argue that trousers can't be modest, as they pertain to a man and was worrying if they were acceptable occasionally ' i.e. "that time of the month" to avoid any embarrassment!
    …so thank you for sharing that in fact you CAN dress modestly in trousers…brilliant idea with the tunic! I will definitely be on the look out it the charity shops for tunics!πŸ˜€
    Rebecca, UK.

  67. Hi. I appreciate you for writing this article and posting the pics. It took me two years to give myself over to wearing only skirts and have been doing so for almost six years. Contrary to what most people have told me, I did not make this decision for an organization or even for modesty. After I got saved I was really convicted about how and why I used to dress the way I did and how those styles played a role in my life choices. Because of this, He gave me a desire to draw myself closer to Him by giving myself over complete to Him-even with how I dressed. I know this is not for everyone, but I know it was what I needed at that point of my walk with Him. I have now recently begun to consider reintroducing pants into my wardrobe (of course in a much more modest way compared to my past days lol). While I REALLY like these ideas and your posts, I am concerned that most of them will not work for me because of my body style. I am, let's just say, 'well-endowed' lol from the back with a smaller upper body. I think this is typically the pear-shaped body (I've been researching this for a few months now lol). Does anyone have any ideas how I could dress jeans modestly without adding any more girth to my lower body? My desire is to stay modest in whatever I wear, while maintaining a put-together and neat appearance. Right now I feel like most of these outfits would make me look frumpy, and thrown-together and heavier than I really am. Don't get me wrong, I don't concern myself with comparing myself to worldly and whatever the current socially acceptable opinions are. It's more about making sure I feel my outfit outwardly reflects the inward confidence and care I have in my faith πŸ™‚ i know I'm probably not making much sense but I'm much better at expressing myself verbally lol If anyone could post some pics of ideas I'd appreciate the help! May God richly bless all of you!!

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