Religious Wisdom: Modest Dress Code

Modest Dress Code:

Christian Perspective on Modest Dress:

“I also want women to dress modestly, with decency and propriety, not with braided hair or gold or pearls or expensive clothes…” (1 Timothy 2:9)

“A woman shall not wear anything that pertains to a man, nor shall a man put on a woman’s garment, for all who do so are an abomination to the LORD your God” (Deuteronomy 22:5)

Islamic Perspective on Modest Dress:

“O children of Adam, we have bestowed upon your clothing to conceal what should be concealed, and as a fine adornment — and the garment of righteousness, that is best.” (Al-A’rāf 7:26)

“tell your wives and your daughters and the women of the believers to wrap their outer garments (the jilbab) around themselves. That is more suitable so that they will be known as pious women, and not be harassed.” (Al-Ahzāb 33:59)

The Quran instructs men to “lower their gaze and guard their modesty; that will make for greater purity for them” (4:30).

“For Muslim men and women, for believing men and women, for devout men and women, for true men and women, for men and women who are patient and constant, for men and women who humble themselves, for men and women who give in Charity, for men and women who fast, for men and women who guard their chastity, and for men and women who engage much in Allah’s praise — for them Allah has prepared forgiveness and great reward” (Quran 33:35).

“To lower their gaze from looking at women with desire other than their wives, and to protect themselves from fornication. That is purer for them.” (An-Nūr 24:30)

“What is below the ankles of a lower garment will be in the Fire.” (Reported by Al-Bukhārī, no. 793)

“The lower garment of the believer should come to the mid-calf, but there is no sin on him if it comes between that point and the ankle. But whatever is lower than the ankle is in the Fire.”

“Allah will not look at the one who lets his lower garment drag on the floor out of vanity.” (Reported by Ibn Mājah, no. 3704)

The Rules of Modest Dress:

Traditional Christianity rules:

For women:

  • No slacks “because they immodestly reveal the feminine contours of upper leg, thigh, and hip”
  • No makeup
  • No low necklines
  • No sleeveless dresses or shirts
  • No very tight or very thin clothes
  • No dress hemlines at or above the knee
  • No sleeves above the elbow
  • Uncut hair
  • No jewelry or accessories for women Isaiah 3:16–25 & Isaiah 3:16–23
  • No braided hair, no nice clothes, no gold jewelry 1 Timothy 2:9

For men:

  • No hair covering the tops of a man’s ears
  • No hair touching a man’s collar

For Both Men & Women:

Traditional Islamic rules:

  • Clothing must cover the entire body except for the face and hands when in the company of non-related males.
  • Clothing must be loose, so the shape of the body is not seen.
  • Thick enough so that it is not see-through.
  • Should not resemble the clothing of men.
  • Should not be ostentatious.
  • Should not be perfumed when around unrelated men (non-mahrams).

For men:

  • Clothing must conceal whatever is between the navel and knee.
  • Must be loose, and not see-through, so that the private areas remain concealed (by loose, not tight garments).
  • All garments must be above the ankle bone.
  • Should not resemble the clothing of women.
  • They should not resemble something that merely seeks to imitate un-Islamic practices/fashions (e.g. clothing of Buddhists, priests, rabbis, hip-hop artists, movie stars, etc.)
  • It cannot be made of silk or colored/dyed with saffron.

According to the demographic Clothing Items Worn by Muslims:








Shalwar Kameez:


Ghutra and Egal:





Keffiyeh or Shemagh:



Old woman wearing a sefsari in Tunis.
























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Raja Muhammad Mustansar Javaid

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Writer | network engineer | Traveler | Biker | Polyglot. I’m so deep even the ocean gets jealous