Modesty reflects our inner confidence

Lilly Moore, staff writer

As it heats up summer comes around, it is more common that people are seen showing more and more skin, wearing clothes made to gain the attraction of others. Low necked shirts, shorts that really are not long enough to even be called short, and translucent fabrics–because for some reason opaque is no longer cool–are worn in every setting no matter how inappropriate for that area it might be.()The culprit of this new trend comes from what society looks for, and what they find in the media. The media glamorizes being immodest, showing more skin, and being “sexy”. Clothing is a gateway to attention as pop stars and celebrities promote wearing less clothing in order to gain affection, attention, and acceptance. We are taught that what we wear determines our worth. With these societal ideals engrained in our brains, we go out and buy the clothes that will be liked, that show more skin, and the clothes that will attract attention–the immodest clothes that will make us feel loved and confident.()But our value should not come from the clothes we wear. Confidence in the belief that you are attractive even if you don’t wear clothes showing more skin, needs to be encouraged. Changing our thinking about what it means to be attractive, away from the media’s definition, would bring about a new respect for modesty. Yes, it may be cliché that true beauty is on the inside not the outside, but even more than that, confidence in who you are means that clothes are not used to prove yourself to others. Attractiveness does not only come from wearing less clothes.We should no longer wear certain types of clothing simply to get the attention of other people and to feel valuable, but be confident in who we are inside and out, treating our bodies with respect. And respecting ourselves includes being modest.()When we gain confidence in who we are, there is no longer a need to gain affection from others through what we wear. With confidence comes respect for ourselves, and respect enough to wear clothes that are not provocative, but part of who we are and our own values, not others’.