The LDS Daily WOOL© Archive - Modesty in Dress

"Modesty in dress is a quality of mind and heart, born of respect for oneself, one's fellowmen, and the Creator of us all. Modesty reflects an attitude of humility, decency, and propriety. Consistent with these principles and guided by the Holy Spirit, let parents, teachers, and youth discuss the particulars of dress, grooming, and personal appearance, and with free agency accept responsibility and choose the right." — Friend, June 1971, p. 3

"The daughters of Israel should understand what fashions they should have, without borrowing from the impure and unrighteous." — Brigham Young, Journal of Discourses, 12:220

"In forsaking the great principle of modesty, society has paid a price in the violation of a greater but related principle--that of chastity. The purveyors of the concept of irresponsible sexual relations that degrade and brutalize the participants have grossly masqueraded and completely missed the purpose of these divine gifts." — James E. Faust, The Dignity of Self, General Conference, April 1981

"It is displeasing to the Spirit of the Lord for persons to array themselves in any way whatever that is disgusting to the eye of the pure and the prudent. There is not a Latter-day Saint nor a Former-day Saint that ever did, or ever will expect to see any such customs or fashions when they get into heaven. If they were to see an angel, they would see a being beautifully but modestly dressed, white, comely and nice to look upon." — Brigham Young, Journal of Discourses, 15:162

"President Kimball delivered a great talk many years ago at Brigham Young University entitled 'A Style of Our Own.' He encouraged us not to be among those who would follow worldly, immodest styles, but to have the courage to dress in a way which will send a message that our standards are different.  Our dress will reflect the way we intend to live, founded on principles of the gospel of our Lord and Savior.  It is impossible to expect a child who has been taught to love to dress in the immodest style trends of the day, to then change overnight to an entirely different wardrobe when they enter a Church university or a missionary training center, or when they are married in the temple, or even when they dress for the Sabbath day.  Modest, proper styles must be taught almost from birth." — L. Tom Perry, Train Up A Child, General Conference, October 1988

“When firmly planted, your testimony of the gospel, of the Savior, and of our Heavenly Father will influence all that you do throughout your life. It will help to determine how you spend your time and with whom you choose to associate. It will affect the way you treat your family, how you interact with others. It will bring love, peace, and joy into your life. It should help you determine to be modest in your dress and in your speech. In the past year or so we have noticed a dramatic change in the way some of our young women are dressing. Styles in clothing change; fads come and go; but if the dress styles are immodest, it is important that our young women avoid them. When you dress modestly, you show respect for your Heavenly Father and for yourself. At this time, when dress fashions are styled after the skimpy clothing some of the current movie and music idols are wearing, it may be difficult to find modest apparel in clothing stores. However, it is possible, and it is important. The Apostle Paul declared: ‘Know ye not that ye are the temple of God, and that the Spirit of God dwelleth in you? . . . The temple of God is holy, which temple ye are.’  You know the truth; live it.” - Thomas S. Monson, “Be Thou an Example,” Ensign (CR), April 2005

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