“Lust is a sin of two; if but one party be wise, both escape.”
—Thomas Adams on Modesty and Uncleanness

Paul Washer:
“Here are some very important questions that I always ask young men. Are you attracted to her biblical beauty or are you attracted to her sensuality? Sensuality proceeds from a wicked heart. In Mark 7:21-23 For from within, out of the heart of men proceed the evil thoughts, fornication, thefts, murders, adultery, deeds of covetousness, wickedness, as well as deceit, sensuality, evil, slander pride and foolishness. Also sensuality is a deed of the flesh. Galatians 5:19 The deeds of the flesh are evident which are immorality, impurity, sensuality. A woman can properly be called beautiful. A women can properly be called elegant. But a woman who is sensual has an evil heart.”

“I do not so much have to pray up when I’m preaching under a tent in inner-city San Antonio, but I have to pray up and know that I am walking with the Lord when I walk into an average Baptist church because of the way most people dress. And you say, “It’s legalism.” No it’s not. They’re commands in the Bible. It doesn’t say we’re all supposed to dress like a Puritan, but it does say we’re supposed to be decent and cause no offense or stumbling. “Well you can’t judge a book by its cover.” Yes you can! Jesus said you can; by their fruits you will know them.”

“Modesty is rarely seen in this generation of Christians. Many who claim Christ are as uncovered, lewd, and brazen as the world.”

“This is going to make you mad, and I’m talking to boys and girls. Radical Christians are those who do not dress sensually in order to show off their bodies. If your clothing is a frame for your face, God is pleased with your clothing. If your clothing is a frame for your body, it’s sensual and God hates what you’re doing.”

Below you will find sermons, books, podcasts, videos, and articles on modesty. I strive to draw lines only where God has drawn them and to link to resources accordingly.

I am working on listing shops that sell modest clothing, including modest swimwear. This page, as the others, will be updated with new resources from time to time so make sure you check back. https://www.neverthirsty.org/bible-studies/topical-bible-studies/biblical-modesty-for-women/




The above is the first of a 16 sermon on The Virtuous Woman by Pastor Jeff Pollard

Christian Modesty in Dress – What Does the Bible Teach? by Rev David Silversides (sermon)

Christian Modesty by Jess Stanfield

Modesty Heart Check


Jessica Rey – The evolution of the swim suit

Modesty: A Fraught Topic | Doug Wilson

Modesty: A Theology

Evolution of the Bikini: Is Modesty Making a Comeback?

On Female Dress – Modest Apparel: From The Collected Works of John Newton

Christian Immodesty of Clothing, The Public Undressing of the Church Part 1

Christian Immodesty; The Public Undressing of the Church Part 2

Ladies, Does How You Dress Cause Men to Lust? – Al Martin

Validating the Gospel in Modesty: Modesty and the Gospel -Albert N Martin (a Baptist Pastor)

How a Christian Woman is to Adorn Herself – Paul Washer

The Truth about Modesty


“Modesty Matters” – Part 1 [How we Dress]

“Modesty Matters” – Part 2 [How we Dress]

Wretched: Hey Lady!

Modesty and the Christian Woman

Modesty – A Guy’s View

Online resources

MODEST APPAREL by Free Grace Broadcaster

Biblical Modesty for Women

Modesty Heartcheck


The Public Undressing of America by Jeff Pollard

Modesty: More Than a Change of Clothes by Martha Peace and Kent Keller

A Return to Modesty: Discovering the Lost Virtue by Wendy Shalit

The Beauty of Modesty: Cultivating Virtue in the Face of a Vulgar Culture by David J. Vaughan and Diane Vaughan

Here are a few more, recommended by a friend
Colleen Hammond — Dressing With Dignity
Shaunti Feldman — For Women Only
Shirley M. Starr — Dress, A Reflection Of The Heart
Doug Sehorne — Modesty, A Deeper Understanding

Dana Gresh — Secret Keeper, The Delicate Power of Modesty
David Cloud — Dressing for the Lord
David Kidd — The Fall and Rise of Christian Standards
Elizabeth Rice Handford — Your Clothes Say It For You
Cathy Corle — Modesty Matters
Cathy Corle — What In The World Should I Wear?

Tertullian — On The Apparel of Women
Also writings by Padre Pio
Also writings by Marian Horvat

Where to purchase modest clothing or patterns?

Cattle Kate
April Cornell
Lilies of the field
Historical Emporium
Modest Apparel USA
New Creation
Classic Clothing Store
Soft Surroundings
The Tea Rose Home
The Graceful Lady
Wild West Mercantile
Mikarose Clothing

Photo by Ron Lach : https://www.pexels.com/photo/young-woman-in-white-dress-reading-book-in-park-10660550/