How to Stay Modest in a Costume

When you're wearing a costume for a performance or recital, it can be hard to stay modest because your instructor chooses what you will wear and you are expected to look like your peers. Dance costumes often show off your body more than normal clothes because the focus is on the lines your body creates while dancing. It may be difficult to dress modestly while performing in costume, but it's not impossible.

Check out what guys have to say on the subject:
"What's appropriate can vary in different situations. It would normally be immodest to turn up to, say, school or church in a leotard, but there can be appropriate contexts such as artistic or sporting performances." - age 21
"These sorts of clothes are fine in their context. Being distracted by them is a problem on the guy's end, not the girl's." - age 19
"I'd say, if a girl can avoid wearing such outfits, it would be nice if they would." - age 26
"I think that doing anything with the intention of showing off the body can be considered immodest." - age 19
[responses from therebelution]
I think the biggest point I could make here is that when your heart is in the right place, everything else will fall into place as well. Make sure the dances you perform and the costumes you wear are done to show off your ability and not your body.
To tidy up your costume, politely ask your dance instructor if you could wear a tank top under your crop top. You can find them almost anywhere and they're pretty inexpensive. (I got mine at Target in several different colors.) If you're worried about showing too much leg, perhaps you could wear tights or leggings under your shorts, or opt for a longer pair of shorts if possible. Be sure to explain to your dance instructor why you wish to tweak your costume. If you're worried she'll say no, pray that God will work things out before you confront her. Have fun dancing!


  1. Dear Melissa... I have wavy hair, but I straighten it. Of course, my hair gets wavy after it gets wet. Is there a way to permenatly make it straight, kind of like the opposite of a perm? Thanks!

  2. Dear Melissa,
    Hi! I am a brand new blogger, and have recently discovered your blog. I absolutely adore the beauty tips, how to's, trends, etc. I was wondering if you would mind if I put your URL address down for my blog. It would be a thing where I put down different websites like mine, like recommendations. By the way, I love the tips on the modest costumes. I have had several encounters with those sort of scenarios, and ugh, I wish I had had your fashion advice back then! :)


  3. Oh and by the way, this is my blog. I forgot to put the URL :)



  4. Adelyn,
    Thanks for commenting! I'll totes check out your blog in a sec. And of course you can recommend my blog, I would LOVE that. ;)

  5. Your welcome :) I did (well, am in the process of writing the post)! Oh and, I think your word "totes" is completely parfait (french for perfect, and my word)! I cannot wait to see more of your posts :)


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