First of all I really love Quaker Jane.
She has written so many great things and among my favorites is how she detailed some different kinds of plain dressing or modest dressing.
At her site you'll find well written descriptions and good photographic evidence.
You'll see there the categories of:
This is very helpful because this kind of thinking can bring some clarity to what path one is on.
Jumping off of what Quaker Jane has shared let me ask some questions:
Are YOU called to plainness?
A modern look? (Professionals for one example)
A Prairie look?
Dresses only? (no pants, not even when white water rafting)
Anabaptist? (Mennonite, Amish, Hutterite, Charity, etc.)
Victorian? (or the Civil War period for USA)
European Folk Peasant? (love that one personally)
Eastern European Orthodox?
Jewish modesty of the modern variety?
Jewish modesty of the ancient variety?
Pilgrim? (or Puritan Era--early American colonists)
Islamic look -- yet Christian?
Uniform Religious? (certain cape dresses for community living)
The American "church-y" look?---(think Mormon or Bill Gothard)
Monk's Robes (another that I'm strongly drawn to but don't want to look like a satanist)
The Twelve Tribes (long modest skirts or huge pants w/tunics)
A combination of all of the above?
Does working outside the home influence the modesty choices we need to make? Or being a stay at home mother?
Do we know our calling in this area of modest dress?
Have we sought the Lord with all of our heart and strength for direction in this area?
Are we copying someone else instead of following our leadings from Jesus?
Are the clothing styles we were formerly drawn to influencing us to a huge degree or have we completely "dropped" all that we once thought attractive?
Do we consults our husbands? (if available)
All these questions about modest dressing and we haven't even touched head covering and all of its many varieties. Hanging veils, bonnets, prayer shawls, various scarves, chapel doilies, beanies, Kapps, etc.
I know some things for certain.
One of them is this: The Lord is the Good Shepherd.
I also (humbly) think that if we remember our simple place as His sheep then we may arrive at what our own calling is in every respect, even our clothing.
I know another thing. We are individuals. Judging one another's choices is not charitable. Our walk, our path, our relationship to Jesus and how that is expressed or ignored will be individual.
We ought not judge another's servant....
"3 Let not him who eats despise him who does not eat, and let not him who does not eat judge him who eats; for God has received him. 4 Who are you to judge another’s servant? To his own master he stands or falls. Indeed, he will be made to stand, for God is able to make him stand. 5 One person esteems one day above another; another esteems every day alike. Let each be fully convinced in his own mind." Rom 14:3-5
And, as Paul pointed out with the example of keeping certain days, we ought to be fully convinced in our own minds on our "take" on modesty.
But let's not foist that "take" unto others.
Let's be loving and faithful to the Lord Jesus. Let's follow Him to the best of our ability.