FWOTW: Really Really ModestApparelUSA.com

Loyal SFL reader Erin sent along today’s fundy website pick of the week: modestapparelusa.com.

I think that it goes without saying that if you’ve ever owned a maternity culotte slip, you’re probably a fundamentalist.

And yes they are available up to size 4xlarge. (I’ll leave you for a moment to ponder that.)

Since it’s also important to be modest in your own bedroom (one doesn’t want to be a stumbling block after all), the discerning fundamentalist lady can avail herself of a Blue Paisley Flannel Nightgown (only available in XL).


This item is also known as the “Gotta Headache” and is one of the few methods of birth control that fundamentalists approve of.

And what’s this I see? They’re selling copies of Your Clothes Say It For You by Elizabeth Rice Handford?

Ahhh. Suddenly the entire site begins to make a lot more sense.

35 thoughts on “FWOTW: Really Really ModestApparelUSA.com”

  1. Isn’t it interesting that the site only sells items for women? I guess it’s just not that hard for men; we don’t need any special products. We just can’t wear shorts.

  2. You know, the idea that the slightest hint of a woman’s figure is toxic sexual poison does much more to make a woman into a sex object than any bikini ever could.

    1. I know this is a little late, but I just saw this post and checked out the website. They had a form for contacting them, so I did. I wrote them a little email, which I will quote here:

      “I’m just wondering why you don’t offer any modest apparel for men? Are there any websites that do? The modest man is a handsome man, and what about those women who find men’s apparel a stumblingblock? This is really a missing and needed category of fashion in the Christian world.”

      I’ll let you all know if there’s any reply.

  3. Wow. . .this brought back some memories (bad and good).

    Bad–HORRIBLE clothing I was forced to wear growing up. . .

    Good– Reading that book “Your Clothes Say it For You” as a teenager w/ a group of friends and laughing so hard we cried.

    Yeah, that nightgown would definitely constitute birth control.

  4. This modesty thing is the most silly thing in fundy land. I know that many people of faith buy this but the truth is definately different. I went to the web site and looked at the picture of the model. In about 10 seconds I physically sized her up. Just about any male older than 15 years can do this fairly accurately. It is a mental exercise simular to “guess what is wrapped in your present” that we play a Christmas or on our birthdays.

    Reality is that modesty begins and ends in the mind of the viewer. I have a responsibility to control my thoughts 24/7 no matter what I see. Dressing more modest than the local culture is a waste of time and money. If I were a fundy female, I would work real hard to give my husband something to remember behind the closed door and in public enough to keep him remembering.

  5. @JimE and Jordan: if women dressing “modestly” solved men’s lust issues, then rape, prostitution, adultery, etc., would be absolutely unheard of in countries with strict Islamic dress codes. In fact, quite the opposite is true. One could make a pretty convincing case that focusing so much on women’s “modesty” actually encourages all sorts of sexual sin, since it takes the responsibility off the man to control himself.

    Besides, if you take the view that view that 1 Timothy 2:9 is either primarily or entirely talking about not dressing ostentatiously and drawing attention to oneself (“women should adorn themselves in respectable apparel, with modesty and self-control, not with braided hair and gold or pearls or costly attire”), than wearing things like culottes, which draw a lot of undue attention to oneself, would actually be dressing IMmodestly. That’s not even touching on the fact that, well, it’s quite easy on a stairwell or on a windy day to see up someone’s dress or culottes.

  6. One more comment: speaking as a woman, this whole “modesty” and “visual stimulation” thing isn’t a one-way street. I’ve seen *plenty* of women turned on by looking at men’s physiques. ‘Nuff said.

  7. JimE. said: “If I were a fundy female, I would work real hard to give my husband something to remember behind the closed door and in public enough to keep him remembering.”

    If I were a fundy female, I would smack my husband upside the head with my KJB if he tried to blame me for his wandering eyes.

  8. What it is about fundies that they completely absolve the man of all responsibility for controlling himself and put the responsibility on the woman to wear “modest clothing”?

    Are fundy men so weak? Are fundy women so alluring? And how do these fundy men function in the real world of “immodestly” clothed women?

    Next on the fundy agenda – burkhas.

  9. “You know, the idea that the slightest hint of a woman’s figure is toxic sexual poison does much more to make a woman into a sex object than any bikini ever could.”

    So true.

  10. Now that’s a special kind of set apart.

    Never mind that even after equipping the whole family with modest swimwear, you still can’t visit a public place for all the worldly influence present. One might be tempted to wonder if $60 a pop is worth it to keep dad and brother from stumbling…

  11. That nightgown reminds me of the early 20th century American Christian belief that all sex is basically bad and the only good purpose for it is having children. This idea unfortuanately is still implied in fundyville by websites and groups such as this one.

  12. So i just went to the modest clothes site’s link above and the first thing i see when i get there is a baby sucking on a lady’s chest…?? They have to wear a slip under their maternity culottes, but their allowed to let the child fill up at random? Lol, whatev.

    1. Mindy, I am actually MUCH happier now than I ever was when I used to go to First Baptist Church, Hammond. In fact, I think sad is the last word I would think of to define this group. Crazy, funny, strong, intelligent, at peace, teachable, informative, loving, kind… I could go on and on, but sad would never make it into the list. But thanks for your input. (I wish there were a little yellow sarcasm smile.)

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