Dressing Modestly In The Heat

General Tips

I’ve used mens Hanes White Cotton T-shirts  for years during the summer months, I just really loved the material, and they saved me many times. I wore them underneath regular clothing, ones that sometimes are low-cut, or sleeveless otherwise, and the t-shirt just gives a nice, airy cover-up. I had cut the sleeves to my preferred length and also cut the collar off.


BUT, this was before I learned about half-tees (which you can make out of these same t-shirts if you are on a budget). Personally, I still like the coverage of the full t-shirt, just because the shirts I wear in the summer are SO thin they are almost see-through. But half-tees can be extremely helpful for any outfit.


Half Tee from Amazon
Modli Basic halftee in red.
Black Cropped Tank Layer Shell - Viscose Lycra
Modli – layering shell



You can probably just make your own Half Tee!

Or maybe you just need cute little blouse button I just stumbled upon on Pinterest! (This is also something you can easily DIY.)

blouse button card


During the summer months avoiding layers IS the best; and thin, loose clothing is key. I buy these tank tops from Walmart and use them as under-t-shirts (they smooth the bra-lines and give me extra confidence when I feel my shirt is too thin). I wear them backward and they give more upper coverage. I also buy them a tad larger, so they are not as tight, the picture below looks way too tight in my honest opinion. But if it’s worn below your clothing it really doesn’t matter, and it’s up to you if you feel comfortable with tighter clothing under there 🙂

 Layering tank tops can also be purchased at the Skirt Outlet; these are actually made for layering and have an even higher neckline than the Walmart tank tops.

Modest Layering Tank Top WHITE the skirt outlet!  Amazing website for girls/women looking for modest clothes.
From the Skirt Outlet



From Halftee.com











Clip on camisoles are something new (to me at least) that one of my best friends told me about; she just wears tops she finds at Walmart (and Thrift Stores), that are thin and comfy, and she uses the clip on underneath. At first, I thought it wasn’t going to work for me because I am plus sized and the clip on didn’t hold tight enough to cover enough area when I bent down and such, but I found that if I wrapped the snaps around the bra strap twice and then snapped it closed, it gives an excellent fit. This is REALLY helpful, especially for those shirts that are perfect except-for-that-drooping-neckline !

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Usually, I wear a slip, or a second (white) petticoat-like   eyelet skirt underneath my skirts in the cooler months, but during summer the last thing I want to do is wear more than one layer of skirt, so instead of this, and to save my poor chafing legs, I wear these Danskin shorts. They are so far the best hack I have encountered for Summer Modesty. They are great coverage under skirts and keep your legs from rubbing together in the heat. And I can tell you that wearing these shorts is actually a lot less hot than wearing just the skirt.

Danskin Now Women's Dri-More 12" Bermuda Shorts

Also, a great tip is to look for these items not just online but in the stores; especially the Thrift stores (though make sure the shorts look brand new, wouldn’t want an old pair of well-worn shorts that someone else had…). It’s amazing what you can find at thrift stores! I have found many items that have great elasticity and thin-ness that I love, from thrift stores. So, keep that option open. 🙂

Fabrics such as the maxi skirts I have found to be great in the summer months. One skirt especially, matched with the shorts before mentioned are my number one staple during the really hot and muggy days. It’s wider but feels like you are wearing almost nothing. I love it. I actually found one that looks the exact same on eBay as the one I have, so it gives you a better idea; only mine is almost half shorter and a tad more flared 🙂

 Faded Glory is one of my favorite clothing lines for summer t-shirts. And I have found the t-shirts from Time&Tru from Walmart, with the Walmart tank tops underneath are really comfy. I like to sew the sleeves a bit higher and add some lace whenever I feel like dressing more feminine. 😉

Faded Glory Women's Essential Short Sleeve Crewneck T-Shirt
Faded Glory
Time And Tru Women's Short Sleeve V-Neck T-Shirt










Something I’ve done last year as well that was really comfortable was wear a cover-up/shrug over a tank top. Making sure the tank top wasn’t too low cut or showing any bra-straps, I just wore a shirt like this one over it. The tank top wasn’t tight either, so it worked out very well!

It looks something like this, but a bit less low-cut:Related image

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Crochet Shrug

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 You can also find light, thin, summer cardigan shrugs to wear over tank tops as well.

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Just don’t forget your clip-on camisole to cover up those dipping necklines 😉

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 The best fabrics to look out for are:

  • Cotton…
  • Linen..
  • Rayon. …
  • Silk. …
  • Georgette. …
  • Jersey. …
  • Chambray. …
  • Seersucker…

Easy Sewing:

You can add sleeves and a higher neckline very easily! Plus there are other little tricks you can do if you know how to sew! Here are a few ideas!

 DIY skirt extender:



DIY flutter sleeve:

DIY T-shirt dress:

 DIY easy summer dress:easy sewing tutorial for this simple dress made from a free tee pattern


Dresses & Maternity/Nursing Wear:

If you’ve got either the cash or the sewing know-how OR you’re just really good at finding things in stores & thrift shops, lightweight dresses are the best for summertime. They are my personal favorite; especially if they are of t-shirt material. Plus, they look really cute and feminine. Just don’t forget your bloomers 😉

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Latched Mama Cotton Nursing T-Shirt
LatchedMamma.com offers many great nursing clothes! Like this cotton t shirt!




Latched Mama Racerback Nursing Tank
LatchedMama.com sleeveless Shirts like these would go great with lace shrugs or a summer cardigan!



Drawstring T-Shirt Maxi 2.0
another latchedmama.com find!



Great for nursing mothers!
Nursing Half Tee from Amazon!

More great Maternity wear ideas here:



God bless, and remember, it will be hot and muggy whatever you wear, perhaps the heat is God asking for us to do more penance 😉



12 thoughts on “Dressing Modestly In The Heat

  1. You want to go back to the times when veils for women were compulsory or short sleeves were also forbidden? I am a Catholic myself , in fact a member of the Neo Cathecumenal Way but enough is enough! I remember a Maltese Jesuit priest who used to say that to wear pants in church they must wear a long jacket. Can I ask why?

    On Sun, Apr 1, 2018 at 3:43 AM, Catholic Modesty wrote:

    > Jacinta Boudreau posted: “General Tips I’ve used mens Hanes White Cotton > T-shirts for years during the summer months, I just really loved the > material, and they saved me many times. I wore them underneath regular > clothing, ones that sometimes are low-cut, or sleeveless otherwise,” >


    1. Jacinta Boudreau April 2, 2018 — 1:35 AM

      If you would’ve read more about this website you’d notice that the point of this website is not to promote the false idea that not veiling and bare shoulders are an intrinsic evil (because they are not). It is to explain the facts and give helpful tips for those wanting to dress more modestly. It’s not forcing anything down anyone’s throats, it is giving the information in Charity, and leaving the person to do what they will with that information. I don’t know where your ideas are coming from but, perhaps next time look around a bit better before judging eh 😉
      God bless

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  2. ladylandrygmailcom April 1, 2018 — 11:25 PM

    This one doesn’t speak Modesty to me.


    1. Jacinta Boudreau April 2, 2018 — 1:35 AM

      How so?


  3. I admit that there are a lot of people who do not wear “modest clothes” but I feel you are going too far! I come from a country which for centuries used to be called “Malta Cattolicissma” but nowadays not only has church attendance gone down dramatically but when in 2011 there was a referendum for the introduction of divorce the Yes group won by 53% of the vote! Nowadays you see men and women going to church in shorts or sleeveless and wearing a one piece bathing costume is being a rarity even for women in their seventies!


    1. Jacinta Boudreau April 4, 2018 — 11:02 AM

      Hello 🙂 When people do wear clothing more modest than the culture it certainly warrants charitable approval and support; though as Catholics we must always try to prudently better ourselves and hold up the goal for ourselves personally. For those who wish to dress more modestly this information will prove helpful. It is to aid those who wish to follow the Guidelines of the Catholic Church on Modesty. 🙂 God bless!

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      1. I’m Muslim and I agree with what you said here. Everyone has their own view so, I guess these people think that they’re helping an ‘oppressed’ lady out. Props to you for making your own choices based on your beliefs!

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      2. Jacinta Boudreau April 10, 2018 — 9:27 PM

        Thank you! ^_^ ❤

        Liked by 1 person

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