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How to Make Sexy Clothing Modest

You work hard to feel good about your body, so why not show it off a little? Crop tops, high slits, sheer, and other skin-showing trends have been huge in the fashion world as of late. We encourage you to show off your fabulous bod, but there's a fine line. Check out our roundup of blogger outfits that give a modest twist to sexy clothing.


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Eyelet details are a sweet way to add some subtle sexy to your look. The classic silhouette and high neck of this midi dress offset the eyelet overlay for a playfully demure look. Blair of Atlantic Pacific wears it well.

Photo: Atlantic Pacific

Cross-Front Top

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One of our favorite trends for the season is showing subtle skin with peekaboo tops. Whether it's the construction of the top or you opt to leave the last few buttons undone, this trend is a modest way to show off your bod. Shea of Peace, Love, Shea's cross-front sweater shows just the right amount of skin, while her platform sneaks and everyday denim keep the look appropriate for day.

Photo: Peace Love Shea

Crop Top

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This belly-baring style can easily be sexed up or toned down with a few simple styling tricks. Take note from Amy, blogger behind The Little Magpie, and pair a cropped sweater with a midi skirt to keep covered on the bottom. Layer on a jacket or blazer to make it more modest.

Photo: The Little Magpie


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A bodycon skirt or dress is our no-fail look for a night out. Transition your curve-hugging pieces to daywear with a few simple tricks. Leandra of The Man Repeller paired her high-slit pencil skirt with a loose graphic tee to offset the sexiness and layered on a menswear-inspired jacket that effortlessly toughens up the look.

Photo: The Man Repeller

Mini Skirt

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Making a mini skirt modest is all about playing with proportions. A mini skirt can be a classic go-to item in your wardrobe for myriad occasions when styled the right way. Julie of Sincerely, Jules paired her leather mini with a loose-fitting boyfriend tee and olive anorak jacket to offset the femininity while still looking sexy.

Photo: Sincerely, Jules


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We're obsessed with Tine Andrea of The Fashion Eaters' mini skirt with mesh trimming. A little mesh peeping past the hems of skirts and dresses is a sporty way to be sexy. Tip: Keep the rest of the accessories to a minimum when styling mesh, and use muted colors like white, black, or gray to work best for the trend.

Photo: The Fashion Eaters


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Fashion blogger Soraya Bakhtiar looks sexy yet sophisticated in her sheer maxi skirt. Soraya paired her skirt with a simple gray top and added a long blazer to dress it up. The black color scheme lends a hint of sexy while keeping the look appropriate.

Photo: Soraya Bakhtiar


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Wearing a backless sweater, Sarah, blogger behind Little Lambs Eat Ivy, shows some skin despite the dropping temperatures. Sweaters are casual by nature and are an easy way to incorporate the backless trend for a daytime look. Sarah's sweater shows a hint of skin without being overly revealing.

Photo: Little Lambs Eat Ivy

Off the Shoulder

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When rocking an off-the-shoulder look, keep the rest of the look simple. A pair of flats or menswear-inspired loafers tone down Aimee of Song of Style's off-the-shoulder dress and make it an appropriate look for day. Hint: Let your shoulders take center stage by keeping accessories to a minimum.

Photo: Song of Style

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