’07 Spring Runway Fashion—Done Modestly

by Jen

By Melissa Lambert

Many of the biggest designers in fashion have already held fashion shows to promote their spring fashion lines. For most of us, high fashion clothes are out of our price range. And for people dedicated to wearing modest clothes, some of the fashions don’t quite meet their standards. But with a little bit of creativity and adaptability, it is possible to re-create runway fashion with clothes that are easy to find, inexpensive, and modest.

In this year’s spring lines, many of the designers used layers to create their looks. You probably have clothes in your closet already that you can creatively layer to reproduce some of the looks found on the runway this spring. Here, Shannon, Olivia and Kelsey show a few different ways that you can layer shirts to create different looks.

This year, the Versace models were wearing white and black solids with splashes of bright yellow or pale pink, using jackets, purses and shoes to add splashes of color to their simple solid-colored outfits. Kelsey adapts this look by wearing all black with a pink purse. The color adds a bit of kick to an otherwise simple outfit. Light pink shoes or a bright yellow scarf would have the same effect.

The Philosophy spring line featured a variety of dresses with wide belts. Wide belts can make simple dresses look funky and stylish. Olivia shows off this look by using a belt in one of the hot colors of the season (a bold red).

The Louis Vuitton models were wearing a number of different fashions this year. Short flouncy skirts were a hot item on their runway, as were skinny belts worn up around the waist. Here, Shannon wears a flouncy skirt that reaches her knees and keeps her modest. These skirts are very adaptable and can be made casual or formal depending on what top you pair with them.

The Vera Wang spring fashions emphasized layering. Models wore leggings under dresses and skirts, and layered shirts. This style is one of the best ways for you to be stylish and still modest. With just a few pair of leggings and long modest shirts, you can create any number of comfortable and fashionable combinations. Here, Olivia pairs capri-length leggings with a denim skirt and two layered shirts.

Spring fashion on the Fendi runway reflected a trend seen in other lines as well: Black dresses paired with hot pink handbags. Simple black outfits with bright splashes of color are huge for spring. Another Fendi trend was the pairing of silver and black. Shannon shows one way to wear this trend by combining a black dress with a silver belt, shoes and necklace.

In the Prada fashion line, bright color was all the rage. Shiny reds and purples were combined in many of the outfits. Many of the models also wore head kerchiefs. Here, Olivia wears a brightly-colored kerchief to match her red and black shirts. (To get this look, use a large bright scarf. Fold it into a triangle, then place the long side of the triangle on your forehead. Bring the two ends back and tie them in a knot at the nape of your neck. Scarves can decorate your head in many different ways; be creative with different ways of tying them and see what you can come up with!)

Many of the Giorgio Armani models this spring sported the safari look, wearing exotic animal prints. (Others showed off a very different look, but one similar to the other fashion lines: Black tailored jackets with splashes of hot pink t-shirts and scarves.) In this picture, Kelsey shows off a modest cheetah-print shirt with a matching headband and wooden bracelet. Safari prints are easy to find and can be paired easily with neutral colors and jeans.

For all of the lines, big jewelry is the style this spring. Big necklaces, chunky bracelets, huge broaches and dangly earrings are the perfect complement to the popular styles. You can really rise to meet the trends by wearing big jewelry in one of the popular accent colors of the season (like bright red, shiny purple, pale pink, bright yellow, or hot pink) and pairing it with simple, classic outfits. Whether the jewelry is funky or classic-looking (like in the picture), it is an important part of completing the fashionable look you’re trying to achieve.

(Pictures from the spring line runways can be found at www.fashionshowroom.com).

{ 8 comments… read them below or add one }

Anonymous March 23, 2007 at 9:12 am

SOO glad for the layers. It is a double help to me as number 1, I am a married LDS mom who is only 29 and I just had a 3rd baby so they cover my excess baby tummy weight!


Anonymous March 23, 2007 at 12:33 pm

It’s really great to see a site like this encouraging women to dress modestly and in fun ways.
I wish we had this in my early teens. It sure would have helped me and i’m sure many others. Keep up the good work,



Anonymous April 10, 2007 at 8:29 pm

this site is wonderful!! please keep up the great work.


Anonymous April 21, 2007 at 7:44 am

Layers are the greatest!!! I am only 12 and layers are the thing right now and it is nice to know you can be cool but not inapporpriate


Anonymous June 14, 2007 at 4:58 pm

this site is great and i love the fashion show thing that was awesone!


Anonymous January 29, 2008 at 3:10 pm

You know, leggings don’t make a too-short skirt modest.


Anonymous June 24, 2008 at 3:47 pm

mosdest CAN be really cute. This reminds me of the new modesty movement. Check out: purefashion.com


Kelsie December 21, 2011 at 8:46 pm

Thanks for encouraging modesty! I'm 22 years old, a highly targeted age for "sexy" clothing, usually equated with tight, minimal coverage styles that in actuality leave nothing to be imagined. I appreciate a message promoting modesty! Thank You!


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