2522 Modesty protects the mystery of persons and their love. It encourages patience and moderation in loving relationships; it requires that the conditions for the definitive giving and commitment of man and woman to one another be fulfilled. Modesty is decency. It inspires one's choice of clothing. It keeps silence or reserve where there is evident risk of unhealthy curiosity. It is discreet.
2523 There is a modesty of the feelings as well as of the body. It protests, for example, against the voyeuristic explorations of the human body in certain advertisements, or against the solicitations of certain media that go too far in the exhibition of intimate things. Modesty inspires a way of life which makes it possible to resist the allurements of fashion and the pressures of prevailing ideologies.
2524 The forms taken by modesty vary from one culture to another. Everywhere, however, modesty exists as an intuition of the spiritual dignity proper to man. It is born with the awakening consciousness of being a subject. Teaching modesty to children and adolescents means awakening in them respect for the human person.
2525 Christian purity requires a purification of the social climate. It requires of the communications media that their presentations show concern for respect and restraint. Purity of heart brings freedom from widespread eroticism and avoids entertainment inclined to voyeurism and illusion.
Lastly, I’d like to reject the idea that modesty means always wearing long jumpers and turtlenecks (which would be particularly strange for the men!). There are many ways to be modern and fashionable while still bearing witness to purity and the true value of the human person. For the ladies, I’d like to recommend a website I came across that I find to be a good example of modesty and good fashion sense:
(I don’t have any connection with whoever runs MIKAROSE, and I suspect that the ladies who do run it are Morman. Whoever they are, they’ve done a commendable job of bring modesty and good fashion to the modern world, so kudos to them!)
Let’s all do our part to restore the virtues of purity and modesty in a sex-crazed culture. By doing so, we can begin to restore the true God-given dignity that every human person deserves, and thus build a civilization that promotes life and love.