Modest street fashion has always been a part of the American cultural landscape. Generations of style mavens have been wearing modest styles since the late 19th Century. If you look at fashion magazines, like Vogue, from the 1960’s, 70’s, and 80’s you’ll even see headscarves in many different styles.
Celebrities and supermodels from those times wore (gele)head wraps, hats, and scarves, including Sophia Loren, Diana Ross, Valerie Harper, and the first black supermodel, Donyale Luna.
Today, Erykah Badu, Jill Scott, Lauryn Hill, and India.Arie are known for wearing their own style of headscarves.Supermodel Beverly Johnson was styled in modest fashion in magazines back in the 60’s and 70’s and today, American socialite Olivia Palermo has been caught on several occasions wearing modest fashion.
Modest fashion including ankle-length, tailored dresses, trench coat styled jackets, tunics, long skirts, and tailored pants were (and still remain) classic fashion pieces. Blazers and button-down cotton shirts, paired with classic denim jeans (as opposed to skinny jeans and leggings!) are staples in the fashion world, and are stylish examples of modest American street fashion.
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