When I look at the New Testament model for woman I see that it says I am to adorn myself in modest apparel (I Timothy 2:9). This is not an option nor is it left to cultural interpretation. Modesty envelops the characteristics of a godly woman. Since the word modesty is specifically used to describe the apparel of a godly woman, it is necessary that we have a clear understanding of the definition of this word.
In the Noah Webster dictionary the word modest is defined in relation to dress as decent. Decent is defined as appropriate free from immodesty or obscenity.
(Emphasis – mine)
It is sad that the further our society moves away from moral absolutes the more we have to define terms that were understood by the common population 60 years ago. Modesty means I do not act or dress in a way that brings attention to me. One of the best ways to be modesty is to take careful heed to covering of the body. It seems that the further our society gets away from moral truth and absolutes the more scant clothing is tolerated.
Another passage in Exodus 28:42 shows that God was careful that the priest’s clothing to cover the nakedness. “And thou shalt make them lines breeches to cover their nakedness; from the loins even unto the thighs they shall reach.” One thing caught my eye when reading this passage; their nakedness was to be covered. A study of this passage shows that the leg was to be covered from the knee up. (Clearly illustrating that, to God, the thigh being uncovered is considered nakedness.)
A modest lady’s desire is that the spirit of Christ shows through when she comes in contact with others. She is keenly aware that God cannot be glorified when her clothing points to specific body parts, causing her to the be focus of other's attention. Her desire, rather, is that her attitude and spirit will cause others to see Christ. When a Christian woman dresses in a way that brings attention to her body, her focus is not Christ; nor is heart’s desire to point a lost and dying world to the Savior.
Modesty also encompasses the spirit of the lady. Just as her clothing does not draw attention to her body; her actions and attitudes do not cause others to focus of her. She is not void of opinions and ideas; but understands that it is not always in the best interest to always have to "voice her opinion". When the times arise for her to speak it is with grace and done sweetly - again, pointing others to Christ. The modesty of her spirit goes hand in hand with her femininity.