Modest Fashion at the 2015 American Music Awards

This past weekend we were so excited to check out the red carpet fashion at this year’s American Music Awards.The past few award seasons have seen an increase in modest gowns and we were pumped to see what the 2015 AMA’s had in store. Unfortunately, there was noticeable lack of modesty. In fact, there were an incredible amount of outlandishly immodest gowns – one of which was actually censored by the press!

One performer, however, stood out of the crowd with her classic, modest and elegant black gown: Meghan Trainor.

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Meghan Trainor rarely fails to impress when it comes to her modest wardrobe. You may remember her gorgeous gown from the Billboard Music Awards this past year. Yup, Meghan keeps it classy and stylish!

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So here’s a shoutout to Ms. Trainor for not only being an amazing performer, but also for being an amazing example to young women worldwide. Here is a woman who has openly embraced her body type in a clear rejection of Hollywood’s dangerously unhealthy standards of beauty and shown young women everywhere that they can be elegant, glamorous and modest.

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So here’s to you, Meghan. Thank you for your shining example and for your great style!

 

Love Meghan’s style? Want to design your very own show-stopping red carpet worthy gown? Drop us a line a virtuousprom@gmail.com to get started on your very own gorgeous, custom made formal!

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The Question of “Plus Sizes”

One of the questions we often get asked is if we charge more for plus sizes. The short answer is no, absolutely not; but we get asked this question often enough that we wanted to write about why we choose not to.

We at Virtuous Prom choose not to charge more for plus sizes because we firmly believe that the message Fashion as an industry sends is wrong and in some cases dangerous and fatal. The Fashion Industry tells women (and girls) that they are not enough – not thin enough, not tan enough, not beautiful enough. They do this for one reason – greed. The worse you feel about you goes hand in hand with their ability to convince you that if you buy their product you too will be happy, thin and good enough.

We believe the exact opposite. We believe you’re beautiful as you are and perfect in your imperfections. Not everyone is a size 2, 0 or a 00 and that’s just fine! We’re all uniquely made and we believe there is beauty in diversity. That’s part of the reason we love working with models of all shapes and sizes.

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The message the Fashion Industry sends isn’t just wrong – it’s dangerous. We’ve all heard stories of women who have died or been seriously harmed by anorexia, laxative abuse or bulimia. There have even been documented cases of anorexia in girls as young as eight.

We can’t drown out the message the Fashion Industry sends overnight, but we’re doing our best to send out a more positive message – that each girl is beautiful just as she is and that we celebrate the beauty of diversity. Part of how we affirm that is by not charging more for “plus sizes.” In all honestly, that’s not even a term we use.

So do we charge more for “plus sizes”? Absolutely not!

Modest Weight Gain – Does Modesty Make Us Fat?

‘Tis the season for pumpkin pie, first, seconds and thirds at Christmas dinner and hourly holiday nibbles, so I thought I might address an issue that I, like most women in America, have wrestled with: my weight. So let’s chew the fat:

During my early high school career, I was a chunk. No two ways about it. Like many white females from upper middle class backgrounds, my (and my best friend’s) solution was simple: dual eating disorders.

Although we probably didn’t realize it at the time, we both developed anorexia, or, as we thought of it, self control. Over the summer between sophomore and junior year of high school, we both lost about forty pounds. I have destroyed the photo of homecoming that year, but it’s easy enough to describe to you: Just imagine two skeletons, one in a pink dress and one in a sky blue dress and that was pretty much us. Perched on our size two and size four bodies (we were both about 5’9 at the time), our faces looked like bobble-heads.

Fortunately, our twin eating disorders were just phases that passed without any serious health or psychological complications. I was in a bad car accident at 18 and as a result couldn’t (and can’t) sit for long periods of time without severe back pain. So, throughout college I regularly went to the gym to study as part of my pain management and maintained my figure with very little stress.

After graduating college, I moved to London for my master’s degree, where I walked everywhere and (accidentally) became underweight again. It wasn’t on purpose (I could get away with eating anything!), it just was a side effect of not having a car. My year studying in London was my first year as a Latter-day Saint. I knew about the temple and a little bit about the stricter modesty requirements I’d have to adhere to after receiving my endowments in the temple, but for the most part I wore what I had always worn: fairly conservative clothing, but I did own the occasional sleeveless dress and shorter skirt.

When I came home from London, I began preparing for the temple in earnest: leggings with all of my skirts (even knee length ones), cap sleeves or longer, etc. Layering became a life-saver to salvage some of my less modest clothing and make them wearable after my eagerly expected endowments.

As I began to layer, lengthen hemlines, cover my arms and do other outward steps of preparedness to enter the temple, I quickly lost touch with my body. A maxi skirt will not tell you you’ve gained 5,10 or even 20 pounds the way your skinny jeans will shout at you when you’ve gained a pound or two.

In the midst of preparing my spirit for greater closeness and greater covenants with my Heavenly Father, I lost touch with the mortal temple He had blessed with me.

Finally, my doctor forced me to step on the scale and there in black in white was the unavoidable truth: I had gained about 50% of my ideal weight. Ouch.

Problem was, I simply hadn’t noticed, My leggings didn’t complain. My t-shirts hadn’t said a word. Nothing in my new temple-ready wardrobe had said a peep.

Naturally, I was crushed. That number on the scale mocked me and cut me to the quick. How had this happened?

Ladies: modesty is a healthy, spiritually mature practice that helps us live out our faith. If you’re not careful, though, it can easily cover up gradual changes to your figure that, over time, accumulate into big (no pun intended) problems. Be diligent. Covering up certain aspects of your figure does not mean they no longer need to be toned and proportionate. You may not see your upper arms as much anymore, but don’t trade them in for bingo wings. Take care of yourself. Treat your temple well. It is still a thing of beauty and deserves our full effort in maintaining its health and God-designed architecture.

Below: Me in Calista in November 2013; the reshoot in February 2014 

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Two sneak-peaks from our upcoming collection, Be Mine (I’m still a work in progress!):

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