"A Style of Our Own" : Modesty and Mormon Women, 1951-2008
Dialogue : A Journal of Mormon Thought
Katie Blaksley discusses the Church's stance on modest dress from 1951 to 2008. This originally started at BYU and later became incorporated into the YWMIA. Later emphasis on dress standards came at the time of the mini skirt, feminism, and careers for women. In the 1980's, sister missionaries were trained at the Provo MTC to project a more professional appearance. Blaksley also spotlights various groups of young women in wards around the country currently who make modest clothing for themselves. Some women have even started businesses creating and selling modest clothing. In 2003 the author of this article conducted a survey of 500 Mormon women about the Church's current stand on modest dress. The results of this survey including comments from participants are included in the article.