People Offer The Duggars Fashion Advice, Not Able To Cope With Ridiculous Rules Of The Family Anymore
The Duggar's have been making headlines for years - from controversial family drama to the seemingly bizarre way they decide to lead their life, there is one thing that viewers can all agree on; this family doesn't make the most sensible fashion choices. Let's take a look at some of their family rules, and the advice we'd all love to give them.
10. THEY ALWAYS HAVE TO COVER UP
Michelle Duggar let everyone know that it's absolutely vital for all of them to be covered up at all times, with no exceptions. Of course, in our modern society, it sounds a bit extreme and unnecessary; we’re pretty used to having the freedom of choice to wear whatever, whenever we want.
The best part about this rule is that it's pretty hypocritical coming from Michelle, considering she used to be a cheerleader - and you can bet she didn’t dress modestly during those cheerleading years. However, after becoming a born again Christian, and meeting her knight in shining armor, Jim Bob Duggar, things changed.
This is actually the reason why you’ll never see any Duggar females participating in any sports-related activities; they’re simply not allowed to wear uniforms. For example, even something as simple as a basketball uniform would be considered inappropriate and immodest for the Duggars, since the skin will be exposed. And if you’ve ever wondered about this, it’s exactly why they always resort to the same, long cardigans and denim skirts we see them constantly wearing.
9. KNEES MUST BE HIDDEN
This is the most basic rule for the Duggar women; when it comes to exposed skin and body parts, knees must be covered up in public first and foremost. Again, sounds pretty extreme right? But, there is somebody Michelle has to thank for this decision. "For us, we felt like we needed to be covered from our neck to below our knees mainly because God talks about the thigh being uncovered, and how that's nakedness and shame," Michelle wrote several years ago. I mean, this makes a little bit more sense when you have God as your personal stylist!
8. NOT ALLOWED TO WEAR SWIMWEAR
Naturally, people leave their homes and go for a dip in the ocean, or a pool, on a boiling hot summer’s day. However, that’s a luxury that the Duggar’s must deny themselves too. And when you live right by the beach as they do, we can’t imagine the temptation they must be resisting on a daily basis. Apparently, they’ve only taken one trip to the beach together as a family. And of course, everyone had their clothes on.
Although, this strangely doesn't stop them from looking tan at all times. Too tan. Reddit user Lost-black-dahlia thinks they look way too unnatural. Her advice?
“Drop the spray tan and stay in the sun more instead (apply sunscreen for protection). You look like a wax doll at Madame Tussaud’s."
7. AND NO WORKOUT CLOTHES EITHER
We’ve mentioned this previously, but the Duggar’s aren’t allowed to participate in sports due to the apparently revealing clothing and uniforms that it requires you to wear. And yes, this even involves working out. Judging from what we’ve seen, it seems like the Duggar’s aren’t promoters of a healthy lifestyle at all. You’ll never see a Duggar female in workout clothes - except the one time Jessa Duggar decided to lift weights in a - wait for it - skirt!
6. NO PEEK-A-BOO SHIRTS
Probably one of (if not the most) important dress code. Any shirt that even remotely reveals a little bit of skin near the chest is completely off limits, and breaking this rule will surely have you shunned and humiliated. According to Michelle, this is done in order to avoid stirring up any emotions in the opposite sex - who knows how provocative a chest freckle might seem to someone, right?
Michelle continued to explain,
“By keeping those private areas covered, there's not any 'defrauding' going on. My kids are taught the definition of defrauding as stirring up desires that cannot be righteously fulfilled. We don't believe in defrauding others by the way we dress. And different people may be defrauded by different things. We can't control their thoughts, but we're responsible before God for our part. And so years ago, I just felt between me and my Lord that I really needed to dress modestly.”
5. NO SUGGESTIVE CLOTHING
Well, this one really doesn’t come as a surprise. If you’re a Duggar, the most basic human instincts must be suppressed - this includes looking and touching. Which might explain why these girls’ first priority is to get married; they’re probably counting down the clock until they can finally get out and have some freedom. Especially when we take a look at their beliefs.
Back in a 2016 sermon, Jeremy said,
"It is not your liberty, women, to wear sensual, seductive clothing that is designed to draw the attention of your brothers. But it is your liberty as to whether you dress modestly with a modest pair of pants, or with a skirt, or with a T-shirt, or with a blouse."
The Duggar's take this to an extreme though, by wearing clothing that's noticeably way too big for them. One Reddit user, PolkaDancing Pig, gave some detailed and helpful fashion advice:
All of them: it is more modest, and you will look nicer if you dress your size. Wearing clothes that are too big looks sloppy and makes you look bigger.
Jill: An iron, steamer, or tumble dryer is your friend.
Jinger: Get Jeremy a Barbie doll and dress yourself.
Joy: Get a better bra.
4. THE NEVER-ENDING DENIM SKIRTS
We recommend that you take a couple of minutes to scroll through some of the Duggar family photos because we can assure you that we’re not over exaggerating with this headline. It’s safe to say that this family doesn’t have a wide variety of clothing or even a remotely enriched fashion sense for that matter. Why? The denim skirts are literally everywhere. Whether it’s at church, dinner, weddings, and even backyard BBQ’s - you can rely on the Duggar woman to whip out this ancient look every time.
3. PANTS OR SHORTS ARE A NO-NO
Well, it looks like they don’t really have a choice with those denim skirts. If pants and shorts are banned, it really looks like there’s no other option for the Duggar women. However, times are changing - Jinger Duggar decided to break the rules and started wearing shorts in public, shortly after marrying her husband Jeremy. And it looks like the other girls are following suit!
And we’re guessing that their mom isn’t happy about this - at all. She once stated,
“When the girls are little, they're jumping and playing and not even thinking about modesty. It's good because that's the way children should be. As a parent I would have to remind them, let's not stand upside down on your head in that chair because you want to practice being ladylike. And they look at me with this puzzled look like, what does that mean? I'll explain, well, it means that you sit up, put your knees together and pull your skirt down over your knees.”
2. CAN THEIR NECKLINES GET ANY HIGHER?
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This ties in with their “no peek-a-boo” rule - it’s all about covering up exposed skin, especially in the chest area. High necklines are a necessity and the utmost sign of modesty for the Duggar’s. And they’re not even allowed to bend over.
The girls once said,
“We do not dress modestly because we are ashamed of the body God has given us; quite the contrary. We realize that our body is a special gift from God and that He intends for it to be shared only with our future husband. We avoid low-cut, cleavage-showing, gaping, or bare-shouldered tops; and when needed, we wear an undershirt. We try to make it a habit to always cover the top of our shirt with our hand when we bend over. We don't want to play the peekaboo game with our neckline.”
1. THE DUGGAR MEN
Of course, rules don’t apply to just women in this family. The Duggar men also have restrictions of their own; the men aren’t allowed to wear shorts either! Or expose their knees, in case they stir up emotions in a woman. Basically, they all have to wear pants.
We hope that the Duggar's take some of our sincerest fashion advice and make some updates within their wardrobe. What do you guys think? Are their choices justified, or do you think its totally unnecessary? Comment with your opinion below! Make sure to check out our related articles to stay updated on the latest news.