As someone who dresses modestly, I love clicking on blog posts and watching YouTube videos of why other women choose to dress modestly. And I absolutely love finding an explanation that I haven't heard before! We tend to hear the same reasons over and over again but recently in church my pastor brought out a new explanation from Genesis that I had never thought of or heard before! In the first few chapters of the entire Bible I think you can find a very solid argument of why it is important to dress modestly before God.
To begin, my pastor was explaining how man always tries to concoct their own ways to try and cover up their sin - it's been happening since Adam and Eve's time. Genesis 3:7 says, "And the eyes of them both were opened, and they knew that they were naked; and they sewed fig leaves together, and made themselves aprons." The key to this scripture is that Adam and Eve made their own coverings; they didn't look to God. It really wouldn't have mattered how covered they were physically because it wasn't God's way.
Adam and Eve were trying to hide their sin from God. They thought they could keep the omniscient, amazing, all-sufficient, eternal God from finding out what they had done. And as a result they were ashamed and felt guilty and tried to hide from Him.
BUT GOD, in His amazing and ever loving kindness sought after them. And in Genesis 3:21, it says:
"Unto Adam also and to his wife did the LORD God make coats of skins, and clothed them."
Those "coats of skins" covered up much more than fig leaves did! Even when we make mistakes, God still wants us to come to Him and He will help us.
God wants us to be modest before Him! I realize that this block of scripture also applies to the spiritual covering that we often are trying to build ourselves as well. But I truly believe that aside from the importance of being spiritually covered, God simply wants us to be physically covered. He didn't think Adam and Eve were covered enough in fig leaves, and people are wearing a lot less than fig leaves these days. I know that people interpret how to dress modestly very differently, but I encourage you to pray and earnestly seek God about how to dress so that you are wearing His "coat of skins" made just for you, and not the world's fig leaves.