WELLNESS
03/28/2008 02:46 am ET Updated Nov 17, 2011

A Return To Modesty

This may not be permanent -- designers have been known to perform dramatic volte faces every six months. But when two designers who made their names with skin-tight dresses that deliberately revealed bras, corsetry and all the other underpinnings that had hitherto been a woman's secret, find themselves overcome with an urge to produce herringbone dirndl skirts and ribbed polo-necks that reveal nothing, something's up.

Modesty has been creeping back into vogue for some time. It's a development not without benefits. The bare midriff, the evocatively named muffin top, the de rigueur paparazzi shot of a knickerless celebrity emerging from a car, now look very old hat. Covering up could be a really scandalous new tactic for the publicity-hungry celeb. Enter Dolce & Gabbana at their service.

Read the whole D&G review here.

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Read blogger Samara O'Shea's review of Wendy Shalit's book A Return To Modesty.

Is it time women dressed more modestly? Is a little mystery more sexy? Tell us below in comments.