Question:

I have read the article on modest dress in the Bible and agree whole-heartedly. There are a few points that I would like to clarify and ask your opinion on, however. Please bear with me. Does the verse from Deuteronomy 22:5 refer also to "under" garments? I have found that the "boxer brief" type of under clothing is generally considered a man's garment but is more modest under a skirt or dress. Also there is a verse I Corinthians 11:5 that says a woman is not to pray or prophesy with her head uncovered. Does this mean that she is to wear a veil or some sort of hat or covering for her head or is this referring to her hair?

Answer:

"A woman shall not wear anything that pertains to a man, nor shall a man put on a woman's garment, for all who do so are an abomination to the LORD your God" (Deuteronomy 22:5).

God told the Israelites that there must be a distinction in style between men and women's clothing. It is a part of the respect we have that God made us different. Therefore, the practice of cross-dressing is sinful.

I agree that the boxer style is more modest as an undergarment for skirts. However, you don't have to go to the men's clothing to find these for women -- the older name for this style was called "bloomers" and you can find lady's long legged panties in some stores. Just as an examples see: Plainly Dressed, Brettles, and Bloomers4u.

In regards to head coverings, there is a series of articles on this site. See Articles on Head Covering and Questions and Answers Regarding Head Covering