I wasn't sure which forum would be best for this but I think since views vary with the area and culture, the community forum might be a good fit.
Here in Utah, "modesty" is huge. The typical Mormon standards are sleeves, no bare midriffs, and shorts/skirts should reach about the knee. It's fairly strict for a modern culture, and the standards are apparent even at schools, where dress codes are strict.
Since it's a cultural norm, there's great demand for modest clothing that is still cute and in style. They have bridal shops that specialize in modest gowns, which are hard to come by anywhere else. They're also a good deal more expensive than other gowns, since they corner the market somewhat. A few companies have built business on modest undershirts. And of course, there's the infamous magic underwear.
But there is still a growing urbanized group of youth who wear their shorts a little too short and don't mind the stares that accompany a tank top. The community responds with "Modest is Hottest", a popular slogan, and remind girls that their body is a temple, not to be defiled in any way.
The other day I saw a clothing store called "Sexy Modest". Here's why it confused me: Modest essentially implies understaded; unsevere. It can be beautiful or attractive, certainly. But sexy? Sexy has a sexual connotation-- almost provacative. I was under the impression that in religious cultures, the purpose of modesty was to repress sexuality. After all, premarital sex, or even sexually-indicative acts such as french kissing, are frowned upon in my society. Not to mention that clothing is not the only indicator of sexuality.
This type of issue is gaining more speed recently, particularly with movements such as Boobquake. What is your opinion? How does your society treat sexiness and modesty, and how should it? Can they be acheived together? Does it matter?
Does the picture fill you with a terrible rage?