Modest Anytime

Clean, Aesthetic, Refined Elegance Tzanua Apparel for Women and Girls

Jewish Modesty Guidelines for Tops

A summary of guidelines for women's tops handmade by, based on halacha.


The neckline of the blouse must cover all that is below the neck. The neck is vertical while the shoulders are horizontal. Therefore, the area to the right and left at the base of the neck that is more horizontal than vertical is technically the shoulder and must be fully covered. The collarbone at the front, the shoulders at the sides and the upper back at the rear must all be covered. See diagrams below. 


At, we try to adhere to these standards by providing tops with high necklines and reinforce some neckline styles with a mock neckband. 


Sleeves covering the upper section of the arms should be semi-fitted (NOT tight, like wearing hosiery), and may not show the exact shape of the arms, because the "limbs of the upper arms" attract attention when fully displayed. The sleeves must be of a width and length that when the person lifts up her arms or carries a child, the sleeves will not ride up above the elbows. They must therefore extend to about 3 inches beyond the elbow and not be too wide. Many practice the commmendable Hiddur of wearing three-quarter sleeves or even full length sleeves. 

At, we try to adhere to these standards. Our tops are neither tight nor too wide as they are designed with ample ease at the sleeves. Our sleeve lengths are at least 3/4 but most of them are full length sleeves reaching the wrists (mehudar). We do not use lycra or spandex in the fabric and recommend that you do not do so either. Layering shells made with lycra/spandex/elastane that are sold at retail stores today (KikiRiki, Shel Sheli, Junees, etc.) are too tight-fitting at the body and sleeves and therefore, do not meet the minimal Jewish modesty standards.

Lycra/spandex/elastane, however has its place in neckbands, sleeve cuffs and headbands which reinforce the neckline, cuff opening and snoods.


Tops and blouses should be at least semi-fitted (kosher)around the upper part of the body or better,relaxed fit (mehadrin), to ensure that they do not display the shape of the area (chest). The garment does not, however, have to totally camouflage the features of the body, and as long as no more than "a general presence" is noticeable, it is Kosher.

At, our tops are always made to be either semi-fitted or relaxed fit and are deemed Kosher or Mehadrin. We provide modest and refined alternatives to the most immodest Lycra/Spandex/Elastane tops you find at retail stores (Kiki Riki, Junees, Shel Sheli, etc.) that cling to your body. Read our article on "Modest Kosher Fit" to get an idea of the ease requirements.

Reference: "Modesty, an Adornment for Life", and "The Tznius Handbook" by Rabbi Eliyahu Falk




I received my dress and it is simply B.E.A.U.T.I.F.U.L!!! From the moment I messaged the shop owner to place my custom request; she was 100% professional and aimed to make sure I was completely satisfied with every detail before moving forward. The quality of the fabric is very good and the garment is well made. In my 20 + years of having my garments custom made to follow modesty (and because I’m petite LOL) I’ve “never” had a seamstress make a detailed garment for me in record time like this shop owner; that did not look like it was rushed. The garment shipped before expected time, and I’m looking forward to placing my next custom order. If I could, I would give 1000 stars. Thank You Much!


The snoods are good quality and they are the best I have had in a long time.  The snoods are stunning and so modest.


We purchased The Joy of Tznius Pattern Book Volume #1 and we want to let you know how happy we are to have it.


I appreciate your speedy response to my request for custom made dickies. They are exactly what I wanted!


It is very hard to find today how to implement the beautiful drapes and effects of the cowl necklines in a modest way. The majority of cowl necklines today require that a modest woman wears a shell underneath her clothing. But this book solves that problem by showing you how to do it. No layering required.

What I'm impressed about this author is that she first explains the mathematics behind the techniques used before she proceeds to draft the patterns for them. An Excel spreadsheet is required in order to draft the patterns, and it is not included in the book, but can be obtained freely from the author by emailing her. Proof of purchase of book is needed.

The author's work on her websites is very impressive as well, and she sells dickeys made from the designs in this book. I believe this book is necessary for those of us who keep tznius and want to dress beautifully as well.


I am delighted with my custom made Peter Pan collar in the material of my choice. My experience with this purchase was efficient and speedy!


Beautiful fabric, and arrived very quickly!


Thank you very much! Your work is beautiful!

Mrs Newman (author of Tznius Challenges, Tznius Connections)

May H-shem grant you tremendous bracha and hatzlacha in your holy endeavors. May they give Him an abundance of nachas ruach!

Rabbanit Alfasi

It's so clear you do so much l'shem shamayim. Hashem should bless you with continued success. 

Rebbetzin Weiss

So happy to find your site! Your things look unique and beautiful!


Dear ModestyAnytime, 

The snoods were pretty,
And arrived on time,
Carefully packaged - 
Service sublime!


I LOVE them.  Super, super comfortable and incredibly nice looking. They are just terrific!!!!


Love my favorite seller! She's THE best! Beautiful pieces. I receive compliments literally every time I wear her items. That's why I never leave the house without wearing something she's made for me. Order from her won't regret it!!!


The dickey is absolutely gorgeous. I have been disappointed by what's available in stores. It's going to enhance all of my tops. It has a zipper and hooks on the back so it will be very easy to pull on over my head. I'm going to feel elegant and very much the lady!


Thank you for my recent order of snoods, including snood beret, which is fabulous.  Thank you for all that you do for Klal Yisroel.


This is a wonderful seller to work with. She created this cowl collar dickey in a custom color I requested and shipped it quickly. The color was exactly what I wanted. This dickey drapes *beautifully* and the bodice fits invisibly under my blouse.


I really love this fabric, I asked for this to be created from all cotton fabric and it arrived so soon! I love the way it looks and it didn't take long at all, many thanks!

This is a great dickey, I love that it is all cotton. It drapes beautifully and is easy to put on and off. Thanks!!


LOVE it. Super fast shipping. Thanks!


Your website looks like a dream come true-thank you-tizki le'mitzvos.


Thank You, very nice.


Thanks a lot!!! Great fit!!


Thank You.  Fast delivery, well packaged, well made. Nice and comfortable.




Great scrunchie.  Very pleased.


I like all of the dickeys!  I look forward to wearing them!  I love them, they are perfect.


Thank you. I love my purchase; you do wonderful work.


Thank you.


I really like your styles. Thank you for making tznius easy and pretty.


Perfect as always. Love this seller! She is quick and can work with any custom order I've thrown at her. There's a reason I buy from her shop more than any other....QUALITY!


Great seller. A#1 thanks a bunch. I WILL come back.


Fantastic seller.  Arrived super fast!


Excellent seller.  Perfect.  Thanks.


One of my favorite pieces yet! Adds inches to any shorter length top while adding a pop of style to any outfit! As always, it arrived in perfect ready to wear condition! The craftsman ship and quality is truly unparalleled. 


Fast shipping, good quality, thank you!!


Absolutely beautiful with modesty in mind!! Kol ha kavod!!! Toda!


I recommend your website to the new beginning sewers I meet..


We really appreciate your online shop and craftsmanship you put into your lovely clothing.  We are so very happy with the snoods we've ordered from you previously.


Great seller ....thanks! A++++


Beautiful! Quick ship. Great packaging! Thanks!


Beautiful item, fast shipping very satisfied! I love this scarf!! Great seller!!


Love our blue snoods


Amazing! of my favorite always...thank you!


Thank you so much I appreciate it so much! You are great!


Your site is such a necessity - you have real brachah!


Speedy delivery, beautiful, perfect for my grandmother thank you


Perfect as always! Seller ships her items out quickly while still offering the highest quality of work around. Is literally the only seamstress I trust with any job. She's also super friendly and she responds to messages super quick. HIGHLY RECOMMEND!


Great product! Highly recommended!


Perfect seller! Great communication! It arrived nicely packaged and in perfect condition. Quality material and well made.  PERFECT PERFECT PERFECT! ModestAnytime did an amazing job with my custom order. Will buy from again and again! As always arrived quickly and in ready to wear condition!

Rabbanit Alfasi

Your work is a true bracha. May you be matzliach to bring more women to observance of this essential mitzvah.


Great workmanship!


Perfect.  Repeat buyer.  Thanks!


Nice item.  May get more.  Thanks. AAA+++


Love this. Well made.  Thanks.


Item as described. Thank you!


Great! Thanks!


carefully packed, promptly shipped, exactly as described--thank you!


Great item w/expedited delivery @ great price.Fast, fast delivery+++++++ 


Item as depicted, fast shipping. Highly recommend seller. 


Thank you. The product I ordered came out really exceptional.


Received the snood. Love it!!!! Thanks so much!! 


Thank you for the quick shipping; got here before the Nine Days. The fit for my daughter is perfect. Thank you so much. Will order again (bli neder). 


This snood is light and beautiful. It can be casual or dressy. 


The snood is very comfortable and it stays in place.


Shalom my name is Sophia, I ordered two snoods, from, and I'm extremely happy. The material is beautiful, and it fits so confortably on my head. It's washable and very durable. Thank you 


I love this snood. It is so comfortable!! Thank you. 


Thank you for your gorgeous piece!!! It's so light and comfortable - I don't feel like I'm wearing anything at all! Very well done!