Season 10 of Counting On is well underway, and we’re learning a ton about the Duggars already. When the famous family was first on TV, it was Jim Bob and Michelle Duggar in the spotlight. But now, fans are way more interested in their 19 children, especially fan favorites like Jill, Jana, Jinger, and Jessa.
Jessa Duggar is featured on Counting On along with her husband, Ben Seewald, and three children. And while she certainly appears to be more progressive than her ultra-conservative parents, her Instagram followers are starting to wonder why she still appears to abide by the strict dress code she grew up with. Here’s what they’re commenting on her post.
The Duggar kids grew up with a strict dress code
Those who watched 19 Kids and Counting are well-aware of the Duggar family’s strict dress code. Since Michelle and Jim Bob Duggar raised their kids to be ultra-religious, they also believe that all of their children — especially the women — should be dressed modestly. This means the girls would wear long skirts that covered their knees and shirts with high necklines that also covered the shoulders when growing up.
Michelle told TLC why she chose to start wearing more modest clothing once she found Christianity, too. “I felt like the Lord was saying to me, ‘You know what, you probably shouldn’t be wearing that. It’s a little bit low cut, or a little bit too high, you know?’” she said. “I just really felt like I needed to obey what God was saying to me first and understand later.”
The Duggars have a code word for women who aren’t dressed modestly, too. The girls would whisper “Nike” to Jim Bob and the boys to warn them to avert their gaze if a scantily clad woman was passing by.
Jinger Duggar has spoken out about choosing to wear pants now
Now that the Duggar women are older, many of them have gotten a lot more lax about their dress code. And Jinger, who recently moved to Los Angeles with her husband and daughter, seems to be taking fashion quite seriously. While fans applauded her move far away from the Duggar home in Arkansas, they also love her new style, as she looks like the modern fashionista she was always meant to be.
Jinger also spoke about her decision to start wearing pants on Counting On.
“I know a lot of people have had different speculations, or ideas, or whatever, about conflict between us over the matter of pants. We had conversations before I started wearing pants and just shared my heart with them where I saw the Lord leading me,” she said. “I was really grateful for their response … they said just to walk with the Lord … and to seek to honor Him and to maintain modesty, and so I think I’m really grateful for their hearts and how they’ve just instilled that in us kids.”
As for Michelle’s response, it seems she understands that her adult children will walk a slightly different path than her. And if that means they want to wear pants, then that’s OK.
Fans are asking Jessa Duggar on Instagram why she doesn’t wear pants
Fans rarely — if ever — see Jessa wearing pants. While she’ll show off her latest outfits on Instagram, they usually involve long skirts or dresses. And she posted a photo to Instagram of her with the Seewald in-laws on Nov. 15 that also features her in a long yellow dress with black tights. It was particularly noticeable since most of the others in the photo were wearing jeans or pants.
Fans noticed the dress and questioned why she won’t get with the times.
“Why don’t you ever wear pants?” one fan asked in the comments of the photo.
“It’s okay to wear jeans Jessa,” another wrote.
“I notice Ben’s Mom and sisters wear pants. Just wondering why you chose not to? This is not an attack on you I am just wondering,” yet another added.
We’re not sure if Jessa feels like she should continue wearing skirts for modesty or if she just likes the look. But we’re not anticipating seeing her in the modern clothing Jinger’s wearing anytime soon.
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