‘Counting On’ Fans Shocked After Jana Duggar Appears to Wear Pants in Instagram Photo

Is Jana Duggar’s style evolving? It sure looks that way. On August 16, the 30-year-old shocked Counting On fans by sharing a photo where she appears to be wearing pants. The Instagram post quickly got her followers talking, with many congratulating her on adopting a new look.

Jana Duggar earns praise for wearing pants

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In the photos shared to social media, Jana sits on the grass with her eight-month-old niece Grace Annette. While her legs aren’t completely visible, it looks like the proud aunt might be wearing pants rather than a skirt. 

Commenters were quick to notice Jana’s outfit and share their thoughts. 

“Love that you’re wearing pants!!” one wrote. Several other people shared similar comments. 

Not everyone was convinced Jana had given up her skirt-wearing ways. A few people argued she was actually wearing a stretchy skirt.

The ‘Counting On’ star is known for her conservative style 

If Jana has added pants to her wardrobe, it marks a major change in her typically conservative style. All the Duggar women grew up wearing “modest” skirts and dresses rather than pants. But most of her sisters, including Jinger, Jessa, and Jill Duggar, have started wearing pants as adults. 

Jana, however, has stuck with the dress code rules of her youth. In August 2019, she was even criticized for clumsily photoshopping skirts onto two women who appeared in the background of a photo she shared on Instagram. 

But there have also been a few signs Jana might have loosened up her style, especially when she’s engaged in exercise or outdoor activities. In early August, her younger brother Jed Duggar shared a photo of himself and his sister on a bike ride, and it definitely looked like she was wearing pants. And in a 2018 episode of Counting On, she was clearly wearing shorts while attending her brother Joe Duggar’s joint bachelor/bachelorette party with his fiance Kendra, which took place on a boat.  

Why the Duggars wear modest clothing 

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Jessa Duggar, Jinger Duggar, Jill Duggar, and Jana Duggar | D Dipasupil/Getty Images for Extra

In their 2014 book Growing Up Duggar, Jana, Jill, Jessa, and Jinger explained why they embraced a conservative style when it came to clothing.

“[W]e prefer to wear more modest and feminine skirts and dresses … it’s our own personal conviction based on scriptures,” they wrote. “We realize that our body is a special gift from God and that he intends for it to be shared only with our future husband,” they went on to explain. 

The sisters detailed some of the things they kept in mind when choosing clothing, including avoiding short skirts and shirts that show cleavage. “Long shorts” were an option when they were swimming or doing other activities, they added. Whatever they were wearing, the goal was to make sure their clothing matched with their values. 

“As Christians, it is our hope that through the way we dress, act, and carry ourselves, others will be able to see God’s love shining through our faces, our words, and our actions,” they wrote. 

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