[QUOTE=BinahYeteirah;10007337]Yes, it is a halachic issue. Nearly all types of pants, excepting perhaps very wide trousers that look like a skirt, show were the upper legs divide, which is considered very immodest for a woman (Rashi, Pesochim 3a s.v. b'Zov Responsa Shevet Halevi 6:118:2).
I'm going way, way, way out on a limb, because I dress modestly according to my own beliefs, and cover according to my own beliefs. But my question is this: wouldn't salwar (sp) kameez fulfill the requirements according to this? A very long tunic that is almost to the knees over very flowy pants that taper to the ankles?
OT--I went to a Christmas party and I had made a long high-necked velvet dress to wear, sleeves down to my wrists, and I was the most covered woman there and I was so comfortable. I felt beautiful and it was really drapy and comfortable. Just wanted to share.
I also started making these swimsuits for my daughters for coverage and because they are cute (saw the link here):www.modest-swimwear.net
But our guidelines are that a tank suit with full coverage is "modest". So I have to teach my daughters that just because they're wearing the equivalent of a mid-thigh stretchy dress and bike shorts for swimming doesn't mean anyone else is necessarily "immodest." A bit tricky.