“Modern and Modest:” Interview with Nina of Alltumbledown

When not memorizing Latin declensions, Nina, a graduate student of history, authors alltumbledown: a modest attempt at style, a blog about the intersection of modesty and daily fashion. In addition to brightly colored pencil skirts and everything sequined, she is a fan of Mad Men, the quickly-disappearing Jewish Lower East Side, and the printing press. She currently calls both Philadelphia and New York home.

Q: What inspired alltumbledown and the Modern and Modest project?

Nina: I started alltumbledown after noticing what I perceived as a gap in the blogosphere. I had been following style blogs for a while, and though I found them entertaining and inspirational, they weren’t fully aspirational for a Modern Orthodox woman like me. It takes more than a little bit of ingenuity to feel creative within the confines of halakhic clothing restrictions, and I wanted to both document my efforts at doing so and share my sartorial experiments with women who felt the same void. When I began alltumbledown, the modest blogosphere was quite a bit smaller than it is today, and I was (as far as I know) the only Orthodox style blogger.

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