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From Long Skirts to Skinny Jeans and High Heels, Take a Look Back at the Duggars’ Style Evolution

The Duggars first made their television debut in the 2004 special 14 Kids and Pregnant Again, and their style caught the attention of viewers.

From long skirts and even longer hair to plaid dresses and clunky collars, fans were just as fascinated by their looks as they were their big brood.

Back in 2013, Duggar family matriarch Michelle Duggar — who shares 19 kids with husband Jim Bob Duggar — explained the reasoning behind the famous family’s modest dress code.

“After I was born again and became a Christian, I really began to cover up,” the former cheerleader said during a TLC Q&A at the time. “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?’ I just really felt like I needed to obey what God was saying to me first and understand later. And then I saw in the scriptures a lot of things that helped me understand why I was feeling uncomfortable with my previous clothing choices.”

Soon after, the reality TV mama said she cleaned out her closet and started fresh, picking up skirts and dresses from local thrift shops, and her daughters did the same.

In the book Growing Up Duggar, JessaJillJinger and Jana described their clothing, noting that they “do not dress modestly” because they are “ashamed” but rather the “contrary.”

“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 wrote. “We avoid low-cut, cleavage-showing, gaping or bare-shouldered tops; and when needed, we wear an undershirt. We try to make it a habit to always cover the top of our shirt with our hands when we bend over. We don’t want to play the peekaboo game with our neckline.”

Over the years, however, several members of the family seemed to have forgotten the “rules.” These days, Jinger can be seen wearing skirts and dresses cut above the knee. She ​​also enjoys wearing sporting pants and shorts, later reflecting on her decision to stray away from her family’s traditions in her 2021 book, The Hope We Hold: Finding Peace With the Promises of God, which she cowrote with husband Jeremy Vuolo

“My mom had always dressed us girls in skirts and dresses, a standard that was taken from Deuteronomy 22:5, which says, ‘A woman shall not wear a man’s garment,’” Jinger explained in her book. “Modesty was a huge topic in our house, and we believed that wearing skirts instead of pants was a central part of being modest. But I wanted to discover for myself what the Bible had to say.”

The social media influencer also shared that she “never found a passage specifically forbidding women from wearing pants,” adding, “Growing up, I had a set of standards that I took as givens … [But] my convictions were changing.”

“I thought I had to wear only skirts and dresses to please God,” Jinger told People in January 2023. “And if I step outside of what I think is expected of me, I would think God’s going to be so displeased with me and it could bring harm on myself.”

Sister Joy-Anna Duggar explained how she and husband Austin Forsyth came to the conclusion that it was OK for her to wear pants in a March 2023 YouTube video. The pair began discussing the topic “within the first year of marriage” and it was something the pair talked about “on and off for the last three or four years.”

And, in a shocking turn of events, matriarch Michelle was photographed in a pair of skin-tight leggings while posing with her nine daughters in April 2023. Appearing on Jessa’s Instagram, Michelle was all smiles while wearing her head-turning pants and a cute blue top. “Is Michelle wearing pants? Did I miss something?” one stunned commenter asked, while another chimed in, “Wow! Look at all the pants. Times have changed.”

Scroll through the gallery below to see photos of the Duggars’ initial television appearance on 14 Kids and Pregnant Again through today. 

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