The answer is no. We start today. While they are little, young little toddlers, we teach them. Gently and kindly.
Sweetheart, this is what modesty is...
We keep these parts of our bodies covered...
You want to look lovely, but not enticing.
You want to look like a sweet little girl.
When they get older we want them to look like sweet young ladies, not little enticers of men.
We can not think we can dress our young girls in "innocent little bikinis" now and then expect them to understand when they are older that they should cover up. If we teach them now, it will be much easier for them to understand later. They will know what is modest and what is not, if we will just talk to them about what modesty is.
2Timothy 3:15 And that from a child thou hast known the holy scriptures, which are able to make thee wise unto salvation through faith which is in Christ Jesus.
You can teach them to keep their legs down in dresses (as much as possible~sometimes bloomers are helpful with very active girls). You can buy them only modest clothing and get rid of the rest. Gifts from friends and family are nice, but not if they compromise your daughter's integrity.
My daughters have a strong view of what modesty is. I have taught them since they were walking about. As we have had more girls it has impressed on me how much it is needed. Our world is filled with immodest women, women who think their worth is attained by how much skin they show. We have to be the ones to give them a clear picture of what modesty looks like. We have to set the example ourselves. We also have to teach them by talking to them and pointing out what is modest and what isn't.
Our daughters will often come up to me and show me a picture from a library book (or a piece of mail) with someone who is not modest. They often have a better eye for it than I do! I wonder if we have become somewhat blinded to immodesty because we see it so often? But our daughters are good at it. They point out the pictures, and if it is an immodest woman they hide it from their brother, and they come to show me. If needed, that book gets put out of reach until we can return it to the library (we often order library books online without knowing what is in all the pages). The girls help the little ones with their clothing and let them know if they are not dressed modestly. They help them put on an extra shirt or whatever is needed. They know that there are parts of their bodies that other people should not see, and they keep them covered.
It starts now, not when they're 15.
This post is linked to the Domestically Divine link up.
Training them up in the way they should go...