Jinger Duggar Rocks Short Sleeves; Fans Go Wild

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When you consider all the drama that's surrounded the Duggar family in recent years, it's more than a little surprising that this is news.

Something as seemingly prosaic as Jinger Duggar's wardrobe becoming a favorite - if not THE favorite - topic of discussion for so many fans?

Jinger Duggar Weight Loss Photo

Yet for many who have watched her grow from a young tomboy to a happily married woman, Jinger's clothing conveys a whole lot.

Far beyond her taste in fashion, it's indicative of how far she's come, and the kind of control her father wields over the famous TLC family. 

Many were surprised when a photo of Jinger wearing pants surfaced on social media earlier this year, and for good reason.

Like her sisters, Jinger was forced to abide by a strict dress code while she was living under her parents' roof in Tontitown.

In Michelle Duggar's household, women are forbidden to wear pants, and instead must sport floor-length skirts at all times.

Yes, even when engaged in sports or other physical activities (the Jessa Duggar swimsuit photo is another level entirely).

Jinger Duggar in Nike

It's not like this is a secret we're learning for the first time. The Duggar girls wrote in their 2014 memoir, Growing Up Duggar.

"We do not dress modestly because we are ashamed of the body God has given us; quite 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."

"We avoid low-cut, cleavage-showing, gaping, or bare-shouldered tops; and when needed, we wear an undershirt."

They added that beyond covering up as much as they can, they're cognizant of blocking different angles as well.

"We try to make it a habit to always cover the top of our shirt with our hand when we bend over," the book reveals.

Jinger Duggar Wearing Tight Pants

Lest any leering males start thinking about hanky panky, "we don't want to play the peekaboo game with our neckline." 

When pressed on the matter, the family would always explain that the girls consented to and embraced the dress code.

Having adopted their parents' views on the importance of modest attire, they are merely carrying on their own beliefs.

In Jessa's case, that is likely true.

However, flying in the face of that memoir was Jinger, who defiantly bucked that trend when she married Jeremy Vuolo.

The reason she did so is simple:

Jinger Duggar in Short Sleeves

Once Duggar women are married, it's their husbands, not their fathers who make most of the decisions about their lifestyle.

(Yes, people still live this way in 2017.)

While still a religious conservative by any measure, Jeremy doesn't share Jim Bob's conservative views on women's fashion,

In Jeremy's view, one's choice in pants does not correlate with piety, and a result, Jinger can wear pretty much whatever she wants.

We've already seen Jinger wear shorts, heels, tight pants and more in recent months ... and now, she's moving on to exposed arms.

Yes, she might be conservatively dressed by most people's standards, but for a Duggar, these new looks are downright risque.

Jinger Duggar Shorts

For the most part, card-carrying members of Duggar Nation have been supportive of Jinger's bold decision to wear a freakin' t-shirt.

Still, there are those critics who find the situation to ridiculous to applaud for obvious reasons as well, and aren't afraid to say it.

"Now she started to wear pants and dresses that leave arms uncovered,” one follower wrote on Instagram.

"At 23 years old," the fan said, pointing out the absurdity of it all. 

"Because her husband’s told her she can do it. In 2017. Ok."

We share the sentiment, but it's important to remember that Jinger didn't create her family's bizarre code of conduct.

Crazy as it may seem to those of us on the outside, tossing aside such rigid rules does constitute a laudable act of bravery.

Think we're exaggerating with that word choice? We think not.

Check out the gallery above for more examples of the Duggar Code and you'll see the kind of regime they were raised under.

Perhaps it'll give you an appreciation for Jinger. Or nightmares.

As always, you can follow the link to watch Counting On online for much more from reality TV's most controversial family.

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